This section includes links to published blogs and some sample blogs.
Blog for launch of Nokia cloud solutions: "How my barista inspired the Enterprise Private Cloud TCO model..."
Blog to explain how Nokia is a superior network for applications: "The network is to cloud as beans are to bean dip"
Blog to articulate the benefits of SDN in general and Nuage Networks' SDN (including Security) in particular: "What’s A SDN Platform, Really?"
Nuage Networks blog to articulate that Docker Containers require comprehensive security: "Docker Containers Need Security!"
Sample blogs to illustrate how I communicate technical concepts in an approachable, business-friendly way
11/10/12 Open Source = Open Sourcing
Many of my friends ask me "What's the big deal with Open Source?" and "Why should a non-techie really care?".
So, here's the answer for non-techies: Today, swapping out one major systems vendor for another simply means trading one stranglehold for another. The dominant systems vendor controls your technology options, your pricing, AND the delivery schedule for any improvements that you simply have to have. For example, when Sun was on the auction block, many customers were upset, not by the prospect of dealing with a new owner of the products, but by the thought that they would lose negotiating power with the acquiring company, whoever it would be.
The rise of Open Source means that you will be able to pick the best of the best for all of your needs, breaking the stranglehold of the major systems vendors. Developers located worldwide are busy innovating at breakneck speed to respond to the needs of the market. Pricing can be more flexible and more suited to the value provided by the solution than that of the major systems vendors.
That's why Open Source can also be called Open Sourcing!
12/10/12 Why Big Data Will Change the World
My friends also ask "What the heck is Big Data and does it really matter?"
The answer is pretty simple: really interesting and important analysis can't be done with traditional methods. By the time that the data has been modeled, cleansed, and stored, many important relationships can be forever lost. For example, the picture to the left is based on linguistic comparison and analysis of literally thousands of documents. It shows how certain languages are related to one another in a fashion that would not be feasible to produce without using Big Data techniques.
Looking at the potential life-changing impacts of fixing genetic disorders, curing diseases such as cancer, determining weather's impact on crop yields, and more, Big Data is the only viable approach. That's why I tell my friends that Big Data Will Change the World!
1/10/13 What is a Software Defined Network (SDN) and why should I care?
Virtualization, as transformed by VMware, has effectively broken the link between applications and the physical computers that provide the resources. With various techniques, including virtualized filesystems, the link between physical storage and application storage has been broken. Yet, most networking is still reliant on fixed hardware. Software Defined Networks essentially are taking the concept of a network based on rigid hardware and transforming it to a flexible approach that can finally deliver on the promise of server, network, and storage virtualization. So, for the non-techie, SDNs are a behind-the-scenes component that you will likely never have to worry about. They are an important evolution in computing but they need another innovation to truly succeed. That will be the subject of my next post.
2/10/13 Is Software Defined Security just another buzz word?
Server virtualization and storage virtualization essentially have control points that can be locked down in datacenters. Networks, by design, operate "out in the wild." By making the network software-based, a whole raft of new potential security issues now become viable. That's why the Software Defined Network concept has a companion line of thought that many call "Software Defined Security (SDS)." Given the array of interesting startups focused on this problem, it is clearly not just a buzz word in the industry.