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Mark Lewis
San Francisco, CA
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I think most would say that the way to sustainable productivity is to work “smarter” not “harder.” Here is a quick rule of “Three C’s” that I use to help my own productivity. As I work each day, I try to categorize what I am doing in to one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Mark Lewis's blog
(Continued from Part 1) http://www.starshiplewis.com/blog/2015/03/choosing-simple-and-good-or-complex-and-best.html High-level summary from Part 1: With IT decisions today there are many options. Some claim Swiss army knife functionality, others do one or a few things very well. What’s the best way to evaluate these technologies for your modern data center? Rule 1 – simple... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Mark Lewis's blog
Owning and using technology is very much like deciding what tools to have in your garage. There are people that will choose to buy the 64-piece wrench set in standard and metric sizes and others that will simply buy one crescent wrench and call it good. Technology has the same... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Mark Lewis's blog
Thirty years ago the technology world moved in two distinct architectural directions for resiliency; enterprise computing and networking/internet proceeded toward a loosely coupled resiliency model whereas storage focused on a tightly coupled model. Both were viable options and, at the time, the directional choices were logical. Today, however, enterprise storage... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Mark Lewis's blog
We all know and understand the “death by 1000 cuts” metaphor; Andy (our COO) recently coined a new and more modern metaphor, “death by 1000 acquisitions.” Making the wrong acquisitions is more risky and potentially more deadly when companies are dealing with disruptive market transitions. Leading of existing technology companies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
I recently gave a speech on innovation. Prepping for these events is interesting in itself in that it forces me to take a plethora of insights and beliefs and try to quantify them into a cogent set of lessons, rules, beliefs and the like. In looking at the “process” of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
Last week I attended the AWS event in Las Vegas and the buzz around Amazon reminded me of the excitement and interest VMware events generated 10 years ago. Even though I’ve been in this industry a long time I never get tired of seeing the continued technological advancement in IT.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
Dear OpenStack, Two years ago, when Formation was at its’ inception, you were all the rage. Everyone in tech was buzzing about you. And nearly every venture capitalist I spoke with wanted to know two things: - Would Formation support/ work with you? - Why would VCs fund Formation since... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
In telling the story of Formation to some folks in the media last week, I was reminded by long-time storage veterans (thanks Joe Kovar – see article here ) that I have had two previous attempts to create a more ubiquitous data virtualization layer. The results were… well… not great.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
One of my favorite terms for startups is “stealth mode.” It is just so mysterious to say, “we are in stealth mode right now…” It is essentially a way for us geeks to add intrigue and mystery to technology. The basic process for stealth mode seems to be: 1) put... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
Owning and using technology is very much like deciding what tools to have in your garage. There are people that will choose to buy the 64-piece wrench set in standard and metric sizes and others that will simply buy one crescent wrench and call it good. Technology has the same... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
As we grow our company the question of how to insure good communication becomes a relevant topic and, inevitably, the idea of instigating status reports raises its ugly head. I hate status reports. I believe they are one of the biggest time-wasters in business. Needless to say, we have banned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
Making Enterprise IT a competitive weapon ‘again’ for your business. Some are starting to question the continued existence of Enterprise IT. I am hearing an increasing number of people say that, for infrastructure and application platform delivery, the era of Enterprise IT operating private datacenters, is over. AWS and Azure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
In a previous blog I teed up a significant problem that, I believe, all companies in the Bay Area will eventually have to deal with. As a fast growing startup in Silicon Valley we must recruit a diverse set of people and talent. But traffic congestion and radically increased commute... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
One of the hottest new terms in tech these days is “software defined.” It is all over many tech companies marketing literature. A Google search for “software defined” yields 61,900,00 results. This must be a major trend! But what is it? As we are building a new data management platform... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
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In many places in the country, people talk about the distance between two places in weird foreign terms like “miles.” I might ask a person “How far is it to Denver?” and would get an answer like “About 100 miles.” I guess that works in some places because you can... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
Last week the Federal Appeals Court made a shocking decision in the Oracle vs. Google API fight. The court decided that Oracle could copyright its APIs for Java. This effectively makes it impossible for others to build fully-compatible alternative software components. This is huge and, in my opinion, a very... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
With EMC world this week, there was the usual plethora of storage announcements from both EMC as well as others trying to co-opt the news cycle. One thing struck me in particular – the complexity of it all… It seems like every new product won’t actually replace anything, you ‘must... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
RedHat acquired Inktank today for $175M. Kudos to Red Hat for having the insight to see the potential significance of this new class of storage software. With the values in tech these days the $175M price tag may not seem like a big deal. But - it is very significant.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
When building a business plan for your startup, you will begin to ask yourself several questions like: who is on the team, what are you building, what is the potential market, or how much investment will be required? However, I think the most important question to ask is: Why? Most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
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Top Gun was a great movie; it taught a simple lesson about the benefits of working as a team. Tom Cruise “Maverick” ultimately learns this lesson with the motto “never leave your wingman.” Similarly, I couldn’t imagine starting a company without a co-founder – a wingman so to speak. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
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Here is a trivia question for you. Do you remember the scene in the TV series “The Office” when the intern, Ryan, comes up with an idea for “WUPHF”? Essentially, it was a service that would ping your addressee through every medium possible (e.g. email, voicemail, FAX) when you sent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
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One of the most important concepts for an entrepreneur to understand is, at the core of your new company, do you have a better mousetrap or something that is not a mousetrap at all? I believe all inventions are comprised of two elements. They have a “new” element, which are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
On the surface, Industry Standards seem like a good thing for everyone. They help make products more interoperable, give consumers more vendor choice, and make changing suppliers a breeze. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, not quite. Think about the real innovations and cool new things that you have brought into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog
The term “Demand Incompatibility” is the unofficial motto here at Formation Data Systems. My co-founder Andy does a great job explaining what “demand incompatibility” means to our employee culture in his blog. In this post, I will explain why I believe that everyone in business should make the concept of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Mark Lewis's blog