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 to be highly configurable, customizable, and most importantly more
easily managable by enterprise IT staff than existing x86-based servers.
True, the other big server vendors have blade servers, but a Cisco/VMware
combo is going to best equipped to deal with the networking nuances (and
Much of the focus in the technology press on Enterprise 2.0 platforms has
been on the similarity of these tools to public social networking systems
like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
One consequence of this similarity, and one that’s being missed by the tech
press and venture investors, is that these platforms make it possible for an
employee at any organization to build an internal personal brand.
I believe over time (3-5 years) that employees will view their internal brand
as critical to their success within the company, and the forward thinking
ones will put significant effort into ... (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)
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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 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... (more)