Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life
Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time But I’m here to tell you There’s something else The after world
A world of never ending happiness You can always see the sun, day or night
-“Let’s Go Crazy” Prince and The Revolution
Those lyrics seem appropriate. I am not usually one to quote lyrics but as I was starting this entry, well, it seems like that is what I wanted to do. So there.
A couple of people who follow me Tweeted me to ask was I posting at least twice a week to my blog. Sadly no. Thank you for trying to hold me accountable. I have started two or three blog posts about WordPress or social media topics and when I didn’t have the time to devote to them I had to stop and leave them in draft. My posts are often perhaps overly long. I don’t like to tell half the story. I also love to use images to help tell a story or explain how to do something. Teaching others is my passion. So if I can’t cover a topic well, I don’t want to cover it.
And Life has been happening. I have a “day job” that sadly keeps me away from writing full time. I also teach part time at a technical college. If it paid better I would love to teach full time. That day will come one day. I have kids who need time as they are a bigger legacy than any word I could ever write. I have an awesome wife who puts up with my craziness and who has been going through her own struggles as she has worked hard to help with her mom’s failing health. This involved lots of travel and her being away from home days at a time. So I have tried my best to keep the world running. Sure, the kids may have gone to school dressed as clowns wearing mismatched socks but I kept them fed and bathed. Yes, I can keep the house running but there is a synchronicity between my wife and I. She is the Ying to my Yang. So things do not run as smooth when she is not here.
In the end her mom passed away Monday of this week. So now her Mom suffers from her earthly pains no more and is probably seeing her family and other love ones who passed on before in heaven.
And then there is that day job. We just had a change in upper management. Disclaimer Alert: The views expressed by my online persona are my own and not of anyone I am or have ever been employed by. With changes in management there is always uncertainty. Will the new management change things up or will things some how remain the same. There are times when I seek even bad changes because at least that is a change. When the car stops moving forward, when there is no longer innovation, some times bad choices lead down a path to better choices. I certainly don’t seek bad choices but sometimes you have to allow change of any kind in order to allow change of a better kind.
So suddenly the pressure is on to make a good impression. But the funny thing is I have a long track record of delivering the goods. While I may need to adjust my methods to new reporting requirements, I just need to keep doing what I do. I prefer to work behind the scenes and not be in the political machines that every company seems to have. And I try to stay away from politicians as they do not seem to move things forward.
This article sadly makes a lot of sense, granted this author is describing a Windows centric world, but I have seen the tea leaves in other people’s cups (via Internet crowd sourcing) and they show me a world similar to this.
Granted I am expecting the great Security backlash of 2014 to come and kind of stifle this some but then security in the cloud becomes the next frontier.
I see phase 1 as we run something in house and we run a duplicate of it with a cloud service provider. VMWare is the prime example. The offer Cloud based SRM. So they run versions of all of our important VMs (as a service of course) in their cloud. In the event of a failure, we fail over to the cloud version (a little slower but since it has been in an asynchronous lock step with our data), they keep the business going. SAP (and other vendors running SAP) are offering cloud based SAP. I saw a demo of a product that allowed you to run a stand alone Microsoft SQL server here and replicate it to a cloud based Microsoft SQL server (Amazon Elastic Cloud). Again, in the event of a failure, you can fail over to the cloud.
Granted for this to affect everyone, Internet speeds have to increase and fiber has to become the norm rather than the “up and comer”. This is nearly a done deal in big cities but in smaller cities and municipalities, this is still in the works. And with most small cities with only one or two Internet providers, it is a challenge for competitive pricing or the market forces that would propel such companies to make the investment in fiber needed to really push this.
It looks like soon only our cloud providers will have true in-house IT departments.