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Although it has been a couple of months since the hysteria of re:Invent, there has been a great deal of consternation by hoards of people in enterprise IT over the emergence of Amazon AWS. The fear is that AWS and it's main competitors will substantially disrupt the market for enterprise infrastructure and create the next big oligopoly or even monopoly in the technology industry: The Cloud. In this weekend's Barrons, we find Tiernan Ray making the near term case for mediocrity, if not eventual doom for the big enterprise technology players (Note: subscription may be required): No Silver Lining in the Cloud for Blue-Chip Techs The key concern among investors - both venture and public market -  and users everywhere really centers around the notion of AWS being a "dominant exchange". This is what happens when the game becomes one where the entire solution set is owned b... (more)

Shocking news! Renting More Expensive Than Buying!

I came across a blog post on Wired Enterprise this evening that made me smile. More precisely, I got that warm feeling that only vindication brings after a long argument. That post, written by Cade Metz, was entitled "Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money". In it, he frames an argument that I was having just a few weeks ago with certain folks that should know better. I was being called a blasphemer for suggesting it, and clearly, Metz is aware that he is off the beaten path. I need to buy him a beer. Without further ado, here's the money quote: ...in May, about two ... (more)

Sunday Night Scotch: Disruption Is So... Well... Disruptive

The reason that God was able to create the world in seven days is He didn't have to worry about the installed base.  - Enzo Torresi Maybe it's a sad testament to the human condition, but the technology industry does not seem to lend itself to attracting individuals with humility or self awareness. Since my very early days as a junior software engineer, I have noted that it is only a matter of time before many archetypical tech nerds, having achieved a modicum of monetary success, start to behave erratically. Before long, you see them standing on top of the roof at corporate headq... (more)

Um, Can I Work From Home? Please?

It really is amazing how organizations can take a relatively simple idea and supersize it to the point where it is unrecognizable from its original conception. Last week, in a bizarre reversal, we learned that HP has decided that their people should not work from home any more if at all possible. As usual, Arik Hesseldahl from AllThingsD summarizes it the best: Computing and technology services giant Hewlett-Packard, which appears to be taking a page from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, has quietly begun enacting a policy requiring employees to work from the office and not from home. Whil... (more)

Software Defined Storage - Zombie Box Huggers are Winning

In all honesty, I first submitted the abstract for a talk on Software Defined Storage to SNIA very early this year. It seemed like a different world then, and I really had no idea what I was getting into. For the purposes of full disclosure, I was the sponsor for an SDS project before I left Dell, and so I had spent a lot of time sifting through all the data and the nonsense that surrounds it. It felt apropos to put together a talk on what we had learned about the topic: the use cases, the technologies, the market, and the business. In the intervening months, something happened o... (more)