The Possibilities Could Be Endless: Virtual Assistant

I want to preface this post with a quote from a movie to set the stage. Bonus points for guessing the movie the quote is from.

Captain: Define “hoe-down.”

Ship’s Computer: Hoe-down: A social gathering at which lively dancing would take place.

[AUTO appears near the captain]

Captain: AUTO! Earth is amazing! These are called “farms.” Humans would put seeds in the ground, pour water on them, and they grow food—like, pizza!

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Scale and Engineering

When we scale things up to handle ever-larger quantities of data, we also scale up the number of issues related to the increasing pace. We’re dealing with this with fewer tools and, quite frankly, less knowledge We’ve seen changes in security (visit our latest podcasts on security and scale). We have seen changes in operations. We have also seen changes in development. Scale changes everything. But how so?

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SDS and Docker: The Beginnings of a Beautiful Friendship

Software-defined storage (SDS) has usually meant storage that augments, optimizes, aggregates, and presents some form of cloud gateway. It is storage manipulated by an automation with an orchestration layer that ties differing data functions together. The ultimate in automation and orchestration for storage is the inclusion of Docker. Docker, or any container technology, needs storage—persistent storage. How storage is presented to Docker is unimportant to Docker. It is, however, important to the storage team. SDS is about making storage simpler by reusing, improving, or automating delivery. How does your storage fit with Docker?

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When Every Company Is a Software Company, No Company Is a Software Company

It seems to be fashionable to be a software company. In fact, we hear statements that every company must be a software company. The logic is that software is allowing companies to do business faster than in the past. Software-driven design and manufacturing allow faster product development and shorter time to market. This last part is undoubtedly true: businesses are reaping great benefits from new software techniques. But are they really software companies?

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