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My Sixth Year at VCE and My Sixth Week at Dell EMC Six years! Six weeks! That’s right. I’ve been at VCE for six years as of this update and that means I’ve been at Dell EMC for six weeks. Tounderstand the nuance of VCE it is important to think about the history of VCEand just how far we have come… and where we are going as Dell EMC. Have Your AI Call My AI For as long as I’ve been a professional worker, I’ve wondered why it is so hardto get a group of individuals to agree to times and durations for meetings. Thenagain, there is a case to be made for avoiding meetings if at all possible. Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions 2016 has been interesting. Next month I will wrap up my sixth year at VCE. EMC Converged Platforms 2015 was a whirlwind just as the past five years have been since I joined VCE. The Perfect Team I’d like to expend a few words about The Perfect Team. My Fifth Year at VCE A quick reflection on my 5th year at @VCE 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 🚀 http://t.co/6rA6LgdFr8 #VCE #Vblock #VMware #Cisco #EMC #Dell #roadwarrior— Jay Cuthrell (@JayCuthrell) October 18, 2015 A Quick VCE Update I’m still blogging internally and less externally. This post is a good reminder that taking a moment to reflect is always a good thing. Let’s get to it shall we? What Is Interesting? The year 2014 is coming to a close. To reflect that sentiment this post has been typed up using http://dillinger.io/. Then this post was saved to a GitHub repository and rendered by GitHub Pages automatically. My Fourth Year at VCE Today is my four year mark with VCE. ESTEEM = STEM + Ethics + Empathy You can’t go very far on Internet or modern media before the term STEM is mentioned or extolled as a target to reach. STEM is the backronym associated with educational pursuits in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The 5 P's of Workloads LV Thoughts So Far Be My Advisor Recently, I was invited to become an advisor to Racemi. I said yes. My Third Year at VCE Next month I’ll reach my 3 year mark with VCE. A Timely Question Sometimes the inspiration from a post comes from a question. This is a question I recently received from someone that is in the IT industry. Specifically, the question revolved around where IT is heading and what are the skills and training that are advisable to anticipate where IT is heading. Pivot to Enterprise Unstoppable March of Convergence It’s that time again. Since 2008, South by Southwest (SxSW) has been one of my annual professional pilgrimages. SxSW is where anyone in the infrastructure business should be to expand their understanding of what application developers and creative thinkers can do when infrastructure shifts one of four ways: the potential the possible the available the ubiquitousAs I have done since 2010, I am once again looking forward to SxSW 2013 and what I will bring back to discuss with the team here at VCE. I’ve previously spoken at SxSW on topics ranging from changing attitudes to email to collaboration stacks to realtime network intercept concepts. SxSW 2013 Preview It’s that time again. SxSW is my annual pilgrimage or it has been since 2008. (I cut and pasted that.) Follow the Leader Take a phrase that’s rarely heard Van Halen ISO 9000 As I was saying previously about Branch content that means a lot less now… SF Thoughts So Far “We are a mole on the back of the beast.” — me in an email sent 15 years ago when pondering a move to the West coast Burl Ives Workloads Road Warrior Thoughts VCE is all about riding the rocket while constructing and reworking that same rocket in real time. – VCE 101 Go West [ My Second Year at VCE You are witnessing the transformation of an entire industry._ Pay attention. It will be faster than you think._ – VCE Deal Desk Mission Control Room Three Paths I get a few recurring questions from time to time. ;-) When I look back in my sent folder or listen to some of my WebEx recordings I find myself answering these same questions with some degree of expansion on the theme and quite often a refinement on wording. Buzzwords to Billions [ Thoughts on OpenStack This post might make some analysts’ heads explode and perhaps too in the land of the tech blogosphere but here goes… Insert Comment Yeah. I turned off comments. Sincerest Form of Flattery Long days. Long nights. Long flights. Thinking About Innovation As of this post I’m almost halfway through my speaking series and workshops on the topic of innovation for NTCA companies. I’m speaking to board members, GMs, key personnel, and the occasional vendor along the way. Road Report Redux [digs VCE office in RTP. This is exciting for a host of reasons but the growth of VCE is remarkable. When I look back on the series of posts I’ve put up here there has been a consistent trend of riding the rocket ever higher as an organization. Road Report Life moves pretty fast when you are traveling for work. I’ve come back from each trip to learn that the VCE RTP office is growing by leaps and bounds. Tech Journalism My SxSW 20212 Report Better late than never: My SxSW 20212 Report http://t.co/Zn0xogLD— Gone Fishin' (@Qthrul) April 7, 2012 VCE: 2012 Update After providing over a dozen regular VCE updates every 30 days (or so… oops!) I’ve noted the difficulty of pointing to materials or opining on materials without breaking embargoes or stealing thunder going into major VCE and/or VCE parent company announcements. SxSW 2012 Preview [ Emerging Patterns Don’t look behind the curtain if you want the magic show to be magic Two Weeks Without Public Social Media [ Wired on Cloud [ The Evangelist Enhancement and Innovation My First Year at VCE [ My First 330 Days “Our goal is to become an internal service provider” – VMworld visitor to the VCE booth My First 300 Days If this was easy, you wouldn’t be here. – VCE 101 On Metrics [Ah, metrics. Everyone loves a horse race. Of course, in a horse race it is not as if the horses are allowed to take a hyperspace jump to various points in the track outside of the assumed finite length of a race track. Enter the dilemma of any so-called “marketing intelligence” service selling you a stopwatch to determine who wins the race. King of the Apps Last month saw the insanity that is Interop as well as EMC World. Both events were in Las Vegas. For me this was a week of back to back customer meetings and catching up with my peers. How many times did I hear cloud? A few. Was there beer involved? I don’t recall. Maybe? Kids and Robots _** Lawful Intercept: I Saw What You Did [ My First 120 Days [ My First 90 Days My First 60 Days [Time flies when you are having fun… and freezing cold. In the past 60 days since I’ve joined VCE there has been cold weather in Boston, Montana, RTP, etc… but all of my trips were tempered with warm receptions and the high energy of VCE team members, VCE parent team members, vSpecialists Team 04 , VCE Partners, and of course VCE customers! My First 30 Days [there have been lots of emails, tweets, phone calls, IMs, and related reaching out to ask me one thing: Private Clouds Ahead Stay tuned I’ll be making a blog post and announcement here on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11am Eastern. Cryptic? You bet. Exciting? Absolutely. Kittens? Well, uhm… no but that would totally awesome too. VMworld 2010 [ I saw what you did [ A Good Week [ SxSW 2011 Cometh [ Memo to the Cloud [ Short URL Link Rot The notion of “link rot” comes up from time to time in blog type discussions where someone has a passing preservation or historical bent. The real-time nature of content being consumed and the promoted concepts of brevity have led to the perceived need for short URLs. Now witness the glory of short URL services. It's Still Complicated My experiment back on May 10, 2010 appears to have finally worked. I deleted my Facebook account. The Earth somehow still manages to rotate. I know you were worried too. Security Elements Everywhere [ Face Time [Today I happened to work with several clients that are not local to me. While we’ve met previously and periodic visits occur, it’s not as simple to grab a coffee or take a meeting in person. Instead, we opt for Skype and even Google Wave. Free Phones [_**UPDATE: Winners Announced!!! FreshBooks SPF Records [A growing number of companies are using FreshBooks as an alternative to desktop and client/server oriented billing systems. The FreshBooks service sends email invoices and other communications on behalf of the company to the company’s clients by making use of an email address and corresponding domain name for the company. Blackberry SPF Records [If you use Blackberry Internet Service and have seen delivery issues related to SPF records when using your own domain name or company domain name you should consider the following suggestions: It's complicated Update: It’s Still Complicated On Data Centers [The first data center I walked into was at my first IT oriented job. I was a co-op at IBM. The data center was a huge and sprawling collection of clunky AIX machines. It was a suprisingly noisy experience with token ring beaconing, whirring drives, and raised floors spewing recycled stale air. Surely I’d not go back to a place like that… [ Are you being served [and was appreciative of the invite. Design Impact [. The topic of my talk was “Design Impact: Broadband, Mobility, and the Cloud”. Expiration Dates [. I’ve followed his writing since his days at VentureBeat and now at TechCrunch. Mayor vs Payor: Location-Based Services I’m still thinking that checking in is still too much work. It’s the same if not greater friction of the earlier iterations of the “simple” Twitter update. You know, Twitter, the application used by every single mobile phone on the planet. Oh wait. 10 years of LiveJournal [This month I reached my 10th year as a LiveJournal user. I’ve posted 5,601 LiveJournal entries during that time. I’ve received 8,839 comments. I’ve made 11,053 comments. Familiar Refrains [It might be my 38th birthday coming up or it might be that the echo chamber is playing back moments from my past. Lately, I seem to have a knack for seeing the same patterns emerge when industry luminaries speak. Get off of my cloud [Note: This is a draft of a longer article I’ll be publishing in an industry journal. SxSW 2010 Happened [. This amalgam served me well. SxSW 2010 Happens [This is a very late Friday Fudge. I have a good excuse though: SxSW 2010. I am a blogger (again?) [This week was a week of firsts. The Redneck Guide to Silicon Valley [at the Lincoln in downtown Raleigh. My presentation was “The Redneck Guide to Silicon Valley”. SxSW 2010 Preview [. StartupRiot 2010, Chaos, and Coffee [. It was a blast. 50 startup companies were pitching hard and heavy on the Fox stage. The weather outside the Fox was bone chilling but everyone inside was warm, fully amped on piping hot coffee, and flying high from the sugar rush of gourmet style donuts. Fiber To The Homologous [ Airwaves vs Airlines iPad Review [ The Waiting _Note: Welcome to Friday Fudge #3 of hopefully many to come._ Color Nicholas Gone Note: Welcome to Friday Fudge #2 of hopefully many to come. Social Telecom _Note: Welcome to Friday Fudge #1 of hopefully many to come. _ [ Welcome to Friday Fudge [ straight pool Let’s not mince words: Cisco sells routers. Cisco sells a great many IP things but you’ve probably heard: Cisco sells routers. While Cisco has a massive portfolio of solutions and an M&A; trail that would make any MBA blush, the Starent deal is straight pool. Danger Will Robinson! Microsoft’s Three Screens Get Cloudy [ Raising the bar #TC50 style Too Much Text Too Much Text IV: A NEW HOPE Google Wave vs. Email Back to my consulting roots After being a CTO since 2002 with NeoNova and Digitel the time has come to return to my consulting roots. I’ve had a great run as a technology leader with great people, great companies, and I’ve seen the beauty of rural America. Balkanize, Rinse, Repeat ad infinitum After listening to a podcast rant on the topic of the blog / web / Internet with terms like signal, noise, and other histrionics typically reserved for the stage I felt that familiar urge to capture some quick thoughts. Embrace or be displaced [ Someone knock me down [ Too Much Text - SWSW 2009 [ Internet Video 2008 [ The Taco Thesis [ CALEA and Me [ Under the guise of simplicity [ Google has AOL envy AOL’s BYOB uses a tunnel/vpn approach. I wonder where Google could have ever gotten the idea… but the effect is clear: Export restrictions [ Consolidation Internet access [ Cat Diapers I was trying to figure out where cat poop goes. Yes, this is my life. Who am I kidding I’d like to see a skit on SNL about the “Who Am I Kidding” calling plan from Verizon. And for my next trick From: Jay CuthrellTo: All Scient GlobalCc: email@example.comSent: 7/8/02 7:46 PMSubject: And for my next trick... (farewell everyone) Here It Comes [ Tel Aviv Traceroute [ The Fudge FAQ [