Last night I spent a couple of hours going over our personal finances which
included me spending some time on the American Express customer portal.
Amex does a good job of letting you on their portal where you could be buying
to maximize your membership rewards points. They will often tell you things
like “Buy at FTD.com and earn double points” (I don’t know if FTD.com
is actually a partner, I’m just using this as an example). The airlines
do this as well, letting you earn points if you purchase online from certain
I think its great that Amex, the airlines, and whomever else, is giving me
the chance to earn additional rewards points, but when I am going to purchase
something online, I never check americanexpress.com and AA.com before buying
whatever it is I am planning on buying. So I have no idea where I should be
buying to get these extra points. M... (more)
I have been thinking about if there is a place for some cloud computing
vendors to come on the scene to handle what I call the ‘P2C’ conversion
process-taking a physical machine and converting it to an image that can run
on a cloud. If we look at the virtualization market, clearly P2V (physical
to virtual) was an enabling technology that helped people migrate existing
physical hosts into virtual machines, without having to completely rebuild
systems from scratch. VMware had a product in the space (and still does)
and there was also some popular products provided by 3rd parties ... (more)
Much of the focus in the technology press on Enterprise 2.0 platforms has
been on the similarity of these tools to public social networking systems
like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
One consequence of this similarity, and one that’s being missed by the tech
press and venture investors, is that these platforms make it possible for an
employee at any organization to build an internal personal brand.
I believe over time (3-5 years) that employees will view their internal brand
as critical to their success within the company, and the forward thinking
ones will put significant effort into ... (more)
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“You really want to instrument everything you have,” Adams told an
audience of 700 operations professionals. “The best thing you can do is
have more information about your system. We’ve built a process around using
these metrics to make decisions. We use science. The way we find the weakest
point in our infrastructure is by collecting metrics and making graphs out of
via Using Metrics to Vanquish the Fail Whale « Data Center Knowledge.
This makes high volume datacenter ops sound fairly straightforward. As long
as you have volumes of data, an... (more)
3Par, a Fremont, Calif.-based maker of storage arrays for data centers,
pre-announced lowered earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009
yesterday, blaming, among other things, the fact that customers don’t have
access to the electricity needed to add 3Par gear to their data centers.
via Constrained Power Grids Zap Sales at 3Par.
I definitely feel bad for the 3PAR sales guys, that is a tough objection to