Living Without Microsoft – The Desktop

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This is one of a series of posts discussing devolving from the software and hardware products of Microsoft.  Previous posts: Living Without Microsoft – Introduction (24th August 2013) I’ve been a user of Microsoft’s Windows platform since it was first released in 1985.  At the time I was a University student studying Computer Science and Mathematics and during the holidays ... Read More »

Storage IPO Season – Violin Memory and Pure Storage

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It has emerged that both Violin Memory Inc and Pure Storage Inc are on the verge of initial public offerings, based on news articles last week.  Chris Mellor reports that Violin have filed for IPO, looking to raise $172m and in separate news, Pure Storage have raised a massive $150m in preparation for IPO some time soon.  Although both of ... Read More »

Why The Software Defined Data Centre May Be Years Away

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This week the news has been dominated by VMware and VMworld 2013.  The major theme has been “Software Defined”, in particular moving to a Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC).  The concept of SDDC is a noble one and certainly a target we should be looking to strive towards.  However in reality I believe it’s a while away.  There are a ... Read More »

Reflections on VMworld 2013

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Although I haven’t attended this week, I have been keeping more than a passing eye on the events unfolding at this year’s VMworld 2013.  After having absorbed some of the keynotes, blog posts and tweets, it’s about time I expressed an opinion on some of the announcements so far. The Software Defined Mantra Say it often enough and people will ... Read More »

The Evolution of Hitachi Data Systems

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It wasn’t long ago that many people used to think of Hitachi Data Systems, aka HDS as nothing more than a box shifter.  I myself have to admit at being complicit in that view, being somewhat negative of the release of Hitachi High Availability Manager in 2009.  The other criticism levelled at the company was the quality of their software, ... Read More »

Living without Microsoft – Introduction

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With news of Steve Ballmer’s retirement from Microsoft, I thought it would be interesting to see how easy it would be to divest completely of all Microsoft products in both the consumer and enterprise spaces.  I have a feeling that many of today’s existing users are there because they have to, rather than because they choose to and this experience ... Read More »