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Chris Gaun
Research Analyst
4 years at Gartner
7 years IT industry

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A Price Premium for Components of Integrated Systems?

by Chris Gaun  |  March 29, 2013

Comparing integrated systems, which deliver a combination of server, storage and/or network devices in a pre-integrated stack coupled with software, can be difficult. By their nature, integrated systems typically have unique value propositions that derive from a particular strength of their respective vendors. Further, due to packaging differences, it can be challenging to compare the […]

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Selecting Hadoop Server Hardware For Big Data Workloads

by Chris Gaun  |  March 11, 2013

IT organizations can deploy a Hadoop cluster by buying an appliance, going to IaaS/PaaS public clouds, or building the solution themselves. Many major enterprise hardware vendors offer Big Data Hadoop appliances, as shown in the table below (Merv Adrian has more detail on the systems. Adrian, Arun Chandrasekaran, Svetlana Sicular and Marcus Collins are my go-to […]

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Big Data and Hadoop are leading scientists to ask bigger questions

by Chris Gaun  |  February 22, 2013

I have a new article article at Quartz (a relatively new magazine under The Atlantic Group). In 1905, Albert Einstein derived that light was composed of particles by fitting his theory to just a handful of data points. This discovery changed our understanding of basic physics and helped usher in a new era of quantum […]

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Apple, Amazon and IBM Show Possible Pitfalls of Beloved High Profit Margins

by Chris Gaun  |  February 12, 2013

Follow Chris Gaun on Twitter Last Tuesday, IBM cut the price of some of its POWER line to under $6,000. Steve Lohr of the New York Times observed that this move is designed to entice customers interested in analytic workloads and “notably Hadoop.” One of the better introductions to Hadoop that I’ve seen is Robert Scoble’s interview with the CEO of […]

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Amazon’s Cloud Revenue is Important Information for Potential Customers

by Chris Gaun  |  January 30, 2013

Amazon released another quarterly report yesterday and there was still no indication that the cloud AWS segment will be broken out from its grouping with non-cloud products. Today, AWS revenue is recognized in the “other” revenue category with non-cloud products while most of Amazon’s business is in the “Media” and “Electronics and other general merchandise” […]

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How Can Public Clouds Reduce Business Risk For Users?

by Chris Gaun  |  January 28, 2013

Follow Chris Gaun on Twitter During a recession, purchases drop. Customers using public IaaS cloud computing often only need to commit to services for a small amount of time – typically an hour or a month. That shifts inventory risk, i.e. the chance that products won’t sell or that the price of those products will […]

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Facebook vs. Google Search? Markets say “no.”

by Chris Gaun  |  January 18, 2013

Facebook announced a search engine this week called Graph Search. Many in the media and Twitter have focused on the competitive position of the new product against Google. No doubt, when people hear “internet search” they think of the companies’ with the largest market share – Google and Bing. The finance community investing in the […]

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With Writing on the Wall in PC Market, Vendors Forced To Evolve

by Chris Gaun  |  January 15, 2013

Several data points point to a secular change in the PC market. First, Gartner said yesterday that PC sales dropped 4.9% in the last quarter of 2012, and that the change was partly due to the rise of tablets. This table in Gartner’s press release paints a better picture: Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and […]

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Can Mainframes be the Least Expensive Option?

by Chris Gaun  |  January 14, 2013

“…mainframe is still the digital workhorse for banking and telecommunications networks — and why mainframes are selling briskly in the emerging economies of Asia and Africa.” ~ Steve Lohr in 8/28/2012 New York Times Mainframes are not small purchases. Customers who purchase mainframes, and the vendors that sell them, say that the value (and premium) […]

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How Tech Pricing is Like Airplane Tickets

by Chris Gaun  |  January 10, 2013

Image Source: Boeing Dreamscape The AP recently pointed out that technology-driven ticketing services are now struggling with airlines that withhold some pricing data from third parties. It explains: Global distribution systems that supply flight and fare data to travel agents and online ticketing services like Orbitz and Expedia, accounting for half of all U.S. airline tickets, […]

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