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Author: Alastair Cooke

Reference Architectures, Customer Innovation Labs, and Industry-Standard Ethernet Enable Cost-Effective Ethernet for AI Training
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares insights from the Juniper Networks presentation at Cloud Field Day 20 on 800GB Ethernet for AI training and the Juniper AI Innovation Lab.
The Oxide Cloud Computer Platform is a First-Principles Redesign of On-Premises Cloud Infrastructure.
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on Oxide Computer’s multi-rack-scale on-premises cloud infrastructure and the innovative approach Oxide brings to tightly integrated server infrastructure hardware design.
Google Cloud Platform Presentation Covering Running Enterprise Applications on GCP With Hardware Offload for Efficient Performance
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on the Titanium architecture and hardware offload for efficient performance in the Google Cloud. Customers get more CPU for their code and less overhead from the infrastructure.
A 400% Increase in VMware Licensing Cost Prompted Migration to an Alternative Hypervisor and Hyperconverged Infrastructure
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor and Paul Nashawaty, Practice Leader and Lead Principal Analyst at The Futurum Group, share their insights on what size of client might successfully migrate from a vSphere cluster to a Nutanix AHV cluster without experiencing significant business disruption.
Building Business Applications with LLM AI Is Complex and Running Those Applications Is Expensive—LLM Inference Needs Big Changes to Enable Widespread Use
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on the changes needed for organizations to overcome the complexity and cost of LLMs and finally get tremendous business value from them.
Datadobi StorageMAP Indexes Unstructured Data to Allow Workflow-Based Unstructured Data Management on Large-Scale NAS and File Servers
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on how customers with large estates of unstructured data can use Datadobi’s StorageMap to gain a better return on the cost of storing everything on scale-out NAS.
Leostream Desktop Connection Broker Centralizes Multi-Cloud Desktops for Large Organizations
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on the importance of a connection broker, such as Leostream, to provide multi-vendor virtual desktops in a multi-cloud enterprise.
Reduce the Need for Expensive Fine-Tuning While Gaining the Benefit of Domain-Specific Knowledge in a Large Language Model AI Application
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on working with Dell to demonstrate that low-cost LLM updates can be delivered using retrieval-augmented generation on servers with modest GPUs.
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on the value of the VAST Data platform for AI pipelines. VAST Data announced partnerships with NVIDIA and Supermicro with new AI capabilities.
Machine Learning Drives Increased Growing Yield for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at Massive Scale
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on how Nature Fresh Farms has boosted productivity using machine learning. More strawberries per square meter through computer science and math, no LLMs required.
Tiered Storage Options from Distributed IoT Devices Up to Complete Rack-Scale Solutions from Supermicro Showcase the Value of Solidigm Storage Options for AI
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on the Solidigm and Supermicro presentation at AI Field Day. Supermicro showed products reinforcing the range of Solidigm storage options for AI pipeline stages.
Xeon CPUs Can Often Deliver AI-Enriched Applications Without Requiring Expensive GPUs
Alastair Cooke, CTO Advisor at The Futurum Group, shares his insights on Intel’s presentation at AI Field Day 4, discussing when to use CPUs rather than GPUs for AI inference.