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Amazon Exploring Crypto? The Cryptocurrency and Blockchain World Goes Crazy

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Futurum Research Senior Analyst, Steven Dickens provides his take on what appears to be indicative of Amazon exploring crypto. A recent job listing by Amazon and what this could mean for the innovative global retailer and cloud provider has the cryptocurrency and Blockchainworld going a bit crazy. As the global landscape for money transforms, nations states issue digital currencies and Bitcoin continues its path to wider adoption, it’s interesting to consider when and how Amazon will respond.

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Poly’s Q1 FY2022 Earnings Reflect Trend Toward Hybrid Work Bodes Well, But There’s Work Ahead

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Futurum’s Steven Dickens provides his take on the Q1 FY2022 earnings results for Poly. With remote work driving the need for high quality audio and video solutions, Poly is well positioned to continue to ride the pandemic dynamic and continue its growth trajectory, provided supply chain issues continue to throw a wrench their way.

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Mainframe Ecosystem Mobilizes for Common Good with Congress, Micro Focus, and Broadcom Providing Encouraging News

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Futurum’s Steven Dickens provides his take on an interesting week in the mainframe space. Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) looks to get support for the Grace Hopper Code for Us Act in the House to fund higher ed training for IT jobs and addressing the shortage of professionals with a background in older coding languages needed to maintain and modernize critical government IT systems. Micro Focus plays a significant role in that initiative, and Broadcom looks to transform the mainframe landscape through Open Source with The Linux Foundation, Open Mainframe Project. Very interesting times ahead for the mainframe industry.

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The Storage-as-a-Service Market Heats Up — Pure Storage, IBM, VAST Data, Red Hat and others are Disrupting the Storage Landscape

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Futurum’s Steven Dickens provides his take on the disruption that is occurring in the storage marketplace, as well as recent announcements from IBM and Pure Storage. Steven also covers how traditional supply chains are being transformed through approaches taken by players such as VAST Data, and open source models such as CEPH.

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IBM Storage Adds Enhanced Data Protection to FlashSystem Showing a Focus on Security, Ransomware, and Storage

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Futurum’s Steven Dickens provides his analysis of IBM Storage announcements today, which reflect the company’s addition of enhanced data protection to Flash System, showing a focus on security, ransomware, and storage. While the company has some catching up to do, this focus on data protection and a Storage-as-a-Service offering is clearly important to clients and prospects

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IBM Systems Has A Tough Quarter, But That Is Not The Whole Story

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Futurum Research Senior Analyst, Steven Dickens provides his take on the Q2 2021 results for IBM Systems. The headline results on the surface look troubling for Systems, however given the product life cycles of IBM Z and Power, and tough comparisons against Q2 2020, the business did surprisingly well and shows areas of growth and penetration in the marketplace.

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IBM’s Bluetab Acquisition: Tripling Down on Building Cloud Services Business

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With yet another acquisition, this time Bluetab, IBM is clearly tripling down on building its cloud services business. Futurum’s Steven Dickens provides his analysis on the spending spree IBM is on to build a post Kyndryl services business that can support the company’s ambitions in hybrid cloud. A pattern is emerging in the acquisition strategy of IBM in the services business to focus on the deployment of hybrid cloud solutions.

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Nerdio Announces New Integrations with Microsoft Windows 365, Aimed at Making Remote Work Easier

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Futurum Research Senior Analyst, Steven Dickens provides his take on developments coming out of VDI vendor Nerdio. As remote work accelerates the need for increased deployment of remote desktops, VDI has exploded. Nerdio is hyper focused on the issues around the deployment of VDI architectures either within MSP’s looking to service the SMB marketplace or large enterprises looking to manage their desktop fleet.

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SUSE Announces First Earnings as a Public Company, Post Rancher Labs Acquisition

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Futurum analyst Steven Dickens provides his take on the first set of earnings announcements from SUSE as a public company. With SUSE having recently acquired Rancher Labs and IPO’ing the business in May, this first set of numbers was crucial to the market sentiment around this open source leader. SUSE showed strong growth and positive signals across all areas of the business, including Cloud adoption.