If you are like most of the clients I deal with, you are starting to recognize the storage part of your infrastructure represents a BIG opportunity for improvement in 2013 – in agility, in efficiency, and in cost. When demand (data growth) outpaces supply (ability of hardware vendors to increase areal density driving down costs) as dramatically as it has begun to do, something has to change in the way storage infrastructure is approached in order to help balance the equation again. That ‘change’ creates a perfect economic environment for vendor innovation resulting in creative new solutions for clients. If you have been paying attention to the storage space, you’ve noticed an increased investment pace as vendors explore technical innovations and try to explain these innovations to potential clients. One of my biggest frustrations though is when the industry can’t settle on terminology for describing a solution approach leaving clients thoroughly confused and paralyzed. Read more...
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IDC has recently released its Worldwide Storage Software QView for the first quarter of 2012. In it, IDC estimates that the total Storage Software market for 1Q12 grew about 3.3% over 1Q11. IBM had a solid quarter while Symantec faltered, allowing IBM to take the overall #2 share rank position for 1Q12.
§ In Data Protection and Recovery, IBM held its #2 share rank position, gaining 1.8 points of share over 1Q11.
§ IBM retained its #1 position for Archiving Software growing faster than the market. HP holds #2 spot with its 2011 acquisition of Autonomy.
IBM offers a comprehensive, flexible storage management software portfolio that helps organizations address storage management challenges across the enterprise, including data centers, remote/branch offices and desktop/laptop computers. Learn more about the specific components within the IBM storage software family that can help you create a more responsive and resilient storage infrastructure for your on demand business.
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I attended IDC’s Directions2011 event yesterday in Boston. It was kicked off by Frank Gens, IDC Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst making a compelling case that the IT industry is at a historic inflection point, entering the third platform for growth.
Frank made an interesting observation – that most of the innovative young engineers are being drawn to the growing mobile and social platforms, basically “sucking the oxygen out of PC development”. He also noted that there are at most 75,000 applications for PCs but already there are 1.3 million apps for mobile devices.
Cloud services are the back-end delivery model for most mobile applications, and IDC predicts that 80% of all new enterprise applications will be delivered in a cloud model, at least as an option. “Big Data” is a term IDC uses to describe the types of solutions that IBM talks about in its Smarter Planet ads – smart electrical grids, individualized healthcare, optimized traffic, smarter buildings, etc. And “Social Business” reflects the fact that customers have taken control of the buying cycle, and vendors need to shift from push marketing to social marketing – something that is already happening. In a recent IDC study on IT marketing spending, the slice of the marketing budget for social media increased from 13% to 19% in just one year.
The real message behind Frank’s presentation, though, was to ask which IT companies will be the Wang’s, Digital’s and Cullinet’s – the casualties of the last platform shift – as the world moves to the third platform for IT growth. History suggests that those that remain rooted in the PC client/server model are doomed. Those that are embracing the future of IT are poised to experience unprecedented opportunities for growth and profit.
IDC is holding their west coast Directions2011 conference on March 15th in San Jose. If you’re an IDC client and can make it to the event, I highly recommend you do.
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