A new application model requires a new toolbox

The rise of the internet and the prevalence of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, have driven a revolution in application design towards what is commonly known as a Platform 3 application.  Platform 3 applications are characterized by a scope of use that spans potentially millions of users, a … READ MORE

Mark O'Connell January 14th, 2016

All roads lead to … Hyperconvergence

There are a series of trends which have determined the overall direction of the IT industry over the past few decades.  By understanding these trends and projecting their continued effect on the data center, applications, software, and users, it is possible to capitalize on the overall direction of … READ MORE

Mark O'Connell February 5th, 2015

EMC World 2014, An Advanced Software Perspective

EMC World 2014 took place in early May 2014 and it was made clear that the world of storage is changing, driven by industry-wide trends larger than any single company. In a time of great change, companies can be left behind, branding yesterday’s technologies as today’s answers, or … READ MORE

Mark O'Connell July 14th, 2014

The Rise of the “Internet of Things”

As we continue to rethink storage and its changing role in the industry, it is also valuable to examine the changing trends in the industry to predict how the role and use of storage will need to change in response to the industry. Storage system architecture and design … READ MORE

Mark O'Connell June 23rd, 2014

Looking Back to Get Ahead Using ‘Divide and Conquer’

While my last blogs encouraged taking advantage of new technologies and not being constrained by “the way  we’ve always done things”, for this blog I’ll emphasize the wisdom that can come from looking backwards. Divide and conquer is an old strategy that has been applied effectively to many situations … READ MORE

Mark O'Connell May 10th, 2014

What is Object?

In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of asking “why” we do things the way we do, and of re- examining designs if the answer is “we do it this way because we’ve always done it this way.” Following this line of examination can often … READ MORE

Mark O'Connell April 7th, 2014
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