The Hashtag Cortex

The Hashtag Cortex

Escaping the deadly radiation of the tech industry pulsar this time Inside The Data Cortex.

  • This year has been “The Year of all Flash” and Mark didn’t notice.
  • Weeks after day one Stephen and Mark discuss day one. It was kind of like day zero and not much different than day two. But day two had the world’s largest donut at Dell EMC World.
  • Weight gain and not much weight loss at tradeshows.
  • Stephen on the Goldilocks approach to embracing the public cloud and the tyranny of selection bias.
  • Do Google consider themselves an enterprise supplier?
  • This time of year there’s no sunshine anywhere outside of California. Says man living in California.
  • Software Defined Storage is kind of interesting. Says customer who thinks the installation packages will do everything.
  • Scale out is still a hard problem.
  • Mark has looked at home grown storage solutions and sees a lot of ugly babies. (Sorry! He’s not sorry.)
  • The Botnet of Things is real and your dishwasher is hitting someone with a denial of service attack right now.
  • This episode in reading things. Alcatraz Verses the Evil Librarians, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Steinbeck’s The Winter of our Discontent, Ken Clarke’s Kind of Blue and Stalin Paradoxes of Power.

No one likes to give up power. Go before you are pushed. Because it will be people like us doing the pushing.


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The Robot Rock Cortex

The Robot Rock Cortex

Hurtling through the IT multiverse on leading edge of a ray of light this week Inside the Data Cortex:

  • Mark wants to replace everyone with a robot. Including The Rock.
  • Stephen rejects this and believes The Rock is the biggest movie star in the world. Both worry about Nick Nolte…and Ricky Martin?!?
  • Mark’s hero? Attila The Hun. Then he kills the vibe by deciding this week we’re talking about APIs. It is so disappointing.
  • Ransomware, Isolated Recovery Services, APIs for Services Providers, level based targeting, the stuff which will never be standardised, test automation and doubling your salary to slum it.
  • This time in books, Stephen wades further into the creation of the United States in “Revolutionary Summer” while in “The Great Crash, 1929” Mark discovers we are not stupid, just human. A Neal Stephenson recommendation, Asimov did it before you and in “The Price of Prosperity” the Emperor Augustus puts a tax on the childless.


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The Gallic Cortex.

The Gallic Cortex.

This time, Inside The Data Cortex. Paris is burning but it takes us less than five minutes to begin arguing about Disney movies.

  • EMC holds an All Flash marketing event and asks Stephen to keynote. He opens by telling them Flash doesn’t matter anymore.
  • Media changes do not kill companies who know how to deal with media changes. Mark thinks the most dangerous competitors are the large companies doing business in different ways.
  • Mark laments to the EMC product family slide when it comes to Management & Orchestration. Stephen believes that every year in the latter half of this decade is the EMC year of M&O. Customers say that if EMC didn’t have ViPR it would have to go and create something like ViPR. Enterprise Copy Data Management, the new protection orchestration layer.
  • Stephen has an interest in standards since SMI-S is now looking weather beaten.
  • Case sensitivity worked for Stephen when he added so many options to the NDMP dump command that he had to move to capital letters.
  • Archiving changes, but stubbing files always sucks.
  • Terrible 80s TV shows. Where are the members of The Cosby Show now?
  • Moby Dick has fallen. Listener recommendation, Wool, starts well but finishes poorly. Mark is reading about why Ireland should leave the Euro. The Big Short, highly recommended for long haul flight viewing.
  • Star Trek, Hugh Jackman is now Old Man Wolverine, 16 Super Hero movies a year and the worst movie Mark paid to see in 2016.


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The Career Sabotage Cortex.

The Career Sabotage Cortex.

Are you sabotaging your career? Stephen and Mark find out.

This time, Inside The Data Cortex:

-Where is the mysterious handbook of career progression?
-Why are you evaluated by people who can’t ever know how good you are?
-Is being a martyr to your career a choice?
-Why is turnover at the Executive levels so high?
-Do you have to love the work to move your career along?
-What does it take to set the tone?
-Tales of early career villainy. Never explain. Never apologise. Always regret.

All this and more. Not much more. But maybe some more.


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The Hyper-Converged Cortex.

The Hyper-Converged Cortex.

Travelling through IT sub-space in the ship the made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, Core Technologies CTO Stephen Manley and could be more hairy co-pilot, Mark Twomey, look at hyper-converged infrastructure and some of the things in between.

This time inside in the data cortex:

  • Hyper-convergence. What would you need that for?
  • The Big Data swamp. Where dreams of data driven decisions go to die.
  • Tape. Still not dead.
  • Shopping cart racing. Moby Dick. Fantastical fiction. Jeffrey Archer’s one million words and skipping the middle of The Wheel Of Time.

 


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The New Year Cortex.

The New Year Cortex.

In their continuing adventure through the quantum subspace of the Enterprise IT industry, Stephen Manley & Mark Twomey burst into the New Year with a double sized episode.

Once again, Inside The Data Cortex:

  • Mark has no idea about sports, probably believes sports is a verb.
  • New Years resolutions fail fast when Stephen’s show down with Herman Melville reaches a familiar crescendo. Mark started his in December, was done by Christmas.
  • It’s time to let Copy Data Management into your heart. All the copies are out there.
  •  The word Flash makes everything amazing. Everything. (Seriously.)
  • The time for search in the enterprise is now. Or soon. No. Lets say now.
  • In books we’ve read, Michael Eisner’s fall from the summit of Disney. Things crummy leaders do, the myth of the great leader, getting that Flow experience at work and how to breed the greatest warrior dynasty in the universe.


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Podcast: The Consumption Model Cortex

Podcast: The Consumption Model Cortex

Hurtling through the bloodstream in an Explorer class nano-ship, Stephen Manley and Mark Twomey once again step Inside The Data Cortex.

In this episode:

  • The deal which can not be named.
  • It’s 20152005, 1995 all over again with the discussion of consumption models.
  • We’ve decided John Wick & Weekend at Bernie’s have nothing in common.
  • Adventures in disappointing books.


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Podcast: The Career Development Cortex

Podcast: The Career Development Cortex

Recorded in that split second before the universe was created in this episode of Inside The Data Cortex Stephen Manley & Mark Twomey are joined by EMC Director of Human Resources, Amy Cabral to discuss the career development path inside a corporation.

Join us as we discuss:

  •  How does an individual contributor get ahead?
  • What expectations should an employee have about getting from A to B to C on their career development path?
  • What traits do you need to progress inside a company and why you should expect that your end state is going to be different to your co-workers.
  • The books we’re reading this month.


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Podcast. The Copy Data Cortex

Podcast. The Copy Data Cortex

In this first episode of the Inside The Data Cortex podcast join Stephen Manley & Mark Twomey on their adventure through the IT multiverse.

In this thrilling episode..

  • What was the first modern IT industry unicorn?
  • Mark & Stephen’s reasons to not take family vacations.
  • Why Copy Data Management is the current big thing.
  • Fiction you could read but probably won’t.


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