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Dispatch From VMworld: Surprise! It's Still All About The Box.

Its only the second day of what is the biggest IT conference out there these days, but I think I can already see the direction that things will be going for the next couple of years. We all like to believe that we are heading onto a post-virtual "cloud" era for computing infrastructure. Certainly, if you listened to the panel participants, we are all going to be devoid of any physical computing infrastructure someday soon. It will all magically migrate to vast data centers in the desert, leaving us free to interact with it through processors in our phones, cars, watches, underwea... (more)

Thoughts on Vertical Integration: The Cloud and (Gasp!) Ma Bell

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): N... (more)

Can A Slingshot Take Down The AWS Juggernaut?

If your purpose in life is to entertain the gods, you might as well put on a good show. --Unknown Amazon's Re:Invent show last week turned out to be quite a coming out party for the predominant infrastructure service provider. There were a number of interesting announcements that moved the stocks of perceived competitors, and of course, there was a disproportionately large showing of attendees at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For me, the highlight was provided by good friend, and super smart VC, Jerry Chen, who went on  The Cube to lay down the gauntlet starting at about 7:00 in the... (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)