I was auto scaling before auto scaling was agile, webscale, and simple.

But it was almost for naught.

According to AWS, “Auto Scaling helps you maintain application availability and allows you to scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down automatically according to conditions you define.” A similar process is discussed by Enterprises with private cloud resources who want to leverage additional compute capacity of public clouds during heavy load periods. Policies usually dictate how these additional resources are orchestrated and provisioned.

Sounds similar to claims from my US Patent 8,176,497, which specifically focused on database workloads, but would apply to other workloads as well. The funny thing is that the Dell Patent Committee almost voted not to authorize the disclosure. The deciding vote was cast by a retiring Dell VP and Distinguished Engineer. Had it not been for his vote and the other two Distinguished Engineers (one BIOS and one Solutions Engineer), this patent never would have gotten its chance before the US Patent Office. By the way, the dissenting votes were by a Dell Storage engineer- now a Dell Storage Director and a Dell Distinguished Mechanical Engineer. Hilarious that my “auto scaling” patent was almost killed by a Mech E. and a SCSI engineer.

This humblebrag is brought to you by a trip down memory after lunch with a longtime friend and former Dell OCTO engineer.

I’d love to hear of similar stories where your idea or your project was almost shuttered only to find its own greatness later down the road.

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Hybrid Cloud All the Time

In this episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud, Todd and I discuss Hybrid Clouds once again. Hybrid Cloud is a recurring theme because it is where large enterprises, solution providers and government are headed to. This convergence is fueled by the need to avoid vendor lock-in and to become more efficient at serving customers i.e. improvement customer’s consumption efficacy.

Let us know what you think.

Thoughts From the Floor at AWS re:Invent 2013

I spent all my time during the conference hours at re:Invent Central aka the AWS Solutions Floor. So my conversations were primarily with folks who stopped by the Gravitant booth. My observations from these conversations were: (1) AWS is easy to consume but hard when managing multiple accounts and getting a handle on pricing; (2) Hybrid Cloud initiatives are in full swing; and (3) cloud services brokerage will emerge beyond a nascent technology in 2014.

See you in the Clouds because that’s where all services aim to be!

Gravitant at AWS re:Invent 2013

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I am looking forward to my first AWS re:Invent event. Come visit me in AWS re:Invent Central at Gravitant’s Booth #1012 to learn how Gravitant Cloud Broker helps cloud managers get a grip on their AWS clouds.

Personally, I am interested to see how the AWS community compares to the VMware community and what the current overlap is between users of the market leader in public cloud and the market leader in virtualization. I will be attending CloudBeers on Tuesday at 8PM at Public House at the Venetian. I will also try to get in on the Pub Crawl conversations.

See you at AWS re:Invent 2013!

 

Gravitant at AWS Re:Invent 2013

ImageIt’s been over two weeks since I’ve started at Gravitant and in that time, I’ve delivered content that would have taken months at my previous position. And this agility is such a blessing because whether the content succeeds or fails, the time vested is in short, measured bursts. This means that I’m always refreshed and recharged for the upcoming challenges. One of these measured bursts will be demoing cloudMatrix Cloud Platform at AWS Re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas, NV from November 12th-15th. 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you will be in attendance at AWS Re:Invent 2013 and would like to meet up or if you would like to discuss Cloud Service Brokerage and Management Platform. Looking forward to the conversations.

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