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Posts By : Bishnu Nayak

Hundreds of Silicon Valley IT Leaders Join FixStream for Star Wars World Premier


Thanks to everyone who came to our Star Wars World Premiere event on December 17.  We had a star studded cast with well over 200+ IT leader guests from all around the Silicon Valley / Bay Area.  We updated you on the “premiere” of our Meridian Platform for IT Operations.  Thanks also to our Rebel Alliance for IT Ops partners Bristlecone, Tech Mahindra and Moogsoft for jointly sponsoring the event.  See you all in 2016.

Mr Spock for IT Operations?

It’s fascinating to see that the topic of data science is becoming a matter of public debate. I heard on NPR last night that the White House has appointed a Chief Data Scientist. His name is DJ Patil. He did a short interview with Kai Ryssdal, the host of Marketplace.  Kai points out that “we’ve been collecting data for years and years and years but it seems like we’re only now recently absorbing the lessons and what we can do with it.” He asks DJ: ”What took us so long?” DJ responds with, “The most important thing we can learn in life is through watching Star Trek. There’s Spock on the bridge. He’s not in some way back office. In the modern board room or in policy conversations why isn’t there a Spock on the bridge?” Interesting question.

Converged Visibility for IT Operations Requires A New Platform

How many of you depend on your favorite navigation app like Waze or Google Maps? I do. Because it gives me everything that I need in real time, from traffic jams or accidents. It will even show you other kinds of hazards like police cars. It does this by correlating and visualizing lots of disconnected data from lots of end points. There is a pressing need for a “Waze-like” platform in the cloud operations domain.

Whiskey and Ops

The best startup ideas come through distilling input from early advisors, partners and customers. It’s like making fine bourbon or whiskey where the best flavor comes from the hops and the oak barrels they’re aged in. We’ve been refining FixStream Meridian 1.0 through hundreds of feedback sessions.  I want to build on a few things Sameer and Bishnu mentioned in their recent blogs about what we’re hearing.

Aha! Visibility Opens the Flood Gate

At FixStream I spend 50% of my time talking with customers, finding out their needs and showing them what our Meridian platform can do for them. Typically, I talk with CIOs and the high-level decision makers within the IT domain. These are people who manage their infrastructure, their applications – the people who are responsible for the whole information aspect of their business.  In virtually every case there’s an “AHA!” moment when the customer sees the visual aspect of what we’re building – and I can see their whole perspective on IT management change. It’s as if someone just opened the flood gate. Most of them quickly say: “I want to try it!” or “I want to deploy it.”

There’s an outage. What are the business implications?
Dude You’re Getting an EMC

Who can forget the famous Dude I’m getting a Dell adverts .   Dell played a big roll making the world of computing hip and accessible to consumers and small businesses back in the 90’s.  But that was two decades ago.  So how can Dell possibly now be swallowing up EMC the World’s premier storage machine?  The sheer size of the gamble makes smoke come out of ones ears.  Is this just a crazy financial scheme from private equity guys gone mad?  Or is it a brilliant Machiavellian maneuver to re-position two aging powerhouses into the world of Cloud?  It seems improbable at so many levels…

Why I Joined FixStream

Prior to joining FixStream I spent thirteen years at the World’s largest service provider covering a wide range of topics from developing the latest consumer triple play service offering to spearheading the IT Cloud transformation strategy to establishing corporate Big Data practices.  I always stayed close to the front lines and was often the technical go-to guy to identify root cause of critical chronic production problems.  I sometimes spent up to a month figuring out the root cause of specific application issues impacting critical business services. These experiences are instructive as we think about the role of the latest operational analytics in modern cloud data centers.

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