I recently decided to make a career change and at the end of the month will
be leaving the world of venture capital (as some affectionately refer to as
‘The Dark Side’) for the maybe greener and definitely more uncertain
pastures of the startup world. My time at L Capital over the last year has
been great, and I’ve learned an incredible amount about startups and
investing, but I recently came upon an opportunity which was just too good to
I’m joining an early stage software company in the virtualization
management and automation space and will be involved in all manner of
customer development, biz dev, and marketing. I’m going to work with a
great team and a stellar set of investors, all who are laser focused on
building a great company. Needless to say, I am very excited about this
I’m not going to post details about the company publicly at this... (more)
John Gannon's Blog
Although cloud computing provides financial benefits like reduction of CAPEX
and the ability to pay-as-you-go, organizations will still need a reasonable
amount of granularity in the reporting of cloud usage and the ability to map
that usage into a financial chargeback model that makes sense.
Amazon has gone live with Windows support in the EC2 cloud while at the same
time announcing a private beta for some new scaling and load balancing
features. These features will certainly be useful for the smaller customers
of EC2, but my guess is that those features were ... (more)
Content delivery networks/CDNs want to provide end users the best possible
performance and quality – often delivering high volume video or data files.
Traditionally CDNs build large storage arrays and processing systems within
data centers, preferably adjacent to either a carrier hotel meet-me-room or
Internet Exchange Point/IXP.Sometimes supported by bundles of 10Gigabit ports
connecting their storage to networks and the IXP.
Lots of recent discussion on topics such as Fiber Channel over Ethernet/FCoE
and Fiber Channel over IP/FCoIP.
Not good enough. I want the SSD manufacturers ... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
How can we make system administration more social (in the social networking
sense)? And, more importantly, does anyone want to make it more social?
I’ve been thinking about this recently because I’m using Twitter and
participating in the community of VMware and cloud enthusiasts who are
gathered there. There are loads of technical tips and tricks being shared on
a daily basis and members of the community are supporting other members who
have specific technical challenges. It is quite clearly valuable in building
community among VMware users, the company and i... (more)
Well, if the inevitable outcome of reduced friction is to increase demand for
IT resources, someone is going to have to do the capacity planning.
In a sense, the impact of cloud computing will be to shift the tasks for IT
operations from tactical resource provisioning to strategic resource planning
- with an emphasis on achieving the most efficient, lowest cost
This is a far cry from the "your mess for less" outsourcing that has
previously been the outcome of cost focus - this is about creating an
automated, immediate search for the lowest cost, most avai... (more)