>Emails get bigger, used to be plain text now they're html with images in the signatures
And that's one of the big problems with today's IT. I get emails from people with 1 MB of pointless images in their signatures. I want to know your name, your phone number, and what you do. That can be done in a few dozen bytes. All of these logos and certifications suggest to me that you've got no experience.
Once you get an email chain with the same signature ten times it starts to fill your inbox.
Most annoyingly no email programs seem to have a function to strip this crap out.
Now for a few comments on the article:
2) Software-defined is marketing bullshit. Yes, the clever bit's in the software, but then again it always was. ASICs are coded in software. The firmware that runs on them is software. Using generic hardware such as CPUs allows for quicker code rewrites. It always has. Anyone buying into software-defined being anything new is an idiot, or if I were being more generous, ignorant.
4) The biggest problem with automated tiering at the moment is it's reactive, not proactive. And granularity doesn't always tie in with data layouts. It's getting better all of the time though so everyone should be using it. Pick the best feature/price combination.
6) Not really. For now, Intel produces commodity CPUs which do the job. There's nothing stopping vendors using other architectures, such as ARM. x86 is just the best choice at the moment.
10) That's because people are frightened of Object Storage, particularly as there's no apparent common standard. Too much of a risk of lock-in.