The Rancher's Dilemma: Reconciling Pets & Cattle

When I first started promulgating the pets vs. cattle meme, it really helped me get through roadblocks of confusion. Many in IT couldn’t tell the difference between the old way and the new way. Explaining “cloud native” could take a long time, but this meme gave me a way to...

My Picks for OpenStack 2016 Spring Summit Submissions

As you are probably aware, voting is open for the OpenStack 2016 Spring Summit. It is incredibly difficult to go through the entire list of abstract submissions. I’ve gotten wind of some of the more interesting submissions from EMC, WalmartLabs, Mirantis, and others. Following is an incomplete list of talks...

Five Things OpenStack Needs to Do ... Now.

At the most recent OpenStack SV 2015 event, I was invited to speak and provide a viewpoint on OpenStack’s future.  The year before in 2014 I gave a talk entitled “Lie of the Benevolent Dictator” which spawned the Product Working Group for OpenStack.  A blog posting entitled The Future of...

Cloud ... You're Doing it Wrong!

I’ve been doing “cloud” for about as long as it’s been a “thing”.  It is safe to say that I’ve talked about every conceivable topic related to cloud and cloud computing.  Unfortunately, I still run into a common problem, which is that the average enterprise looking to adopt cloud or...

Killing the Storage Unicorn: Purpose-Built ScaleIO Spanks Multi-Purpose Ceph on Performance

Collectively it’s clear that we’ve all had it with the cost of storage, particularly the cost to maintain and operate storage systems.  The problem is that data requirements, both in terms of capacity and IOPS are exploding and growing exponentially, while the cost of storage operations and management is growing...

A CoprHD Status Update

I wanted to provide you a big update on Project CoprHD and a mea culpa.  As many of you know, EMC launched CoprHD during EMC World 2015 and made the code generally available on June 5th.  Unfortunately, we are learning the hard way about proper follow through when open sourcing...

Project CoprHD's Architecture

Unless you had your head in the sand, you probably saw my blog post talking about Project CoprHD (“copperhead”), EMC’s first open source product. Exciting times are ahead when one of the world’s largest enterprise vendors embraces open source in a big way. Does it get any bigger than picking...

EMC and Canonical expand OpenStack Partnership

As you saw at last week’s OpenStack Summit, EMC® is expanding its partnership with Canonical amongst others. I want to take a moment to talk specifically about our relationship with Canonical. We see it as a team up between the world’s #1 storage provider and the world’s #1 cloud Linux...

State of the Stack v4 - OpenStack In All It's Glory

Yesterday I gave the seminal State of the Stack presentation at the OpenStack Summit.  This is the 4th major iteration of the deck.  This particular version took a very different direction for several reasons: Most of the audience is well steeped in OpenStack and providing the normal “speeds and feeds”...

OpenStack Self-Improvement Mini-Survey

Want to help make OpenStack great?  I’ve put together a very quick survey to get some deeper feedback than is provided by the User Survey.  The intention is to provide some additional information around the State of the Stack v4 I’m giving next week at the summit. I will really...