Vanessa Alvarez (@VanessaAlvarez1)
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- Director of Product Marketing @Gridstore, ex-Forrester analyst, I came to the Valley to gamble and play in the $AND, what better place to do that?
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Sometimes when life get too stressful, I try to remind myself that things could be rougher. Sure, Iâve got a raucous toddler and three deadlines in two days, but at least Iâm not a coal miner. At least I donât toil in a factory that renders pink slime. And best of all, at least Iâm not running a large American personal computer company that has no conceivable way of combating an existential threat to its business.
I highly recommend this as a stress-reducing technique: However ugly your life gets, just
James Hamilton on his boat, Dirona, docked at the Wakiki Yacht Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo: Kent Nishimura/WiredOn a rainy Monday in August 2011, a 10-million-watt transformer exploded in northern Virginia, sending an enormous voltage spike across the power grid. The surge hit an Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia, knocking out the facility’s main source of power, and about 15 minutes later, James Hamilton just happened to pull into the parking lot.It was a serendipitous moment. Hamilton is the Distinguished Engineer who oversees the increasingly complex design of the data-center empire that drives Amazon Web Services, or AWS — the nothing-
Women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieve 35 percent higher return on investment, and, when venture-backed, bring in 12 percent higher revenue than male-owned tech companies. That’s according to new research presented at a recent conference in San Francisco organized by Women 2.0, a media company devoted to women founders in the tech industry. It indicates female entrepreneurs, who have traditionally lagged behind their male counterparts, are catching up, at least by some measures.Led by Vivek Wadhwa, who holds titles at Stanford and Duke universities, and Lesa Mitchell, a vice president at the Kauffman Foundation,
One of the many hilarious scenes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the "Bridge of Death" sequence. This week's news that Dell plans to acquire Quest Software makes one think of a slight twist to this scene:
Bridgekeeper: "What ... is your name?"
Traveler: "John Swainson of Dell."
Bridgekeeper: "What ... is your quest?"
Traveler: "Hey! That's not a bad idea!"
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When Lawrence J. Ellison, the founder and chief executive of Oracle, is selling his products, the claims may need a little checking, but the tone is perfect for the times.Sunday evening in San Francisco, Mr. Ellison kicked off his Oracle OpenWorld gathering before an audience of 10,000 engineers and business people, bathed in lights of Oracle red. Supposedly 1 million more people watched online.He made several big product announcements for enterprise computing. Oracle is offering the cloud computing service it introduced last year as a separate entity, which can be leased by business and kept behind their own security firewalls. Oracle has a
Selling customers on the cloud as a set of technologies that will improve their business and agility is fine, but vendors need to be able to back up those lofty claims with experienced teams that can really deliver on the promise of the cloud. The easy answer is rarely the right answer, which is a hard truth about life in general. In this case, I think it applies to the cloud marketplace. I’m concerned that we are overselling a very good set of solutions (which I will loosely define as “Cloud” options) as some sort of magic pill that will solve their business and IT woes.Customers have come to understand the potential of having an agile IT environment,
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