This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Varrow Madness event,
hosted by Varrow, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event was well attended
and Varrow does an outstanding job of bringing together customers and their
technology partners. The event primarily draws from a customer base in
Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, as well as southern Virginia and parts of South
Carolina. I highlight this because those cities are the #19 and #45 cities
in the US in population. They are growing areas with expertise in healthcare,
high-tech, banking, state/local government and some manufacturing, but they
are by no means Silicon Valley or Wall Street.
Sometimes it's easy to forget that there is a massive IT ecosystem that lives
outside the shining lights of the technology and financial hubs. Not every IT
department is filled with "hackers
" that are ready to contribute their next... (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)
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.
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
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)