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M-A-M™: Understanding Presentation Media

May 21, 2010 8 comments

Recently I went to a technical conference and, as was to be expected, found myself subjected to the classic “Death By Powerpoint.” I found myself getting frustrated and insulted by the lack of respect the presenters – and by extension, their presentations – showed their audience. There are a lot of places on the Intarwebs that can give you directions on how to create presentations, but there aren’t a lot that will explain why it works the way it does. Allow me to provide a brief insight as to some of those “whys.” Read more…

Cost Savings with Cables for FCoE

May 18, 2010 9 comments

In an earlier post I mentioned that I had crunched some numbers with respect to the kinds of Operating Expense (OpEx) savings were possible with FCoE. Now, I understand the risk involved when trying to discuss costs and possible ROI, since every installation is custom. However, I think that it shouldn’t be too much of a leap to take some of these considerations and apply them to any installation as a benchmark. Plus, I have pretty pictures. Read more…

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Change and Credibility in Blogging

May 17, 2010 4 comments

There aren’t many people who blog regularly about FCoE, and even fewer of those who don’t get paid to do it specifically. Last week there was a burst of activity in the Twitterverse about credibility about bloggers and corporate sponsorship, which of course got me thinking, especially given my own announcement I was understandably concerned about what my perceived credibility might be moving forward. Read more…

Important News

May 14, 2010 3 comments

I’m extremely excited and proud to announce that as of May 31, 2010, I will be embarking on a new chapter:

I will be a Product Manager for FCoE for Cisco. More details will be forthcoming soon, well, as soon as I have the time to take a breather between packing boxes for the move to San Jose.

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FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Flexibility

March 30, 2010 8 comments

This is the second in a series of posts designed to address some of the questions I’ve posed with respect to FCoE vs. iSCSI, in an attempt to take a detached view towards the pros and cons of each technology as it relates to measuring up in the data center. In this post, we will examine the question of whether iSCSI can provide the same type of traffic flexibility that FCoE can, for the same level of service. Read more…

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Google vs. Directive 10-289

March 25, 2010 3 comments

Oh, how we love to hate big companies. Microsoft, Apple, McDonald’s… all have felt the wrath of governments and environmental groups alike have been absolutely slammed in recent years about decisions of who and what they let play in their sandboxes and the nature of their influence in global cultures. No company, though, even with the inclusion of Microsoft vs. the Clinton DOJ, has been the target of such an all-out war against a single company than Google. Read more…

FCoE vs. iSCSI: The Cagefight! – Performance

March 24, 2010 19 comments

In a previous post, I posed a series of questions with respect to understanding the nature of FCoE and iSCSI marketplaces. In this post I’m going to address one of those questions:

Is iSCSI fast enough at 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE – even with overhead concerns, to rival the performance and efficiency of FCoE?

[2012.08.09 Update: This has finally been tested and I've written an update about the performance of the two protocols on my Cisco Blog] Read more…

Gartner on FCoE. Whoa There, Sparky

March 19, 2010 23 comments

I’m too cheap to shell out the $195 (that’s $20/page!) for the latest Gartner report on FCoE, but there have been enough reports on the report that it’s not difficult to see the gist is consistent with Gartner’s long-running hate-affair with the nascent technology. I’m the first to admit that FCoE isn’t a panacea for the data center’s myriad array of issues, but Gartner seems to be far too willing to play the convenient role of grumpy old man and needs to be placed into some perspective. Read more…

Announcement: Google Buzz Market Report

I’m proud to announce that Mind Commerce has just published my market analysis of Google Buzz. “This report is one of the must-read reports for people who want to understand and evaluate the importance of Google Buzz within the Social Media/Networking space. These include – but are not limited to – social media planners, marketing decision-makers, and strategic advertising professionals.” Read more…

Non-Linear Communication (a.k.a. Being Neil Postman’s Bitch)

February 26, 2010 3 comments

Everyone has some brush with fame. In my life I’ve been fortunate (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) to have several moments where I have been exposed to either great, popular, or paradigm-shifting people. When I was a freshly-minted Ph.D in the 1990s, I was a rising star in the field of Media Ecology and found myself attracting the attention of none-other than Neil Postman, who was most amused to call me “the poster child of new technology.” Read more…

Companies should not rely on Facebook as a long-term strategy

February 18, 2010 4 comments

If your company (or you, yourself) has invested a great deal of time and money on a “Facebook strategy,” you are probably not going to like what I have to say. You may find yourself getting defensive, angry, and probably mutter naughty words under your breath aimed in my general direction (or even place them in the comments section). Fine; so be it, but just remember when you fail to get what you expect from devoting your time, energy, money and effort into Facebook as a B2C strategy, well, you were warned. Read more…

Early Lessons about Google Buzz

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Google’s Buzz has only been released into the wild for three days, but already there are numerous issues surrounding privacy that may wind up severely damaging Google’s reputation. Google’s decision to automatically interconnect everyone and their brother (quite literally) has triggered the Law of Unintended Consequences, prompting concerns about everything from abused spouses wanting to be anonymous to authoritarian governments cracking down on dissenters. Whether Google has jumped the shark on this one in terms of public trust remains to be seen, but we can still learn some lessons immediately. Read more…

FCoE Killer Sweet Spot: Health Care?

February 6, 2010 1 comment

Recently I was talking to some health care people about what it is that I do, and tried to put it into context that they would understand. The more I started to weave the fabric (pun intended) of what FCoE is and what it could mean in health care terms. The more I spoke the more their heads nodded and agreed. It got me thinking: could hospitals and healthcare really be the sweet spot for FCoE adoption? Read more…

Re-Examining FCoE and iSCSI Pros and Cons

February 5, 2010 10 comments

It should be obvious that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about FCoE over the past 2 years, despite only blogging about it for a couple of months (hey, I’ve been busy!). But someone brought up something recently that makes me second-guess the role that FCoCEE will play in the marketplace in comparison to, say, iSCSI. In particular, with vendors now offering 1 Million IOPS in their NICs, is there enough of an advantage performance-wise? Read more…

Modified FCoE Adoption Curve

February 2, 2010 6 comments

So, David Vellante created an excellent FCoE adoption curve posted on Wikibon today. When the conversation about “how quickly” or “how much” is applied to FCoE, whether it be hype, fact, or perception, I believe that David’s curve is an excellent broad based timeline that can be seen as a great metaphor. However, I think there is a major shift in the curve’s shape that should be included. Sadly, that shape is a slight downturn before we hit the full upswing.

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