Day One is in the books, and man was it a crazy one.  After getting to sleep around 1am, everyone reported bright and early for the vLabs role-call at 6:30am.  The team did kick-ass work getting everything ready to go, and here’s a good pic of Chris Horn getting the troops fired up before […]

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What a day.  Since I arrived yesterday afternoon the amount of work that has been done behind-the-scenes is incredible.  I wish there was someone making a video/documentary about the work involved in pulling something this big, this massive, off just so that everyone could appreciate the dedication that EMC and their partners put into this […]

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I’m in the air and on the way to Las Vegas to participate in the largest EMC World conference ever, and can’t wait to get there.  EMC has been gracious enough to plug me into their Social Media Machine™ for the week, so the plan is to live-blog the larger events as they happen, and […]

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Here's a very, very interesting survey that Emerson Network Power commissions every year about data center outages. It doesn't focus on Service Providers so I didn't want to inject it into the previous post about AWS, but some of the answers are stunning (to me).  I used to work at one of the […]

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Right up front, I’ll let you know I don’t have any additional information on why AWS failed last week, nor do I have any opinion on Amazon’s communication (or lack thereof) during the outage.  I’m not an AWS customer, I’m not a security analyst and I don’t really have a dog in the IaaS fight […]

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So, I promised I wasn't going to do this, I really did.  There are such a great selection of home lab setup overviews out there (like this one, and this one, and this one, and this one, and this one…).  For goodness sake, there's even […]

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For those of you who get the reference in the title, rock on. For those of you who don't, write me off as a total nerd who reads too much. It's cool.

Yesterday was supposed to be a PTO day, but one of my co-workers pointed out a response that had been made to my […]

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With all the news about Facebook lately, it's interesting to look at what they've become. Some pundits have labeled them the bellwether for growth in the IT space. With the release of their "Open Compute Project" data center, there's talk of them ushering in a "new era" of data center design.

Don't get me wrong, […]

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The Current Big Thing

On March 28, 2011 By

In my day-to-day, I deal pretty specifically with the Service Provider group, and as such it's possible that I may not be up on what the "Next Big Thing" is on the Enterprise side, so bear with me here, I may have this completely wrong….

Mike Riley with NetApp put up a post on his […]

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Note: I've gotten a couple comments (thank you Greg Mulholland and Scott Lowe) and wanted to make one clarification.  To my knowledge, no one at NetApp has ever directly stated that a FlexPod is equivalent to a VCE Vblock.  There has been some misconception in the media, and there's certainly always an opportunity to educate […]

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I saw this link come across Twitter today courtesy of Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick, http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk) and wanted to make a couple comments about it because it's a subject really gets me worked up…

HP to Launch Enterprise Cloud Service

This isn't academic for me, I WAS one of those SPs that counted on HP […]

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One of the challenges with enterprise storage, is well, it usually takes an enterprise full of people, or with some vendors a healthy PS budget, to install, upgrade and maintain them.  With some (most?) enterprises trending towards younger, cheaper staff who are asked to be jacks of many trades and masters of none, hardware vendors have […]

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VMware Partner Exchange 2011 is less than a month away, and I'm excited to use that event as a platform to talk to Service Provider and ISV partners (and prospective partners!) about the Vblock, about the vertical and horizontal solutions we are building on top of those Vblocks and about the roadmap for VCE in […]

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I'll be up front with you: I'm a poster child for failing to live up to resolutions I've made in the past, so there's some risk in putting this out here were everyone can see.  Maybe it will make my failure that much more public; maybe it will help me put in the time and […]

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Thankful

On November 25, 2010 By

My wife took the kids to her parent's house this week in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving trip to Eastern Tennessee.  The empty, quiet house, a series of incredible meetings at my new job, getting to hang out at the local EMC office and getting to have dinner with some of my co-workers all combined […]

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New Game, New Rules…

On November 15, 2010 By

It's no secret that I've been on the customer side of the vendor relationship for a long, long time.  Through relationships with HP, Microsoft, Liebert, GE, McKesson, EMC, Cisco, VMware and many, many others I got introduced to the competitive world of "vendor management" back in the late 1990s, and learned how the game was […]

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