The Spaghetti Incident

For those of you that don’t know, Scale Computing is an Indianapolis-based technology company focused on virtualization hyperconvergence. And, as good Midwestern boys and girls, we enjoy some Guns N’ Roses.  The music is often blasted in the IT pit. Our CTO, Jason Collier, is known to belt out Paradise City lyrics at merely the suggestion of the band. Our CEO, Jeff Ready, once led a company discussion praising the benefits of the band releasing Use Your Illusion, which compiled the best songs from both Use Your Illusion I and II.

Yet one GNR release that is never discussed is The Spaghetti Incident. Why? Actually, it is a number of reasons. At this time, the core of Guns N’ Roses was breaking apart. Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin had left the band, with Slash and Duff following after this release. As their follow up to Use Your Illusion I and II releases, The Spaghetti Incident is a cover album and a compilation of songs that didn’t make the cut from the two Use Your Illusions.  It is a retread of a formula and a mishmash lacking key players and thought. Quite simply: it is their leftovers.

I liken this to the state of virtualization, especially the most commonly-deployed virtualization architecture today. Software from big virtualization companies is still popular like Guns N’ Roses when The Spaghetti Incident was released, but it’s losing its key players.  Also, when you look at the architecture design of a typical software/hardware virtualization solution, it is a mishmash of legacy technology – servers, storage, and networking together in spaghetti-like structure of interdependency and over-redundancy with virtualization software acting as Axl Rose just holding it all together.  In essence, by going with this design, you are going with someone else’s technology leftovers packaged as a new release.

And, I can see the current model of legacy software/hardware virtualization following the same path as the The Spaghetti Incident. The album on release did fine. It made it to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and received 3.5 stars from Rolling Stone. But the precedent it set was ridiculous. Axl got bloated from all of the success of the previous Guns N’ Roses releases and it was fifteen years before GNR’s next album Chinese Democracy was released.

Don’t get sold on retread technology that is just making big companies fat off the profits.  Do yourself a favor and look into virtualization technology that is innovative, simple to use and not a ridiculous Spaghetti Incident.

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