Preparing for the Post-IaaS world

September 18, 2014

Today I attended a day-long event put on here in Austin by the Cloud Standards Customer Council.  It was a packed agenda focused around the theme “preparing for the post-IaaS phase of cloud adoption.”

Craig Lowery, Sr Distinguished Engineer in Dell Software, chaired the event and gave the opening presentation.  I grabbed some time with Craig during the lunch break to get his thoughts on the event and have him hit the highlights of his presentation.

Take a listen.

Stay tuned next week for three more short interviews from the event around Docker, the future of PaaS and more.

Pau for now…


Presenting Cloud at Harvard

August 5, 2014

In June I got to attend and present at the Harvard University IT Summit.  The one-day summit, which brought together the IT departments from the 12 colleges that make up the University, consisted of talks, panels and breakout sessions.

The day kicked off with a keynote from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen of The Innovator’s Dilemma and “disruptive innovation” fame.  Christensen talked about disruption in business as well as disruption in Higher Ed and its threat to institutions like Harvard.

After the keynote there was a CIO panel featuring the CIOs of the various colleges where they discussed their strategic plans.   When the panel ended the concurrent sessions began.

My talk (see deck above) was near the end of the day and before the final keynote.  I took the attendees through the forces affecting IT in higher education and the value of a cloud brokerage model.   In the last part of my presentation I went over three case studies that involved Dell and the setting up of OpenStack-based clouds in higher education.

All-in-all a great event and I hope be going back again next year.

The exhibit hall at the Harvard IT summit

The exhibit hall at the Harvard IT summit

Extra-credit reading


Findings from 451’s DevOps study — DevOps Days Austin

July 8, 2014

Today we come to the final interview from DevOps Days Austin.  I began the series with an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer who gave the first-day keynote.  Today I close, with perfect symmetry, with Michael Cote of 451 Research, who gave the keynote on the second day.

In his keynote, posted below, Cote presented findings from a study 451 did on DevOps usage.  I caught up with Cote to learn more.  Take a listen.

Some of the ground Cote covers:

  • Tracking tool usage as a proxy for DevOps
  • How they focused their study on companies outside of technology
  • What they found and given that, what advice would they give to
    1. IT
    2. Vendors in this space
    3. Investors
  • How Cote would advise a mainstream CIO looking to get into DevOps and set a strategy

 

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Dell Cloud Manager and Customer Transformation– DevOps Days Austin

July 7, 2014

Here is my penultimate post from DevOps Days Austin.  Today’s interview features Vann Orton, a Dell Sales Engineer for Dell Cloud Manager.  I chatted with Vann about the customers hes been visiting out in the field and what he’s seeing.

Some of the ground Vann covers

  • What’s Dell Cloud manager do and what pains does it address for customers
  • How Vann used Chef to connect Dell Cloud Manager and Foglight
  • What customers are facing as they look to implement cloud and how he shares Dell’s learning’s from implementing our own cloud.
  • How the conversation evolves into the higher order concern regarding business transformation and shifting to a services model.

Still to come: last but not least: Cote’s DevOps Days keynote.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Rackspace’s DevOps Practice — DevOps Days Austin

July 3, 2014

Continuing with my interview series from DevOps Days Austin, today’s interview is with Matt Barlow.  Matt established Rackspace’s support offering around DevOps automation late last year.  Hear about it and how it all came to be.

Some of the ground Matt covers:

  • Matt’s background and how he got into DevOps
  • What led him to developing a practice
  • What exactly his team does
  • What types of customers have they been working with

Still to come from DevOps Days Austin: Dell Cloud Manager, Cote’s keynote

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Sumo Logic and Machine Data Intelligence — DevOps Days Austin

July 2, 2014

Today’s interview from DevOps Days Austin features Sumo Logic’s co-founder and CTO, Christian Beedgen.  If you’re not familiar with Sumo Logic it’s a log management and analytics service.   I caught up with Christian right after he got off stage on day one.

Some of the ground Christian covers:

  • What does Sumo Logic do?
  • How is it different from Splunk and Loggly?
  • What partners and technology make up the Sumo Logic ecosystem?
  • What areas will Sumo Logic focus on in the coming year?

Still to come from DevOps Days Austin:  Rackspace, Dell Cloud Manager, Cote’s Keynote

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now….


PagerDuty and incident management — DevOps Days Austin

June 30, 2014

Im picking back up the series I started last month,  DevOps Days Austin.  Today’s interview features Arup Chakrabarti of PagerDuty who presented at DevOps days and leads PagerDuty’s Ops engineering team.  Take a listen:

Some of the ground Arup covers:

  •  What PagerDuty does (hint: it has to do with Incident management and alerting for IT monitoring)
  • How they integrate with partners like SumoLogic, DataDog and NewRelic.
  • How the 3 founders took the experience they gained at Amazon around incident management to found PagerDuty
  • What to look for in the upcoming months

Stay tuned, there are still three more interviews from DevOpsDays Austin to come: SumoLogic, Dell Cloud Manager, Cote and his keynote.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


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