Who moved my cheese?

There are certain tech companies that I’ve found myself to be fond of over the years. They include Novell, Microsoft, VMware and Cisco. These tech giants have helped me establish a long successful career. Eachwere at one point disruptive and grew to become market leaders due to their innovation and their willingness to question the status quo and change how we look at enterprise tech. The time has long past thatNovell found itself to be a heavy influence in enterprise technology. The other three find themselves in the position of industry leaders being threatened by new innovation.

Microsoft is getting assaulting on many fronts and no longer has a self haven in Server, Desktop Productivity or even desktop operating systems. Their mobile strategy has been the butt of many jokes. VMware is being challenged by all people Microsoft along with KVM, OpenStack and AWS. And Cisco seems intent on protecting their enterprise hardware market through denying trends that seem to ultimately benefit the very same customers.

As a technology thought leader to my customers, I find myself fighting the urge to be nostalgic about the companies and technologies that helped build my career. I hold a legacy MCSE from back in the late 90’s and a CCNA from 2003 I believe. I built my first SaaS infrastructure using ESX 3.5. So, I’m a little prejudice to these technologies. But, I’m charged with helping organizations see ahead of the curve so that they can leverage technology to achieve their organization’s mission while investing wisely in technology. With this charge, I can’t afford to be loyal to any specific brand or technology. If they don’t keep their disruptive spirits these companies can find themselves looking up from the mat like Novell has found itself. Worst, I could find myself looking around wondering, “Who Moved My Cheese?”


That’s what VirtualizedGeek is about. Not loyal to a single company or technology but helping spark the discussion about what solutions truly enables enterprises to achieve their mission.

Published by Keith Townsend

Now I'm @CTOAdvisor

4 thoughts on “Who moved my cheese?

  1. I’ve long ago made my choice. I focus on Free and Open Source software and “commodity” server hardware. I’ve not been able to convince my boss every time to choose my idea or even recommend a FOSS solution, but often it was a good fit. At times proprietary vendors also depend on expensive hardware or don’t work well with other vendors. FOSS is just more flexible, a bit more like LEGO you can use to build your own solutions.

    There is a lot you can do with just some commodity hardware. So budget constraints also helped my case at times. 🙂

    I’ve also had the idea that FOSS usually doesn’t try to hide what is going on under the hood so I think you learn more about the vendor-independent technical details (and when you need to know more you can look at the source code of course).

    I’m afraid these ideas might not fit your field directly, but I hope they give you a different perspective.

    1. I’ve never held FOSS as being a positive or negative. In the environments I’ve managed it’s all about if the solution met the requirements with one of big ones being support. Just as long as the solution meets the requirements and I have a “throat to choke” then FOSS it is.

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