The impact of business disruption on IT: The spin out

While the business is celebrating some new announced organizational change as an IT professional, you are sitting back wondering how you are going to accomplish some unreasonable task related to the said business decision. This post is the first in a series of posts that discusses the impacts of business decisions on IT. As a fellow geek with some business experience, I’ll try to provide some insights into where to start your journey for an answer. In this first post, I’ll tackle the thoughts and concerns a divested business unit. 

There are different types of divestitures. The most common is being part of a business unit sold to another organization. I’ll address that scenario in the future. The scenario of today’s discussion is being spun out. 

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What's not boring about VMware and Dell

I wrote about HPE's composable infrastructure and why it's not boring. Going up a layer on the Stack is VMware and why it's not boring. I've often said that the most interesting thing about the Dell acquisition of the EMC is VMware. 

VMware sits in a unique position within the industry. While EMC just about completes Dell's enterprise aspirations, VMware has the potential to lead change within the industry once again. VMware has attempted to get their cloud-native message out. It's my opinion it's due to the lack of focus on developers is falling on deaf ears so far. 

The simple fact of matter is that VMware is embedded into the large enterprise. The simply need to continue a product maturation that appeals to the right groups and solidify their execution. 


With a VMware hitting on all cylinders, it's well positioned to move the overall industry forward. What my coffee talk as I discuss the topic. 

What's not boring about HPE's real hyperconverged strategy

My Tech Field Day (#TFD) friend Enrico posted a well-timed article on the Register questioning the value-add of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to the overall server industry. He basically called the trend a race to the bottom for server vendors. His argument is that there's not a ton of differentiation between HCI solutions. Of course the HCI vendors would argue otherwise. I agree that without a solid platform play there's nothing especially brilliant about HCI from one vendor to the next. 

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Live Blogging HPE Tech Day - Virtual Private Infrastructre

I’m at the HPE Tech Day, a blogger/influencer event. I’ve heard HPE’s composable infrastructure message a few times. Each time I get something new. From a high-level think of software-defined infrastructure (SDI) that expands beyond individual blades and virtualization. In HPE’s example, the boundary becomes a single Synergy chassis. You can create different sized virtual physical nodes. I’m going to called this virtual physical infrastructure (VPI).

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Competing with tech vendors for the best and brightest

I've sat back and noticed an interesting employment trend in the technology industry. Talented IT professionals are leaving enterprise organizations in what seems droves.

Technologies such as Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Big Data analytics are true enablers for businesses. Organizations are leveraging the above technologies to disrupt their industry. It's said that Uber isn't a transportation company but a data company. Uber leverages technology to disrupt the transportation business. However, these technologies are complicated and require a deeper skill set than typically available on the market. 

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Azure Service Fabric - Microsoft's container management solution

With all the talk of containers and container orchestration software, you may be wondering what’s Microsoft container orchestration approach for Windows Server 2016. Well if you weren’t paying attention to Build 2016 in San Francisco you might have missed it. Microsoft is all about Azure and Azure-based services. Windows, Linux, and containers for that matter are all just different gateways to Azure. Azure everywhere may very well become Microsoft’s new marketing mantra. Microsoft announced the general availability of their Azure Service Fabric their container orchestration play among other things.

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Containers vs. Virtual Machines: What you Need to Know

I got the opportunity to sit down with executives from HPE and Docker during HP Discover 2015 in London. The interview is hosted by the always well dressed Paul Muller, VP of Strategic Marketing for HPE. My co-guest is Roger Egan, SVP of Sales for Docker. It was a great conversation on an introduction and various use cases for containers. Here’s the top 4 points from the discussion.

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Is Cisco All in on Hyper-converged?

I’ve wanted to write on the Cisco exclusive partnership with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) company SpringPath Inc. I wrote about SpringPath Inc. as part of my participation in the Storage Field Day 7 event. It’s a smaller software only play. They do some interesting stuff with containers on the backend and the virtual storage system. There’s debate on the impact of the Simplivity/Cisco partnership and Nutanix’ market share. Both depend on if Cisco intends to integrate SpringPath software fully into its larger UCS Director data center strategy. 

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Understanding VMware's many Cloud Strategies

I finally got around to reading the press release about the IBM/VMware hybrid cloud partnership. Before reading the press release, my first question was how is the IBM union different than VMware’s existing vCloud partnership. The second question, how is the IBM offering different than VMware’s current hybrid cloud strategy vCloud Air. I’ll tackle both questions. 

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Hyper-Converged Scale Out vs. Scale Up

I received ample feedback from the vendor community regarding my Sydney, Australia VMUG Keynote. I discussed the considerations for when to select hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). If you aren’t familiar with HCI, I wrote an introductory over on One interesting point of contention is scale out vs. scale up. One of the primary design characteristics of HCI solutions is that most allow for natural “webscale” expansion via adding additional nodes to the cluster. 

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Devops, Docker and Data Center Telemetry - CTOCoffeeChat

I'm a guest on this special edition of a Network Computing video series discussing Interop 2016 Las Vegas. In this quick hit Coffee Chat length video Lenny Liebmann grills (maybe not grill) me on three topics. 

  • Devops - Is adopting DevOps a people or technology problem or both? 
  • Micro-services - Should companies be fearful of re-platforming their applications to take advantage of micro-services using technologies such as Docker? 
  • Data Center Telemetry - With all the talk of Internet of Things (IoT) what should organizations do about all of data center telemetry data being collected and how does cloud play a factor. 

Finally what's the story behind the jersey hanging in the back of all of my videos? 

What exactly is "production ready"

I recently wrote a review on VMware’s vCloud Air service. I came to the conclusion that the service isn’t production ready. Much of the feedback I received was that my assessment was a bit extreme. A deeper review would include performance, features and reliability. I found the experience so poor that I didn't believe it relevant. However, the feedback made me consider writing a post defining production ready. 

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5 Key Considerations for the NexGen Data Center

I was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series. The series, which is hosted by TechnologyAdvice, explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.

In this episode, we discuss the history of virtualization, challenges with providing API to data centers, how companies are dealing with security differently, and Interop 2016!

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Azure Stack: Microsoft's chance to show if Private-Cloud is a thing

For the past week or so I've been attempting to install Microsoft Azure Stack Preview into a VM on VMware's vCloud Air. I'll share that experience on the channel once I either get it running or give up trying to get it running. I wanted to comment on the concept of Azure Stack and how Microsoft if Private-Cloud is a viable option for the enterprise. 

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Concerns over VMware layoffs

I expected some FUD from VMware competitors as the long period between the announced of the acquisition of EMC by Dell and the close of the deal. EMC and VMware have added to the confusion by announcing a combination of Virtustream and VMware's cloud operations. VMware's shareholders were none too happy. VMware is now rumored to plan the layoff of up to 5% of their workforce. In this CTO Coffee Chat, I discuss my high-level concerns and how I'm approaching the relationship with VMware. 

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Do Big 4 consultants have deep tech skill?

One of the common questions I get from new graduates and people considering a role as a technology-focused management consultant is the type of work they’d be doing at a Big 4 consulting firm. Question circle around the level of technical work performed. Outside of the type of work performed, it’s a good idea to understand the capability of a Big 4 versus a technical consultant. I’ll pull back the layers and help prospects new to consulting and customers interested to the depths of services offered by Big 4. 

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Exit Strategies for Leaving a Big 4

So, you read my blog post and decided to go work for a Big 4. Your life is one airport after another, and you’ve sat in board rooms discussing tough challenges with Fortune 50 senior executives. Or, you are still sitting on the edge on deciding to accept that offer from a Big 4, and you are curious as to your exit options. I’ll talk through your options on this post. 

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