Its been three years and nine months since I started vPivot. At that time I had the enviable position of sitting a few feet from the greatest engineering team I have ever known. Because of nothing more than my proximity to them, I was able to serve VMware’s customers this blog, which peaked with thousands of hits a day. You guys liked it and I loved doing it.
But in the last few months my blog production has declined significantly. Part of that was due to my changed role to a consumer of information instead of a producer. And part of that decline originated with a change of of heart in terms of what I want to do. Because of that change of heart I last week resigned from EMC. I will be spending many months pursuing some personal interests.
At this point I have nothing more to contribute to this blog. I may start professionally writing again after my sabbatical. But I am just as likely to write on a new blog as here. But I will leave this content online indefinitely should any of the articles prove useful.
Thank you to VMware for letting me contribute a drop to the incredible wave of virtualization that washed over the industry. Thank you to EMC for bringing me to Asia and teaching me business, both that of a vendor and the customers we work so hard for. And thank you to each and every one of you for being a reader.
Just a month ago I was in Hong Kong for customer meetings. One customer explained that their Oracle databases were still un-virtualized because “Oracle does not support VMware”. Sigh.
I have for years been correcting this misunderstanding among customers. Despite Oracle’s clear statement of support we often see conflicting messages from Oracle’s sales teams. I was pleased to see a video from Oracle’s Richard Garstagen at VMworld 2012 on the unambiguous support of VMware environments:
Happily, Richard even mentions the effectiveness of host affinity in limiting the license costs. He also addresses the fear that reproduction on physical is a serious concern for virtualized Oracle databases.
Two weeks ago we delivered EMC’s “Virtualization Week”, which was held at the EMC Executive Briefing Center in Singapore. Each quarter we run this event for EMC and VMware customers throughout Asia Pacific. While many of the customers visited to hear the joint EMC and VMware vision, we also hosted VMware’s customers that choose EMC’s competitors for their primary storage.
At this quarter’s V-week we had two honored guest speakers: EMC vSpecialist CTO, Scott Lowe and VMware’s Michael White. Scott led discussions for all the attendees on key technologies from EMC and VMware. We talked View, VPLEX, SRM, vSphere, Isilon, HA, RSA, vShield, and much more. Michael led conversations focused on SRM and View so he could bring back to VMware ideas that shape their future products.
Customers that visit V-week enjoy a full day of deep discussions with experts like Scott and Michael. We customize the agenda for each attendee to make sure they are getting the information they need to push their virtualization projects forward. At this quarter’s V-week, we also hosted non-EMC discussions. These included a book signing for the Singapore VCP club and a full day dedicated to large scale design led by Scott Lowe.
If you are interested in attending a V-week in Singapore please contact me. We recruit the world’s best speakers and technical experts to lead the discussions most relevant to you. Depending on your need we’ll talk EMC, VMware, or EMC+VMware. Either way, you will be our valued guest and we hope to show you some local hospitality.
The attendees of Scott Lowe’s large scale design session, who came from dozens of customers in Singapore.
I deliver opening comments for a Wednesday evening gathering of the Singapore VCP club.
From left to right: John Clifford (EMC), Eric Wager (VMware), Michael White (VMware), Scott Lowe (EMC), Scott Drummonds (EMC), Edwinder Singh (Dimension Data), Kelvin Loh (Dimension Data)
Scott leading the one-day workshop for VMware’s customers on large scale design.
We at EMC are increasing the number of technical vSpecialists in our Southeast Asian vSpecialist team. This role will be based in Singapore and will support EMC’s customers and field in the surrounding countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and others. Our regional manager will consider exceptional talent from anywhere in the world.
We technophiles easily forget that partnerships are more about relationships than interconnecting parts. In Asia the importance of relationships is even more important. It is often the primary criterion for making business decisions. On numerous occasions I know of Asian businesses choosing to stay with their trusted advisor as he moves between fierce competitors. The message is clear: its more important to trust who you are buying from than getting the perfect deal.
To that end the director of EMC’s executive briefing center (EBC), John Clifford, today brought together the respective teams from VMware and EMC in southeast Asia. This was one of many things we are doing to build our partnership. The visit included the entire ASEAN VMware team and the entire southeast Asian vSpecialist organization, as well as several APJ-wide people that support their efforts.
Chad Sakac was recently touring APJ and delivering his high energy VMware+EMC message with demos, demos, and more demos. His encyclopedia-sized deck of technical gems included a short discussion on VMDirectPath that merits comment. I will offer my thoughts here.
I have received several gentle nudges about the lack of content on Pivot Point of late. And a few of you have asked me what is going on with my professional life. For a while I hoped to quietly drift across continents and through companies. But I now feel an explanation is due. This description is mostly professional, somewhat personal, and a touch philosophical. But if you are interested in what moves me and what will come next for vPivot, please read on.