Devices and services enterprise architectures are happening

As you are probably aware, Microsoft is becoming a “devices & services” company. Don’t assume that devices refer just to phones, tablets and consumer services, because they can also be data center infrastructure products. The same way that client/server architectures reshaped enterprise computing in the 90s, device and service designs will change the future of enterprise IT. The broad…


Whiteboard video overview of the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution

Here’s a whiteboard video I made introducing the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution. It’s based on the technologies Microsoft acquired with StorSimple and their integration with Windows Azure Storage. Here’s a link to our web page at Microsoft if you want to find out more. [View:]


Hybrid cloud storage with an object storage back end

I attended the Object Storage Summit last week in San Francisco. It was an excellent event with lots of good discussions about object storage – what it is, how people are using it, how is it being sold, is it a feature or a market? In short all the necessary navel-gazing that goes on when a technology…


Kite boarding circus on the Pacific

Last Sunday Gretchen and I were cruising Hwy 1 south of Half Moon Bay looking for migrating whales and loving the splendor of this coastline when we came across this group of kite boarders at Waddell Creek.  As  you can see, it was a windy day and the boarders were catching great waves and getting pretty…


The rise of cloud-integrated storage and EMC’s ViPR

David Isenberg wrote his famous and controversial paper, The Rise of the Stupid Network in 1997.  Its a short and historically interesting read. If you have never read it, follow the link there now. It will take you less than 10 minutes. If you want the Cliff notes version, the gist of his paper is copied below: JUST…


Enstratius joins Dell and the cloud ecosystem becomes deeper

I am genuinely excited by the surprising news this morning about Dell’s acquisition of Enstratius.  I don’t have any first hand knowledge of the deal or Enstratius’ technology, but the company has an excellent reputation and its CTO George Reese has been providing excellent, provocative thought leadership about cloud computing for a long time. Congratulations to…


Calling baloney on Pivotal

Last week Pivotal came out of stealth mode and announced themselves to the world. It got a fair amount of attention because Paul Maritz is the guy there and because the company is being built on jettisoned technology assets that had been previously acquired by EMC and VMware.  It was also interesting that General Electric…


Are big data and the hybrid cloud mutually exclusive?

Technology marketing can resemble a shell game where customers are left to guess what’s going on until a vendor releases products or services that can be acquired and used. Even then, there is still a lot of guesswork on the part of the consumer as product directions and roadmaps are often opaque. There are many good business reasons…


Hybrid Cloud Storage – Look Closely before Picking a Solution

By Mark Weiner, Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Cloud storage is one of the hottest segments of cloud computing. Enterprise customers are increasingly looking at cloud storage as a way to leverage the benefits of cloud economics and agility without giving up performance and improving data protection  capabilities. The Microsoft-StorSimple answer is to take a hybrid…


Storage from the other end of the telescope

If you are involved with managing your company’s storage infrastructure, you might be tired of hearing about how your company can use IaaS to improve software development. It might sound promising, but as a storage person they won’t help you solve your worst storage problems such as backup and data growth.    It’s probably not…