For us it was 73%, no that is not a typo. When we introduced Spot into our engineering / development environment 73% was the amount we reduced our spend on cloud compute by and there was no impact to our developers and no reduction in application availability. How much do you think you are spending on cloud compute that you[…]Read more
Lockdowns and bursting filter bubbles
Maybe you’ve not really thought about this before, but a significant portion of the content you see when you’re online is curated by filter bubbles, more specifically your filter bubbles, and lockdown means that more and more of what we watch and read is filtered by them. Filter Bubble: a situation in which an internet user encounters only information and[…]Read more
Build your data fabric in less than 10 minutes!
I read a competitors blog recently, I’m not going to post a link to it but I’m sure you could find it once you’ve viewed this and therefore have a gist as to what it was all about. A few things really jumped out at me as I read it though The person that wrote it is ex NetApp and[…]Read more
From Infrastructures designed for Applications to Application Driven Infrastructures
In order to explain what I mean by this let’s take a look back in order to look forward. If we consider the evolution of architectures… To increase efficiencies and simplify management we started by consolidating multiple workloads onto fewer platforms. With virtualization we were able to take this further, a new level of cost reduction and utilization and more control passed[…]Read more
From CTO to CTE, why I am now comfortable being an Evangelist
I’ve finally done something that I didn’t think I would, I’m now using the word Evangelist as part of my job title. My full title going forward will be ‘Chief Technology Evangelist’ Now I’m not particularly hung up on job titles but the simple reality is that they do set an expectation as to what people can expect to hear[…]Read more
My book, The Third Wave
After 15 years working for NetApp I decided I wanted to write a book on my experiences during this time, it’s a bit of a ‘history of NetApp’ and the changing industry. I hope you enjoy it!Read more
They don’t want to see the marketing slides
How many times have you been asked to prepare for a meeting and been told this? I always find this an interesting comment, and I’ll be frank with you that I do get this during meetings or presentations that I deliver so I think it’s something worth exploring in a little more detail. What are some of the reasons as[…]Read more
Tech companies should always start by asking WHY?
When you’re building a product or solution then you have to start with the reason why you are building it and this has to encompass the value that it brings to the people you’re going to sell it to and the value that it’ll bring to you as the company selling it. And this is what I don’t really see[…]Read more
What is a Digital Human?
That was the first thought on my mind when I had the opportunity to meet with 3Lateral in Serbia, the next thought was how could we at NetApp help to bring this to life by working to build 3Lateral’s data fabric. 3Lateral Studio is built around a passion for creating characters and creatures, the team there are focused on acquiring[…]Read more
Increasing your impact in virtual events
If your calendar is now like mine then every face to face meeting, group presentation and event just became a webex, zoom, skype or teams session. How do you keep people engaged and ensure they participate? Clearly some of these work better for small groups and others for larger audiences but hopefully it gives you some ideas to try out.[…]Read more