We swear we’re not spying on you

You ever had a conversation in real life with someone then you get served an ad that’s specific to that private conversation? Yeah, me too. Mine was about cooking bologna on a camping trip and the next thing I know I’m getting served camping gear ads in my Facebook sidebar.

That’s creepy

But Facebook says they’re not listening. But how are they that good? With the emergence of all these smart home devices, you know someone is listening. It’s probably down in the fine print of the terms and conditions, but yeah, we’re being watched.

You can be that guy!

If you want to spy on your wifi or a public wifi, check out these free tools!

Yet another cloud partnership

A couple weeks ago, Google and Cisco announced a partnership that delivers on the hopes and dreams of hybrid cloud. Buzzwords like open, agility, scale, and security are all over this announcement.

“Our partnership with Google gives our customers the very best cloud has to offer— agility and scale, coupled with enterprise-class security and support,”
– Chuck Robbins, CEO Cisco

“This joint solution from Google and Cisco facilitates an easy and incremental approach to tapping the benefits of the Cloud. This is what we hear customers asking for,”
– Diane Greene, CEO Google Cloud

Cisco has been pivoting into a SW company but has a massive presence in the enterprise with it’s networking business while Google Cloud is begging for new logos but has a rock solid platform and is the brainchild for the wunderkind in Kubernetes. This solution looks great on paper but like all partnerships, makes you wonder about responsibility and what the final product will look like.

It seems like every other week an announcement is made regarding the cloud, but this one has me wondering who’s got more to gain?

The new leader in enterprise storage

I always get a kick out of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Nothing says take my money like a spot in the upper right.

Last week they published their 2017 Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Storage and there’s a new boss in town…

It really comes down to 3 things

  1. Nimble Storage – Infosight for predictive analytics and all midrange all flash
  2. Simplivity – software defined HCI
  3. 3PAR – enterprise grade storage with rich data services

This is me on Monday morning team calls

Cloud Private not Private Cloud

IBM has been busy re-branding it’s cloud acquisitions and what we’re left with is the IBM Cloud. Makes sense. Now Big Blue has a new project that’s all about private cloud, legacy apps, and the public cloud experience.

That’s Cloud Private

IBM has been doing this enterprise tech thing for a couple years and their legacy app/middleware install base is sizeable. They keep hearing from customers that they need help getting ready for the cloud and getting there. IBM Cloud Private is all about delivering a platform that puts the legacy apps in containers and gives customers a modern way to manage the infrastructure, oh and then you can move to the IBM Cloud if that makes sense.


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