Digital transformation is changing how businesses view their infrastructure, putting them in a position of needing technology to not only solve today’s immediate pressing needs, but also serve them well as they embark on a transformation of their business. Dell EMC understands this and has a new portfolio of PowerEdge servers that can scale to address digital transformation.
I spent a week in Beijing, participating in the OPNFV Summit which is a global event focused on the NFV market, primarily with carriers. I had a lot of engagement with the Chinese carriers and found that there is an amazing amount of collaboration within their ranks.
Back to back trips to Boston gave me an opportunity to talk open source and cloud from different perspectives with both Red Hat and OpenStack. There is a lot going on in this space and the trips showed that just as the open source movement has a lot of commonality, what really brings them together is the acceptance of opposing viewpoints.
Security threats are quickly becoming a top priority outside of the IT organizations as businesses see security as a top hindrance to achieving their business goals. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has developed its new generation of servers with security in mind, claiming the most secure server available.
As public cloud technologies continue to expand and more businesses see the value in these flexible pools of resources, it is clear that not every workload can live off premises, some will be on-premises in private clouds. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has a strategy to help businesses navigate through a world of both public and private cloud.
Most servers today have a 20+ year legacy, which can be a hindrance to true flexibility because they are mired in the past. Cisco built its UCS product from a clean sheet of paper, designing a system, not a server, in order to tackle the compute challenges of both today and the future.
There has been a lot of activity in the SD-WAN space, it is the “low hanging fruit” of SDN because it deals with point-to-point connections for the most part. Last year I predicted consolidation in the industry and we are seeing the beginning of that with the Cisco / Viptela acquisition.
SAP applications scale vertically as most x86-based solutions scale horizontally. Lenovo recognizes this challenge and their portfolio of highly scalable systems with massive memory footprints make them an excellent platform for deploying SAP.
As OpenStack continues to mature, the storage choices multiply, bringing private cloud deployments more flexibility in handling the explosion of data in the private cloud. Intel has been working behind the scenes and contributing to ensure a robust set of options for OpenStack storage deployment.
The drive for digital transformation is being led by the CIO. Because of the criticality of this transformational strategy, the CIO is finding a place at the table more often because their efforts are now driving the business, not just the infrastructure.