We recently rented Thor: The Dark World and spent a long evening watching it. I don't mean to sound like it was particularly bad; it's just that the first movie was really visually stunning, with a decent story, while the second - well, it just had neither. It felt like the CGI team skimped a little bit on the depiction of Asgard in this one. Heimdall turns into an ordinary character - yes, his role is bigger, but not better. The budding love interest of Sif never takes off. I found that part of the story very disappointing, as it just not believable. I could go on, but I don't mean to sound so negative. It was actually a good night's entertainment. It's just that I expected more.
It's actually more fun talking about the disruptive technology that enables me to watch Thor at home. The Redbox company blew up the previous model of going to a neighborhood store such as Blockbuster. Now you can pick up a DVD at a huge array of convenience stores, drug stores, and even at the king of commerce, Wal-Mart.
Speaking of expecting more from something, IBM notes that infrastructure matters. We're only two months away from the storage event of the year, Edge 2014, and I want to give a heads up on a really interesting topic that will be presented by my colleague Paul Schena. The subject is still confidential at this point, since it hasn't been announced yet, but it will involve some really great technology in our SONAS system. SONAS has at least two great capabilities that sets it apart from other file servers: first, the ability to easily store and serve millions of files, and second - well, that one you are going to have to wait until you hear Paul's presentation. Whose infrastructure you choose does matter, and Paul will show at Edge a capability that no other vendor can match. Be there or be square!