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 driven by a desire to make
the Amazon cloud more “enterprise friendly”. And speaking of enterprise
In an earlier post I discussed some areas that Amazon and the other cloud
providers will need to address before they’ll see mass enterprise adoption.
One area I did not discuss, but ... (more)
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As a junior staffer at a VC firm, I think its important to understand where
and how you can be helpful to portfolio companies. The advice I received
from my venture capital teachers Stuart Ellman and Will Porteous of RRE
Ventures (blog) has stuck with me, and I’ve tried to operate using that
advice since starting my VC career.
I’m paraphrasing here (it’s been about a year since the class where we
discussed it) but in essence, the advice was to simply be helpful and humble.
Here are some examples of ways that a junior VC can add value:
Business development: Int... (more)
I don’t think anyone will argue with me that the typical IT management tool
user interface (UI) is just plain awful. There are several reasons for
this, but the most obvious one is that an enterprise software product is
loaded with hundreds of features, functions, and configurations, all of which
need to be accessible to an end user.
As cloud computing aggregates formerly disparate functions and resources into
logical groups, it stands to reason that user interfaces will not need as
much complexity as is required today, simply because there is more
abstraction of the resources... (more)
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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)
John Gannon's Blog
Cisco is getting into the server business, says NYTimes.com. One could
argue that the writing was on the wall when Cisco announced their Nexus
virtual switch platform complete with deep VMware networking integration, but
now there are few doubts that Cisco has clear designs on owning a huge
portion of the cloud computing market.
It is important to note that Cisco is not going to be getting into the box
business (a commodity business with low gross margins). They are going to
leverage their current architecture to build blade systems. These blades
are bound... (more)