I posit that we now have a whole new class of consumer that is completely oblivious to certain hitherto fundamental concepts – and this can lead to poor business decisions and overall sub-optimal execution and results.
I got the idea after a discussion with an ex colleague (that’s now working for a cloud vendor) where he proudly proclaimed that infrastructure is unimportant and uninteresting.
I’ll start generically and shift to IT. The generic aspect of this problem is very interesting, since it’s lowering quality in all sorts of fields.
And never forget: Just because something is widely and easily available doesn’t mean it’s better. It simply means that more people have access to it.
Continue reading “The Loss of Important Knowledge and Acumen Through Perceived Commoditization”
This one is dedicated to an old friend that’s been asking me to write about certain technologies like a very specific filesystem and whether it should be used as the basis for enterprise storage.
He loves using open source stuff for business, mostly to save money, but also for the control it affords and the sheer pleasure of tinkering (and, I suspect, a modicum of masochistic proclivity).
This isn’t a post against open source (if nothing else, that would be utterly hypocritical since most commercial stuff is at least partially based on open source software).
It’s more about risk mitigation and TCO.
Continue reading “Will your Infrastructure Survive if you Disappear?”
Just a quick post since I’m getting inquiries regarding the status of my vital signs.
Yes, I’m alive, just very busy helping with the ongoing integration of Nimble Storage into HPE and all kinds of cool AI.
All kinds of training to be done all around, positioning guides to be written, strategy to plan, technology to design.
Continue reading “Status and the Nimble acquisition by HPE”
I got the idea for this stream-of-consciousness (and possibly too obvious) post after reading some comments regarding new ways to do high speed I/O. Not something boring like faster media or protocols, but rather far more exotic approaches that require drastically rewriting applications to get the maximum benefits of radically different architectures.
The comments, in essence, stated that such advancements would be an utter waste of time since 99% of customers have absolutely no need for such exotica, but rather just need cheap, easy, reliable stuff, and can barely afford to buy infrastructure to begin with, let alone custom-code applications to get every last microsecond of latency out of gear.
Continue reading “Progress Needs Trailblazers”
I am proud to announce that, as of today, I am a member of the Nimble Storage team.
This marks the end of an era – I spent quite a bit of time at NetApp: learned a lot, did a lot – by the end I had my hands in all kinds of sausage making… 🙂
I wish my friends at NetApp the best of luck for the future. The storage industry is a very tough arena, and one that will be increasingly harder and with less tolerance than ever before.
Continue reading “Going Green: Why I Joined Nimble Storage”