Memristor is just around the corner... honest. Wait is it still 2008?
15 posts • joined 12 Oct 2015
I like the analogy to the wild west
There is a guy called Simon Wardley that talks about pioneers, settlers and town planners when describing this phenomenon and it helps me because it puts it in human terms that my fragile cortex can deal with.
When the west of the US was first colonized by immigrants it was typically the pioneers - the adventurers that wanted to break new ground and discover untold riches. Another group followed them, the settlers. Life wasn't easy for the settlers but they were effectively able to take advantage of the pioneers effort to discover new produce and then sell it back to the east. The settlers had sheriffs, and hostels, banks and bars but it was still a pretty tough and violent existence. Ultimately the town planners followed the settlers and began to develop the towns and cities that both took advantage of the new resources at industrialised scale and developed all the support structures that a growing population needed - schools, hospitals sewers and the like.
It is a pretty easy comparison to say Pioneers= innovators, settlers=early adopters and town planners = ITSM and ITIL folk. As PDH says above its a continuum - the trickle needs less management than the flood that follows.
I still dont understand...
Why anyone thought this was a viable business model - selling Microsoft Cloud based services and competing directly with Azure with all the engineering & scale that has behind it.
I suspect any privacy advantage was killed when Microsoft announced a UK based datacentre.
A storage pure play company is going to really struggle in a couple of years, they are no more immune to public cloud eroding their customer base from one side, while hyperconverged erodes it from the other than EMC were - hence the need for the DELL merger. Pure, Nimble, NetApp, Tegile etc are especially vulnerable I'd have thought.
Neither Simplivity nor Nutanix need Cisco to succeed, so I don't know whether it would be in their best interests.
Nimble may well be a good shout given the low share price, other wise I'd wait it out and wait for the value of all those storage only companies to start deprecating, which I think is almost inevitable.
VMware memory Tax, Microsoft server 2016 core Tax. They are all as bad as each other. At least VMware rolled back on the memory tax debacle, I cant see Microsoft doing the same. How many people even understand that if they have more than 8 cores per CPU (pretty normal for Hypervisors hosts) that their upgrade path to Server 2016 is going to leave them with a licence deficit? Users running VMware vSphere Enterprise that want to deploy Windows Server 2016 are going to get hit by a double whammy
Someone may have mentioned this already but..
It isn't free, the product is you and the browsing habits plus the contact info are what make it worthwhile as advertising fodder. Even if you use dummy details the browsing history is enough to target adverts at next person along as it can be used to set trending for the service. I suspect WebMD gets hit a lot after every consultant visit! :)
You also don't even need to register on the WIFI for your device to generate useful info. Using the Wireless APs it is possible to triangulate the location of ALL devices that are broadcasting for a connection so you can determine the flow of people and traffic around the physical building which has to be useful for building planners and hospital management
Its amazing the difference a few weeks makes. when the news broke it was FUD central, almost gleeful proclamations of doom and gloom and how this was the last walk of the dinosaurs in a cloud world. Pure especially were really vocal about it - almost as if their data centric storage only play was somehow immune to cloud. Fast forward a few weeks and the feedback from ESG survey finds the majority of IT buyers and decision makers positive about the deal and Nimble and Pure are suffering all sorts of issues on the New York stock exchange.
I expect more fud from the rest of the infrastructure players because I think they are actually starting to get a little bit nervous. I have to say that as an end user nothing grinds my gears like FUD spreading - concentrate on your own products and not what everyone else is doing. If it can't sell itself on its merits dont expected me to get excited.
Re: Why the confusion around VMware
80% then although this actually strengthens the point I was making (that you ignored) - has it made a jot of difference over the last 8 years that it has been 80% EMC owned? has it continued to grow (virtzilla?!) and hasn't it continued to had very successful relationships with Netapp, HP and the like?
I cant honestly see how this maks any difference. Ill just leave this here http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/direct2dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2015/10/19/message-from-michael-dell-committed-to-vmware-independence-and-to-open-ecosystem
Why the confusion around VMware
As far as I'm aware the situation hasn't changed since EMC bought them - 28% or something owned by EMC (now DELL) the rest public owned as its a publicly listed company. The same concerns were raised when EMC bought VMware initially, citing relationships with HP, NetApp, DELL etc being impacted or damaged - that didn't happen did it?. I can Michael Dell keeping it at arms length as it is now because VMwares relationships with other vendors rakes in a lorry load of money every year that he can invest into the rest of his business and paying down debt, even if in some instances it competes with other areas of his business.
Better to get a wedge on the VMware aspect of a deal that goes to someone else than miss out entirely I'd have thought?