Speaking in Tech

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Chad Sakac, Senior Vice President, Global SE at EMC

  • Catching up with Chad
    • New promotion, new responsibilities
  • Oracle buys Xsigo
    • Oracle PR spins it as Software Defined Networking
    • “Sorry Oracle, Xsigo IS NOT Software Defined Networking” 
    • Looks like a reaction to VMware buying Nicira
      • VMware’s boldest move yet
      • This is the advent of virtual networking... with virtual servers combined with vSphere’s storage virtualization... VMware is building the virtual stack
      • How does the landscape change now for VMware, EMC and their competitors?
      • Enterprise deployment of SDN’s
      • How does EMC and VMware keep the VMware lovefest going?
  • Big changes at EMC and VMware
    • EMC’s President Pat Gelsinger is now the CEO of VMware, Paul Maritz is Vice Chairman at EMC
      • How does Pat manage VMware’s ecosystem partners having come directly from EMC?
    • What’s next for CloudFoundry?

Direct download: SiT19.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:33am EST

Speaking in Tech #18 - VMware is building the Death Star

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Dave Graham of Juniper Networks.

The "Stack Wars" are on and VMware is getting close to finishing the Death Star:

VMware doesn't clarify CloudFoundry spinoff rumors

  • Potential spinoff could come with risks

EMC and VMware in big executive shuffle

  • Gelsinger to VMware and the cross polination of VMware and EMC
  • Are incremental enhancements in vSphere going to be enough?

VMware buys Nicira

  • Cisco can't be happy
  • Does Cisco make it's own acquisitions now?
  • Open standards based vs proprietary standards
  • Software defined networking (SDN) will come to the enterprise
  • Cisco and HP could be making moves, Dell is leapfrogging through acquisitions quickly
  • VMware's pricing strategy might undermine their vision

Quick review of the Nexus 7

  • Google Now is absolutely awesome
  • Nexus 7 is not behaving well right now
Direct download: SiT18.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

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. 

This week we discuss...

  • Twitter picks Greg’s next car for him
  • Speaking in Tech will be podcasting from the Dell Storage Forum next week
  • Cisco kills the Cius
  • Kindle Fire sales fall off a cliff
  • IBM and HP make big storage announcements this week
  • Cisco’s future and NetApp
  • Transforming IT and Chargebacks
Direct download: SiT11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39am 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