Free The DAS!

IMG_2001I think I missed the boat…I should have been in the hard drive business. I’m not talking about the SAN or NAS business. No, I am talking about the hard drive business like Samsung, Western Digital, Seagate…you know, the things that get crammed into servers with the intention of using them, but inevitably ends up as wasted or “captive” space that you can’t use, even though you’ve paid for it. Worse yet, you have Windows AND Linux and you have a mash-up of SSD, SAS and SATA drives. What are your choices? Throw it out or pretend it doesn’t exist? Hardly! Here’s a thought, FREE THE DAS! Continue reading

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You forgot WHAT??? (or “Learning never Stops”)

learningThis marks the third week of my employment at EMC Corporation as part of their Advanced Software Division working on their ScaleIO team…Software-Defined Storage. I am attending technical training in Boston with some of the most talented and brilliant minds in IT that I have worked with. To say that my head hurts would be an understatement…but consider it a good hurt…you know, like when you get done working out. Today I learned a lot about the product, but I learned something else…learning NEVER stops. It didn’t end with my Bachelor of Science degree. It didn’t end with my Master of Business Administration degree, and it sure as heck didn’t end when I entered the technical workforce centuries ago. In reality, it only got harder. Continue reading

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Off and running. Life at EMC

1253912139-EMC_Logo-512x248Today is a good day for me because it was my first day with one of the great brands in Information technology, EMC Corporation where I will be focusing on their ScaleIO product in the Advanced Software Division. A great company with great people creating technology that changes the way we live and work on a daily basis. A few month ago a good friend of mine (a CIO at a major IT staffing company) explained to me the reason that I was not happy where I was. “You are a technologist. You’ll never be happy unless you are at a technology company.” So, I took Don’s advice, and decided if I am going back to a technology company, I might as well go with the best. Continue reading

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ScaleIO – turning the concept of Enterprise Storage on its head

scaleioEvery once in a while you find something so game-changing that you have to step back, take a second look and then smile. That is what I did when I first heard of ScaleIO (an EMC company) and saw a demo of their product, ScaleIO ECS (Elastic Converged Storage). Having spent a great deal of time in the data storage community I think if EMC’s storage line as all hardware based with some premium-priced options, but still, mostly hardware based. ScaleIO changes that though, and I think that it might be one of EMC’s most brilliant acquisitions to date, right up there with VMware. Continue reading

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What makes a technologist tick?

TechnologyThis posting is long over due. While it has been percolating in my head for months, I was trying to figure out the time when it would be appropriate for me to write it. That date and time came at precisely 2:30 pm on February 24th, 2014. I’ll explain the significance of that in another posting in a few weeks. But suffice it to say, I think it is time to address something that is near and dear to my heart. There are two things that make a technologist tick; great technology, and being respected for what you do. The question is, how do you leverage it? Continue reading

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Thinking small about big data?

David Meyer:

Big Data isn’t just “all the rage” right now…it’s real, it’s BIG, and if you are not currently using it or looking at using it, you’re falling behind!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Big data is really just data. So why do organizations continue to limit their potential by focusing on questions like “how do we store all of this data” and “what’s a different way to analyze this”?

This is small thinking. And it’s dangerous. Focusing on the technology and new forms of data in isolated and abstract ways will ultimately limit the value. Instead, organizations should be searching for ways to incorporate big data and data science into their existing capabilities. Preexisting business intelligence activities still have value but can be enhanced by adding new big data capabilities.

For any organizational change to succeed it must have broad support to maintain momentum. Opening up the data and making it accessible to the enterprise is critical to creating a culture that can extract the maximum value from its data.

Learn what’s true and false about big data, the right questions to ask…

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On Veterans Day

Signing up...again, at the Punchbowl National Cemetery in Hawaii

Signing up…again, at the Punchbowl National Cemetery in Hawaii. One of the most moving days of my life.

Today is one of those days that I want to set aside work, politics, diet (sorry babygirl) and everything else and focus on what today is…Veterans Day. It is special to me because, well, being a Veteran you have a better idea of the cost of freedom. Memorial Day remembers all of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. That day should always be reserved for them and them alone. Today, Veterans Day, is when we remember those who were ready to give it all, but thankfully did not have to. Many of us carry scars from our service, and many do not. But to all those of you who served, thank you.

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