Today, everyone thinks hybrid means flash and disk – why is that? Customers have varying workloads and today’s workload may be different tomorrow. What they need is a storage architecture that was built to be hybrid. Just as important is a system that allows the ratios to be changed and new technology to be incorporated.
Everyone is talking about the move to cloud. But for most companies, there is an existing on-premises environment that required blood, sweat and tears to get right. And, it is working just fine – even thriving. To manage a hybrid IT environment, you just need a common data substrate.
After 30 years in the data storage industry, we can all agree that I am old. But, I would like to point out that everything has its time, and at some point, its time has passed. No, I’m not talking about me – I’m talking about using IOPS as the measure of performance.
The hype around self-driving cars keeps reaching new heights, with most pundits focusing on their immediate innovation and novelty. Intel’s recent $15 billion acquisition of Mobileye, which makes self-driving sensors and software, illustrates the immense potential of this opportunity. It also highlights, however, what many have yet to grasp: The true transformation isn’t the self-driving car, it’s the underlying digital technology.
Having integrated, architected, scrutinized, acquired or dismantled dozens of scale-out architectures in my career as a CTO inside some of the biggest technology companies in the world, I can tell you that scale-out is not new, it is not easy and it is not perfect – but it is valuable.