F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Yeah, this should definitely be in 3D.”

No, what he said was, “[T]he test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” That’s what you have to do: you have to be confident in your potential, and aware of your inexperience. And that’s really tough. There are moments when you’ll have a different point of view because you’re a fresh set of eyes; because you don’t care how it’s been done before; because you’re sharp and creative; because there is another way, a better way. But there will also be moments when you have a different point of view because you’re wrong, because you’re 23 and you should shut up and listen to somebody who’s been around the block.

Life Lessons in Fighting the Culture of Bullshit, Jon Lovett

It’s a good speech, no matter how old you are, for how to cope with working with other people which, we know, is hell.

Red Hat revenues, old vs. new and early cloud momemtum

Red Hat Summit Keynote

Brandon Butler sums up the “old” (Linux) vs “new” (middleware and cloud) revenue stream for Red Hat

The company gets about 80% of its $1.3 billion in revenues from a category that’s headlined by RHEL, and those subscriptions aren’t likely going away any time soon, says Joel Fishbein, who tracks Red Hat’s stock closely as an analyst at BMO Capital Markets.

The enterprise transition from Unix to Linux is fairly mature, with revenue from the RHEL-focused main part of the business growing 13% last year, Fishbein says. The company’s other, newer products grew at a much faster 38% growth rate, but they’re a much smaller portion of the business.

Indeed, CFO Charlie Peters went over those and other financial numbers indepth yesterday during the Red Hat Summit analyst day.

I have an overview report in the hopper that’ll likely be up next week, but here’s a few highlights in this vein:

  • The OpenStack market is very new, at least as Red Hat is seeing it. As Butler’s piece notes, sales people get comp’ed not on deal size, but transitioning to production.

  • Red Hat said it had “several dozens” of PoCs, with a handful of named customers running on production.

  • The company had just closed it’s first $1m+ OpenStack deal.

  • Even more early is the company’s PaaS offering, OpenShift in those deals, as CEO Jim Whitehurst said, “you’re literally sitting down and crafting the value proposition [and, thus, pricing] with the customer.”

I’ll, of course, post the 451 report once it’s up.

BMC BladeLogic integrating with Chef

Retro BladeLogic Poster

So we’ve built some first-generation integration between Chef and BladeLogic 8.5, which we’re demoing in our booth for the first time here at ChefConf. You can use BladeLogic to call Chef cookbooks and recipes on a push/scheduled basis, and you can reference BladeLogic compliance policies from inside your Chef cookbooks. It’s all very early and not production-ready, but we want to put this integration front and center with the people here at ChefConf and start a conversation about how they want to blend these two approaches to a stable, managed IT infrastructure.

BladeLogic plays an interesting role in the history of the Puppet/Chef/etc. automation world. As I recall, Puppet’s founder Luke Kanies worked on Blade for a short while and, you know, was interested in a better way, which eventually led to Puppet. Also, for those who like startup culture books, Blade was the chief rival of Opsware, where many of the stories in The Hard Thing About Hard Things come from.

Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.
Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.

Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation - and demo! - at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.

What cloud trends mean for you - an analyst's view (Red Hat Summit 2014)

I just wrapped up my Red Hat Summit talk, which is always fun. The recording of it is above, and the presentation is embedded below.

There’s a fair amount of market-sizing data and some results from our first DevOps market study in the slides. Tell me if it’s useful for you, I’m looking to hone this general body of work in the coming the months.

Gordon Haff has a nice write-up of the session on the Red Hat Summit blog.

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