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  1. Life, Death, Tragedy - One thing that I DID NOT expect in leading a larger and larger team is that you get really exposed to the full cycle of life much more every day. You get to see things that are inspiringly positive: I...
  2. Scaled up VM-Level Protection now GA! - [UPDATED - 11/20/14, 7:32AM ET: VSAN notes, VCOPS link] For people who love the idea of replication (local for recovery purposes and remote for DR purposes), but want it as software only (no hardware dependency at all), and with VM-level...
  3. Software-Defined Networks and Storage + Your Thoughts… - There's been an interesting idea percolating around EMC for the last two years - which is the application of SDN approaches to dramatically simplify the storage domain. This could make at scale, heterogeneous environments (making the ability for persistence stacks...
  4. Multi-Hadoop Distribution v3 of the “Hadoop Starter Kit”! - Jim Ruddy (#RememberRuddy) and the EMC Office of the CTO team started something great with the Hadoop Starter Kit, which makes getting Hadoop up and running on vSphere (using the Big Data Extensions) and on EMC Isilon as easy as...
  5. Here’s something you don’t see every day… - I have a standing joke that EMC’s kit is dressed in “Death Star chic” with all the black (shiny as Darth Vader’s helmet) grey and blue cylon-like LEDs… I guess this is what you would find in the datacenter powering...
  6. Cloud Trifecta! - Big news today – Cloudscaling, Maginatics, Spanning join the EMC family. What’s the story behind each of these? I’m going to hit each of these in a seperate post to avoid making you all suffer more than usual from “Chad...
  7. Why Cloudscaling, and why now? - Welcome to my Cloudscaling brothers and sisters? So – this post will be about “Why Cloudscaling” and “Why now?”. Clearly – there is a real and growing model where customers are looking at different ways of building clouds. I don’t...
  8. Why Maginatics, why now? - Answer for this one is simpler than the Cloudscaling one. We’ve been watching the space of “storage things that use object storage” closely for a while. What’s clear is that it’s very hard to make “cloud tier” a product (it...
  9. Why Spanning? Why now? - Again, like Maginatics, more patently obvious than Cloudscaling. The space of “Cloud Backup” is very interesting (and we have a lot of experience – remember, Mozy is an EMC company!) People initially think that “backup to Cloud” is an “obvious...
  10. Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – Applied to SAP, and HINT: TOMORROW. - In partnership with VMware, we keep cranking on the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC). This is the tag we apply to “Self-Service IaaS solutions with on-premises and off-premises elements”. We started with VMware-centric designs (the “EHC: Federation SDDC Edition”) focused on...

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