Buying a car is a major purchase for most people and it’s easy to get carried away with the sleek lines, alloy wheels and other superficial aspects of the vehicles in the show room. However any good engineer will tell us that it’s what’s under the hood that ensures performance, safety and a great driving experience. It’s not just the engine, but the suspension, clutch, gears—in fact the entire underlying infrastructure.
Tomorrow’s storage: much more than Moore
Over the past 50 years, data storage has changed and progressed on an unprecedented scale. Thinking back to 1956 when IBM launched the RAMAC 305, the world’s first computer with a hard disk drive, weighing one tonne and with approximately 4.4MB of memory, we can only imagine what the future might hold. While Moore’s law, which recognises a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware, remains relevant, the way in which companies are using their storage resources is fundamentally changing.
What Solution Providers Should Look for in a Vendor
Virtual Instruments was honored recently by CRN as a 2013 Emerging Vendor. As CRN put it “it’s not all about the technology… the vendors on this list know the value of a good partnership and have a serious commitment to the channel.” We think that describes Virtual Instruments to a tee.
Don’t believe the hype
While for some organisations turning large volumes of data into meaningful information is a real challenge, for over half of the business population it’s really not that important. In fact, according to recent analyst reports on Big Data, just under half of worldwide businesses are looking at implementing Big Data IT infrastructure changes. At the end of the day this means that over half are not. Disappointing? Maybe. Surprising? No. Adoption of new technologies is usually slower than you think and the hype is often not reflected in the real world.
The criticality of applications
More than 55 million Africans rely on small apps on their mobile phones to transfer money. In fact, mobile money accounts outnumber bank accounts in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Madagascar. Astonishingly, according to a new study by telecoms trade group GSMA, in June 2012 alone, the value of Kenya’s mobile money transactions equaled 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Big Data – the reality
Although initially overwhelming, Big Data offers real opportunity for customers and the channel
Evolution, Not Revolution.
Since I can remember, most years the news of a major threat to humankind would break and quickly spread around the world. I remember the next ice age, overpopulation, food shortages, e-coli, acid rain, the ozone hole, bird flu, swine flu and global warming, to name just a few. But so far none has actually killed me or those around me.
Clearing the Haze in Asia-Pacific Infrastructures
We have just finished our first full quarter in the development of our APAC business, and I am very proud of what we have already accomplished. We will initially focus our efforts building the business in Australia and SE Asia, and will support customers in other markets as opportunities arise.
Virtual Instruments is THE one to watch at the UK Storage Awards
The 2013 Storage Awards (Storries) was an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues, partners and other professionals from the industry. But the highlight of the night for Virtual Instruments has to be scooping the coveted “One to Watch” award and pipping 26 other short-listers (including Microsoft, CommVault and Dell) to the winning post as the chosen company.
IT in 3D
The Virtual Instruments team is excited to see the launch of our CEO John W. Thompson’s blog on Computerworld.com. The blog entitled “IT in 3D” explores the evolution of the IT industry and the sweeping changes in technology – in the physical, virtual and cloud elements of IT infrastructure. In his first post, John covers the inflection points that have transformed the IT industry and the unintended consequences of each transition.