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How about Data Ocean or Data Galaxy for that matter.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Wardens Of The New Data Lake at Chuck's Blog
Chuck, the Dispersed Clouds are potentially real big one. I think US Government, especially, the Defense Industry needs to adapt this concept in order to be resilient and self-healing during the national emergencies rather than planning for the Big Clouds which are rather vulnerable and risky to the elements…
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2012 on The Emergence Of Dispersed Clouds at Chuck's Blog
I think you two are talking about the same thing. I work in the ECM space so I know intimately how the objects and metadata are managed in that environment. The various ECM spaces, including Documentum, will probably be commoditized or clouded before an end –to-end “Object Storage” system can be realized. The development of Microsoft’s SharePoint attests this trend. But the true end game is going to be replacing “File Storage” as we know it into real “Object Storage.” I believe this even though the user community will not be ready for this for a while, the technology that will enable true “Object Storage” is not ready yet and it may not be available quite some time. Unlike the current defacto “File Storage” system spearheaded by Microsoft, the ubiquitous “Object Storage” system that could replace “File Storage” might be a dream at this stage, I believe it will eventually materialize. This may be a better topic over beers, but all the more so over spirits, perhaps. Cheers!
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2010 on Interest In Object Storage Heats Up at Chuck's Blog
“EMC: Where Information Lives” is indeed a very interesting catch phrase here. However, if your information is locked in particular devices like HP, IBM, or EMC (throw NetApp in here as well), and then the information is indeed not free but shackled with the vendors. It’s about time to free your information into the cloud and beyond! Wouldn’t it be nice to get any information at any time any where regardless of its security and protection because it is automatically managed depending on its objects, time, subjects, or whatever security requirements since it lives everywhere? What good is information if it is kept secret someplace in the corporate silos? It’s about time to liberate your information. So, we may need to rephrase the catch phrase “EMC: Where Information is Free!"
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2010 on EMC To Acquire Greenplum at Chuck's Blog
EMC's acquisition of Greenplum opens up a new phase of evolution in the data management universe. Unfortunately, we will miss the boat here if we follow our usual course of squabbling about each other's content management capabilities and prowess. For all intents and purposes, this acquisition parallels of the earlier vmware's in a size and impact. Moreover, the acquisition of Greenplum actually signals the big things yet to come. Since the storage business has become exceedingly commoditized lately, the storage companies like EMC need to evolve into Data Management and Information Analysis Companies to be sustainable. Like SAP revolutionized ERP, EMC may need to evolve into EOP (Enterprise Object Planning) business, perhaps. Interestingly, to make it to become a reality, products like Documentum and Kazeon including Greenplum could potentially become extremely important pieces of the puzzle. EMC can revolutionize the whole industry if EMC puts them all into cloud with proper and proven security measures: http://www.edlconsulting.com/newsdetail.php?id=884&headline=EMC_acquisition_pushes_company_further_into_cloud
EMC's acquisition of Greenplum opens up a new phase of evolution in the data management universe. Unfortunately, we will miss the boat here if we follow our usual course of squabbling about each other's storage capabilities and prowess. For all intents and purposes, this acquisition parallels of the earlier vmware's in a size and impact. Moreover, the acquisition of Greenplum actually signals the big things yet to come. Since the storage business has become exceedingly commoditized lately, the storage companies like EMC need to evolve into Data Management and Information Analysis Companies to be sustainable. Like SAP revolutionized ERP, EMC may need to evolve into EOP (Enterprise Object Planning) business, perhaps. Interestingly, to make it to become a reality, products like Documentum and Kazeon including Greenplum could potentially become extremely important pieces of the puzzle. EMC can revolutionize the whole industry if EMC puts them all into cloud with proper and proven security measures: http://www.edlconsulting.com/newsdetail.php?id=884&headline=EMC_acquisition_pushes_company_further_into_cloud
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2010 on EMC To Acquire Greenplum at Chuck's Blog
Now, EMC acquires Greenplum, Data Warehouse Software Application. Since the storage devices have become highly commoditized these days, EMC might rethink the value of Documentum, Kazeon, Greenplum and BI applications yet to be identified if EMC wants to stay afloat on the cloud successfully in the future http://www.crn.com/software/225702588 . Consequently, EMC may try to build itself up as a Data Management and Information Analysis Company rather than a storage company in the future. That might be one of the reasons why EMC renamed CMA to IIG not too long ago. Just a thought...
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2010 on EMC To Acquire Greenplum at Chuck's Blog
On the other hand, EMC acquires Greenplum, Data Warehouse Software Application. Since the storage devices have become highly commoditized these days, EMC might rethink the value of Documentum, Kazeon, Greenplum and BI applications yet to be identified if EMC wants to stay afloat on the cloud successfully in the future (http://www.crn.com/software/225702588). In fact, ironically, EMC might need to keep Documentum more than Documentum needs EMC to survive. Consequently, EMC may try to build itself up as a Data Management and Information Analysis Company rather than a storage company in the future. That might be one of the reasons why EMC renamed CMA to IIG not too long ago. Just a thought...
The rumor may be more than delicious; in fact, it could be a delicacy for some. This is quite an interesting scenario that I have wondered about myself, not because I am intimately involved in Documentum implementation for SAP, but because I am a pragmatic technician. Not everything is completely black and white as you could expect to be around us. This applies for the programming and software development environments as well. Java language is a great fit for the Java enabled environments. Unlike Java, ABAP language for SAP evolved into the programming language of choice for SAP so far. This is not because ABAP language is better than Java, in fact, the opposite is true. ABAP, however, comes with custom-built, ready-made libraries welded into its own core. Consequently, ABAP programmers can be much more productive in the SAP environment. In my opinion, Documentum could be far better served with a programming language such as ABAP than Java perhaps because there is a lot of similarity between the two as far as structural engineering is concerned. At one time, SAP was trying to use Java for its primary development tool for SAP. SAP jettisoned Java, however, and re-constituted ABAP, making it better for everything to do with SAP. I totally agree with SAP's decision in replacing short-lived Java initiatives because ABAP for SAP is twice as efficient and fast than Java within the SAP environment. This may be true for Documentum as well because Documentum is not necessarily wired for Java in all intents and purposes. Documentum could be better off using ABAP language for its primary development tool. By acquiring Documentum from EMC, SAP may solidify its position for getting into some of the highly regulated public sectors, perhaps even getting a piece of the new Healthcare industry pie. Unlike EMC Cloud evangelist, Chuck Hollis, I don’t believe EMC is able to form the new Cloud paradigm alone because its size and mass is relatively small compare to Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, or anything else. Then again, EMC itself could be acquired by Oracle where Ellison has the database, the apps, and now Sun's servers -- why stop short of the storage since he has the coveted war chest full of money to spend? http://www.pcworld.com/article/198846/whos_next_on_the_acquisition_block_bloggers_chime_in.html Besides, Stellent is no Documentum nor is VirtualIron vmware. PS: EMC has already dumped one of the small applications, called "Retrospect, out of IIG: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/18/emc_sonic_retrospect/
I reckon Documentum lags in innovation that had lead ECM last decade. However, at the same time, we should not forget why EMC acquired Documentum: EMC has proven track records of acquisition such as vmware (mere 600m to 7b in a couple of years) that became almost as big as EMC. Arguably, some believe SharePoint changed the ECM by commoditizing it. However, comparing Documentum and SharePoint is like comparing apple and orange. Microsoft’s history to make anything better than OS or Office products is indeed questionable. Perhaps, the current SharePoint’s irrational exuberance could follow the shares of Microsoft’s reputation dealing with its inconsistent performance in general. The gravity of SharePoint will fall onto the ground and it could end up as server sprawl, process pollutions, and variety of virus infection. Never mind SharePoint Saturday, they may need 7x24 SharePoint social for that. Although the fact that SharePoint is based on Windows platform is their marketing strengths now, it could become its very own downfall. Someday, they may wish that they would have stayed with EMC’s.
As you all know, Internet and privacy are oxymoron. By going to internet, you know you are trading off your privacy for good. There are no differences between blog, email, Facebook, and whatsoever because internet is internet, period. Fundamentally, Private Cloud is a part of internet which can’t guarantee your privacy. You can only assume your privacy is safe as long as you are one step ahead of others who would like to break your electronical wall. Besides, since all sort of internet assumes that the benevolent society and nature of ours would safe keep the internet transmission, you will lose all of your ability to communicate through internet or your data could be lost when it stops at some point either it stems from Mother Nature or human behavior. So, if you are planning to use your Private Cloud for your disaster recovery, you are indeed a oxydisaster.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2010 on Why I Never Embraced Facebook at Chuck's Blog
Please read this article: Gelsinger paid more than the boss at EMC and Gelsinger has been identified by some as Tucci's annointed successor. ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/23/gelsinger_emc_pay/ )
Java Design Patterns, TreeMaps, and Open Source are not new ways to develop applications. They have been around for quite a while and I have worked with them in the past. In some ways, these tools would be an impediment in adjusting to the new way of the computing. Ironically, although arcane, the old API is much more in line with the new Mashable and Cloud. Philosophically, as a consuming developer not a software vendor these days, we don’t need to go out there in the field to gather animals and slaughter them to prepare the meal. We go to the grocery store buy the packaged meat to cook. It is the vendor’s tasks to prepare the animals. Java, in general, is an excellent tool to develop application, but working with some Open Source applications is like going out there on the prairie to catch a buffalo to prepare your dinner! James Gosling, Java founder who now works for Oracle, said that it's not about generating Web pages, it's about building rich graphical user interfaces on the desktop. Someday maybe we'll find out what exactly it's really for, if it isn't stillborn! It appears that he is admitting the reality that Java is not a panecea for every application. But, Mashables that run as graphical user interfaces are going to be the future. The jury is still out as to whether the brand new Oracle Fusion framework will enable this in the future. Besides, CMS architecture started from keeping the documents and metadata in database together. Some current architecture like SharePoint still keeps them all in the database. Other architecture, like Documentum, keeps the two in separate location: documents in filestore but metadata in database. In order to stay abreast with the new ways of computing, documents and metadata should not use a database at all. They need to be using objectstore (instead of filestore) together as metadata as a part of a document in some way without using database. Again, who will do this colossal shift in computing better: EMC or Alfresco?
Conventional wisdom dictates that you run for the hills if a tsunami hits your shores. However, it takes wisdom to discern if what you are doing is fundamentally reasonable and logical. In some cases, your best chance to survive and prosper is to head directly into the wave. In the rapidly changing world of technology, discernment is what sets the good apart from the great. Right now, WEM is what conventional wisdom seems to be recommending. It is shiny and new with lots of baubles that attract the eye, but the discerning eye may see that it can be replaced with the next faster and better thing when the opportunity is right. What is more important is the underlying framework such as Intel and Documentum. I agree that Documentum is not perfect. For example, when we look at an apple or orange, we perceive it as apple or orange without contacting the supplier to verify that it is indeed an apple or orange because the metadata is right there within the fruit itself. The current protocol in all CMS/ECM, including Documentum, all of the metadata is stored in a separate database and you need an external reference to put the whole picture together. This is not the natural or logical way to handle any object. Eventually, we need to move from file systems to object systems where metadata is physically attached to the object. That is a tough job that requires a robust framework. Who will be able to make that transition work better? A vendor that looks pretty on the outside but has a hollow core? Or one of the world's premiere storage vendors, EMC, who now has the brains (Intel) attached to it? Unfortunately, any small ECM vendors who are not affiliated with the big guy will be obsolete eventually. If you try to follow one of those silver bullets, you might as well try to follow a rainbow to find your own pot of gold. If that's your strategy, running for the hills might not be a bad idea.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2010 on Na na na na, Hey hey-ey Goodbye at Brilliant Leap
It’s quite interesting that one of commenters mentioned “Documentum Inside”, which is a truly self-fulfilling prophecy as we ponder the fundamental practicality and solid framework of EMC Documentum. I am not saying this because I am a Documentum Consultant or formerly worked for EMC as a Documentum Architect. I have been working in the various capacities as a software developer, engineer and IT professional nearly three decades, two of them before getting to know Documentum. As you well know, Pat Gelsinger the former Intel executive is now EMC COO. He single-handedly spearheaded the creation of the Intel x86 chip architecture while he was with Intel before he joined EMC last year. Although it would largely depend on the ever-changing condition of the industry and EMC, I believe that Mr. Gelsinger might be in line to take helm of EMC after the current CEO, Joe Tucci, retires. The Intel x86 chip has been the foundation of the processor virtualization revolution where VMware and others are taking an advantage of the server virtualization initiatives. If the “Intel Inside” catch phrase rings a bell, then “Documentum Inside” is not too bad, nor is it a far-fetched idea at all. While I was working for EMC, I regularly voiced my concerns about Doucmentum’s WCM, Webpublisher, and eRoom. Although it is regrettable to those who already acquired the current Web enabled products from EMC Documentum, the new direction will benefit the customers in the long run. Admitting one's shortcoming now is better than never doing so, even though the force of the market redirected rather than internal self-realization and sound self-examination.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2010 on Na na na na, Hey hey-ey Goodbye at Brilliant Leap
When I read last month that Kas Thomas at CMSWatch ( http://www.cmswatch.com/Blog/1789-EMC-FatWire ) predicted EMC might acquire FatWire, I was extremely excited. I have worked with Documentum’s WCM and WebPublisher time to time and found that these apps have not quite measured up in terms of usability and functionality. It’s not surprising that FatWire has been kicking a$$. Even its predecessor, the old Desktop Client, makes much sense and more usable. Frankly, WCM and WebPublisher have been getting too complicated and unusable for most applications. It is a real hard sell for the users because the ROI for using the apps just isn’t there. The product is simply too cumbersome to justify the relatively little benefit to the users. In spite of Lee’s comment at Big Men on Content, since the Web Experience Management (WEM) is very important to ECM space, I think it's a good bet that EMC will eventually acquire FatWire, which is good news for EMC and its integrators in the long run. In any case, it would be a tightly integrated partnership whether FatWire is acquired or not.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2010 on Na na na na, Hey hey-ey Goodbye at Brilliant Leap
More often than not, a big swarm of flies and vultures gathers around where the meaty road kill is. It’s usually not because of something substantial and technically promising, but to a certain extent, it is instinctive and trendy to do so without thinking. It’s nice to hear that Microsoft Conference 2009 was a sold-out event this week. However, it makes me ponder whether Microsoft is trying to keep up with the Joneses (or the Googles), so to speak, or trying to show real and true innovation. I believe it is the former rather than the latter. Nevertheless, it is quite interesting to check out what is going on with SharePoint 2010 because it affects those of us who use Microsoft’s products day in and day out. Despite the fact that some pundits are hailing Windows 7, it is a mere fix of its predecessor, the trouble-laden Vista. Although Microsoft had a history of being an innovative software vendor, it has become an old and archaic dino-vendor (a la IBM) who makes living out of the former glories and repackaged products from old applications that are disjointed and inconsistent for the most part. Microsoft tends to produce “new” products that are passé leftovers of the real IT innovators’ ideas. On the bright side, however, there are a lot of very happy “irrationally exuberant” conventioneers in the meadows. That said, SharePoint 2010 is mostly an extension of the previous versions spiced up with some willy-dilly and ad hoc “sweet nothings” for all on the Microsoft junkyard smorgasbord, which becomes server-side Office products. Yeah, it will attract a lot of developers and customers who are getting sucked into the never-ending hype of Microsoft in spite of the Danger and SideKick incidents: http://industry.bnet.com/technology/10003772/after-microsoft-danger-debacle-emc-touts-private-cloud/ If any small business needs what SharePoint is trying to accomplish, contrary to the praise-purporting pundits, I would recommend going Google first instead. In general, the majority of Google’s apps are open source to use and Google is better prepared with the soon-coming Google Crome OS to be introduced next year for the up-and-coming Cloud Computing model as opposed to Microsoft’s offering. Most of all, SharePoint’s server sprawling is a huge concern for anybody. It’s kind of like having your brother-in-law come for a visit. At first, you are happy to see him. He is interesting and, maybe he’s just come back from some exotic place with wonderful new tales to tell. But after a while you start to find his socks and underwear in your living room and you start thinking it would be nice if he would pick up after himself. Eventually, if SharePoint (or any other Microsoft application) is your brother-in-law, he leaves thousands of socks all over your house and you end up having to get a whole new house because you are overrun with Bill Gates’ socks and underwear. In SharePoint, the contents are all stored within its proprietary SQL Server using .NET interface whereas the rest of the world is using Java. This will pose a somewhat difficult situation administratively and developmentally, unlike Documentum whose contents are stored outside of the database. Regardless, neither of these is the optimum solution, whether the documents are stored within or out of database. The best resolution for the unstructured data is not to use a database at all for either metadata or documents. EMC is trying to develop an object-based/oriented information store where the metadata is coupled with the document at the same physical location without using a database. So the information can be retrieved anytime and anywhere regardless of its place and affinity and readily available through an ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) schema. Check this out: http://chucksblog.emc.com/chucks_blog/2009/08/the-future-doesnt-have-a-file-system.html#more If this innovative and revolutionary paradigm becomes reality, the world of IT as we know it, including the Documentum we used to be familiar with, will be entirely transformed into something new. I, for one, would rather entrust Documentum with the secure information store rather than risking mission critical data on SharePoint, which significantly concentrates in sharable contents rather than securable ones. Ironically, one good sharable point with SharePoint is that it forced the discussion of content management to bubble to the surface. Perhaps, this may help EMC to see the real value of Documentum. If anybody would consider SharePoint for its document management system, it needs to think twice before committing.
To be honest with you, I don’t like bundling or appliancing any thing. Software or hardware aside, my broadband ISP provider Cox Communication keeps calling me about bundling their telephone service on to Cox broadband. I told them I use my cell phone instead. In truth, I use VOIP vender Vonage for that purpose, but I am afraid of telling them because they might say VOIP is using their service and they want to charge for that extra. Anyhow, appliances are basically a quick and dirty job to do things faster. They may be better in short term, but in long run, it stifles individual creativity and overall integration effort. Who it really benefits is the vendor, who locks the customer into the specific appliance vendor’s bundle for good because they know you are a sucker falls into their “bundlese” talk. Or, otherwise, you can check the CNET analyst’s here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13556_3-10375877-61.html
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2009 on Big Appliances Vs. Virtual Pools at Chuck's Blog
I have observed human nature for quite some time, although I didn’t formally study economics. Everybody gets accustomed to their current situation or lifestyle fairly quickly. I, for one, attest that my current lifestyle in the United States is rather different than my early life while I was growing up in another country. Regardless of a person’s economic condition, I believe very few feel completely satisfied with their own financial circumstances. This is normal condition of humanity because we are not accustomed to comparing our current stage with our prior lesser condition. You feel always inadequate because you compare yourself with something more than you have. I don’t think the economists and pundits are necessarily declaring what will happen—they are just reading tea leaves, albeit with an experienced eye. What they really can’t predict are psyche of the massive population and specific future usage demands. I believe people will find a way to consume more IT recourses if it helps meet their desires and further their expectations--even if this will lead to much more automation and less human intervention. However, we can’t predict where this eventuality of this mass atomization will lead because of the falling resources being dedicated to IT expenditure. All of things we are talking about now including virtualization, private computing, or whatever will eventually behind us and we will continuously pursue greater and greener pastures. It would very interesting if some scientist claims that they have discovered the “Paradox of Positive Elasticity” deep down of our chromosome someday. Well, the wisdom of the wise and the intelligence of the intelligent will be never sufficient for us all.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2009 on The Paradox Of Positive Elasticity at Chuck's Blog
I have read this blog twice now. As Documentum offers a SharePoint connector, it is quite interesting that we are comparing SharePoint with Documentum. SharePoint is not a true ECM at all. It is a social software with Microsoft’s intrinsic proprietary architecture, and a few ECM characteristics like Microsoft’s file system. The primary thing SharePoint has going for it is the familiarity we all share with the Windows environment. It appears that we somehow know how to use it because it is based on our familiarity with the system we use day in and day out. Some shops choosing SharePoint over Documentum may never feel the need to venture beyond SharePoint because it can provide some basic characteristics of ECM. They don’t need anything other than what SharePoint can provide for them. I believe it is somewhat unrealistic to try to convince them to buy Documentum because they don’t need the advanced capabilities that Documentum offers. On the other hand, those companies that have a more specific and essential business need for ECM will choose Documentum over SharePoint because SharePoint will not satisfy their need. It sounds great that SharePoint and Documentum can work together. But, I for one, don’t have the extra resources to acquire fairly weighty applications without having a practical business case to do so. The relationship between SharePoint and Documentum working together is like IBM trying working together with EMC. Theoritically, maybe. Practically, maybe not…
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2009 on SharePoint and Documentum at Chuck's Blog
Documentum as we know it may become history as we are witnessing IT industry great shift as the big wave “Cloud Computing” is about to crashing in. I used to work intimately with some of the people listed in the blog. No doubt, they are some very smart and intelligent IT professionals. Nevertheless, they are the old guard. They are accustomed to the old way of thinking in IT processing. They are leaving because their previously sought-after expertise has become yesterday’s relic in the new world of transformation. The role of ECM will be inevitably diluted or redefined as this trend continues and accelerates as the expected IT industry transformation is going into the full swing. One of the examples of these trends is social software, where all sorts of processes and other IT stuff, including ECM, converge or mash up into something we are just discovering. In the big scheme of things, this change is not only happening in ECM space, it is occurring in every software or hardware environment. EMC is one of the software and hardware vendors who seem keenly aware of these changes and they are trying to adjust their trajectory proactively. Unfortunately in the sight of some, brand names such as Documentum will be lost in the midst of the transformation. I think Microsoft is thinking ahead and not considering SharePoint as a part of ECM as it does not truly fit into ECM space. I think it is a hybrid of the social software and proprietary architecture with some ECM tendencies. However, there should still be a sizable demand for ECM professionals in the foreseeable future since the new paradigm will not be up and running instantaneously. In fact, the needs for good Documentum professionals will go up in the short term because the old ECM skillsets are hard to find and no new professionals are going to join due to the aforementioned trends. After all, it is a little difficult to become an effective Documentum consultant by and large because you’ve got to be a jack-of-all-trades because Documentum tends to intersect at all kinds of IT touch points with other technology. Check this out: http://www.cmswatch.com/Trends/1699-ECM-skills-shortage . But the demand will eventually wane as the other paradigm rises and sticks as a prevalent consensus of the future IT processing environment. Well, we are getting overly philosophical, reflective, or weighty these days…
I believe the primary data store dedupe is definitely worth pursuing because it is where you are going to get more bang for your buck eventually, although there might not be an adequate use case for now because the technology has not yet caught up. The I/O density issue MUST be resolved for all of the up-and-coming new technology such as Dedupe, Virtualization, and Private Cloud. One of EMC’s strategic initiatives is Solid State. This does not appear to be realistic at this point because of the feasibility and cost. In due course, however, all primary storage devices will utilize Solid State storage and the currently-used disks and tapes will ultimately become the secondary or tertiary backup storage devices. The use case is applicable to a given technology available at the moment. But forward-thinking technology vendors must look beyond the current use case and steer toward what is plausibly possible despite technological hurdles that may be in the way. If this were not the case, we all would be still talking about the mainframe use cases with Cobol (or maybe even the use cases for the abacus).
Distance has been a real challenge for human beings ever since we occupied this planet. We have to be liberated from time to overcome the distance problem since time and distance are like two sides of the same coin. Speaking of coin-sides, the difference between liberty and tyranny is paper thin. Although we currently enjoy undivided liberty since the inception of this country, tyranny has always been but a hairsbreadth away. I know tyranny intimately since I spent my early younger years in South Korea before I came to the States. If we allow ourselves to get complacent and ignorant at any time, the liberty of our seemingly invincible and indivisible Republic can quickly become but a distant memory in the face of a very real tyranny. “Overcoming Distance” or “Private Computing” is great way to optimize the computing resources efficiently. Imagine you can utilize the IT resources from India, China, or wherever else in a moment’s notice and exchange the resources whenever you want. However, these great schemas have a fundamental and critical weak link: the geopolitical factor. If we were prohibited from using the network due to any uncertain geopolitical influences, whether they are here in the States or overseas, the great cloud computing could become a true disaster. If you don’t make provision for this eventuality, the essential function of all of the great organizations that are heavily depending on the up-and-coming cloud computing on a global scale could be jeopardized overnight. The great “Overcoming Distance” organization that seemingly overcame the geographical distance somehow would become the “Unbecoming Distance” one in an instant.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2009 on Overcoming Distance at Chuck's Blog
Once upon a time, before Windows, there was OS/2. While I was working on OS/2 at the time and I realized that OS/2 was much more powerful and better than Windows. Somehow, the trend was reversed and I didn't hear about OS/2 any more. Not too long ago, before Oracle, there was DB2, which appeared to be promising. Then again, in due course, Oracle became much popular and powerful than DB2. All these things happened, in part, because IBM was not willing to open its grip to others. Before, we used to use tapes to view movies rather than DVD. There were a couple of variant tape mediums then that we don't hear about now (remember Beta?). Just like running water, things naturally sort out according to the logical and natural progression whether you like or not. Originally, Oracle’s founder took $2,000 in 1977 with good luck and great dedication and turned it into the software powerhouse it is today. However, its dominance could wither as time passes just like your favorite garment gets worn out. In the future, you might not even remember what Oracle was about other than it is indeed a mouthpiece of the über-god. Whether you like it or not, the paradigm in computing is about to be changed in big way. Integration and mashup is going to be much important than any specific affinity to any particular vendors. This will equally apply to any software or hardware suppliers including Oracle, VMW, or EMC. We need to be mindful not to stroke anyone's ego or accomplishments too much without understanding the history behind us.
There is a traditional Korean saying that says when whales do battle, shrimp get hurt. While the saying no doubt holds true in many cases, EMC may prove to be the exception to that rule in the midst of the Intel structural shakeup (which is due, in part, to the fact that Moore’s law is about to smash into a brick wall). As former Intel executive Pat Gelsinger joins EMC as president and COO, it will be real interesting to see how this plays out. Imagine, if you will, a chip directly on a storage device. If this doesn’t meet with the same ill-fated end as Intel’s attempt to add a chip to a communication device, it could change (dare I say “revolutionize?”) the landscape of storage architecture altogether. Think about what would happen to process IO, dedupe, archive, security, virtualization, or anything else if these processes happen right at the storage devices instead of from a central processor. Eventually, this would make cloud computing even better as far as storage is concerned. In addition, this would ultimately accelerate intrinsic object-oriented file architecture. Just a thought. . . .
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2009 on Request For Topics at Chuck's Blog