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New Community Interactions for Hardware Vendor

[Disclosure - My employer is EMC]

A few weeks ago, my good friend Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) released "Project Razor" in conjunction with EMC and Puppet Labs. It's a framework to simplify the deployment and automation of bare-metal or virtualized server environments, bringing more of the stack into a DevOps models. While I'm biased and think the code is pretty awesome, the more interesting aspect is that a major hardware company (EMC) was part of an open-source project.

As Dan Hushon (Distinguished Engineer, EMC) stated during our podcast prior to the release, this isn't the first time EMC has contributed to an open-source effort (he mentioned contributions to NFS), but it is the first time they've given so broadly to an open-community and with a partner like Puppet Labs.

This isn't about EMC, but rather hardware vendors (in general) trying to adapt to a changing world where software is driving more and more value. Let's take a look at three different (recent) approaches taken by traditional hardware vendors are they engage around software-centric projects.
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A 20 year technology veteran, Brian Gracely is VP of product management at Virtustream. He holds a CCIE #3077 and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

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