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Beyond OpenStack, Piston positioning itself as a general cloud app installer - April 06, 2015 at 07:28PM
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april 2015 by cote
This week’s episode is up. Check the show notes for all... - April 02, 2015 at 03:18PM
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april 2015 by cote
Maybe you can do spreadsheets on your Fire phone - Software Defined Talk #018 - YouTube
The video recording of this week’s Software Defined Talk, right there. If you prefer audio (I do!) check out the official show-notes.
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december 2014 by cote
softwaredefinedtalk: In this “bonus” episode, Brandon and I discuss Compuware going private (Thoma Bravo announced they were acquiring them) and the how private equity fits into the full life-cycle of a software company. With Brandon Whichardand Coté. Sponsor: get $200 off when you register for 451’s Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit (Oct 6th to 8th) when you use the code MC200 at Also, you should sign up for my newsetter at Subscribe to this podcast: Show notes If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording. Excellent coverage from 451’s Dennis Callaghan of the deal, inc. all the numbers and valuation figures you’d want, opening with "After more than a year of speculation and other reported offers, Compuware has agreed to sell itself to private equity (PE) firm Thoma Bravo for $10.92 per share, or $2.5bn. Thoma Bravo gets a valuable asset in mainframe and application performance management (APM) that has already unloaded most of its unwanted baggage. We expect the PE firm to build on its new portfolio company – its first move may be a merger with existing Thoma Bravo property Keynote Systems." A good return for the “activist investor” involved: “Jesse Cohn, the portfolio manager at [Elliott Management Corp. who owned ~9.5% of Compuware] involved with the Compuware investment, said the deal delivered a 30 percent return for his firm.” Further: The Elliot Management folks are busy in tech: BMC, pressure EMC, Novell and has Attachmatte. Also LANdesk, Tripwire, Keynote, Embarcadeo (which has Borland, right?). Dell bought SonicWALL from them. The Plan: “We began with the I.P.O. of Covisint, initiated a robust dividend, divested noncore operations, and aggressively reduced corporate expenses,” Compuware’s chief executive, Bob Paul, said in a statement. “Compuware is now best suited to focus on its core mainframe and APM businesses as a private-equity backed company, where we can continue to serve our customers in a competitive environment with greater flexibility to take a long-term approach.” Check out Compuware’s FY2013 annual report for revenue related to the various BUs: As always, Geoffrey Moore’s book Escape Velocity is a great overview of how companies like Compuware can strategically plan and operate to re-invent themselves.
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september 2014 by cote
Matt Ray gives one of the better explanations of “the VMware cloud” that you’ll hear. softwaredefinedtalk: Coming fresh off of VMworld, Matt and Coté (mostly Matt!) discuss VMware’s cloud stack, vRealize, along with the new OpenStack API-as-Distro they announced. We also discuss some of the new, crowd-sourcing business models in industry analyst land and how they’re trying to plug holes in the analyst model. And, as always: recommendations for the week. With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté. Sponsor: get $200 off when you register for 451’s Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit (Oct 6th to 8th) when you use the code MC200 at Also, you should sign up for my newsetter at Subscribe to this podcast: Show notes If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording. We were listed in DevOps Weekly, which is a great weekly round-up of stuff in the DevOps world that you should check out. Sorting out the VMware cloud portfolio - I listed a round-up of news in my newsletter last week. 451 Reports on VMworld: a 451 report on VMware’s hybrid cloud scheme, and 451’s VMware networking overview. vRealize portfolio diagram Matt Ray’s VMworld presentation (currently not available, but sounds cool) Lydia’s VMworld day one note, “bi-modal IT,” developers are kinda important, etc. Can’t have nice things in automation VMware OpenStack API thingy VCE "Google Enterprise" is now "Google Work" The rise of the crowd sourced analyst. Wisegate: Closed Community of professionals doing round tables (Exclusive Club) Trust Radius: Yelp for Enterprise Software Peerlyst: Linkedin for Security Professionals Spiceworks community Marketshare and feature breadth as a two by two matrix Recommendations Brandon: hear how a song gets made on the Song Exploder podcast. Matt: Wool series, by Hugh Howey. Coté: Dropbox upgraded to 1 TB of space, so check that out. What I don’t recommend is dragging all your photos over then and having 5 days of uploads queued up.
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september 2014 by cote
I think this was one of our best episodes. softwaredefinedtalk: With VMworld coming up, and Matt Ray back, we discuss VMware’s cloud portfolio and dive into what it is exactly. Pretty much virtualization plus the ability to manage other clouds and “burst” out to public VMware clusters with cloud management layered on-top. Add a hefty dose of XML and you have a delightful cake that Matt Ray has been enjoying of late. We also discuss private equity investments in technology, including Thoma Bravo in Sailpoint, the European stance towards technology, and our weekly recommendations. Subscribe: With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté. If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording. Show notes: What’s up with the Europe tech scene? They like privacy and, like most of the non-tech world, probably just want the technology to do a job and go away With VMworld coming up next week and VMware renaming vCSH to Air, Coté asks, “so what exactly is the VMware cloud?” Thankfully, since Matt Ray has been wiring it up the Chef, he knows. Spoiler: get out your XML reference book. PE firms buying and investing in companies is a think now-a-days, case in point: Thoma Bravo buying a majority stake in Austin-based Sailpoint. See 451’s assesment of the transaction as well. This also gives Coté a chance for an impromptu assessment of how Attachmate has done with Novell and NetIQ. Check out my last 451 report on SUSE for the revenue numbers and other such momentum. On that topic, what’s the state of identity and access management as a market and technology wise? Brandon gives a good assessment having worked in that field in the past. How’re outfits like Symplified (acquired by EMC/RSA recently) and Okta doing? Also, not so snazzy new cover art for the podcast. You’re welcome! Recommendations Brandon recommends How Will You Measure Your Life. Matt Ray recommends Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Coté’s recommendation was cut off due to technical problems. He self-servingly recommended you subscribe to his newsletter.
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august 2014 by cote
Listen and subscribe, pal. softwaredefinedtalk: In this episode, Brandon and Coté discuss Russian hackers, password schemes (if you’re not just using 1Password), and ponder the question “so is this finally the end of cloud” given the growth rate decline at AWS and Rackspace switching to “managed cloud.” Subscribe: With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté. If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording. The playback on the video is weird so just click it a lot…really. Show notes: Russians and such with your passwords. Extended tips on passwords; just use 1Password and be done with it. And turn on all two factor authentication possible. Problems with the cloud? Not so fast. But, it’s still confusing figuring out what people use cloud for, e.g., packaged software vs. custom development vs. SaaS vs. what? Amazon’s Scorpion problem, i.e., getting into their customer’s business. If you’ve read The Everything Store, this should not be a surprise. The headline reads: "Rackspace bows out commodity IaaS market in favor of ‘managed cloud’" Sign up for the Coté Memo, Coté’s week-daily email newletter of fun. See the archives for samples. Coté will be speaking on developer relations at the upcoming 451 conference, HCTS on Oct. 6th to 8th. There’s lots of other good stuff there. If you want to register, use the code MC200 to get $200 off registration. In addition to the conference itself, you get a 30 minute 1:1 block with 451 analysts, including Coté. Coté will also be in Chicago (Sep 23rd) and Toronto (Nov 18th) giving my DevOps and cloud talk with TechTarget. It’s gotten good reviews so far as being helpful, and it’s free. Register here if you’re interested.
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august 2014 by cote
softwaredefinedtalk: With Coté coming back from vacation and Brandon on Vacation, the three of us meander through Rackspace going private rumors and scenarios, Amazon entering cloud sharing, and container management madness among other topics. Subscribe: With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté. If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording. Show Notes: There were rumors that Rackspace was going private. We discuss Rackspaces options in our wild-speculation segment. Beyond “new apps” in public cloud Also, see this recent report on Google Cloud Platform from 451. 10 reasons vCHS is better than AWS. Paul Querna’s story of OnMetal. Keen IO and fully instrumenting your applications for product management insights. Amazon goes into cloud storage with Zocalo. Container Management Madness seems to be upon us; check out all the hubub around the hard to pronounce Kubernetes. No recommendations this week except: avoid Texas beaches. A new SDT is up! To be honest, my babbling in this episode reaches new heights of unhelpfulness, but matt-ray and Brandon make up for that.
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july 2014 by cote
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a few new podcasts that have been chugging along nicely. If you like my past work at DrunkAndRetired (OK, it’s not officially “done,” but we sure as shit don’t do much there anymore) you’ll like these two: Under Development - each week Bill Higgins and I talk about the software development, with a lot of “here’s some wisdom from an old guy talk.” We had a nice conversation on what “design” means now-a-days recently, for example. The RSS feed: Software Defined Talk - Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and I talk about topical things, pretty much weekly, in the infrastructure side of software that is: not so much consumer stuff, but things developers, sysadmins, and “DevOps” types might care about…and other stuff, as usual. The RSS feed: Both are in iTunes (or soon will be), so you can find them there, listen to them on the web, or subscribe to the RSS feed above. Hopefully you’ll like them, and it’d be nice to hear what you think.
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june 2014 by cote
HP Helion: OpenStack redux
Good overview and some competitive and historic context.
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may 2014 by cote

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