IBM Invented Everything in Tech

I’m writing this blog post as a somewhat tongue-in-cheek response to various comments I’ve made over the years (and recently) about how IBM appears to have already created what’s new in tech, especially with reference to the mainframe.  I’ll re-emphasise the light hearted nature of this post as clearly IBM can’t actually have created everything, however they are a very successful hardware company ... Read More »

Change Control in Cloud Services

The post mortem summary on Microsoft’s most recent Azure outage is available and online here.  The content makes for interesting reading.  To summarise, the outage occurred as a result of an unanticipated code error but was exacerbated by the accelerated rollout made by an employee who hadn’t adequately assessed the risks of pushing the change out so quickly.  I imagine ... Read More »

What Next for Storage in 2015?

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there’s anything more to achieve in data storage.  Surely things are pretty much complete; we have the ability to store vast quantities of data reliably and each year the per unit cost of storage continues to decline.  So as 2015 rolls in, is there anything left to achieve?  What are the challenges of the ... Read More »

2014 in Review

As we approach the start of a new working year, it’s time to take the almost traditional and obligatory review of the year hence.  So, what made the news and how does that provide us insight on the year to come? Big Trends There were certainly some interesting developments in storage and the wider IT arena.  Containers repopularised by Docker ... Read More »

HP Discover Review: The Machine

This is one of a series of posts covering technology announced or discussed at HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Disclaimer:  I was personally invited to attend HP Discover, with HP covering my travel and accommodation costs.  However I was not compensated for my time.  I am not required to blog on any content; blog posts are not edited or ... Read More »

Is Basic Security Really That Hard, Sony?

In something that feels like the 1980’s, Gizmodo has published an article showing that Sony used spreadsheets to track their system passwords. Worse than that, the spreadsheets and folders clearly contained the word “password” within them.  According to this article on The Register, Sony’s security team numbered only 11 people and the company had been through rounds of cost cutting ... Read More »