Author Archive: Brian Chee
I’ve been attending Interop now since 1992 and working as a volunteer since 1995. While the proverbial crystal ball has sometimes been cloudy, Interop has consistently given me glimpses of the things to come. Most of the time it’s been in little tidbits that a CEO has accidentally let slip, or a widget in a booth being talked about by the development engineer.
I recently wrote about how twitter isn’t just for people anymore and how you can add a twitter feed by modifying a Kill-a-Watt meter, well little did I realize just how big a movement remote power monitoring has become. You really need to look at what the community at pachube has done.
We’ve been hearing about how Twitter might be used or has been used to launch attacks on unsuspecting internet communities, but I’m just hearing that old argument on how tool XXX can be used to hurt person YYY…. geez…. I happen to really like Twitter, and other than some of my friends getting WAY too carried away with telling the world about their entire life, its become a self defense mechanism for me to keep in touch with my friends, even with a schedule as maddening as mine. Anyway to the point, Twitter and other social networking tools may very well be the killer app of this decade, especially when you see things like this from ThinkGeek.
So while the VMWare boys have certainly addressed the issue of migrating from a physical server (one OS hogging the entire piece of hardware) what about those of us that have some legacy VM’s from the Microsoft world? So far the answer has been too bad, but now the folks from Paragon Software have created an addon for their version 9 of Drive Backup Pro and will bake it into version 10 when it’s released. So the answer is to bring up your legacy VM’s (remember Virtual Server R2 is still free) and run the P2V migration tool.
With hotel WiFi getting both more expensive and more congested I’ve personally started carrying my own instant hotspot with me. What has changed is that the 3G carriers have finally also caught on and are finally providing carrier supported devices. Here are a few from folks like: Sprint and Clearwire and some 3rd party solutions by WalkingHotSpot, Cradle Point and AutoNETmobile.
I had the fortune of meeting with a young CEO at the Interop Las Vegas show a couple years back talking about how his “data mashup tool” was going to change the world. The key concept is that not everyone needs or wants the heavyweights of the middleware world like jBoss or CORBA (etc, etc) with variations on the theme abounding. The gist is that there are tons of applications out there that don’t quite do what you want, and you need something inbetween your various applications that can squish/slice/dice the data to fit each side.