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Nutanix: Storage Management for Virtualized Environments

Posted by rbpasker on May 21, 2010

Virtualization is Big.

Not only does it encompass what we traditionally think of virtualization: running multiple guest OSes on the same piece of hardware, but it also is the enabling technology for other large initiatives, such as server consolidation, data center continuity, virtual desktops, cloud computing, and “infrastructure as a service.”

The dirty little secret is that virtualization places a huge burden on storage systems. VMWare has a suite of products, a team, and a blog all dedicated to storage issues.

And Azure Capital Partners, where I am the CTO-in-Residence, recently co-led the Series A investment in CORAID, a leading storage networking company for virtualized environments. CORAID’s EtherDrive product provides a 5-8X cost reduction over legacy storage systems with its “scale-out SAN architecture that is ideally suited to dynamic virtualization and cloud environments.”

But the virtualization storage problem is multi-faceted and complex, so the breadth of solutions must be equal to the task.

This is why I am pleased to announce my participation, along with Bipul Sinha of Blumberg Capital, in a seed round at Nutanix, an enterprise-class storage management company led by three world-class entrepreneurs Dheeraj Pandey CEO, Ajeet Singh COO, and Mohit Aron CTO.

Nutanix is still in stealth mode, but they do have a hint on their career page:

Nutanix is a stealth-mode startup building a disruptive product that is designed ground-up to leverage trends in virtualization, solid state drives, and cloud computing, each of which plays a very critical role in reducing cost and management complexity, improving performance, and providing revolutionary data management capabilities to the enterprise.

Keep an eye out for Nutanix. Big things are happening.

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StackOverflow is the Answer

Posted by rbpasker on May 9, 2010

The internet has always been about tapping collective intelligence, and, indeed, my very first public use of the internet on March 23d, 1989, was a question.

As Internet usage shifted from USENET to WWW, so, too has the technology for human-powered answers to our burning questions. We’ve had, Yahoo! Answers, Google Q&A, Linkedin Answers, and recently Hunch and Aardvark (acquired by Google for a reported $50MM).

The main problem with these sites has been keeping the signal-to-noise ratio high.

StackOverflow solves this problem is a number of well established, clever ways: reputations, voting, bounties, and merit badges, and it has become the de facto site for technologists to get questions answered. (

I’m honored to be backing a great team led by two extraordinary technologists: Joe “On Software” Spolsky and Jeff “Coding Horror” Atwood.

Stay tuned. More answers are coming.

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Diaspora, an open source, distributed, private alternative to Facebook

Posted by rbpasker on May 9, 2010

With all of the privacy nonsense going on at Facebook, I am backing Diaspora, an open source, distributed, private social network.

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MIT Technology Review (Germany) quote on iPad

Posted by rbpasker on April 6, 2010

My friend Steffan Heuer interviewed me for the German edition of MIT technology review in his article on the iPad launch.

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I Joined AngelList!

Posted by rbpasker on March 4, 2010

I’m very pleased to announce that I have joined the Angel List.

The Angel List list reads like a who’s who of the angel investing world, and you can pitch all of us at once.

This is a great way to get your company funded.

Special thanks to Nivi and Naval for putting this together.

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Servo Secures $5M in Series B Funding to Grow Business

Posted by rbpasker on December 15, 2009

Conrgrats Christof and the Servo Team!

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Cameron Purdy blogs about WebLogic under Oracle’s Aegis

Posted by rbpasker on March 28, 2009

I don’t often blockquote other people’s articles, but I couldn’t resist this time.

Coherence March 2009 Update

A week ago Oracle massively exceeded expectations, completely crushing the hopes of the doomsday crowd. Part of those results stems from the growth in Fusion Middleware, which includes BEA WebLogic. This past quarter I saw a big jump in the number of accounts switching from WebSphere back to WebLogic on the high end, and (quite surprisingly, considering the economic climate) from JBoss to WebLogic. I could mark it up solely to a great sales organization, but there are some really interesting things at work that have made a huge difference in the ability to win business with WebLogic:

WebLogic is getting a higher level of technology investment as part of Oracle than it has seen in a long time, and those investments are starting to pay real rewards for our customers.
We showed a plan for WebLogic and the other BEA products. We have been steadily delivering on the plan. Customers appreciate the “ability to execute” combined with actual execution.
Several of the technologies in the Fusion Middleware stack just can’t be found elsewhere. Start with jRockit, the real-time JVM that dominates all of the performance records (see here, here, here and here for example.) Add reliable cross-platform, multi-portal session clustering with single sign-on support via Coherence*Web, and the ability to globally load-balance a single application across multiple data centers. Top it off with end-to-end operational monitoring. Wow!

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New blog domain, same great content!

Posted by rbpasker on July 15, 2008

Now that has added self-service subdomains, you can now read this blog at: . i would have added, as well, but WordPress wants $10 for each separate domain, and it didn’t seem worth it.

Note that this is in addition to . both will work, but in case I decide to change blogging systems, its probably better to use for web and RSS .

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You Might Need Messaging If…

Posted by rbpasker on June 16, 2008

I recently gave a presentation to the technical management and architects at a Very Large Web Property on messaging systems, AKA Message-Oriented Middleware, AKA Enterprise Services Bus, etc.

This was not meant to be an introduction, because they already have messaging systems in use. Rather, I wrote this presentation (in about 15 minutes) as a springboard to remind everyone what messaging system are capable of, so we could talk further about how to capitalize on the products they were already using.

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Twitter versus The Stock Market

Posted by rbpasker on May 6, 2008

A friend sent me a link to a page with the Twitter Stats.

Wow, 3.5 million tweets per week, not counting locked and direct tweets. That’s about 350 tweets PER MINUTE (rules of thumb: ~10K minutes in a week; ~PI*10^7 seconds in a year). Even if the number of private tweets and direct messages drive the volume 5x to 1750 tweets per minute, its still not much. A 1750-person company delivers an average of 1 email message/minute/person. Even Exchange can handle that.

The data feed produced by the Options Price Reporting Authority contains every transaction on every stock and option exchange around the world. The current projections for OPRA are here, but let me republish the table for you:

Yes, that’s 701,000 messages PER SECOND, or about 423 BILLION messages per week.

Where’s the bottleneck again?

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