Take A Look At The New
October 7, 2013 Timothy Prickett Morgan
As most of you know, I have almost always had two different writing jobs. Sometimes I manage multiple publications at the same company, such as I did for several years at Midrange Computing or later at IT Jungle. Sometimes I work for two different companies, as I have done for the past five years with my job here as editor of The Four Hundred and over at The Register as systems editor.
I do this for professional as well as economic reasons, because one job always informs what I am writing in the other. And, to be quite blunt, it is very hard to support a family in major metropolitan area on the salary from one writing job, even with two parents working as my wife and I do.
Back in the middle of September, five years to the day that I started my job at The Register, I took a new job to help launch a brand new publication called EnterpriseTech. You can visit the site at www.enterprisetech.com. The publication is put out by Tabor Communications, which has had the flagship publication in the supercomputing market since it was established in 1986, which has now been known as HPCwire for many, many years. (Like many publications, including this one, Tabor started out on paper before there was a commercial Internet and the names of the publications have changed over time even if the mission has not.) The company also publishes Datanami, a newsletter that was launched as big data was taking off.
The goal with EnterpriseTech is ambitious, and it is on another cutting edge of technology and is focused on the convergence of technologies from a number of different areas that, we believe, will forever alter how information technology is created and deployed in the largest companies of the world. And this change is being driven by changes in application development.
As is usually the case, technologies that were development by the supercomputing segment are trickling down into the corporate data center. New ways of building systems are also pushing up within data centers as system makers are trying to make it easier for corporations to consume and deploy server, storage, and networking. Think IBM PureSystems, or Hewlett-Packard CloudSystem, Dell Active Infrastructure, or Cisco Systems/EMC Vblocks. Big NUMA systems are seeing a bit of a resurgence, too, thanks to in-memory database processing, which is engendered by increasingly more powerful big iron with more cores and more main memory and, more importantly, the relative low price for main memory and the increasing desire for low-latency and real-time data. Then there are the applications created by the hyperscale data center operators like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and the systems they are building to support them. Those applications are very different from what we are used to in the IBM midrange, and they are probably a precursor to the kinds of technologies that will be commonly used some years hence across all enterprises. (It is hard to predict the future with certainty, of course, because new technologies are always coming along.)
EnterpriseTech will follow how these technologies converge among large enterprise, and how large enterprises deploy them–and why–to gain competitive advantage. I would love for you to check out the new site, and I think many of you would find a subscription useful. So please check it out here.
One last thing: It is steady as she goes for our stack of Four Hundred newsletters here at IT Jungle. We are all very glad to serve the IBM i community and hope to continue to do so far into the future.