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A New Endeavour: Sharing Insights with Forbes Readers

by Mark Lewis on July 24, 2018

In many cultures around the world, there is a reverent respect for the life experience achieved by elders. In industry, those of us who have been around long enough eventually reach “veteran” status and if we’re lucky carry some sway with our views of where our business has been and where it is going. I’m fortunate enough to be one of those lucky ones, having people around me here at Violin Systems that respect my 30 years of experience driving storage and software solutions. Recently, I’ve been invited to share that experience with a broader audience as an invited member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Forbes has always had a certain cache as a leading business-oriented media outlet so when I had the opportunity to join the new kind of professional community they created in conjunction with YEC, a world-class entrepreneurship organization, I didn’t hesitate to become a member. One of the perks, as it might be called, is the opportunity to share though-leadership articles and industry-related tips for publication on Forbes.com.

My first article, “The Cloud-Era Of Computing Is Just About Over, So What’s Next?” has just been posted.

In it, I talk about how Edge computing is moving beyond the current cloud trend by enabling the next wave of com

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puting to support technologies like AI and IoT even more disruptive. I think this is an inevitable move in large part due to the latency involved in moving information to and from the cloud to complete every transaction. What this means is that extreme performance solutions will be needed to be implemented nearer the source of these machine inquiries to minimize the time it takes to process data. I hope it’s a fascinating read and gives some insight into where the industry is going.

The article is a good allegory to how Violin has evolved and what we need to do to prepare for the future of our business. While the cloud is occupying much of the media coverage and is driving adoption of cloud-based solutions, we need to keep a weather eye on changing market conditions. While we currently deliver extreme-performance storage solutions to satisfy a number of challenges facing enterprises today, we remain ever vigilant in how applications deployed across a number of business use cases affect how critical business data is stored and delivered.

I’ve been around the industry long enough to know that the only sure thing is change. Those who can anticipate that change and make the right choices to address those changes will be the ones who become the leaders and the veterans of the industry. Violin is well positioned to be one of those visionary companies. I look forward to sharing more of our success with you here in this blog as well as in future postings on Forbes.com.