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Before flying off to San Francisco last week, I made some notes about what I was looking forward to hearing at VMworld 2013. It has been a year since Pat Gelsinger
In my 20 years in the technology industry, I've found that there are three types of product/service strategy discussions that companies (vendors) have: "Our new product/tool will change the world." - Occasionally this happens, but more often that not it's just a feature that could...
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 mode...
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 ...
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, beca...
I had the chance to attend the Triangle DevOps meetup, along with my podcast co-host Aaron Delp (@aarondelp), which was being held at the Teradata offices and lead by their DevOps person responsible for their OpenStack environment. It was an interesting event for a few reasons:
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 marketshare.
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...
For the past couple of years, we've heard the term "Hybrid Cloud" discussed as the nirvana that Enterprise IT is truly looking for as they consider new operating paradigms to better align business needs and evolving technology. "Hybrid Cloud" would be the bridge between the known entit...
This past week, Mary Meeker published her amazing annual look at technology trends and the state of the web. As usual, it provides great details around macro-level trends effecting usage, devices, economics and much more. And the highlight is her "Re-Imagination - of Nearly Everything"...
[Disclosure - My employer is EMC]A few weeks ago, my good friend Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) released "Project
There have been plenty of articles written about how Software Defined Networks (SDN) don't really solve a specific use-case that couldn't (actually or potentially) be solved with networking solutions that exist on the market today.  These are
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. Bu...
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:
One of the most fun aspects of hosting The Cloudcast (.net) podcast is that we take a completely vendor-neutral and technology-neutral stance on what we discuss and who we invite onto the show. Lots of learning and lots of great discussions. And occasionally we ask a few questions and ...
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 custome...
As springtime rolls around, all sorts of interesting things start popping up that either delight us (green grass), frustrate us (weeds), congest us (pollen) or confuse us (daylight savings time). And a similar phenomenon appears to also be happening with "Cloud Management" start-ups. ...
There is a lot of buzz these days about DevOps, the movement to blur the lines between application development and IT operations. The thinking goes - if there is direct linkage between the functions (or if they are a single group), then how the applications are operated is always top-o...
If you're interested in Cloud Computing I'd encourage you to listen to "The Cloudcast (.net)" podcast here, or go over
As a follow-up to the previous series of Cloud Computing whiteboard videos, primarily focused on the technology aspects, we decided to create some videos that speak to business managers. The topics include: The Evolution of Consumer Behavior (tablets, smartphones, social media, apps) ...
I had the opportunity to attend Cloud Connect in Santa Clara last week, which was a great chance to
To quote my friend Stevie Chambers (@stevie_chambers), "I feel like a new room has opened in my memory palace."That was exactly how I felt after finishing my recent
[Gracely's Theorem - 99% of all new tech ideas are just old tech ideas + bandwidth + faster CPUs]
Let me begin this post by dating myself - when I first (truly) got into technology, AOL was a big deal and there was an interesting level of anticipation anytime the modem on your computer would start
A couple weeks ago there was an interesting discussion on Twitter amongst the #clouderati about ways to manage risk in a public cloud environment. I believe it was a fragment off the discussion
About a year ago, I wrote a post about do'ers vs.
[UBER-DISCLOSURE: These thoughts or predictions offer no insight or insider-knowledge from my current or
For the past couple years, as hybrid and electric car technologies evolved, I've been evaluating when was the right time for me to make the switch. For 90% of my driving, I travel within 40-50 miles in a day. I could easily get to when I needed without
If you've been following the tech headlines so far this year, you may frequently find yourself thinking that it's almost impossible to keep up with all
Having spent the last couple years dealing with multiple aspects of Cloud Computing - definitions, vendor implementations, business adoption vs. pushback, available public services, etc. - I'm now starting to conclude that it all really comes down to
While I was writing this post about the linkage between vendor offerings and IT offerings, I started noodling on this circular challenge:Public Cloud