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Right up front, I promise: no predictions!  Ain’t nobody got time for that…  2013 was an interesting year for me, and looking back at it, there’s a lot to learn from it.  There were highs and lows, but every situation brings with it a lesson.  Here are the ones I learned, or am in the [...]

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Martin Glassborow posted a thought provoking piece on his blog a couple weeks back talking about how the intelligence native to infrastructure seems to be working it’s way up from the individual components.  Specifically he references the

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You probably didn’t notice, but VCE reached a significant milestone this week.  I don’t think it got nearly as much fanfare as it should have, but the VCE Developer Portal that was announced as part of the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations

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First off, I apologize for the relative scarcity of blog posts lately.  I hadn’t really noticed that I had slowed down, but I was (forcefully) reminded by two people that I respect very much that I need to stop making excuses and get back to writing more.

Since the [...]

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Man, where to start with this one.  Let’s do a personal level-set first.  I freely admit, I’ve never been a software guy.  I can script, I can hack, I can handle web design with simplistic data-driven back-ends.  I can write SQL queries like a champ.  I’ve been working in and around VMware for half a [...]

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You may have seen a few tweets last week, formally confirming that VCE has the ability to resell the Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) solution directly.

I’ve been asked by a couple people why there wasn’t more of a formal announcement with regards to this, since there [...]

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Last week’s announcement that Cisco has acquired Cloupia is one that I was excited about on a number of levels.  First, the Cloupia team, including Raju Penmetsa, their CTO and Raju Datla, their CEO have been great to work with and I’m excited to [...]

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To go along with the general theme of VMworld 2012 for VCE, today it was announced that Cloupia has formally joined the VCE Technology Alliance Partner program, and that they will offer their end-to-end converged infrastructure management and orchestration solution to [...]

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The big news this morning is VMware’s announcement of the upgraded vSphere 5.1 and the introduction of the new vCloud Suite licensing model.  As the world’s most advanced converged infrastructure, Vblock Systems are going to naturally take the lead in support and availability for this powerful new [...]

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UPDATE: Alex Bligh gives a great rebuttal to my comments here: http://blog.alex.org.uk/2012/08/21/in-defence-of-the-death-of-private-clouds/ Kudos to Alex and the Flexiant team for being good sports.  His comments make sense, and my guess is that after a pint or three we’d meet somewhere in the midde.

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I love to point at “converged” infrastructure and call it boring.  I even have a slide that I use to kick off some presentations that says it in 66-point font.  But you know what isn’t boring?  Data center construction and operation.  In fact it’s damn hard, and we’ve seen [...]

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I’ve had this post sitting around for a while, and I’m still not sure I should publish it.  Of course if you are reading it then I’ve pushed the button and am bracing for the inevitable…

Today, in the technology arena, there is an endless debate that borders on religious at times.  Sides are drawn, [...]

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Totally by chance, I happened to catch the interview that John Chambers did with Charlie Rose last week.  If you can’t watch the video, Businessweek did a good recap here.

For those of us who have heard [...]

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Have you ever read the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips?  I grew up with them, and am a huge fan.  One of my favorite recurring things in the series was the concept of “Calvinball”, which was their way of rebelling against the rules they were surrounded by every day.  [...]

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More and more of the discussions I have with service providers revolve around how to tackle the challenges being placed on the operations side of the house.  Fortunately, VCE and the Vblock have lots of tools and features that we can bring to bear on that issue, and one key piece of that story is [...]

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With my employer having EMC as a parent company, it’s not surprising that data, and all of the ways it impacts the strategy, operations and execution of businesses of every size, is a topic that comes up often.  The interesting part is seeing for myself how much data matters on a day-to-day basis in lots [...]

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