Dear blog: A **ITload of virtualization & cloud happened this summer

At SolarWinds thwackCamp 2015, I was joined by my friend, Dave McCrory, CTO of Basho. We discussed the Application Stack Wars 2015 – Rise of the Versatilist. It was a total blast!

And I wrote my first eBook: 4 Skills to Master Your Virtualization Universe. My virtualization basics introductory blog post gives some insights into the purpose of the eBook. Just in time for SolarWinds at VMworld.

Then, it’s off to my friend, John Troyer’s, inaugural conference — The Reckoning.

Finally, it’s back to Austin to present at SpiceWorld Austin 2015. P.S. there’s something about AWS re:Invent as well.

So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud: Back to Performance Optimal Shenanigans

Check us out. We quietly filmed 8 new So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud episodes and they’re all available on our YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure. Thank you for your support and engagement!

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!

 

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Every Day SMEs Are Shuffling

In this week’s episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013, we discuss our recent travels as well as their football teams’ current form. The net is that it is a journey and you definitely need to enjoy your time and experience instead of worrying about getting to the destination. The end is relative so make the means to that end count.

Let us know what you think.