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’re finally getting network marketshare.
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)
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)
It's been four years since our last economic bubble and eleven since our last
technology bubble, so it's possible that another one is coming soon. Or not.
Your guess is as good as mine. I suppose I could pontificate about why one is
coming (hint: see Instagram @ $1B), but that doesn't help anybody. Instead,
I've decided to create an open plan to take advantage of the existing hype in
the market, across multiple vectors.
So I've decided to write an open letter to Tom Scott, creator of Klouchebag.
Big fan of Klouchebag. Built in just a few hours. Hosted in the Cloud.
Long, long ago, in a Data Center far, far away, I used to consider myself
reasonably knowledgeable in the ways of networking. Somewhere on a dusty
bookshelf or the bottom of a packing box is a remind that I once held Cisco
CCIE #3077. And I was even once semi-knowledgeable about a significant
transition from a function that was hardware-centric to one that led a
revolution to software-centric productivity.
But even as I spend more time trying to grasp Software Defined
Networking (SDN), talking with some of the smartest people in the
industry, I find myself still left with some ... (more)