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KCOCCO ~ photo - Dr. Magali Lequient Veterinarian ... has moved!
Dr. Magali Lequient Veterinarian ... has moved! 

Shout out to all Salt Lake and Park City pet owners!
My close friend Magali Lequient has moved from University Veterinary Hospital to White Pine Veterinary Clinic. I can't recommend her enough, amazingly sharp and compassionate vet. Magali is also an ultra hard mountain women, that continually kicks my ass back country skiing, climbing, biking, trail running, ...
Cheers Dr. L!
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Eat Your Own Dog Food 
Interesting Google+ blog post from Googler ranting about platforms. Steve Yegge outlines his time at Amazon while they shifted to SOA, Facebook's threat and where he feels Google must go. It's hard to not agree when you see the impressions/traffic and FB Credits revenue Facebook receives from apps others are building on their platform. I was impressed when I learned more than half of products sold on Amazon's platform/marketplace were by 3rd party merchants. Both Amazon and Facebook have the world assisting in their infrastructure, Amazon by selling AWS/services(their dog food) and Facebook by opensourcing.
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Amdahl's Law 


FIO - Fusion-IO posted great results during today's investor earnings call! Growing their $1million+ customers this quarter to 6, but, due to customer privacy not able to discuss the specific growth of Facebook or Apple.

During analyst questioning I was happy to hear CEO David Flynn dive into under utilized CPUs and effect on SW licensing. Fusion-IO has the ability to quickly feed data to CPUs keeping them busy, better leveraging software licenses. Anyone that has been through the Oracle or SAP CPU core licensing dance knows were the pain/money is in scaling. David mentioned Amdahl's Law to describe how throwing just CPUs at scaling has diminishing returns plus per core SW licensing costs.

Analysts brought up flash memory competitors LSI and EMC Lightning. David dismisses as different approaches with limitations. EMC's approach built upon their centralized storage, paying twice for a solution. Brings back memories of EMC SAN attaching SUN blade servers to the fabric network with at the time $1k+ fiber cards so that we could be queued in the LUN carving schedule, the money and mess. I have seen Compellent and VMWare pair up nicely but same hops to the CPU and FusionIO is solving for this niche with their product IOTurbine
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Adventure Capitalist 

Red Pine Lake

Here is the Snow Cave without the snow... snow is coming!

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Open Compute Project & FusionIO? 

It will be interesting to see how Facebook's Open Compute Project will drive the future of the infrastructure ecosystem? Today you can see the published specs for data center (Racks, Battery, Electrical, Mechanical) and server ( Motherboards (AMD & Intel), Power Supply, Chassis) ...but, no storage, yet? Well not exactly, I do see the blog post about standards for HDD to have variable speed to reduce power consumption for 'cold storage'. It seems that the storage layer will remain diverse as there are needs for Hot and Cold node storage. Technology's like Fusion-IO are solving for the hot storage. Maybe we will learn more about Facebook and Apple addoption during Fusion-IO's quarterly report this Wed, Nov 2nd? Here is a company selling OCP spec servers. Disclosure, I do own stock in FIO but no other association.

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