I don’t know about you but I have seen enough virtualization 101 articles, blogs, and explanations to make my eyes bleed. And, they all say the same thing. They talk about which company popularized virtualization, discuss server consolidation, maybe mention total cost of ownership (TCO), or return on investment(ROI). If the author is really savvy, he/she may mention IBM and the fact that what they are really discussing is server virtualization and explain the different types. Yet, rarely do they give you a glimpse into earlier versions of virtualization. You do not get to hear the inside scoop of how virtualization came to be and why it is extremely important for IT. I want to give you a piece of that prequel. Continue reading →
The Holy Grail of IT, especially SMB IT, is to have a datacenter that’s simple and easy to use. Preferably, as easy as an iPhone or Android phone with enterprise software that is as easy to access and run as Angry Birds is from an app store.
This blog continues where Part 1 left off and describes how KVM is implemented within Scale’s HC3.
Strategic for the Customer and Scale Computing
Both commercial developers and consumers need to worry about the EMC trap. The company owns VMware and is well-known in the industry for its aggressive business moves. VMware storage partners who are developing converged solutions based on VMware are tying their company’s future to their competition. It’s quite probable that EMC could create a hyperconverged version of VMware that only runs on EMC storage gear. All other vendors could be locked out, severely limiting choices for vendors, resellers and especially users. Continue reading →
In my last blog post, I mused on why we don’t drink bourbon in the office anymore – like JR Ewing of Dallas used to – and why his habits and business dealings made him such a compelling (if sometimes evil) character, and even a guide for certain positive business behaviors.
Today, I want to talk about Technical Evangelists and Missionaries. “Technical Evangelist” is a role aspired to by a lot of people in Startupland, or in the IT industry at large. Guy Kawasaki from Apple made this into a glamor position in the industry a few years ago. After all, it’s fun to get out there and talk about the cool new stuff we are creating in this tech world and how customers should want to hear about it – and, of course, how great and smart we all are.
Really, what does the Evangelist (any kind, technical or religious) actually do? The Evangelist says he is going to speak on a subject and people will go to where he will be, because they want to hear what he has to say. They may agree with him, they may disagree with him. They may love him or hate him, or what he says and stands for. They may give him their money, or snap the TV off. (Check out any number of religious televangelists and see if you don’t agree.) But the point is, people will go and listen to the Evangelist because they are interested in hearing what he has to say, period. Continue reading →
Virtualization, cloud, SaaS, IaaS, software-defined datacenter, follow-the-sun computing, big data, VDI, etc. As a 15+ years industry veteran of startups and small and medium-sized companies (I know, I know, I’m a young pup to some of you), I must admit that I have used these buzzwords.
As a Sales and Systems Engineer and Manager, and Director of Sales/Systems Engineers, I know these topics have defined conversations at customers in the Fortune 1000 – and beyond. Companies such as Salesforce, Facebook, Sony, and Texas Instruments have leveraged myself or my peers at previous companies that I have worked for (such as VMware) to explain how they will affect internal processes. These concepts are transforming IT as we know it and their discussions dramatically impact a mature business.
In the first “Under the Hood” series of posts, I introduced the high level design goal for HC³ and talked about the high availability benefits.
Our HC³ products were specifically designed to lower cost and complexity for IT administrators within small- to medium-sized organizations who need to run their applications in a highly available manner.
But high availability can be provided many other ways if you are willing to spend the money, integrate pieces together and have the human resources and skills to set it up and manage it. So what does HC³ do differently?
Larry Hagman, also known as J.R. Ewing on the 1980’s primetime television show Dallas, passed away recently. J.R. was one of the great, original characters on a groundbreaking show – the real, original primetime soap opera. Dallas was the story of a Texas oil wildcatting family and J.R. was the ruthless tycoon. If you’ve never seen it, go get it on DVD or on demand.
It started as an April Fool’s joke in 1996 when Ross Callon drafted RFC 1925 “The Twelve Networking Truths.” The purpose of this RFC was to “provide information about the fundamental truths underlying all networks.” Though this started as a joke, it has some real nuggets of wisdom that apply as much today as when it was originally written. I’m also posting this as a video blog over the coming weeks where I will also be going into a few of these truths in more depth as they apply to our overall industry. (My first detailed video blog post will be related to truth No. 5.) As a reference, I’ve posted the 12 networking truths below. They can also be found here: (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1925). Continue reading →
I can remember spending time as a kid with my dad at work. He was the “Manager of Information Systems” (what we now call an IT guy) for an industrial construction company. The server room was loud, had a raised floor, a towering multi-head line printer that shook the room, and a massive IBM mainframe. There were dumb terminals built into the tabletops that ran the perimeter of the room and a punch card machine in a small separate room that overlooked the whole thing.
And there were people. Quite a few people doing data entry and managing the system and changing the reel-to-reel tapes. It definitely had the look of a pretty significant operation.
Over time, I saw that mainframe supplemented and then replaced by PC servers. The data entry people were replaced with software and automation. Before you knew it, remote construction sites needed modem-based access into the systems at the headquarters.
But this was a midsize company, and then, budgets were limited – just as they are now. Remote access was provided via programs like PC Anywhere coupled with consumer-type BBS software. Integration and migration of data between systems was done with homespun scripts backed by hours of me watching dad on the couch, debugging source code printed on green-lined paper. Continue reading →
A few months ago I wrote about how we were preparing to launch a new product at my company, one that was built around the idea of radical innovation – the kind of innovation that changes industries by changing the very foundation of the industries themselves. Not all innovations are like this, nor should they be. They are high-risk propositions but they are the kinds of innovations I like best because, success or failure, they are rooted in a core vision. And, I am a “vision” kind of guy.
Right now, I am sitting on a flight en route to the tradeshow at which we will launch this new product. The product is called the HC3. My company is Scale Computing. It’s a product that plays in the world of information technology infrastructure – the blinking lights and humming of a server room that is full of stuff. It’s a world that most of you probably don’t give two hoots about. But to me, it’s the world I grew up in.