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
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)
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)
The most frequent conversation I had this year was with colleagues that asked
for advice on their "career path". How do they stay motivated? How do they
take on new or bigger responsibility? How do they earn more money?
A year ago, I wrote that people looking to advance their career should have
at least one (if not a few) projects that they do for "free". Something
outside their day-to-day work that lets them explore new skills or new ways
to address challenges in a new market. It's not an easy thing to do, as we
all live busy lives, but I continue to believe it's critical for anyo... (more)
It's that time of year again. Time for the industry's most influential
infrastructure gathering, VMworld. And, as has become an annual occurrence, I
jot down some pre-show thoughts about the event (2012, 2011).
Who is VMware in 2013?
While Pat Gelsinger was introduced at the 2012 VMworld as the new CEO,
replacing Paul Maritz, the themes and strategy were still very much inline
with Maritz's prior plans. Since then Gelsinger has narrowed the focus of the
company, shed many products and begun putting his leadership team in place.
So I'll be very interested to see how VMware gets pres... (more)
Over a year ago, I wrote my initial thoughts on VMware's CloudFoundry PaaS
platform. Over the past year, the platform has grown and evolved in
interesting ways - new frameworks, new partners, new tools and new ways to
interact with the community.
But one question continued to linger. How would CloudFoundry connect back to
the rest of the VMware portfolio? There was already some connections to the
SpringSource framework and vFabric, but it wasn't clear if it would connect
back to vSphere. Or should it connect back to vSphere? Cloud Foundry is an
open (source) PaaS framework that w... (more)