Excellent article on mistakes made for infrastructure … cloud jail is about right

Article is here at Firstround capital. This goes to a point I’ve made many many times to customers going the cloud route exclusively rather than the internal infrastructure route or hybrid route. Basically it is that the economics simply don’t work. We’ve used a set of models based upon observed customer use cases, and demonstrated … Read moreExcellent article on mistakes made for infrastructure … cloud jail is about right

Seagate and ClusterStor: a lesson in not jumping to conclusions based on what was not said

I saw this analysis this morning on the Register’s channel site. This follows on the announcement of other layoffs and shuttering of facilities. A few things. First a disclosure: arguably, the day job and more specifically our Unison product is in “direct” competition with ClusterStor, though we never see them in deals. This may or … Read moreSeagate and ClusterStor: a lesson in not jumping to conclusions based on what was not said

Attempting, and to some degree, failing, to prevent a user from accruing technical debt

We strive to do right by our customers. Sometimes this involves telling them unpleasant truths about choices they are going to make in the future, or have made in the past. I try not to overly sugar coat things … I won’t be judgemental … but I will be frank, and sometimes, this doesn’t go … Read moreAttempting, and to some degree, failing, to prevent a user from accruing technical debt

"No, really, we are different than all the others you worked with"

Thus ended the plaintive cry of a management consulting hawking their wares, promising us high level meetings with “customers” with “budgets” in our space. This isn’t to say we don’t want more customers, we do. We always need more (and repeat) customers … this is the nature of our business. What we don’t need is … Read more"No, really, we are different than all the others you worked with"

VC landscape changing: Intel Capital on the market

Saw this in a post on VentureBeat. Intel Capital has been an important player in the space for a while. What happens next to them is worth paying attention to. They’ve been in the thick of many interesting companies, though usually outside of Intel’s core foci. Somewhat beyond the normal corporate strategic VC roles. This … Read moreVC landscape changing: Intel Capital on the market

Video interview: face melting performance in #hpc #nvme #storage @scalableinfo

Oh no … we didn’t say “face melting” … did we? Oh. Yes. We. Did. The interview is here at the always wonderful InsideHPC.com You can see the video itself here on YouTube, but read Rich’s transcript. I was losing my voice, and he captured all of the interview in text. Take home messages: Insane … Read moreVideo interview: face melting performance in #hpc #nvme #storage @scalableinfo

There are no silver bullets, 2015 edition

In Feb 2013, I opined (with some measure of disgust) that people were looking at various software packages as silver bullets, these magical bits of a stack which could suddenly transform massive steaming piles of bits (big … uh … “data” ?) into golden nuggets of actionable data. Many of the “solutions” marketed these days … Read moreThere are no silver bullets, 2015 edition