Speaking in Tech (technology)

Sarah and Eddie are out this week so we are joined by Christina Weil, District Director at Centre Technologies

  • Catching up with Christina and New Orleans


Yahoo shocks everyone, lands Google’s Marissa Mayer as CEO

  • Mayer brings strong product experience
  • One of the most visible personalities at Google
  • Yahoo all of a sudden becomes interesting


GigaOm: EMC and VMware to spin off CloudFoundry?

  • Does VMware and EMC have to spin off CloudFoundry to be competitive with with Google, Amazon and Microsoft?
  • A new identity for cloud computing?
  • Greenplum could be part of spin-off


Dell Acquires Quest

  • Greenplum and Quest overlap and compete directly against eachother


Post-Katrina disaster recovery in New Orleans

  • The IT culture has changed - and so have the data centers in New Orleans


Google Nexus 7 Arriving

  • In the voice game, Google Now beats Apple Siri
  • Siri doesn’t know the Cajun names
  • Tablet is probably not the most practical for voice recognition
  • Christina gives up her iPad
Direct download: SiT17.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Speaking in Tech #16 - The Death of Social Media

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. 

Greg loses faith in social media

  • The Big Twitter Purge
  • The gang play “Which Twitter creeper has a real job” game
  • Greg and Marc Farley experiment with Google hangouts
  • Public Google hangouts are a nightmare. 
  • Out of 44 people who jumped in (and most getting bounced out), we found one networking geek in the Czech Republic so we decided to start over and we had a good convo about the Mini iPad vs Nexus 7

7 inch Tablet Wars: Apple vs. Google vs Amazon

  • Enterprise BYOD will be all about 7in, wifi tablets in a year
  • WiFi only will be a security problem
  • 7 inch is a better form factor
  • Android security is getting better
  • Is tere really a BYOD problem?
  • Tablets in business meetings
  • Real world BYOD problems

Cisco routers managed by the cloud... and really bad corporate lawyers writing horrible terms of service

Direct download: SiT16.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:15am EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. 

Our special guest this week is George Reese, CTO and cofounder of enStratus. enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. enStratus is focused on the consumption of one or more cloud services from a single, consistent management platform.

Amazon Outage Hits Netflix, Heroku, Pinterest, Instagram

We all know the story by now: Bad weather knocked out power to Amazon’s EC2 services in Virginia and before you know it, Netflix subscribers were deprived of “Bad Girls from Mars” and Californians were deprived of posting their last foie gras pictures on Instagram. 

  • But is this really about Amazon or good application "hygiene"?
  • Build for failure - If this can happen to Netflix, it can happen to anyone. With what we have learned about this outage, what could Netflix have done differently
  • Interoperability - Is this on the Infrastructure provider or on the application owner?
  • Leap-second issue was a bigger deal than Amazon outage

Burning down the house: “The Hole in VMware's Whole Cloud Strategy”

George’s blog post:  - http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2012/06/hole-in-vmware-whole-cloud-strategy.html

“The move of Google and Microsoft into the IaaS space may ultimately be a sign that PaaS isn't the grand future of cloud everyone has been predicting, but instead just a component of a cloud infrastructure—perhaps even a niche component. If the world isn't ready for PaaS, then VMware has a huge hole in its cloud strategy because vCloud just won't cut it for cloud-scale infrastructure.”

  • VMware, Apple, Google, and Oracle cloud startegies all get run over by George
  • Does VMware's acquisition of DynamicOps change the game?
Direct download: SiT15.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:37am EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. 

This week we discuss...

  • Uncle Larry buys an island
  • Google's new tablet, Nexus 7, leaked
  • Microsoft Surface vs Google Nexus 7
  • WHo uses Google wallet?
  • Microsoft buy Yammer for 1.2 Billion
  • Lotus Notes flashback
  • VMware goes deeper on the desktop
  • Ed gets a new Drobo
Direct download: SiT-14.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 11:44pm EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. 

This week we discuss...

  • Dell Storage Forum recap
  • Microsoft announces "Surface" tablet
  • Looks more productive than an iPad
  • Microsoft nudges OEM's
  • "Surface" could be the killer BYOD
  • NASA uses Amazon... and the Cloud is dead
  • Is Amazon feeling the heat?
  • Linus Torvalds tells NVIDIA where to go
Direct download: SiT13.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Live from the Dell Storage Forum in Boston, our special guests are Darren Thomas, Vice President and General Manager of Dell Storage, Brett Roscoe- Executive Director of PowerVault and Data Management Solutions and Laz Vekiarides - Executive Director of Engineering, Equallogic.

This week we discuss...

  • Dell's acquisitions are like adopted kids
  • Quick overview of announcements
  • Convergence across product lines
  • Equallogic end-to-end convergence
  • Compellent convergence
  • Integration of AppAssure
  • Audience questions
Direct download: SiT12.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Christopher Lynch, Partner at Atlas Venture and former CEO and President of Vertica (which was sold to HP last year) and Acopia (which was sold to F5 in 2007)

In Part 2 of our discussion with Chris Lynch, we discuss...

  • Big Data, big problems
  • How Big Data solutions impact business decision making
  • VC decision making in Big Data inestments
  • Imbedding Big Data solutions within each layer of infrastructure
  • How Atlas Venture-backed travel startup Hopper leverages Big Data?
  • Whos is doing Big Sata well?
  • Lynch's thoughts on EMC's Greenplum acquisition
  • Hack/reduce and how it's prepping the next generation of Big Data

10 Big Questions with Chris Lynch

Direct download: SiT-10.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:06am EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Christopher Lynch, Partner at Atlas Venture and former CEO and President of Vertica (which was sold to HP last year) and Acopia (which was sold to F5 in 2007)

This week we discuss...

Housekeeping:

“Speaking in Tech” will be podcasting from the Dell Storage Forum coming up June 11 - 13 in Boston as a dedicated session at the conference grilling Dell executives in front of a live audience 

After we introduce Christopher Lynch, we discuss...

  • A VC’s view of the Facebook IPO
  • Facebook’s impact on other VC’s and irrational investments
  • Jump back to Chris and his roots growing up in Boston
  • From punker to VC
  • From DEC, to Prominent, to Lucent
  • The leap to Arrowpoint and eventual $5.7 Billion acquisition by Cisco 
  • As President & CEO of Acopia Networks, sold to F5 for $210M in 2007
  • As President & CEO of Vertica Systems, sold to HP last year for $320M
  • How ex-yahoo CEO Scott Thompson helped marry HP and Vertica
  • Thoughts on Leo as a leader? From your vantage point, what did the transfer to Meg look like?
  • Now at Atlas Venture focusing on Big Data

Next week we'll be concluding our special discussion with Chris Lynch in Part II

Direct download: SiT-9.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:07am EST

After catching up with Ed and Sarah, we start off the podcast with an interview with Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette about the paper’s investigation into a suspicious $24 million Cisco router purchase by the State of West Virginia using U.S. Federal Stimulus Funds for the purpose of “homeland security”. The enterprise routers, which are sized for at least 500 users and are typically used for thousands of users, were purchased for schools and libraries with a single computer.

The original story appeared in the Charleston Gazette: http://wvgazette.com/News/201205050057

In the interview we learn:

  • A Cisco rep confirmed the routers were dramatically oversized
  • At one library, the router cost more than the structure of the library itself
  • The routers were purchased by the state without a formal Request for Proposal by a single person after consulting with a Cisco salesman
  • The Cisco salesman retired after the $24 Million deal
  • Of the 1,064 routers purchased, 366 were never installed and are sitting in a warehouse


We get unwound with our special guest this week - Fred Nix, a vSpecialist at EMC

  • We dig into what a vSpecialist really does
  • We explore how critical vSpecialists are to the culture of EMC
  • How EMC has evolved internally
  • Recap Fred’s skiing accident


Finally, we wrap up with “10 Big Questions” for Fred Nix.

Direct download: SiT-8.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 2:27am EST

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is John Mark Troyer, Director, Social Media Evangelism at VMware.

This week we discuss...

Housekeeping:

  • Due to a schedule conflict the podcast from HP Discover had to be canceled
  • “Speaking in Tech” will be podcasting from the Dell Storage Forum coming up June 11 - 13 in Boston as a dedicated session at the conference grilling Dell executives in front of a live audience 

In other news... 

  • VMware View 5.1 announced  
  • When did VDI turn into a dirty word? 
  • What in the hell is VMware Project Octopus? 
  • VMware Certifies vSphere(TM) 5 to Run on Open Compute Project Architecture 
  • VMworld coming up August 27-30 in San Francisco 
  • 10 Big Questions for John Troyer 


10 Big Questions for John Troyer 

Direct download: SiT-7.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:36am EST