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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 business in some way? How can this eliminate something that isn't as effective as this new technology? The right answer is DevOps. Huh? Why would I use a technology term, "DevOps", as the answer to the question when I just got done saying we shouldn't use technology to explain technology? Be... (more)

What Is Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC)?

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)

Beyond Server Virtualization

A few weeks ago, I wrote my pre-show thoughts about VMworld 2012. Much of it was focused on the need for VMware to diversify their technology and business model(s) as customer needs are evolving beyond server virtualization. Now that the US event is over, I wanted to jot down some thoughts before they burn away like the San Francisco fog that greeted us each morning. The audience was more diverse than in years past - While VMworld always draws a huge group of infrastructure-centric people, this year had a greater diversity of new groups in attendance, even if only around the fringes... (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)

Engineers Unplugged

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. ... (more)