The end of VirtualizedGeek – a new beginning

I’ve decided that it’s time to say “see you later” to I’ll get right to it. I’m no longer a virtualization geek, and the brand no longer fits my career trajectory. I haven’t touched a production system since November of 2010. The last VMware vSphere deployment I worked, I debated the merits of installingContinue reading “The end of VirtualizedGeek – a new beginning”

A day in the life of a technology architect – The Translator

Explaining how a complex technology impacts the business is one of the most difficult aspects of a Technology Architect’s job. I was chatting with an auto mechanic buddy of mine yesterday, and I explained what I did for a living. I sit in-between business executives and engineers. It’s my job to translate in both directions.Continue reading “A day in the life of a technology architect – The Translator”

VMware’s classroom requirement for certification is still horrible

 I never understood why VMware requires you take a course to get certified for a technology as common as VMware vSphere. There might have been a time where it was needed. I imagine back when no one heard of x86 virtualization and the barrier to entry was high. But ESXi is free, VMware offers 60Continue reading “VMware’s classroom requirement for certification is still horrible”

Cloud is about startups and that’s not enough

Former Netflix Architect Adrian Cockcraft and Speaking In Tech host Greg Knierieman had an interesting exchange on Twitter. Adrian compared Netflix’ $100M investment in House of Cards to Zynga’s $100 outlay in a data center. .@adrianco If you are going to compare Netflix & Zynga tech investments, then compare Netflix IT investments and AWS costs:Continue reading “Cloud is about startups and that’s not enough”

Answer to the same old boring vendor conference sessions

I don’t attend many sessions at conferences like VMWorld. Mainly because it’s some lightweight messaging that I’ve heard at other conferences. Lisa Caywood (Brocade) had an interesting post on the cancer that’s vendor sponsorship at conferences. She asked for an alternative to the same bland message delivered by SE’s and vendor marketing engineers at everyContinue reading “Answer to the same old boring vendor conference sessions”

Migration vs. Transformation – Know which project you are running

It can be tempting to make improvements to the design and service model of you data center during a migration. It’s a fine line between data center migrations and data center transformations. Both carry different business goals and risk profiles. It’s important to understand which project you are undertaking. There’s a difference between relocating yourContinue reading “Migration vs. Transformation – Know which project you are running”

John Chambers – The ultimate salesmen CEO

John Chambers has to be one of the most (and only) aggressive CEO’s I’ve ever indirectly poked. A few years ago I worked on a trade study for a large customer. It was for a video conferencing system. The project was personally one of the larger projects I proposed. The contract was about a $7MContinue reading “John Chambers – The ultimate salesmen CEO”

EMC is giving away ScaleIO as in FREE

EMC is giving away ScaleIO for free. ScaleIO is EMC’s Server SAN product. It’s a rapidly growing category. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman just led a session at Interop (slides here) talking about the impact of Server SANs growth on traditional storage arrays. The short of it is that Server SAN is eating away at traditional storageContinue reading “EMC is giving away ScaleIO as in FREE”

The potential of microservices within the data center

Server SAN vendor Springpath is leveraging Docker Containers to provide storage services as part of its architecture. The implementation shows microservices the potential in the traditional data center. Springpath takes a completely abstracted approach to their storage service. Individual Virtual Storage Appliances (VSA) and Docker Containers can provide members for a storage cluster. The abstractionContinue reading “The potential of microservices within the data center”