Silicon Valley is a strange anomaly in a big world. It's arguably the
center of the technology universe, constantly cranking out new ideas, new
products and new companies. And its residents create billions (or trillions)
of dollars of revenue on the back on that technology. But Silicon Valley also
has this self-belief that it's a romantic place, a modern day Camelot where
the ills and evils of the world can be vanquished by spreading around magic
silicon dust in just the right amounts. It looks to highlight the next 100
year company, which will cement it's place as a foundational pillar in the
fabric of future global economies.
But there's a small problem with that romantic idea. That's not how the
Silicon Valley DNA is wired. Regardless of whether or not people believe
Silicon Valley is currently living in a bubble, its fabric is built on the
creative desires of "... (more)
RIP Sherman Helmsley, the great George Jefferson
VMware acquires Nicira
We’ll we're movin on up In the cloud stack To a deluxe datacenter, made of
software Moving on up In the cloud stack We’re finally getting network
VMs got stuck in the rack VLANs just didn’t scale Took a whole lotta
tryin’ Configs not to let things fail Now we’re up in the big leagues
Getting our turn at nets As long cloud scales, it’s you and me baby There
ain’t nothing washed about that
We’ll were movin on up In the cloud stack To a deluxe DC, made of software
Moving on up In the cloud stack We’... (more)
At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat
Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC).
This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes
virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility
to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network,
security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver
greater value to the business.
As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about
how this will impact the marke... (more)
As springtime rolls around, all sorts of interesting things start popping up
that either delight us (green grass), frustrate us (weeds), congest us
(pollen) or confuse us (daylight savings time). And a similar phenomenon
appears to also be happening with "Cloud Management" start-ups.
In the early days, Cloud Computing either meant using SaaS applications or
developer groups ("Shadow IT") that used one of the public IaaS services,
such as AWS. SaaS had built-in management and those developer groups either
used the basic AWS tools or built some things themselves. Most of these were ... (more)
When I joined Cisco in 1996, I was sitting in new-hire orientation and
distinctly remember one of the VPs tell us that, "we are a software company".
I remember being surprised at this, because we had just finished touring an
incredible lab filled with huge boxes of blinking lights. But after working
with the products for a few months, it became obvious that the value to our
customers was the stability and flexibility of the IOS software (no kids, not
the stuff on your iPhone).
Ten years went by and I found myself in a spin-out that was using the ODM
hardware manufacturers used ... (more)