A Brief Story about Mark Hurd

A story about the late Oracle co-CEO, Mark Hurd, who passed away last week at the young age of 62. It’s somewhere in May 2008, Düsseldorf, on the last day of a huge, week-long tradeshow where HP (where I worked 2006-2014) had a massive presence. All staff (about 50 in sales, marketing), tired, hungover, very…

Open Source’s Rocky Week Provides Ample Food For Thought

Visitors of Open Core Summit in San Francisco in mid-September could be forgiven for their confusion: on the one hand, discussions at the conference centered around business and community models for open source software (OSS) viability, in an increasingly polarized Cloud world. On the other hand, tweetstorms by key figures in the community (who were…

VMware And IBM Go Full Circle To Dominate The Cloud-Native Ecosystem

While Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma” taught us that leaders will struggle to retain their leadership position in dynamic industries, others such as Ron Adner have reminded us that it is rarely the innovator that ends up capturing most of the long term value. Examples in technology abound, from Xerox Labs and the Graphic User Interface…

No Easy Way Forward For Commercial Open Source Software Vendors

In an earlier article, I examined some of the recent dynamics in open source software, specifically around the for-own-profit commercialization of some projects by large cloud providers, and how that is driving smaller companies to seek out restrictive license models, in the process causing themselves considerable friction in their communities. As befits a piece that deals…

Containers Put The ‘Dev’ Back In DevSecOps

On the back of a record-breaking Kubecon+CloudNativeCon (with a reported 7,700 attendees last week), it is very clear that Kubernetes’ position as a cloud center of gravity remains unassailable in the foreseeable future. For one, even outside of this sprawling tradeshow, it has taken over sessions at many other conferences, from the Open Infrastructure Summit (previously…

Shift-Left Security is About Empowerment, Not Encroachment

Containers have changed the security conversation in many organizations There are many reasons why containers have become popular in recent years. For one, they help developers maintain consistency across platforms and through the software delivery chain. As a result, it’s now the norm to consider whatever is in the container to be the developers’ responsibility,…

At RSA Conference, Most Security Vendors Still Not Shifting Left

A week at the sprawling cybersecurity conference known as RSA Conference always sends you home with tired feet and a full brain. With attendance as high as ever, top-quality (and more diverse, this time around) keynotes, a myriad sponsored evening events and—crucially—a week-long San Francisco drizzle that kept attendees engaged indoors, the momentum seemed ever-present. However, as…

IBM And The Third Iteration of Multi-Cloud

Four months after the announcement of the Red Hat acquisition, and some time before it is expected to officially close, I caught up with Dr. Jim Comfort, GM of Multicloud Offerings and Hybrid Cloud at IBM, to talk about the company’s recent multi-cloud-related news, and to get a sense of its updated view of multi-cloud….

These Are Not The Containers You’re Looking For

In a previous post, I argued that in the case of Kubernetes, the hype may be ahead of actual adoption. The responses to that article have ranged from basic questions about containers, to very firm views that lots of people are already running multi-cluster, multi-cloud containerized infrastructure. Regarding the latter view, from experience I know that…

Open Source Software At A Crossroads

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity” —Charles Dickens Marc Andreesen famously said that software is eating the world; others have more recently added that at…