Mix & Match – Dell’s new c8000 changes ALL of the rules

I have something to confess.  Just when I think specialty server design can’t get any better or more interesting, I am proven wrong.  Even since Dell’s Data Center Solutions team was founded and kept coming up with more dense, more powerful, more efficient servers, I thought to myself that at some point we were going to get to a place where we just can’t do something so unique and so revolutionary that literally everyone you show it to says “wow…I really need one of those for <insert favorite application here>”…until now.  With the release today of the PowerEdge c8000 server, you can have your system any way you want it. Continue reading “Mix & Match – Dell’s new c8000 changes ALL of the rules”

OpenStack Essex Deploy Day is Coming!

Mark your calendars, because May 31st is going to be a significant day in the life of OpenStack and the Dell Crowbar utility as Dell, Nicira, OpsCode, Rackspace, EnStratus, Orbital Software Solutions and others, will be standing by to assist you with your deployment of Essex using Crowbar on OpenStack Essex Deploy Day.  You’ll note I said “and others”…because we are looking for more volunteers to be available to work people as they deploy Essex in their environment.  Not only will there be online help available, but there are also two physical locations that will be open for you in Austin, TX and Boston, MA. Continue reading “OpenStack Essex Deploy Day is Coming!”

The Year In Review…

I need to first apologize to my readers…it’s been several weeks since I wrote anything.  I had some personal business to attend to that kept me away from writing, and in that time, so much has happened…I don’t know where to start.  So rather than figure that out, I’d like to look back at some of the biggest stories of the year in terms of how the Cloud evolution started the year, and how it ended the year.  No…it isn’t a timeline approach and I am sure I’ll miss something as there was SO much that changed this year in Cloud.  But an exciting year it was, and an exciting year it will be in 2012.  At least until we all die on December 21st. Continue reading “The Year In Review…”

Linux and Open Source in 2003 vs 2011

It think it was June of 2003 when Continental Airlines Managing Director Nathan Hanks said some fairly disparaging remarks about Linux and Open Source people.

“All the guys hacking Windows are Linux guys.” Continental was hit hard by SQL Slammer and “our CEO said we’d failed,” Hanks said.  “Having one vendor throat to choke is helpful in crisis situations, Hanks said. An IT pro can’t go to the CEO and say that a server is down, “and hopefully some guy in Amsterdam” will get to a fix when he gets back from the “dope house,” he said.  (Source: http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/29837) Continue reading “Linux and Open Source in 2003 vs 2011”

OSCON 2011 Week

Ever since I attended my first OSCON in 2005 I have wanted to go back every year because as a believer in Open Source technologies, OSCON is really a place where the “box” doesn’t exist…where you’ll never hear the words “we can’t do that” because Open Source is all about what CAN be done when you don’t have the restrictions of proprietary software. Continue reading “OSCON 2011 Week”

Dell Data Center Solutions

I often laugh on the inside when people find out that I work for Dell because immediately they assume that I am a PC technician or something like that.  In reality, I am a PC user like most everyone else, and actually, I am a Linux guy.  It’s also funny when you read the Wall Street analyst reports that talk about PC sales and Dell is one of the companies they always mention.  What you don’t hear a lot about though is the Enterprise side of our business, including our Cloud, Hyperscale and High Performance Computing (HPC) teams.  At the most recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell sat down with Maria Bartiromo from CNBC for a very telling interview.  In short, Dell is about more than the PC. Continue reading “Dell Data Center Solutions”

OpenStack’s Explosive Impact on Cloud Computing

I remember the day I started working in Linux and Open Source professionally.  I don’t have to tell most of you out there this, but we knew we were on to something.  We knew Linux and Open Source would really take the world by storm, though it might take longer than any of us would have liked.  Then one day it happened…Linux grew up.  Open Source was accepted in all levels of the Enterprise, and when Cloud Computing came on the scene we knew that Linux and Open Source would find a natural home there…and they did. Continue reading “OpenStack’s Explosive Impact on Cloud Computing”