Absurd tips on 401(k) savings

According to the Fidelity study, the average investment return of the people who ended up with $1 million in their 401(k)s from the middle of 2000 to the middle of 2012 was 4.8%. That might sound doable. But remember that between 2000 through 2012 there were two market crashes. Over the same period, the average return of the stock market was 1.3%. So, to become a 401(k) millionaire, you had to do three times better than the stock market over the same time period

Good luck storming the castle!

Absurd tips on 401(k) savings

Red Hat’s cloud deals

“In fact, the number of top 30 deals that included OpenStack or OpenShift this quarter tripled from Q4 a year ago,” Whitehurst said. “Interestingly, one technology customer expanded their existing OpenShift deal this quarter and we now have our first $10 million plus OpenShift customer.”

Despite the howls of protest from public cloud evangelists who claim anything else to be a ‘false cloud,’ there is still real value — today — in companies bringing cloud-like ideas and practices inside their own data centers. Software like Eucalyptus, OpenStack, CloudStack and others offer ways to replicate some of the value offered by a public cloud such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine, or HP’s Helion. Run at scale, across the data centers of a large enterprise, the pool of available computing power can — and does — deliver real business value. At least until the company is ready to properly embrace public cloud, which is where most IT will eventually end up.

Nice piece from Paul Miller on HP’s OpenStack appliance. I could care less about the HP bashing: what I like is the point he makes around “small clouds.”

Beyond PaaS, Pivotal Conversations #001

I’ve finally started up podcasting at Pivotal – it took me long enough! The first episode of my sub-series, Pivotal Conversations, is up. It’s me and Andrew Shafer talking about “PaaS” vs. “cloud platform.”

There’s a full on transcript, use the player above to hear it or download it directly, and check out the full-show notes over on the Pivotal blog.

And, of course: you should subscribe to the podcast feed!

A survey of more than 700 of these industry pros on their organization’s most common type of application deployment for cloud computing indicated 34 percent was for deploying new applications that they did not have before the cloud. Respondents also identified modernizing existing applications by moving to hosted software or SaaS (35 percent) and migrating existing applications to the cloud (31 percent) as most common. Docker and containers will play a prominent role in these applications and efforts.