IBM customizes OpenStack workload placement with Platform code

Within an OpenStack deployment, the Platform Resource Scheduler can choose the most appropriate server in which to place a new virtual machine based on policies crafted by the administrator. Criteria can include how much of each machine is already being used in terms of its CPU utilization, memory utilization and other factors.

I’d expect to see a lot more of this swapping stuff into OpenStack. For those companies with IP, it’s an easy way to differentiate.

IBM customizes OpenStack workload placement with Platform code

What do “strategy” people do, really?

Broadly speaking, CSO responsibilities fall into three categories—strategy development, resource allocation, and strategy execution—but activities within these three categories vary widely. (See Exhibit 1.) Most CSOs are responsible for identification of growth opportunities (84 percent of the executives we interviewed), strategic planning (82 percent), and M&A and divestments (82 percent). Other common responsibilities include monitoring long-term trends and outlook, gathering competitive intelligence, driving cross-business-unit initiatives, and sustaining business model innovation. Far fewer CSOs are involved with identifying cost improvement opportunities and managing postmerger integration (23 and 20 percent, respectively).

What do “strategy” people do, really?

Becoming a cloud, tips for service providers

Last week I was in an online panel with Flexiant and ThinkGrid talking doling out advice for service providers who want to go cloud. Rather than the usual vendor/analyst dynamic, we managed to get an end-user, as it were, on as well, Rob Lovell, CEO of ThinkGrid.

The result was a fun discussion: we focused a tremendous amount of getting not only the proper, differentiation and asset-advantaging strategy in place, but also starting small and working iteratively to learn what will work, you know, Lean Startup style.

As summarized at the end: “in 2014 it’s not about the mission to Mars, it’s about the mission to next door.” Check out the recording here.

Things are going the wrong direction in the server market

Continued soft demand for servers around the world resulted in a 3.7 percent decline in sales during the third quarter, according to IDC. A poor showing by IBM, which suffered a 19.4 percent decline in factory revenues during the quarter, enabled Hewlett-Packard to regain the title as the world’s top server maker.

Cisco and the ODMs have growth (and a tiny bit from HP), it seems. On the other end, Amazon is selling out of it’s high-end servers, C3, showing that there’s some sort of demand for higher horse power. Bonkers.

Things are going the wrong direction in the server market