Building high performance computer systems is all about finding and removing bottlenecks. Unfortunately, this is a never ending game. As fast as you identify and deal with one bottleneck, another appears. For a while, the problem was the raw performance of the four key elements in a computer system; processor, memory, network and storage. Over [...]
It was recently announced that Red Hat is to acquire Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) FeedHenry. FeedHenry is a small company founded in 2010 that took Series A funding of $9m just last year (2013). Despite being small it has attracted some big name customers such as Diageo, Network Rail and VMWare (who are also [...]
For two decades, IBM’s POWER computing division has occupied that space between System x and System z which was traditionally occupied by the mini-computer. Over the last two years, IBM has been pushing System x, POWER and System z at the cloud. Each has a different price point for entry, a different price point per [...]
There are many things that go into a successful device and platform. Stable hardware, OS and applications, having the right applications and the right price, making it easy to buy those applications and having a developer strategy that encourages people to write for your device. This might seem self-evident to most but apparently, not everyone.