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What a Motherboard Can Tell Us About the Future of Data Center Infrastructure

What’s the correct answer to this question? Where did Intel decide to put the memory sockets on its latest motherboard – the 4-socket S4600LH2? If you’re curious, you can see where the memory sockets are located here, but that’s not the correct answer. The right answer is: Who Cares?!!! Long ago, we all decided that Intel was smart enough to figure out where it’s best to place components on its boards. While...

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Cloud-Scale Management “Likes” Social Media

Managing IT resources across complex enterprises has historically been challenging, and those challenges are only increasing in complexity. We’re adding more variables in terms of clouds, automated processes, and people, to name a few. Consider the steady growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and for many organizations, their management complexity can potentially expand by several orders of magnitude. If that’s not bad enough, there’s one...

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VMworld Session Replay: Software Defined Data Center through Hyper Converged Infrastructure

Last week I discussed the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure in this post on the VMware CTO blog. In short, we spend far too much time building and maintaining commodity IT services. To many IT decision makers, commodity means non-differentiating, which equates to the services that every organization in the world must deploy and maintain. That includes tasks like server, storage, network and security provisioning and maintenance....

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My VMworld 2014 Sessions

I’m pretty busy at this year’s VMworld North America conference. If you would like to drop by one of my sessions, here they are: SDDC3245-S – Software-Defined Data Center through Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Co-presented with Mornay Van Der Walt Monday, Aug 25, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Software-Defined Data Center is the indisputable future of IT. The question for you then becomes how to get your company and IT...

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Debunking Cloud IaaS Mobility Myths

Many things in life appear great on the surface, but wisdom has taught us to never trust a book by its cover or believe in silver bullets. The latest story I frequently hear being pitched in IT circles is that of cloud IaaS Utopia. In this universe, workloads can simply move anywhere (between disparate providers and private data centers, for example) without consequence. Typically you’ll hear a few data points to justify the story,...

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What IT Operations Can (and Should) Learn from the Electronics Industry

  The state of New Jersey is home to some of the most significant electronics inventions in our history, including countless inventions by Thomas Edison and what became the modern transistor. Bell Labs ushered in a sustained period of innovation and along with it a robust and growing workforce. My own technology career also had started in the electronics industry, where as a young US Marine I did component level repair (such as...

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Complexity is Great for Profits… Just Not Your Profits

Many people who have seen me present over the past year have heard me discuss the notion of complexity and who truly benefits from it. Given the current state of IT budgets and resources, the time is ripe to take a closer look at this issue. Most organizations that I work with are grappling with mandates to be more efficient and responsive to business or department needs (said in another way, more agile) and to improve application...

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