Lilac Schoenbeck

A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a bit of cloud

Whenever I make lists - and I make a LOT of lists - I always recall the Sesame Street bit that played when I was a child (yes, this dates me precisely. I know that). It shows a little girl going to the store and remembering to pick up a loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter. Mom offers to write it down, but the girl insists on … [Read more...]

What Transformer are you? And how is your cloud doing?

Everyone loves a quiz. Entire glossy magazine industries have been built on the premise that people want to know their Cool Score. Or best hair style. And you'd be lying if you said you NEVER clicked on a Facebook quiz to determine what Transformer/Breed of Dog/My Little Pony you were. And then felt legitimately disappointed when it turned out you … [Read more...]

On a Dare: Connecting Cloud and the Royal Baby

Like so much of earth, I was eagerly watching the interwebs for news of the royal sprog last week. And boy did the Brits deliver - it's not every day a kid gets heralded by someone actually reading from a scroll. Just as I was settling into the idea of King George (I was really hoping for James), my colleague, Jessica Walker - @jwm_80 - challenged … [Read more...]

Gaggle? Multi? Quorum? Minyan? Clouds Everywhere!

As a person who deeply loves a good linguistic debate (I was once fascinated by the etymology of color names for weeks), I always am intrigued by the creation of a new marketing term in our industry - an industry that LOVES coining new, and often somewhat-less-than-inspiring terms.   The latest appears to be "Multi-Cloud", which has been … [Read more...]

On a Dare: Cloud Management and The Sound Of Music

Sometimes, I like to think of a blog as an exercise in improvisation. Give me 2 topics - and let's see if I can link them. I actually took a class from a wonderful teacher, Lakshmi Balachandra,  in improv in business - and it was an excellent experience. I strongly endorse it.   Today's blog improv game, brought to me in a facebook … [Read more...]

Virtual First? Cloud First? Dessert First?

When I was in the virtualization management game, oh so many years ago, we used to talk about "Virtual First" policies as the pinnacle of adoption of the platform. It's a topic I enjoy reminiscing about with folks like Dave Bartoletti, who were in the game with me at the time.   Why was it the pinnacle? It represented some sort of tipping … [Read more...]

On bibles, data centers, and hybrid cloud

My esteemed colleague, Dominic Wellington, shared with me a fascinating article from Italy today regarding one of the finding of the world's oldest torah scroll in a university in Italy. Apparently it had been mis-filed.   Setting aside the dozens of Italian jokes that sprang to mind instantly, I began to think about how I mis-file things … [Read more...]