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 by Linksys. We expected those products to be very
simple, since they were targeted at very low price points. But as we began
testing them, we were shocked at the performance levels - they were 20% of
the cost of "enterprise" products with at least 20-30% better performance,
including 80-90%... (more)
There is a lot of buzz these days about DevOps, the movement to blur the
lines between application development and IT operations. The thinking goes -
if there is direct linkage between the functions (or if they are a single
group), then how the applications are operated is always top-of-mind and
things like security, automation and scalability can be designed-in from Day
But as we move towards a world that is heavily dominated by touch-screen
devices (gestures instead of clicks), apps replacing applications (UI + API +
Data) and API integration between various services, I'm st... (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)
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
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)