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This morning, Dave Cahill (@dcahill8) posted a rather in-depth look at Carbonite and provided a counter to their business model by including Dropbox.  While Dave is a conservative guy, I’m really not, so, I took the challenge to hopefully expound upon what I think is Dropbox’s COGS model.  The original article is here: The Economics of Carbonite and I’d STRONGLY advise you to read it prior to coming here. 😉

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The Destination

by dave on October 22, 2010

So, it appears that I’ve been relatively successful in casting some level of intrigue around where I’m going after EMC. I’ve heard everything from VMware to Acadia to heaven-knows-what and while each of these companies are AWESOME for what they do, they’re not what’s grabbing my attention.

When I started into the cloud space, I was amazed at the capabilities that “the cloud” offered. Whether you choose to use the public, private, or (dare I say it?) hybrid monikers for how you implement a cloud ecosystem, one fact still remains: data needs to moved. Obviously, EMC has spent a considerable amount of time and effort into making solid product set in vBlock and Atmos and the recent acquisitions of Bycast by NetApp, the partnerships with Caringo and Cleversafe by others, et al. all serve to drive this point home. Face it, the cloud is here and it’s not going away.

With that in mind, I decided (and it wasn’t an easy decision) to look at some of the technologies that are being developed in the cloud space and jump in with both feet. The initial brush with this was Atmos. As one of the guys responsible for the development and sustaining of Atmos Virtual Edition (I won’t claim this was my idea by any stretch…there’s a LOT of talent wrapped up in the Atmos group that had input here), I recognized early on that easing transitions to the cloud by “re-using” hardware that was already present was a good thing. Virtualization made this even easier as everyone these days is thinking along those lines…Once I saw the impact that Atmos Virtual Edition had, the next logical step was the migration of block assets to the cloud, whether this be Atmos, S3, Iron Mountain Digital or another technology. To that end, on October 25th, 2010, I will become a Senior Systems Engineer at Cirtas Systems, Inc.

I’ll be writing more on Cirtas and their exciting Bluejet appliance later (as I get into the thick of things) but I’m very impressed with the capabilities that they offer and look forward to working with you (EMC, NTAP, HP, Dell, et al) in this exciting space!

See you on the other side…



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Cisco C200M1 CIMC Update Process

by dave on March 29, 2010

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Just a quick note from the field (as it were).  If you’ve been blessed enough to get a Cisco C-series server, there’s a nifty new Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) release available as of today’s writing.

Version 1.0(1e) was the shipping release as of January 2010.

Version 1.0(2) is the latest point release available as of March 2010.

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