Software Defined Networking (SDN) has always looked a bit like a solution in search of a problem, at least in the enterprise data center. But there are lots of potential applications that need a dynamic and scalable network. In my mind, storage is chief among these, since scalability and flexibility has always been extremely difficult to achieve. As I have written before, … [Read more...] about Is Storage the Killer App for Software-Defined Networking?
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
Big changes are coming to Microsoft. The company that dominated computing in the 1990's and hung on through the 2000's is on the precipice today. Will they fly or fall? Big News: Steve Ballmer Is On the Way Out As I'm sure just about everyone has heard by now, Microsoft announced today that Steve Ballmer will retire "within 12 months." This is fantastic news for … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Big Chance to Change
Do you love storage? Are you in the Seattle area? Join us for Storagebeers tonight at Joey Bellevue! Storagebeers is an informal gathering of folks in the storage industry - end users, vendors, and people like me who just talk a lot. We'll get together and talk storage, tech, and anything else that strikes our fancy! Because the Microsoft MVP Summit is here in … [Read more...] about Storagebeers, Joey Bellevue, Tuesday, Feb 19
VMware is in an enviable but tricky situation: The company must work closely with hardware partners, keeping these prime sales and promotional channels happy and supportive. But VMware must also innovate around proprietary OEMs, subverting their products with integrated software before a rival steps up with an integrated alternative. This two-prong "coopetition" strategy has … [Read more...] about VMware’s Hardware Partner Strategy: Heads I Win, Tales You Lose