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Red Hat Acquires CoreOs – Analysis

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I have a new paper on the Amalgam Insights site. It is an analysis of the Red Hat acquisition of CoreOs. Overall, I see this as a good development for customers and those who want are pursuing an open source, hybrid container strategy. The report is free to download on our site.

The Specter of Spectre (and Meltdown)?

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About a month ago, my desktop computer started having problems. Weird problems. For example, loading an uncached website was exceeding slow. I thought that maybe that was because of a network issues or something was up with Firefox. After a bit of digging around I realized that was unlikely. The same problems happened with both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Speed tests from my browser and router were within normal parameters. About the same time I began to have issues with Outlook. Specifically, Outlook would be very slow to synch IMAP accounts. I have several email accounts that I access via IMAP and updating them all would often so slow

Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire

My latest article is up on CMSWire. Entitled Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire, I admit it’s a bit of a rant. I list five things that digital marketing professionals do that irritate and infuriate consumers. See if you agree.

Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT

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I have a new Amalgam Insights paper out called “Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT“. It’s sponsored by CloudPassage.  The paper is free from them. There are billions of PCs and mobile devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre. That’s a big problem for OS vendors. For enterprise IT, there is also the need to deal with hundreds of millions of host servers and the virtual machines running on them. Meltdown and Spectre highlight just how difficult it is to update and patch hybrid systems with hosts, virtual machines, containers, and cloud servers in the mix. Don’t despair! There are solutions.

Technical Books I’m Reading

A Shelf of Technical Books

I try to keep current on technology. As weird as it may seem, to be an IT industry analyst, you don’t have to know much about technology. You can understand the market without knowing the technology that drives it. It’s limiting but possible. To really understand IT customers – truly grok them – you need to live a bit in their world. It is my belief that understanding technology provides insights into the market. More importantly, I like information technology, programming, and and all things geeky. It was my profession for many years before moving to the business side and my heart is still there. So, it is for myself

Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire

My latest article is up on CMSWire. Entitled Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire, I admit it’s a bit of a rant. I list five things that digital marketing professionals do that irritate and infuriate consumers. See if you agree.

Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT

Amalgam Insights Logo

I have a new Amalgam Insights paper out called “Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT“. It’s sponsored by CloudPassage.  The paper is free from them.

There are billions of PCs and mobile devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre. That’s a big problem for OS vendors. For enterprise IT, there is also the need to deal with hundreds of millions of host servers and the virtual machines running on them. Meltdown and Spectre highlight just how difficult it is to update and patch hybrid systems with hosts, virtual machines, containers, and cloud servers in the mix. Don’t despair! There are solutions.