That’s how one of my favorite leaders, Jean-Luc Picard, signed off after 7 seasons, and after the same number of rewarding and successful years at VMware, I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on.
It’s hard to believe that when I started back in 2007, VMware was approximately 2500 employees and Diane Greene still personally reviewed and signed everyone’s performance reviews! In an introductory note from my former boss, current friend and mentor, Steve Herrod, I noted that, “I joined VMware to work with brilliant folks along with what I saw as the rare opportunity to be a part of the next great sea change in the computer industry.” I haven’t been disappointed!
I feel fortunate to have had the privilege to lead such a stellar team as the EUC (Desktop) CTO office and as the first BU-level CTO, I’m especially proud of the advanced development initiatives and capabilities we brought to the EUC portfolio. In my earlier role as a chief architect in the CTO Office, I helped drive VMware’s storage technologies and I enjoyed many “field CTO” duties that let me meet and work with many of our great customers and the virtualization community at large.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences and will miss my many friends and colleagues. I won’t miss the frequent flyer miles (psst… might be a good time to sell that United stock!), but it’s time for something new for me. And that something new includes taking a break from my bi-coastal commute. I’m moving my office a whole three blocks to the Cambridge-based startup world to engage in a more focused, faster pace of innovation. The northeast has always been my home and I don’t believe that Silicon Valley has a monopoly on startup innovation. We can build the next Pied Piper in the country’s second largest innovation hot spot! (Good name, I wonder if it’s taken?)
So why am I starting this blog? Well, I still have a lot left to say about industry trends, technology, and the shape of things to come. At VMware, I enjoyed the insightful dialogs, comments, and occasional compliments about my posts on the CTO blog. With my move, I’m inspired by several former colleagues and their personal publishing freedom. Here I can elaborate on my observations without being cited in the media as officially speaking for anybody but myself.
One of my favorite VMware posts included observations on the Mobile/Cloud era of computing. This is a topic that I am planning to write a lot more about in the coming months. Mobile/cloud is this era’s equivalent of client/server, and together, they comprise the next-generation application platform. The cloud backend is about massively parallel, virtually unlimited compute, bandwidth and IOPs available on demand as the new “server.” Couple that with a myriad of user interfaces and inputs as the new “client;” including mobile devices and tablets, traditional desktops and laptops, and the rapidly growing Internet of Things.
This blog is also going to be about storage and the disruptions that have been occurring while I was focused on EUC. Storage used to be a static, stable, (i.e. stale) environment, but cost-effective flash and SSDs have changed all that. And storage architecture is no longer primarily about creatively trying to offset the orders of magnitude slower disk head seek times and their impact on your workloads.
It’s a new day. Scale in performance/capacity/manageability, dynamic application-specific flexibility, and ease of consumption are all in play. And of course, virtualization has a role as well. I will be writing about these disruptions and overall upheavals in subsequent blogs – flash/SSDs on both arrays and servers, hybrid storage arrays, all-flash arrays, converged infrastructure footprints, software-defined storage on servers, and server-side acceleration caching strategies.
On top of these technologies and their important packaging considerations, there’s the traditional SAN/NAS vs. object interface dynamic. This once-settled topic has re-emerged, driven by cloud applications with append instead of write-in-place semantics with quorum-based replication schemes; public, private, and hybrid cloud; and data format variables such as data de-duplication and encryption. The noise can be confusing and deafening.
And of course, end user computing. I’ve spent the past four years extremely focused on this fast-changing space and I’m not expecting to give that up any time soon.
Given this overview of what will be explored here, I welcome you to Talking Tech with SHD, the “reformed, no-longer VMware corporate spokesperson.” I hope you pull me into your favorite RSS reader or to follow me @SHD_9.
Did I forget to mention something? Oh, my next adventure will be…