Platforms and Operating Systems

European Union (EU) vs Google: This is not going to go the way you think, EU

By |2018-07-20T09:13:29+01:0020 July 2018|Analysis, Licensing, Mobile, Platforms and Operating Systems|

The European Union has fined Google €4 billion for acting, in what it says, is an anti-competitive way. This does not come as a surprise; the EU has a history with big US tech companies. One is reminded of its high-profile battle with Microsoft that resulted in a fine. Google’s “crime” is to use its [...]

New markets for two new IBM z14 and LinuxONE mainframes: What’s the appeal?

By |2018-04-16T22:36:21+01:0016 April 2018|Analysis, Mainframe, Vendor Analysis|

Not quite halfway through the two-year IBM z14 lifecycle, the company has announced two new models. These are designed to appeal not just to existing customers but also to new customers as the company targets its biggest year for mainframe sales in over a decade. Yes, that does say over a decade. In reality, CIC [...]

Why mastering the Mainframe is more popular than ever

By |2018-03-21T15:58:46+01:0016 March 2018|Analysis, Education, Mainframe, Software Development|

IBM first launched its Master the Mainframe competition back in 2005. Since then it has rebranded its mainframe division, launched several new models, slashed the price and seen a significant increase in customer purchases. Despite many seeing the mainframe as a legacy form of computing, IBM has managed to reinvent it again and again. Its [...]

CIC Insights: IBM z14 plays the trust card, but does it hold a winning hand?

By |2017-07-18T07:48:38+01:0018 July 2017|Analysis, Mainframe, Security, Vendor Analysis|

It's that time again, the time that most observers in the industry say will never happen. IBM is releasing the next generation of its z Systems mainframe products called the z14. IBM has seen an acceleration of sales across its z Systems business unit helped, in part, by the LinuxONE models. With z14, IBM will [...]

CIC Insights: Will IBM reinvent software licensing through Containers?

By |2017-07-17T10:46:19+01:0017 July 2017|Analysis, Cloud, Licensing, Mainframe, Vendor Analysis|

Two months ago at DockerCon 17, IBM announced it was to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems. This was an announcement that IBM had widely trailed having talking about multiple container technologies and the mainframe for some time. What was different this time was the detail around the announcement. [...]

From CIC’s burgeoning Internet of Things vault: signposts for the value chain

By |2016-10-17T10:52:17+01:0025 June 2015|Cloud, Internet of Things, Mobile, Networking, Platforms and Operating Systems, Security|

The mother of all conferences! That is how Mobile World Congress (MWC) is often billed.  Although in reality there are certainly one or two other conferences that can certainly live up to that grandiose title - the Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas every January being one such example. However, anyone who has travelled [...]

CIC Mid-term Roundup 2015

By |2016-10-17T10:52:17+01:0025 June 2015|Analytics, Cloud, Internet of Things, Mainframe, Mobile, Platforms and Operating Systems, Storage|

Late spring is always a busy time for conferences and events, and it sometimes feels that we are away more often than we are back in the office. Having said that, these events are the lifeblood of what we as analysts do, and it offers us an opportunity to identify the trend, issues and opportunities [...]

IBM returning to its roots with sale of x86 division to Lenovo complete

By |2016-10-17T10:52:23+01:009 October 2014|Analysis, Platforms and Operating Systems|

Back on 8th September 2014, I attended the IBM Systems and Technology Group Analyst Insights conference in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. This is IBM's annual opportunity to lay out where it sees the future for STG. One of the reasons that made this year especially important, is that it was the last one before the entire x86 [...]

BoxWorks 2014 and how tomorrow works: It’s the platform, stupid

By |2016-10-17T10:52:23+01:0019 September 2014|Analysis, Document management, Platforms and Operating Systems|

The BoxWorks 2014 conference in San Francisco on 3rd September was Box’s fourth annual event and CIC’s first time in attendance. From the impression generated one would be forgiven for thinking that Box was older and more mature than the 10 year old business that it is. This impression is most likely a result of [...]