In case you didn’t know it, I’m a stats nerd.  I love spreadsheets, I love pivot tables, I love statistics, I love data mining.  When I worked at Peak 10, my team would roll their eyes every time I’d pull up another Excel sheet to walk through a problem, and our vendors would scowl knowing [...]

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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 John speak before, much of what he covers is common [...]

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If you haven’t seen it, Rob Lloyd, the Cisco EVP for Worldwide Operations and Global Sales sat down with our good friends at CRN and gave a very insightful “state of the organization” interview.  It’s a fascinating read in many ways, particularly to see how some of the promised changes at Cisco [...]

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Having being involved in a number of EMC product releases over the last couple years, this one may have garnered the most wildly speculative pre-launch chatter from the market.  While some of it was reasonably accurate, some of it was pretty significantly off-base.  Some of the questions and speculation [...]

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Now that the event is over, and everyone is safely back to their normal lives, I wanted to send up a quick recap of the conference.  If this event was a precursor to how the VCE 2012 event schedule is going to go, I’m very excited!

Before each event, the marketing team puts [...]

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With the day one issues all put to bed, day two was awesome.  The conference seemed much more lively today, and we ended up having a great day of booth presentations, VPLEX demos and hands on labs.

One of the presentations that I enjoyed the most was from Gideon Wilkins, the Director of [...]

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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.  The only rules were [...]

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VCE is kicking off the year with a blow-out event planned for Cisco Live in London.  Having arrived on Sunday morning, the booth-building and setup was in full swing through Monday afternoon.

If you haven’t been to one of the major industry shows lately, VCE has really done a great job of putting [...]

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Last year, when vLaunchPad kicked off the voting for the 2011 Top 25 VMware Blogs, it was a goldmine for me.  As someone who had recently moved from the customer side of the game to a vendor, it was a great way to get exposure to all of the incredible content being [...]

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For the next three weeks VCE is starting off 2012, and celebrating a pretty impressive 2011, by holding a series of sales/technical kickoff meetings in Dallas, Boston and London.  These three day gatherings include a number of breakout sessions for the different teams, and include all new collateral, presentations and a first look at some [...]

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For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, I beg your indulgence as this post is going to be a little different, and a little personal.  I promise to get back on schedule with the technical/business posts, and I have my 2011 recap ready to go for next week, but this is [...]

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I think it’s because of the many, many years that I spent playing and managing baseball, but I’ve always been interested in the concept of teams, and the art/science behind building them. Much like a baseball team, where different positions require different skillsets and personalities, enterprises today also require a mix of people with different [...]

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Much like my trip to Copenhagen for VMworld 2011, it was very interesting to be able to support the VCE event marketing team at CA World to see how different groups of people respond to the VCE story. Most of the events we go to are, for obvious reasons, infrastructure focused, so it was very [...]

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Listen, I’ll acknowledge right up front that the premise of the title of this post is ridiculous.  But considering some of the other more outlandish and dogmatic arguments I’ve seen around the topic of AWS and it’s position in the IaaS market lately, maybe it’s not that out of place.  Let’s all take a deep [...]

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As much as I love talking to customers, whiteboarding solutions and doing booth presentations, I miss the days of being able to attend VMworld as a fan, and as a user.  Despite having been to both 2011 VMworld events, I have yet to sit in a session, work through a lab or participate in any [...]

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I had almost the exact same conversation with three customers over the last few weeks, and one of them ended with the EMC vSpecialist who had invited me to the call telling the customer “Keep an eye on his blog, I’m sure he’ll have more up there soon!” With pressure like that, who needs deadlines? [...]

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