What is Pied Piper Anyway?

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Season Three of HBO’s Silicon Valley continued to build on two solid seasons and drawing more fans. For those of us who actually work in tech, I think we can appreciate the humor more than your average non-tech crowd. I have said on more than one occasion that the show mimicked real life in more ways than one, and that when you study the challenged that the crew of Pied Piper has to overcome, it is not unlike the challenges real-life tech firms face on a daily basis. When I sat down with Sudheesh Nair, President of Nutanix, Inc. he said “Hyperconvergence was never the end game. It was simply a pitstop on the journey.” He could not have said it any better. Continue reading “What is Pied Piper Anyway?”

Accept Your Situation (Two Weeks in Beijing)

Mr BaseballOne of my most favorite movies of all time has to be the 1992 baseball film “Mr Baseball” staring Tom Selleck (Jack Elliot) and Aya Takanashi (Hiroko Uchiyama). I really didn’t intend to see the film, but when I was sent to Japan for two years my mom suggested insisted that I watch it. I’m glad I did actually, because from the time I got off the plane at Narita until the time I left, I could hear the words of Hiroko Uchiyama…”Accept your situation“. That was more than twenty years ago and it was my first trip to the Far East. Fast forward to 2016. “Accept your situation” still rings true in China. ALL of it. Continue reading “Accept Your Situation (Two Weeks in Beijing)”

The Power of Social Media

InternetThere are some posts that I write after taking notes, researching, interviewing and basically, spending hours so you have good content to read. This one is different. This one is my personal experience with the horror that is Verizon Frontier FiOS, my Twitter rant, BrightHouse Charter Networks reading the rant and coming to the rescue. This is my experience in moving from Frontier to Charter, complete via Twitter and with NOTHING lacking in the process. Continue reading “The Power of Social Media”

My First Year in a “Start-Up”

One YearWell, I survived my first year at Nutanix, and while we are not really a “start-up” any more, I have certainly learned a lot about myself, and about what hard work in the world of a Silicon Valley Pre-IPO company really looks like. It isn’t anything like what I expected, and I am not sure anything I could have done to prepare would have properly prepared me for the past year.  Continue reading “My First Year in a “Start-Up””

Live to Fight Another Day

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This past weekend my wife and I took off and went to NYC for a few days. It was wonderful, and NYC will continue to hold the magic that it always has for us as a couple. But just as this picture was being taken, someone in Times Square, not a block from where this picture was taken, noticed a truck parked where it should not have been. Welcome to the world of terrorist bombings, and the aftermath. This will not be a technical posting…not even close. But with all the things going on out there…terrorist attacks, flu, civil unrest, I felt the need to reach into my bag and share things learned from a previous life (let’s leave it at that) that could save your life, and that of someone you love. Continue reading “Live to Fight Another Day”

Thirty Minutes with Jason Burns, Nutanix Sr. Solutions & Performance Engineer

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The latest installment in the “Thirty Minutes” series leads us down one of the most important areas of IT that has for the longest time been compartmentalized. That is the area of Unified Communications. Admittedly not my strong point, it was a real pleasure to sit down with Jason BurnsNutanix Sr. Solutions & Performance Engineer for Unified Communications and learn more about the technical ins and outs of UC, but also how Nutanix is able to be an integral part of a UC solution. Continue reading “Thirty Minutes with Jason Burns, Nutanix Sr. Solutions & Performance Engineer”

The long awaited Nutanix IPO…

Starting the RaceTo many, December means the holiday season, snow, presents and excited kids who can’t wait to rip stuff open that you spent hours lovingly wrapping. To many though, December 2015 will be the year that Nutanix put up our Christmas tree in the form of an S1, announcing our intention to go public. The unwrapping of the presents will happen the day Dheeraj Pandey and team right the bell. But this does not signify the end of a race, but rather the beginning of a new one.  Continue reading “The long awaited Nutanix IPO…”