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TWEEVO – The New Pop-Up Video

Off topic post – I’ve got an idea that could be explored by enterprising web-developers who wish to make some money riding the Twitter wave.

You know Twitter – real-time updates across the web across a huge assortment of channels – and you know Tivo which essential turns TV into an on-demand database.

What about combining the two? Well, to me, TWEEVO could be the new pop-up video.

For me, Twitter is the most fun when I’m watching something real-time such as the debates, a TV show with rabid fans like Lost, or events like EMC’s upcoming EMC World or Microsoft TechEd (stretch reference).

For some of these real-time events (TV shows especially) I wouldn’t mind watching a video on one side of the screen and the tweets on another.  I know it’s a bit of information overload, but it’s the layering of content and opinion that I think people are progressing towards.  I’d like to go back and watch a few episodes of Lost with Tweets turned on – starting at the same time the show starts.

Today you now have the ability to annotate YouTube videos – marking certain points in the video that you feel need to be explained or underlined – but it takes a little time and effort.  If a video instead could be associated with a Twitter hash-tag, then you have something that is simple and powerful – TWEEVO !   The hash-tags might need to get a bit longer to accommodate such a purpose – episode names perhaps, but it’s not unlikely.

Google is rumored to be in talks with Twitter for a potential acquisition and it would make perfect sense.  Evan has the connections and has sold to Google before, Twitter would extend Google’s reach to real-time search, and they could combine the technology like above to make something unique that people would probably love… TWEEVO!

Twitter Sells ExecTweets Sponsorship to Microsoft

I found this interesting because my last post was about Twitter…  Microsoft is now getting into it!

High-profile Internet start-up Twitter Inc. said Monday it’s making a foray into online advertising by selling sponsorship of a designated “ExecTweets” site to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

Twitter, a relatively young San Francisco-based service that has nonetheless raised at least $55 million in funding and drawn a rapidly growing pool of regular users, announced the advertising initiative on a company Web site.

The move is an answer to critics who have noted that red-hot Twitter hasn’t yet developed a business model to match its popularity. Twitter is used to spontaneously post everything from personal updates and observations to breaking news stories online, using 140 characters or less.

ExecTweets is a page that pulls in a collection of posts, or “tweets,” written by corporate executives, and features branding from Microsoft.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote on a company Web site that ExecTweets is being operated by online advertising firm Federated Media.

“Twitter is contacted regularly by brands interested in sponsoring innovative experiences based on topics of interest,” Stone wrote. “However, our focused commitment to Twitter itself means we don’t have much time or resources to build these interesting topical experiences.”

John Savill – Free Windows 2008 and Hyper-V Training

John Savill is a brilliant technologist who works in the EMC Consulting group.   He’s written books.  Spoken at industry conferences.   He maintains the NTFAQ.   He loves recording videos for the world to learn from… mostly related to Windows, but be sure to check out the one of him getting his ass kicked on TV!

I picked a few winners and added them down below.  For full list, click here.

  • Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 R2 Live Migration is explored in this video. A 800×600 also available on the videos page.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Physical To Virtual (P2V) migration explored in this video.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Virtual To Virtual (V2V) migration explored in this video.

This type of contagious passion is yet another reason I like working where I do.

John – one minor, minor suggestion – while the videos are certainly ‘enlightening’, they are a bit on the dark side.  Maybe drop a few bucks on something like this?  It could help to shine some additional light on the subjects.  🙂

RecoverPoint – Set It and Forget It

I hate cheesy marketing slogans as much as the next guy… but when it comes out of a customer’s mouth and they mean it, there’s no better time to pull out their cheesy slogan and put it to use. 🙂

This customer was typical in the sense that they had a lot of databases, a few of which were deemed “mission critical,” and they had no DR plan in place except for some duct tape consisting of backup to disk – images shipped remotely. Ugh.

Their business is online.  Lots of OLTP, lots of high random IO (great candidates for EFD), and lots of  large (multiTB) SQL databases  It was a challenge to get backups completed in their nightly windows, and it was a challenge to find the right solution for long-distance disaster recovery.  They wanted continuous replication and their backup-to-disk images shipped over the network wasn’t cutting it.  Their network pipe was a T3 (which isn’t very large these days) and they couldn’t get 5TB of data sent to their DR site (2000 miles away) in a reasonable timeframe.   They needed to fix it.

The group came up with a stated RTO goal of 24 hours and an RPO goal of 4 hours.  And off Aaron (sys admin) went to compare host-based options to array-based options and network-based options.

Host-based

Aaron said he doesn’t like putting more stuff on the hosts.  It only leads to problems.  He’d rather dedicate his servers to working for the application and not for backups and DR.  How many times does your hosts have issues related to funky drivers, or just not want to start randomly…  Not often, but enough to consider keeping the hosts clean.

Array-Based

They have a DMX on the source side and a CX array on the target side.  They needed something that wasn’t tied to a particular platform – he wanted heterogeneous replication.  So the array based option was thrown out.  EMC has other solutions that involve more of a push/pull of a large chunk of data – but that’s not really continuous replication, is it?

Network Based

To quote Aaron,

“RecoverPoint was only complete solution to meet all our requirements; we were unable to meet our DR objectives until RecoverPoint.”

or this one…

“Without RecoverPoint we wouldn’t have a DR solution in place.”

After the one-business-day installation was performed by an EMC consultant, all has been good.  They’ve been getting some decent throughput on the RPA’s (RecoverPoint Appliances) and pushing about 5TB of data from Oregon to Texas (they are tripling this in the next few months).  He loved the surprise compression benefits (5-15x depending on the data), which lets them push more data with less bandwidth.

He also said a couple things that really stuck out in my mind related to operational efficiency and cost.  For him, it wasn’t strictly about the purchase price but about the overall value that this technology provides.  Not only does it provide a simple DR solution for their most critical business data, it also minimizes the amount of time spent working on DR.

I will finish with the full version of the blog post quote that really struck me:

“IT people don’t have a lot of time to work on DR, this is a set it and forget it solution”

You can’t make this stuff up. Gotta love RP.

I’ve put some RecoverPoint Screenshots over on SlideShare – go check em out!

Be sure to click the little Full Screen button, otherwise you won’t be able to see much.

EMC and Microsoft Renew Partnership

If you follow EMC and/or Microsoft you may have heard about the event in New York last Tuesday.

The event itself was a customer-facing meeting (CIO’s and similar level) of local customers in NYC where EMC’s Joe Tucci and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer could discuss the EMC/Microsoft extended Go To Market Alliance, discuss areas where we are working closely, and clear the air about areas the two companies overlap.

The three joint areas of cooperation include:

  • Content management (Documentum’s interop/integration with the Microsoft platform and SharePoint)
  • Virtualization (primarily EMC’s support of Microsoft’s virtualization portfolio including Hyper-V)
  • Security (DLP and Windows RMS integration)

The executive sponsors Howard Elias on our side and Bob Muglia (Present of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division) also were at the event and spoke to the press and customers.

Press Coverage