Snowflakes and Buzzword Bingo

It’s been a while but I’m back with another marketing rant! Some of you may already know my Fooled By Marketing Metrics which is probalbly a series I am most proud of and I feel I got some more up my sleeves somewhere in the future. But I am a Snowflake One of my activities is helping startups explain their technology to all types of audiences. Where in the market do they fit, what is their true unique selling point, where do they differentiate themselves? And every single time in those conversations there is someone at the table trying to tell me how UNIQUE

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This Burning Man is a rising Phoenix

This end-of-year post is not a happy one, but at the very least it will be honest. As you have always known me.  All in hindsight Starting August 2012 as an Evangelist for Veeam Software I had the happiest year of my entire life. I had finally landed somewhere where my talent was appreciated, despite some of my flaws. I worked with and for the best people in this industry for one of the best products out there. The fire in me was enormous and I reckon you have noticed. That happiness reflected on our personal life as well and

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Flipping the Cloud Paradigm – part II

A little over a year ago I wrote “Are you a cloud paranoia”. The baseline of the post was that people don’t trust Public Cloud – mostly rightfully so – to own all their business information. We briefly touched on it in last week’s episode of In Tech We Trust as well due to Microsoft Azure (blob storage) going titsup again for more than 11hrs. But it’s the last part of that blog I still think of a lot. I proposed the idea of flipping the Cloud Paradigm and running your total production in (public) clouds but using your local infrastructure as your

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My checkbox is bigger than your checkbox!

This morning Josh Odgers from Nutanix published a blogpost where he rightfully pointed out that having support for a specific feature(set) doesn’t necessarily mean the same for all vendors (link). In this case we are talking about NAS-VAAI. The example given is that there are a lot of vendors that have support for NAS-VAAI but Nutanix is the only one that supports, and is certified for all primitives. Point well taken Josh and luckily there is always the HCL to check that out as you showed. note: the same applies to VAAI for block primitives! Of course when one rep

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The horror of Agent-Based system restores

A day in the life of a Data Protection Auditor STEP 1: List VM hardware details! vCenter (CPU/MEM/vDISK/vNIC) including vNIC & SCSI Controller type!!! STEP 2: List in-Guest Backup Agent details (case-sensitive) http://backup.local Remark: Operating Systems description are not (always) up to date, which could lead to wrong choice of template. Remark: Everyone using the same (personalised) admin accounts is not a best-practise for logging purposes > use admin groups! STEP 3: list IP Configuration details http://cmdb.local Issue: NO DNS information available Remark: everyone using the same (personalised) admin accounts is not a best-practise for logging purposes > use admin groups! STEP 3:

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Ask Me A Question – button campaign

UPDATE: after reading this article you can go here where the project has been “open-sourced” and you can now participate by downloading the artwork or ordering online. A hot topic in the last few years has been awareness around the lack of women in IT. This goes from how we give young girls dolls but boys a plastic screwdriver, to gender equality in the household, i.e., who has responsibility for the children, to how we treat women in IT on a daily basis. At the heart of the matter, I see the gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education as

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