Category Archives: product

The Narcotic Of Professional Services

In the technology world, selling new products is hard. Selling to enterprises is even harder. Small companies were (relatively) easy. They took a little bit of handholding to get your SaaS/software/hardware configured “just right” for them, but most of what they wanted … Continue reading

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Tech War or Diplomacy?

Yesterday, I published an article asking, “Did Docker Declare War on RedHat and CoreOS?” I received several responses pointing out market-related developments. A number of people said they know that Docker did not intend to “declare war” on CoreOS and RedHat. Docker simply … Continue reading

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Did Docker Declare War on RedHat and CoreOS?

Yesterday, at DockerCon, Docker Inc announced open-sourcing its LinuxKit toolkit to build Linux operating system images. LinuxKit (the platform that has been rumoured as Moby for over a year) provides a relatively easy-to-use toolkit for building immutable operating system distributions. … Continue reading

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You Cannot Buy Your Culture Into Nimbleness

I find it interesting when the same conversation happens with two different people in the span of just a few days. In the past week, I had almost the exact same conversation twice, with two different people at two different companies, about … Continue reading

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I Have Given You a Service, If You Can Keep it

In my world of technology operations, two major themes recur again and again (redundantly): Incentives Litmus Tests I have written about incentives extensively on this blog. In short, as the saying goes, “you get what you measure.” Don’t expect extra customer handholding … Continue reading

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Amazon: Speed and Ease vs Vendor Lock-In

A few weeks ago, Amazon Web Services held its annual AWS re:Invent conference. Unsurprisingly, they announced, yet again, a slew of new services, all meant to ease adoption and management of technology services. Yet, something felt a little amiss: 2010s … Continue reading

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Can rkt+kubernetes provide a real alternative to Docker?

Last week in LinuxCon/ContainerCon Berlin, I attended a presentation by Luca Bruno of CoreOS, where he described how kubernetes, the most popular container orchestration and scheduling service, and rkt integrate. As part of the presentation, Luca delved into the rkt architecture. For … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Desktops Managed Like Containers?

Containers, the management and packaging technology for applications, are useful for many reasons: Packaging is simpler and self-contained Underlying operating system distribution becomes irrelevant Performance, therefore density, and therefore cost, is much better when working without a hypervisor layer To my mind, though, one of the … Continue reading

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Is the Real Uber Threat to Hertz?

It has become commonplace to forecast that Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services are a strategic threat to car manufacturers. After all, if “everyone” uses Uber, why would they bother owning cars? The problem with that argument is that it … Continue reading

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Amazon Pricing Should Be Customer-Centric

Today, I had a very interesting discussion with Rich Miller, a consulting colleague who has been around the block more than a few times. One of the interesting points he raised is that Amazon’s AWS pricing doesn’t quite work for … Continue reading

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