It is Not All About Changing Your World
A funny thing has happened in the technology world, the hype cycle has become
far more than a cycle that you watch and smile at. It has become a sales
frenzy, while people try to make a name and/or sell you stuff before the idea
or product category has even solidified. You can see it all around you, and
as has been going on for years, the trend seems to be worsening.
I call it a funny thing because the truly revolutionary technologies – like
server virtualization – really didn’t need a full-on hype cycle at all.
Virtualization just kept growing year after year. People would declare “the
year of virtualization!” and the year would pass, with more servers
virtualized but no mass shift from one paradigm to the other.
I think it may just be time to consider that as long as the hype cycle is
revving for a product or technology, it i... (more)
Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of
the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer
filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they
believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simply see
things in the manner their background and experiences tell them is right.
We definitely live in interesting times. Server virtualization has just about
reached saturation, application development is going through a wide range of
changes from the return of automated testing to continuous integr... (more)
July 31, 2014
Continuous Integration or Continuous Improvement?
One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant,
on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps
enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations
are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, for the
enterprise, we strongly question that premise.
While it is really very cool to think about moving an entire web server from
a farm to the cloud with just a script, upgrading a system while it’s hot,
or spinning up more instances ... (more)
Thought I’d take a moment to drop a bit of an idea out there for making the
most of vendor relationships.
You see, product roadmaps in the tech space are simply a sales and marketing
tool. They are designed so that whomever you are talking to can point at them
and say “those fifteen must have items? Look! They are coming!”
How most of us really view roadmaps…
But there is wealth in products roadmaps. We all view them with skepticism
because we all know plenty of cases where the roadmap and reality didn’t
So the other day when I was telling a friend how to get more out of ... (more)
With thanks to Led Zeppelin for some great lyrics.
There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have
Since cloud computing has a bit of an identity crisis, and cloud storage is
just starting to realize one itself, it should be no surprise to anyone that
“cloud storage gateway” has more than one meaning. While they are all a
single market, implementation and deployment details make them very distinct
products. In such a young market, differentiation is easy, even if selling
your differentiation as a plus is not. Some vendors are a... (more)