Entries from December 2012

IT's value as a marketing device

Date December 19, 2012

I worked for and with a CEO at one time who I really respected as a person and as a business leader. There was one particular habit he had that never quite sat right with me, and that was wanting to publicize the technologies that we bought into some kind of marketing release. Now, I […]

Post-LISA Pre-Holiday Filler

Date December 18, 2012

LISA was pretty exceptionally late in the year this time, being only a couple of weeks before Christmas. The inevitable let-down of coming back to the "real world" where I've got to "work" and "do productive things" is always kind of a drag, but this year is a little different thanks to the proximity of […]

My LISA12 Experience Thus Far

Date December 13, 2012

This is my fourth LISA conference, and it's unique in my experience in that it is physically separated from the rest of the city by a decent distance. It's not that we're far, necessarily, but the Sheraton Marina in San Diego is situated on an artificial peninsula in the San Diego harbor, as you can […]

First day at LISA12: VMware vCloud All Day!

Date December 10, 2012

Just a quick update...yesterday was the first full day of training at LISA12, and I was in a couple of vCloud classes all day. You can get the write-up at the USENIX blog. I'm doing two classes a day, and there's a ton to write. I'm swamped, but in the best possible way. It's great! […]

Happy Friday: LOPSA Community on Google+

Date December 7, 2012

Google+ has really been the red-headed stepchild of social networks. They were plagued with a crappy API (and according to a lot of people, still are), they didn't have any of the features that other people wanted to use (although they finally added games with Google Play). And in general, it suffered from the First […]

SysAdvent Post: The New Age of Vendor Lock-In

Date December 6, 2012

Remember when vendor lock-in was an annoyance? Well, in a world where we're outsourcing our critical infrastructures to *aaS providers, vendor lock-in is a business risk on unprecedented scale. In today's SysAdvent entry, I talk about some things to look for when you're shopping for a hosted service provider, or as the kids call it […]