Monthly Archives: March 2016

Negative Cloud Margins?

A few days ago, I had a conversation with a friend of mine who told me something shocking: a particular cloud company’s gross margins on cloud products are below -40%. That is not a typo, it is minus 40% or worse. Essentially, the … Continue reading

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Usability Drives Adoption, Not Technology

The great strength of technologists is that we innovate constantly, always looking for a better world. The great weakness is that we sometimes fall in love with the solution, the technology itself, without regards to its applicable value in the … Continue reading

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Internet in the Air

I used to hate taking long day flights. If I had to spend 12 hours in the air from New York to Tokyo, or Zurich to Bangkok, or Tel Aviv to Newark, I preferred overnight flights. Even since the advent of on-demand entertainment, personal … Continue reading

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When Your Customers No Longer Adore You

Where will VMWare be in 5 years? For many years, VMWare was practically synonymous with virtualization. It provided multiple virtual servers on a single physical server, with a great feature set, good (for its time) management interface, and enterprise customer support. Lately, VMWare has … Continue reading

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Would Open-Source Windows Have Stopped Linux?

In the cellar of Westminster Abbey in London, lies a lovely little café called the Cellarium, with all of the architectural design and feel of the Abbey. Of course, as it is in the heart of London, it has good tea as well. Earlier this week I … Continue reading

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It’s Always Been a Matter of Trust

Yesterday, Vala Afshar tweeted out the following "You likely have to get management approval for a $500 expense… but you can call a 1 hour meeting with 20 people and no one notices." — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 7, 2016 … Continue reading

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Whence Serverless Cloud? It’s About the Market.

I love tech. Despite an MBA and a decade of consulting and running a start-up or two, deep down, I always will be an engineer. One of the most important lessons I learned as a young engineer 20 years ago … Continue reading

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Small Efforts for Big Wins

This morning, I paid a visit to the American Citizen Services department of a US Embassy, for passport-related services. Anyone who has been there knows that this is not exactly an efficient experience. You need to make a reservation online in advance The … Continue reading

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