Software-Defined Everything

Page CloudI saw an article recently on that suggested that while “Software-Defined” is an exciting trend that is gaining momentum, 2015 will not be the year of software-defined everything. I certainly can’t read the minds of the powers that be, but if what I see is any indication of things to come, 2015 will be a heck of a year for software-defined everything regardless of how much marketshare is taken from the hardware folks. Continue reading

Is Open Source Still Relevant?

open-source-logoThe other day I was in Toronto, Canada’s Pearson Airport after a long trip from Israel. I was enjoying a cold drink when I overheard a couple of guys talking tech. My ears perked up, because the words, Linux and Open Source were used in the same sentence. Cool…but then one guy said “Sure, but does Open Source really matter any more?” That got me thinking. Continue reading

Hyperconvergence (or Back to the Future, Part Deux)

NO3N2Getting in on the latest “thing” is always interesting, especially when you take some time and look back at old YouTube videos of presentations at various trade shows. That is when you can really see what was reality, and what was not. In the case of hyperconvergence we see that the idea of going back to the commodity platform and building a webscale infrastructure was not only dead-on, but it is drastically picking up steam at a break-neck pace in many environments that were formerly very traditional in their approach. Continue reading

The State of the Community…

communitygrants.197120436_stdFirst of all, before I get started I must apologize. It’s been a long time since I wrote. Things have been moving at lightning pace with ScaleIO and the world of Software Defined Storage that frankly, time just got past me. But as I start this first posting of 2015 I wanted to jump back about, oh…fifteen years, and look at the “Community” that was in many respects started by the Linux and Open Source movement, and how it as impacted so much of our day-to-day life both inside and outside of tech. Continue reading

Back to the future (ditch dangerous html email for plain text)

Full%20Email%20Headers%20-%20Pine%204I have a confession to make. I have been guilty of something that I used to avoid like the plague…I have been sending email in html format. Yes…It’s true. Please forgive me if I am one of the people responsible for clogging up your mailbox. I don’t know what came over me, but I notice that it happened when I started using the iPhone several years ago. What got my attention after all of these years? The 11MB email I sent yesterday to my manager. Continue reading

What makes a technologist tick?

TechnologyThis posting is long over due. While it has been percolating in my head for months, I was trying to figure out the time when it would be appropriate for me to write it. That date and time came at precisely 2:30 pm on February 24th, 2014. I’ll explain the significance of that in another posting in a few weeks. But suffice it to say, I think it is time to address something that is near and dear to my heart. There are two things that make a technologist tick; great technology, and being respected for what you do. The question is, how do you leverage it? Continue reading

Thinking small about big data?


Big Data isn’t just “all the rage” right now…it’s real, it’s BIG, and if you are not currently using it or looking at using it, you’re falling behind!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Big data is really just data. So why do organizations continue to limit their potential by focusing on questions like “how do we store all of this data” and “what’s a different way to analyze this”?

This is small thinking. And it’s dangerous. Focusing on the technology and new forms of data in isolated and abstract ways will ultimately limit the value. Instead, organizations should be searching for ways to incorporate big data and data science into their existing capabilities. Preexisting business intelligence activities still have value but can be enhanced by adding new big data capabilities.

For any organizational change to succeed it must have broad support to maintain momentum. Opening up the data and making it accessible to the enterprise is critical to creating a culture that can extract the maximum value from its data.

Learn what’s true and false about big data, the right questions to ask…

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