Worth A Click
The Microsoft Build event was also last week here in SF. The most interesting impression I had was that everybody took away something different: Bash on Windows(!), HoloLens, IoT platform, Azure growth, Cortana, Tamarin — each part of the Microsoft ecosystem noticed a different announcement, which I think means Microsoft is doing something right. Everybody keeps wondering out loud could a CEO change really make this much of a difference?
Microsoft’s ambitions are huge and surprising, because they have to be by Vlad Savov at The Verge.
The one giant of the American tech industry that’s transforming faster and more violently than all the others is Microsoft. Today’s Build 2016 event was a marathon two-hour affair, but it was almost completely devoid of incremental or iterative improvements. Dead-end projects like Windows Phone didn’t even get a mention. Everything Microsoft showed was about addressing the next big change in how we interact with technology, whether that comes in the form of virtual and augmented reality, the development of more natural inputs like handwriting and conversation, or the eyebrow-raising concept of AI bots talking to other AI bots. It was an event filled with uncynical enthusiasm for the potential that lay beyond the immediate horizon.
Microsoft, Google make their pitches to unseat Amazon in the cloud by Brandon Butler at Network World
Microsoft’s Day 2 keynotes seemed much more grounded to what enterprises are using the cloud for now, and what they’ll likely use the cloud for in the near future. Google’s announcements seemed to focus on the company’s engineering prowess, but it’s unclear how much of that technology will be used in the enterprise. How many customers went home after GCP NEXT and built an app using the company’s new voice-recognition machine learning API? Microsoft’s news of making Xamarin free for Visual Studio customers was met with thunderous applause across the Moscone Center.
IBM vs Google, if you’re still scratching your head over GCP. Parallels Amidst Different Clouds by IBM’s Ruben Orduz.
I like Hybrid IT a lot better than “Bimodal IT”. A lot of private and hybrid cloud criticism from Gartner’s Lydia Leong and Ovum’s Laurent Pachal. Hybrid cloud: Why hybrid IT may be the better choice by Nick Heath at ZDNet. The whole thing is worth a read – it’s true, now that private cloud is actually pretty good IaaS, public cloud has loaded up with lots of additional services – but do most IT shops need them?
The answer may well be hybrid IT: that is, running existing, non-cloudy, corporate IT infrastructure alongside public cloud and gradually migrating those systems to the public cloud over time.
“Not everything can or should be cloud,” said Gartner’s Leong.
“Customers have plenty of applications that they probably will never move to the cloud — or at least will not move to the cloud in any kind of reasonable timeframe.”
You really need to know more about Object Storage. Seriously, you block-heads. This report from Enrico Signoretti is really good. It is sponsored by Scality, but ignore that last paragraph and get a good primer into the market need, size, and players.
All backup problems are a combination of people and tech. Are your users storing all their important files, 1.7 petabytes, in some scratch disk somewhere? The largest unplanned outage in years and how we survived it by Olli-Pekka Lehto on the csc.fi blog.
A day in the life of a young black male engineering “coding” student. Short version: coding camp black guy gets a stipend, has no bank, so goes to a check-cashing place, is accused of stealing it, police involved, then the school. Take home: fixing inequalities in the tech profession requires systemic change in our society, not just training.