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 pillar in the
fabric of future global economies.
But there's a small problem with that romantic idea. That's not how the
Silicon Valley DNA is wired. Regardless of whether or not people believe
Silicon Valley is currently living in a bubble, its fabric is built on the
creative desires of "... (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
Last summer, I was having lunch with my friend Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and we
were discussing some ideas about how to better engage the Cloud Computing
technology communities. As a whole, there is quite a bit of change happening
in this space (technology, market dynamics, business models) and it can be
difficult for people to keep up with all that's going on. I don't recall all
the details of that lunch, but the central idea was that it would be
interesting if we could capture the passion and insight that happens when
technologists get together around a whiteboard and talk shop.
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)
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)