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Good Bye Web 1.0 – AOL Now Hemmorging Just Like Yahoo – Hello Web 2.0 January 28, 2009

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When I read the reports from Boomtown’s Kara Swisher, I had a personal sinking feeling.  Now, Boomtown’s the latest memo from the CEO of AOL allowed me to just put my finger on why I’m sad by this. It’s the final ‘nail in the coffin’ of Web 1.0.

Yahoo and AOL’s storied successes are crashing down around all of us in front of our eyes.  I’m deeply saddened.  I know many of these people in both companies.  What’s worse is the addition of thousands of newly laid off employees – the rank and file.  More importantly is that the hemmorging of these companies will  make their best employees (the stars) leave.  They most likely will become entrepreneurs to fuel the real opportunity – Web and Infrastructure 2.0.

I’ve been writing the impact on venture capital and now we’ll see more people looking for jobs.  We need the best talent to start companies to house these employees. Or better yet Yahoo and AOL need to cannibalize their own businesses in order to invent their new businesses.  Either way 2.0 is here.

Good Bye Web 1.0 and Hello 2.0.

Infrastructure 2.0: The Modernization of the Datacenter – Doug Gourlay of Cisco January 28, 2009

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I cornered Doug Gourlay Senior Director of Product Marketing of Cisco’s Datacenter Business Unit, at the Infrastructure 2.0 event to answer my question about what he means when he says “The Modernization of the Datacenter”.

Question (John Furrier): What do you say to all the skeptics who say that you’re promoting the modernization of the datacenter because you’re in that business and that it really isn’t a problem? Is this just virtualization or is there another issue?

Answer (Doug Gourlay): It’s absolutely a systems approach. There are multiple factors. Lets take Moore’s law for instance which has proven true over the past 30 years. In datacenters you want it to last at least 10 -15 yrs. With 750x processor improvements under Moore’s law in the last 12 years yet cooling efficiencies has only grown 64x for IT assets – that is an 11 or 12x disparity. That’s why you see datacenters with racks designed to cool 4000 to 6000 watts. If I took a set of blades today I would need to cool it with only 30,000 watts. The reality is that we can draw more power then we can efficiently cool today. You either run out of space so — we made denser equipment; you ran out of cooling capacity — you bought more crack units; you ran out of power and the power company will NOT give you more. So when we talk about a modernization were talking about the underlying physical facilities that we built are being obsoleted almost every 5 yrs.

Question (John Furrier): It’s not just a Cisco issue it’s more of an environmental issue around the datacenter themselves ..the raw infrastructure the physical plant or whatever to equipment.

Answer (Doug Gourlay): That’s the biggest compelling event. how do i enable the IT infrastructure to make that facility infrastructure last longer.

To View the Entire Infrastructure 2.0 video feed click here (sorry registration required).

Infrastructure 2.0 – The Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing January 26, 2009

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I had a chance to meet with Doug Gourlay, Senior Director of Cisco’s Datacenter Business Unit, to ask him about what he thinks of Infrastructure 2.0.

Very interesting response. I have a few more segments: Modernization of the Data Center and What Cisco thinks of the phrase “Moving up the stack”.

Enjoy the video (less than 2 mins).

To view the entire Cisco event in video you can go here – Click here for the Cisco Infrastructure 2.0 event.

“Build It Because They Are There” – The Real Meaning of Cloud Connect – It’s About Getting Apps Up and Running January 22, 2009

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As I sit in the CloudConnect Event at the computer history museum (twitter stream here), I was wondering about how to talk about cloud computing and the meaning of all this.  It became clear to me when I saw the Paul Buchheit post today on “Communicating with Code”.

He writes (talking about his experience with the development of Gmail..)…“From that day until launch, every new feature went live immediately, and most new ideas were implemented as soon as possible. This resulted in a lot of churn — we re-wrote the frontend about six times and the backend three times by launch — but it meant that we had direct experience with all of the features. A lot of features seemed like great ideas, until we tried them. Other things seemed like they would be big problems or very confusing, but once they were in we forgot all about the theoretical problems.”….”The great thing about this process was that I didn’t need to sell anyone on my ideas. I would just write the code, release the feature, and watch the response. Usually, everyone (including me) would end up hating whatever it was (especially my ideas), but we always learned something from the experience, and we were able to quickly move on to other ideas.”

What we have here is a real time web waiting for real time code.  All of the discussion about cloud computing is really about rapid development,provisioning of resources..etc. – in the end a better product for users (hopefully).  Paul talks about this in his post -Gmail turned out pretty good.

Cloud computing allows developers the ability to get “stuff” up fast.  Speed and feedback is critical to success and more important than having some “hardened app” that no one wants.  This is only way to develop in the web today.  Success is about speed and product acceptance is dependent on that speed which drives relevance.  Build a great product and it will work.

The motto “build it they will come” is irrelevant.  Instead the motto today is “Build it because they are there already”.  Having a robust, easy to use, easy to provision, and reliable cloud and services will flow to users for critical feedback  The rest will take of itself.  The good apps and services will “come to us” – Welcome to Infrastructure 2.0.

discussion on twitter via tag #cloudconnect

Infrastructure 2.0 – Web 2.0 Meets The Enterprise December 19, 2008

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My other blog (BroadDev – Broadband Developments) is focused on Infrastructure 2.0. If you’re interested stop by. Here is a post that I wrote on Infrastructure 2.0. It was started by Lori MacVitte at F5 – F5 is doing some great work in quality social media.

The bottom line is the the network infrastructure is capable of being smarter. The opportunity (for companies) is to create or enable the “Dynamic Enterprise.”. Like Web 2.0 did for web sites and web apps, Infrastructure 2.0 will do for networks – addressable, discovery, intelligence, and policy will be at the center of the Infrastructure 2.0 equation. The network needs to be smarter and automated to new functionality and benefits.

Lori writes: “VM sprawl is predicted to be one of the outcomes of early adoption and excitement over virtualization. Just as IT struggled to manage the explosion of PCs and servers across the enterprise, it is predicted that now it will need to find a way to manage the explosion of virtual machines as they pop up all over the enterprise with surprising alacrity.

Want to learn more about Infrastructure 2.0 come to this event in San Jose.