The fact that I like about the Cube is the emphasis on social interaction based on the trending topics. Thanks Dave for trying to find the signal from the noise. The team is doing a great job.
Steve (Woj) Wojtowecz’s conversation with Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman at IBM Edge 2014 was great as he defines software defined environment that includes computing, networks, servers & storage. He pointed that data is the next currency of IT industry. He mentioned adding automation and analytics to the virtualization management layer can reduce workload but administrators are very apprehensive in allowing system to do it.
Insights from partner Bob Elliott @MainlineInfoSy1 add a lot of value, specially when we think how relationship with partners has changed in this highly volatile IT environment. The margins are getting squeezed in hardware businesses. There is a shift from hardware to solution based marketing. In a time like this, business partners are looking for more support from IBM like responding in timely fashion to the needs of BP’s clients. IBM has to take the time to build the loyalty. The best thing that Bob found is that the whole IBM storage portfolio is refreshed and the product line has grown stronger.
Rohit Mehra, VP of Network Infrastructure, IDC, joined the conversation on theCUBE. One thing that caught my attention is his emphasis on the need for companies to reassert themselves. The situation that we are in provides equal opportunities to top guns and startups.
Analyst Jon Toigo is a big advocate of IT practitioners and pointed out that we need to find agile ways to meet the need of the business. But he was very clear that just changing the nomenclature every 6 months would not get us anywhere. He warned and asked to test the water before one jumps on to the open stack as it could be a race to the bottom with a wrong step.
Stephen Jones, CTO , Tridatum Solutions focuses on productivity. Clients don’t care about the buzz words but more on how can one address their issues. Days of partnering with major vendors are over and as a MSP you need to pick one major partner. And for Stephen “IBM is less confused that HP”. IBM with recent product enhancements, can now drive down storage requirements by 95%.
Brendon McCaulley @HeartlandHPY brought out a very interesting topic. How much should we invest in innovation! And its look like Heartland is moving the needle and is putting 50% of budget to innovation. I assume generally market allocates 70% of its budget to operations & 30% to innovation.
According to Carl Deschenes, co president , PCD solution, private cloud creates a very good foundation . The way business partners add value is by matching the technology to their clients’ business requirement. Among the recent customer trends they see clients looking for desktop virtualization and cost reduction.