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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 market, how it will affect IT organizations. Wikibon did a nice job providing their view on "Software-led Infrastructure". It's one of many attempts that I've seen to start trying to put a scope around this concept. Some portions are agreed upon, while others are creating some headaches. I creat... (more)

New Community Interactions for Hardware Vendor

[Disclosure - My employer is EMC] A few weeks ago, my good friend Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) released "Project Razor" in conjunction with EMC and Puppet Labs. It's a framework to simplify the deployment and automation of bare-metal or virtualized server environments, bringing more of the stack into a DevOps models. While I'm biased and think the code is pretty awesome, the more interesting aspect is that a major hardware company (EMC) was part of an open-source project. As Dan Hushon (Distinguished Engineer, EMC) stated during our podcast prior to the release, this isn't the first time... (more)

What's the Killer App for Software Defined Networking?

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)

It's DevOps, or It's the Wrong Conversation

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... (more)

What Will You Do for FREE in 2013?

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)