Tuesday, May 26

Month: December 2019

Is Community Still a Bad Word? #blogredux
Blog Redux, community strategy

Is Community Still a Bad Word? #blogredux

This week in Blog Redux: is community still a bad word? This week I'm reviving an old post from blog.ginaminks.com from February 2012 (almost 8 years ago!). The post was titled On dev-ops, marketing, the c-word, and pneumonia. Don't worry, the c-word is community. As always, I'll re-post the blog in its entirety here, and add my comments as a quote that start with Thoughts from 2019: . On dev-ops, marketing, the c-word, and pneumonia Pneumonia is a funny thing. For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed with pneumonia a week and a half ago. While I was at Cloud Connect. I can honestly say I’ve never been this sick in my entire life. It’s worse than the massive kidney infection I had when I was 8 months pregnant. Or the appendectomy that happened when I was six mo...
Cloud 2020 Summit – did our predictions materialize?
Blog Redux, announcements

Cloud 2020 Summit – did our predictions materialize?

The Cloud 2020 Summit was held May 19, 2013 at the Supernap in Las Vegas (which is now called Switch - I think). The event was pulled together by Krish Subramanian, Ben Kepes, and Mark Thiele. The purpose was to "look at the future of cloud infrastructure – it’s going to bring together pundits, vendors and enterprise buyers to postulate on where the industry is going". The website is no longer live, but you can see the agenda here. Thank goodness they invited bloggers! I'm not sure how I got invited, but I sure was happy to be there. I'd like to challenge anyone who attended the Cloud 2020 Summit and blogged about it to republish their blog, with added commentary now that we're at the close of 2019. Observations from 2019: Here is the post I wrote (original post is here). Looking ...
NetApp Goes to the Cloud #TFD20
Tech Field Day

NetApp Goes to the Cloud #TFD20

This post - NetApp Goes to the Cloud - is my review of materials presented at #TFD20. NetApp’s 1st presentation at #TFD20 was about NetApp's cloud strategy. I was very excited to see Nick Howell (aka @DatacenterDude), NetApp’s Global Field CTO for Cloud Data Services, there to greet us and kick things off.  I’ve always known him to be knowledgeable, visionary, and a bit controversial. All of my favorite things! And I was psyched to see how he was going to frame his conversation. Infrastructure Admin’s Journey to the Cloud Nicks’ presentation was titled “OK, Now What?” An Infrastructure Admin’s Journey to the cloud. https://youtu.be/0937GkO9U5s He set up the history of things for datacenter admins, and how quickly they need use their existing skills to pivot if they’re g...
Tech Field Day from the Other Side
Tech Field Day

Tech Field Day from the Other Side

Last month I accomplished my dream of becoming a Tech Field Day delegate for #TFD20. Because I left my job at VMware in order to launch Digital Sunshine Solutions, I finally no longer work for a vendor and I qualify to be a delegate! This post is a reflection on the differences between being at a vendor and hosting Tech Field day and being a delegate. Tech Field Day history For those of you who don’t know, Tech Field Day is a roving event run by Stephen Foskett. 10 years ago, when we were all figuring out what blogging and podcasting meant to big tech companies, he had the vision to take influencers who were talking technically and strategically about products on their personal blogs and podcasts right to the vendors. This gave vendors the opportunity to explain the products and pr...
Cloud Migration:  The only path to Digital Transformation?
product strategy

Cloud Migration: The only path to Digital Transformation?

As the end-of-year conference dust settles, it’s becoming clear that we’re finally experiencing the long-heralded digital transformation. We have cloud, we have hybrid cloud, we have edge, but the technologies have improved to the point that it’s possible now to choose how to implement what has become known as “the cloud”.  As always, my question is what does this all mean for ops? The Amazon Web Service conference re:Invent is this week in Las Vegas. I’ll be there to chat with people, trying to figure out if what I think is happening matches the reality of what’s happening in organizations. As part of my prep, I wrote this blog post. It is meant to be a bit controversial. My end goal is to find the reality of our current situation, find ways to acknowledge the hype and with real ...