Category: Cloud

A10 Networks and IPv6 Migrations

A10 Networks, one of the companies I visited last week, is a startup mostly dealing with application delivery solutions (usually referred as load balancers), with 300 employee and its headquarters in San Jose (CA). This company is helmed by its founder, one of the several living legends in Silicon Valley: Lee Chen (founder and CEO of Foundry and Centillion), I’ll soon share a quite long video with him I recorded during the meeting. The company Just a couple of facts witnessing the success of this company: ranks fourth fastest growing company in Silicon Valley (46th in USA), and reports...

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Cloud computing adoption curve

Last week I was strolling about Silicon Valley visiting several very interesting companies (I’ll surely write about them in the next days). The most interesting aspect of my journey was the chance to meet many people, among them some personalities in Silicon Valley, and to exchange ideas about their job, vision and point of view about cloud and IT generally speaking. I had the chance to meet Lane Bees (zScaler COO), he jotted down on a whiteboard the graph you can see below. This plot depicts the rate of adoption of cloud computing, versus the size of the company....

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A Silicon Valley tour

So, next week, once again, I’ll leave my country and travel to US for a week of meetings with a number companies in Silicon Valley. It will be some sort of “tour the force” but I’ll have the chance to talk with a lot of interesting people and hear about vision, strategies, ideas and products straight from the horse’s mouth! Many of these companies are startups and they still don’t have a full-fledged presence in Europe, while others are well known brands and it will be very interesting to know how their vision and business is evolving. Hereby you’ll find a complete list of...

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Of Tablets and Enterprises

During these holidays I was going through some (very) old docs lying in my archive directory (there's stuff dating back 1996 in there) and one of the directories struck me immediately: "Wearable Computing". For those unfamiliar with this term, it's something that the industry tried to convince us we needed back in the late '90s, early '00s, where so-called visionaries envisioned that all the people of the future had to wear small personal computers (sometimes with glass-mounted HUD) to keep us, people of the future, always connected. Big names like MIT Media Lab and IBM Research invested (sometimes heavily)...

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Undue fear of the cloud

From time to time I happen to participate in social network discussions among IT professionals about cloud computing. Lately, the main topic seems to never stay focussed on the cloud itself but on the aversion the operators (system integrators, VARs, resellers, etc.) have to this new approach to managing enterprise IT. Such fear is often due to considerations about cloud computing, specially public clouds, will more and more erode sales of companies that sell technology infrastructures with a consequent loss of jobs. I’ve also lately seen some players to openly oppose the phenomenon just finding it hardly credible, without stating any technical reasons, just considering cloud computing...

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