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Lazarus Vekiarides

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Although it has been a couple of months since the hysteria of re:Invent, there has been a great deal of consternation by hoards of people in enterprise IT over the emergence of Amazon AWS. The fear is that AWS and it's main competitors will substantially disrupt the market for enterprise infrastructure and create the next big oligopoly or even monopoly in the technology industry: The Cloud. In this weekend's Barrons, we find Tiernan Ray making the near term case for mediocrity, if not eventual doom for the big enterprise technology players (Note: subscription may be required): No Silver Lining in the Cloud for Blue-Chip Techs The key concern among investors - both venture and public market -  and users everywhere really centers around the notion of AWS being a "dominant exchange". This is what happens when the game becomes one where the entire solution set is owned b... (more)

Can A Slingshot Take Down The AWS Juggernaut?

If your purpose in life is to entertain the gods, you might as well put on a good show. --Unknown Amazon's Re:Invent show last week turned out to be quite a coming out party for the predominant infrastructure service provider. There were a number of interesting announcements that moved the stocks of perceived competitors, and of course, there was a disproportionately large showing of attendees at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For me, the highlight was provided by good friend, and super smart VC, Jerry Chen, who went on  The Cube to lay down the gauntlet starting at about 7:00 in the... (more)

Software Defined Storage - Zombie Box Huggers are Winning

In all honesty, I first submitted the abstract for a talk on Software Defined Storage to SNIA very early this year. It seemed like a different world then, and I really had no idea what I was getting into. For the purposes of full disclosure, I was the sponsor for an SDS project before I left Dell, and so I had spent a lot of time sifting through all the data and the nonsense that surrounds it. It felt apropos to put together a talk on what we had learned about the topic: the use cases, the technologies, the market, and the business. In the intervening months, something happened o... (more)

The Box-ification of Software Continues

Well, Tuesday came and went and we finally go the big announcement from Apple's Tim Cook. As usual, the world was focusing on all the fun toys - the "boxes" - and to some extent Apple delivered the usual array of sustaining innovations that will make their competitors seethe for the next 6 months. Despite the inevitable critiques, and the occasional gaffe (Maps, anyone?), the products will sell and achieve wide adoption. All this will happen in the face of withering competition from the commoditization experts in Asia. What got my attention yesterday, though, was one of the more ... (more)

Um, Can I Work From Home? Please?

It really is amazing how organizations can take a relatively simple idea and supersize it to the point where it is unrecognizable from its original conception. Last week, in a bizarre reversal, we learned that HP has decided that their people should not work from home any more if at all possible. As usual, Arik Hesseldahl from AllThingsD summarizes it the best: Computing and technology services giant Hewlett-Packard, which appears to be taking a page from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, has quietly begun enacting a policy requiring employees to work from the office and not from home. Whil... (more)