Hi friends, Check out those whales. We’ve been seeing a lot of them right off the beaches in Half Moon Bay. It’s either a wonderful gift from nature of a sign of incipient ecosystem collapse. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Last week was VMworld and I trekked there for the yearly infrastructure homecoming and bacchanal. I laid off the steak… Read More

How can IT contribute to the business if they are kept busy and trapped by taking care of infrastructure? That’s one of the questions we tackle in this conversation I recently had with two IT admins from smaller businesses. Both of these admins, one from a tire manufacturer, and on from a public health department,… Read More

The TechReckoning Dispatch, Vol. 3, No. 10. Boston, Minneapolis, and El Granada. Friday, June 3, 2016.  VMworld Opening Acts & vBrownbag Tech Talks VMworld Opening Acts are coming to VMworld again this year. This independent, community-organized event happens on the Sunday afternoon before VMworld kicks off. There’s still time to give your input on the… Read More

The latest TechReckoning Podcast live from  ZertoCON 2016. I interview Zerto co-founder and CTO Oded Kedem and Robert Stretchay, VP of Product. We talk about the nature of clouds and the nature of various apps and how they map to different types of infrastructure and cloud environments. Companies not only have different strategic approaches to cloud,… Read More

The TechReckoning Dispatch, Vol. 3, No. 9. El Granada, Calif. Friday, May 13,  2016.  New podcast – listen to John interview Zerto’s Shannon Snowden about The New Realities of IT. And then join TechReckoning at ZertoCON May 23-25 in Boston with our mini-track on DevOps and Careers. Use code TECHRECKONING15 for 15% off! Register today. Normally we… Read More

The TechReckoning Podcast returns with a conversation with Shannon Snowden, Senior Technical Architect at Zerto. We talk about data protection, the realities of the cloud, and how backup isn’t what it used to be. We also talk about the necessity of upping IT’s game when the lower levels of the stack (storage, hardware, etc) become… Read More

The TechReckoning Dispatch, Vol. 3, No.. 5. Sunday, March 27,  2016. Hardware is the new software “Software is eating the world” is the famous quote from Marc Andreessen, a man that my generation of techies treated both as our exemplar and our measure by which we are found wanting. He’s our Mark Zuckerberg. (He Did What By What Age?) He’s now… Read More