CSC Distinguished Engineering Program: Darwinism & Talent Evolution


As the the Systems Integration marketplace continues to evolve, so must CSC.  The CSC family tree includes a large number of scientific and technical breakthroughs, and we CSCers need to continue to innovate in both business and technical domains. In talking with our customers, there is a broad recognition of the value of technology in their continued efforts to develop and retain customers, grow revenue, drive agility, improve safety, etc...  CSC…

Infochimps joins the CSC troop


Today, I am finally able to talk about a really cool company, that we've been working with to bolster CSC "Big Data" Solutions in the marketplace.  One of the first valuable useful use-cases is to enable big-fast data clouds to be automagically built;  In effect, to build a data lake haystack "as a Service": "without a haystack, there is no needle to find"... And, to enable our customers to quickly…

AT&T and CSC join forces in “Journey to the Networked-Enterprise Cloud”


CSC & AT&T Announce Global Alliance CSC has been a recognized leader in Cloud Computing for the past 2 years with a key focus on Enterprise Clouds [Gartner 2011, Gartner 2012, Gartner 2013???].  CSC's focus on the enterprise, has enabled us to make great strides in helping our customers along the "journey to the Cloud".  As testimony to the growing maturity, over the past 8 months, we seen a change…

Razor, Puppet, Hadoop and the CSC Cloud (pt2)


Using Razor to Boot the CSC Cloud (Part 2): Step 3: Configuring Razor The Image Catalog Running razor post installation should show a single OS Image: [email protected]:/opt/razor/conf$ sudo razor image get all Images UUID =>  390R2duPsjqKzwmjCCP0LJ Type =>  MicroKernel Image ISO Filename =>  razor-microkernel-latest.iso Path =>  /opt/razor/image/mk/390R2duPsjqKzwmjCCP0LJ Status =>  Valid Version =>  0.12.0 Built Time =>  Wed Feb 20 17:10:45 -0500 2013 We now download the Centos 6.4_x86_64 image from…

An Awesome New Role


I've been invited to join an amazing executive team at CSC.  Mike Lawrie, the CEO and his team have asked me to lead the technologists at CSC toward three declared technical foci: Big Data, Cloud and Cyber-Security. Let me first say that I am incredibly thankful to EMC, an amazing leadership team and some massive talent.  During my 6 years I have seen massive innovation (from within), transformation (through execution),…

Value Proposition for Virtual Networks: The Dilemma


As we think about the corporate data centers and the [Inter]networks that join them, we begin to recognize that there are a number of critical points in which information is accessed, produced, cached, transited, processed and stored.  One critical feature of the emerging landscape is that mobility and the mega-bandwidth edge has changed the underlying network basis of the design of Web Scale systems, and how they overlay with traditional…

Puppet, DevOps and Big Data


I was really excited to be asked to be one of the really cool Keynotes at PuppetLabs' PuppetConf this year.  My initial excitement was that I saw that the DevOps movement, capitalized by the system administrator to make their life easier, had parallels in the life of a software developer and information architect as they tried to create automation and reproduce-ability within their own domains. Reflecting on trying to simplify,…

Clouds, Service Providers, Converged and Commodity Infrastructure


Over the past several months I have seen a tremendous increase in customer and partner interest in infrastructure architectures that exploit Software Defined Networks (SDN), commodity infrastructure deployments (ala. OCP) and an increasing desire for fine grained distributed tenancies (massive tenant scale). For me, many of these requests are harbingers of emerging IT requirements: the desire to maximize CapEx return: maximize the utilization of capital [equipment] (ROI or maybe even ROIC)…

Cloud Building: Trusted Multi-Tenancy Requirements


There are two primary actors in a cloud deployment, the customer of the cloud (Tenant) and the provider of the cloud (Provider). They represent a standard client / server relationship requiring a strong contract and visible performance against that contract. I believe that there are a set of key capabilities required in order to maximize the adoption [by Tenants] of [Provider] cloud infrastructure. They are detailed as follows. Flexibity The…

Project Razor: EMC and Puppet Labs


Today EMC and Puppet Labs are releasing via open source community contribution, a key module that serves to ground the last mile of the DevOps process. Project Razor is a tool that I've personally been looking for, for years. Razor is a service oriented (RESTful), model based, and policy driven "Operating System provisioning tool" which use their native installers for hardware compatibility. During the project design meetings, we determined that we…