Random Short Take #27

Welcome to my semi-regular, random news post in a short format. This is #27. You’d think it would be hard to keep naming them after basketball players, and it is. None of my favourite players ever wore 27, but Marvin Barnes did surface as a really interesting story, particularly when it comes to effective communication with colleagues. Happy holidays too, as I’m pretty sure this will be the last one of these posts I do this year. I’ll try and keep it short, as you’ve probably got stuff to do.

  • This story of serious failure on El Reg had me in stitches.
  • I really enjoyed this article by Raj Dutt (over at Cohesity’s blog) on recovery predictability. As an industry we talk an awful lot about speeds and feeds and supportability, but sometimes I think we forget about keeping it simple and making sure we can get our stuff back as we expect.
  • Speaking of data protection, I wrote some articles for Druva about, well, data protection and things of that nature. You can read them here.
  • There have been some pretty important CBT-related patches released by VMware recently. Anthony has provided a handy summary here.
  • Everything’s an opinion until people actually do it, but I thought this research on cloud adoption from Leaseweb USA was interesting. I didn’t expect to see everyone putting their hands up and saying they’re all in on public cloud, but I was also hopeful that we, as an industry, hadn’t made things as unclear as they seem to be. Yay, hybrid!
  • Site sponsor StorONE has partnered with Tech Data Global Computing Components to offer an All-Flash Array as a Service solution.
  • Backblaze has done a nice job of talking about data protection and cloud storage through the lens of Star Wars.
  • This tip on removing particular formatting in Microsoft Word documents really helped me out recently. Yes I know Word is awful.
  • Someone was nice enough to give me an acknowledgement for helping review a non-fiction book once. Now I’ve managed to get a character named after me in one of John Birmingham’s epics. You can read it out of context here. And if you’re into supporting good authors on Patreon – then check out JB’s page here. He’s a good egg, and his literary contributions to the world have been fantastic over the years. I don’t say this just because we live in the same city either.

VMware – VMworld 2014 – Monday General Session

Disclaimer: I recently attended VMworld 2014 – SF.  My flights and accommodation were paid for by myself, however VMware provided me with a free pass to the conference and various bits of swag. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.


Sorry this one’s a bit later than the others, but there’s a bit to get through. I don’t want this to be a transcript of the keynote because, frankly, that wouldn’t be quite as interesting as being there. And it would make for a pretty long read. But, there was some neat dancing, loud music, and interesting graphics on the screens to start.


The keynote starts with Robin Matlock, CMO of VMware, with a brief mention of the quake in Napa. She introduces the topic of change by way of introducing the diversity of the audience. The only constant in our business being change. Believe in what you’re doing.


And then it’s Pat Gelsinger’s (VMware CEO) turn to take the stage. The overall theme is bravery and informed risk taking. The main announcements from Pat were around:

Then Project Marvin was unveiled. You check the links below. Interestingly, the 6 initial hardware partners are Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Inspur, NetOne and SuperMicro to begin with. Duncan has a pretty excellent summary here.

Pat also discussed vRealize and the VMware / Openstack integration, Simon from El Reg has a good write-up here.


Bill Fathers also presented on cloud and where that’s going for VMware. Excellent sense of humour.


To wrap-up, Carl Eschenbach – President and COO, took the stage for some customer testimonials and general good feelings.

All in all, nothing earth shattering here, although I think EVO is going to be a pretty cool play. 3.5 stars.