As the new space intended, I’ve formed interesting, unexpected bonds with my cohorts. But my personal performance at work has hit an all-time low. Each day, my associates and I are seated at a table staring at each other, having an ongoing 12-person conversation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s like being in middle school with a bunch of adults. Those who have worked in private offices for decades have proven to be the most vociferous and rowdy. They haven’t had to consider how their loud habits affect others, so they shout ideas at each other across the table and rehash jokes of yore. As a result, I can only work effectively during times when no one else is around, or if I isolate myself in one of the small, constantly sought-after, glass-windowed meeting rooms around the perimeter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/30/google-got-it-wrong-the-open-office-trend-is-destroying-the-workplace/

That’s what I ended up doing at Dell, except they had a lot of little glass “flex spaces.” I just claimed one each day for a year and half. It was great!

Docker: IaaS or PaaS? Reflections on DockerCon EU (451 Research)

Relative size of PaaS vs. IaaS and Hadoop

As mentioned in my newsletter recently, I typed up a think piece on Docker (the company and the emerging ecosystem after it’s EU conference earlier this month. 451 clients can read it behind the paywall, but here’s the 451 Take:

The ecosystem around the Docker container technology is in the process of figuring out Docker’s identity while at the same time contending with a sudden rise in popularity. Although early attention on Docker paired it up against the likes of VMware at, let’s say, the IaaS level, as we investigate further, Docker looks like more of a PaaS innovator. VMware would certainly like that option, and Docker Inc spent much of its recent conference in Amsterdam talking more about Docker-as-PaaS – through the lens of ‘microservices’ – than Docker-as-IaaS. From this vantage point, it looks more like dotCloud never really stopped being a PaaS vendor and, instead, under its new name of Docker is just evolving the nature of PaaS.

You can read a few more pre-copydesk excerpts in that newsletter edition as well. Apply for a trial if you’re not a client (you should be!).

Docker: IaaS or PaaS? Reflections on DockerCon EU (451 Research)