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Introducing: Engineers Unplugged (Video Podcast for Technical People with a Side of Unicorns)

September 19, 2012 - 2 Comments

So many of the best ideas, conversations, proposals happen outside of the typical workday. After hearing so many great conversations, or seeing references to them on cocktail napkins, we decided it was time to capture those stories and share.

Engineers Unplugged Featuring @drjmetz and @scott_lowe

Engineers Unplugged Featuring @drjmetz and @scott_lowe

Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here:
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

Special thanks to Cisco’s own J Metz (@drjmetz) and EMC’s Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe) for shooting our premiere episode, Engineers Unplugged: The Future of the Data Center

What are your predictions for the Data Center of the Future? Thoughts, comments, suggestions? Post them here or in the Twitterverse with #engineersunplugged as the hashtag.

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  1. Jeff, I guess that depends on your definition of grid computing. The “ideal” vision of grid computing (as described at might fit, but the reality of what grid computing has been and is still today isn’t all that close to the “ideal” vision, in my opinion. Further, some of the components that J and I described (such as a pre-SAN storage layer with intelligent, distributed caching algorithms) don’t yet exist, and therefore aren’t necessarily included in any definitions of modern-day grid computing. But, if you really wanted to boil the discussion down to its most basic terms, I would say yes–you could describe what we discussed as a very advanced form of grid computing. I think there might be some nuances that get lost in that description, but it would fit.

    Thanks for your comment!

  2. Aren’t you really just describing grid computing with shared storage?