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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)

All-Consuming, All-Confusing

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)

DevOps Is Not a Black and White Endeavor

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)

Product Roadmaps – from vendor to CIO tool

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 mesh. So the other day when I was telling a friend how to get more out of ... (more)

Cloud Storage Gateways, Stairway to Heaven?

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 Two meanings 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)