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December 23, 2009



Mr. Hollis,

This is actually a comment about an earlier post of yours:


I was doing a search for 'empowerment and protection wheels' and your post from January came up. I am an artist doing research on a project related to Buddhist art and was struck at the mandala-like image of your protection wheel as compared to the original designs. I was wondering if you would be interested in helping me to create a cross disciplinary work of art encompassing ancient concepts and modern technology. Many thanks.
Peace and health.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Sym

You'll find the wheel motif -- as well as pyramids, layer cakes, etc. -- in many IT-related materials.

The original author of that particular piece was another EMC colleague. I can put you in touch with him if you'd like?

-- Chuck

Preston de Guise

Hi Chuck,

As much as anything else, I liked the history of trying to explain/sell VMware ... you probably even could have summed it up by just jumping to the bit about managing machines in a virtual environment and making people smile.

Coming from a big Unix background, I sometimes wonder if there's any good correlation details on adoption of centralised virtualisation environments within an organisation and the erosion of traditional Unix platforms in favour of say, Linux (i.e., platforms that can be virtualised into the central infrastructure). This strikes me as likely, given that many of the traditional Unix environments ran or still run on on proprietary platforms that don't meld well with centralised virtualisation. While the traditional Unix vendors jumped on the bandwagon eventually and started supporting various forms of paravirtualisation, it still wasn't quite the same as full in-the-same-iron support that evolved in the x86/x86_64 market.

Traditional Unix with unvirtualised platforms has struggled to give admins a reason to smile compared to what can happen on a day to day basis for the x86/x86_64 market.

Forgetting even the big virtualisation products for a moment, talk to any admin who has even Workstation/Parallels/VirtualBox/etc on their desktop, and they'll indeed smile about how easy it is to build up test environments, with the hardware factors entirely mitigated. Many centralised virtualisation systems in organisations started not with someone coming in and selling say, ESX/vSphere, but with the actual admins selling it as a logical evolution, based on what they'd witnessed on their desktops.

I frequently take issue with the private cloud meme, but I will agree that if storage virtualisation achieves even only one fifth of what system/host virtualisation has achieved, it will shake up how we work with storage quite a bit. In short - more exciting times to come.



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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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