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As I was watching this thread develop, with various comments from people that live and breathe IT, one thing kept coming to mind. IT people often try and justify new technology with technology reasoning. It's analogous to answering a question with another question. Far too often, because IT has almost always been looked at as a cost-center and measured for ROI based on cost-reduction or productivity improvements, technologist feel the need to drive the justification for a new project based on cost. How will it be cheaper than the last project? How will it reduce spending for the business in some way? How can this eliminate something that isn't as effective as this new technology? The right answer is DevOps. Huh? Why would I use a technology term, "DevOps", as the answer to the question when I just got done saying we shouldn't use technology to explain technology? Be... (more)

The Challenges of Market Transitions

[Disclosure: My current employer (Cisco) is a business/technology partner to both VMware and EMC] Earlier today VMware announced that they had acquired the assets, people and operations of online storage service Mozy from EMC. Almost immediately, the Twitterverse was calling out VMware for abandoning their current business model, primarily acting as a vendor, selling to Enterprise/Commercial businesses and Service Providers. Mozy currently operators as a Cloud Storage provider (to both consumers and small-business), so questions arose about whether this now put VMware in competit... (more)

Thoughts from the Regional Cloud

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Varrow Madness event, hosted by Varrow, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event was well attended and Varrow does an outstanding job of bringing together customers and their technology partners. The event primarily draws from a customer base in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, as well as southern Virginia and parts of South Carolina. I highlight this because those cities are the #19 and #45 cities in the US in population. They are growing areas with expertise in healthcare, high-tech, banking, state/local government and some manufactur... (more)

In Technology, It's About 10 Years, Not 100 Years

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... (more)

Ode to George Jefferson, VMware and Nicira

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 marketshare. 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)