Everyone is talking about “software-defined” everything lately, so it was only a matter of time before industry buzz turned to software-defined storage. VMware and EMC really stoked the flames with a constant barrage of marketing directed in this direction. But how exactly do you software-define storage? And what does this mean? It’s always amusing to see how others react … [Read more...] about Making a Case For (and Against) Software-Defined Storage
Interop is the last of a proud breed: A truly vendor-independent trade show with some fantastic technical presentations to boot. And Interop Las Vegas is the biggest Interop show. So I was pleased to be able to bring Tech Field Day to Interop for the first time, including technical roundtable discussions with Spirent, Juniper Networks, and NEC. But what I'd really like … [Read more...] about How Does OpenFlow Impact The Daily Life Of Networkers?
I have waged a long-standing battle against the sexist and offensive use of scantily-clad, non-technical "models" at technical trade shows. Sometimes known (offensively) as "booth babes", the use of women in this way harms our entire industry and makes companies look stupid to boot. But when a recruiting firm uses such offensive tactics, it does even more harm, verging on … [Read more...] about It’s Time To Speak Out Against Sexism In IT Recruiting
Next week I'm off to San Diego for Cisco Live US 2012. My previous experience with Cisco Live was definitely positive: It's a whole world of networking fanatics and lots of ecosystem companies. Plus, last year included an amazing party hosted by yours truly (in disguise!) Cisco Live is both a trade show and conference. Although there's definitely a Cisco slant, it's one … [Read more...] about Cisco Live US, San Diego CA
I am thrilled to return to speak at Interop next week, though not so much about returning to Las Vegas for the third time already this year. This time around, I'll be on two Interop panel discussions in Mike Fratto's storage track. If you will be at Interop and would like to meet up, let me know. Considering Interop The grand old tradeshow, Interop has changed a great deal … [Read more...] about Interop Las Vegas 2012