Archive for the ‘Delphix’ Category

Enterprise support and the term abroad

Delphix customers include top companies across a wide range of industries, most of them executing around the clock. Should a problem arise they require support from Delphix around the clock as well. To serve our customers’ needs we’ve drawn from industry best-practices while recently mixing in an unconventional approach to providing the best possible customer [...]

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix

The Total Cost of Unmasked Data

Data breaches make headlines at a regular cadence. Each is a surprise, but they are not, as a whole, surprising. While the extensive and sophisticated Target breach stuck in the headlines, a significant breach at three South Korean credit card companies happened around the same time. The theft of personal information for 20m subscribers didn’t [...]

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:01 am by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix, Masking

Delphix plus three years

Today marks my third anniversary of joining Delphix. Joining a startup, I knew there would be lots to learn — indeed there’s been a lesson nearly once-a-day. Here are my top three lessons from my first three years at a startup. Even if the points themselves should have been obvious to me, the degree of [...]

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 8:47 am by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix

Delphix and Flash

I started working with flash in 2006 — fortunate timing as flash was just starting to take hold in the enterprise. I started asking customers I’d visit about flash. I’ll always remember the response from an early adopter when I asked about how he planned on using the new, expensive storage, “We just bought it, [...]

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix, flash

Agile Data Technology

Applications are the nexus of the modern enterprise. They simplify operations, speed execution, and drive competitive advantage. Accelerating the application lifecycle means accelerating the business. Increasingly, organizations turn to public and private clouds, SaaS offerings, and outsourcing to hasten development and reduce risk, only to find themselves held hostage by their data. Applications are nothing [...]

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm by eschrock · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix

Enterprise Software Hackathons

At Delphix, we just concluded one of our recurring Engineering Kickoff events where we get everyone together for a few days of collaboration, discussion, idea sharing, and fun. In this case it included, for the first time, an all-day hackathon event. To be honest, it was a bit of an experiment and one where we [...]

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm by eschrock · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix

Webex utilities

I wish that none of our customers encountered problems with our product, but they do, and when they do our means for remotely accessing their systems is often via a Webex shared screen. We remotely control their Delphix server to collect data (often using DTrace). While investigating a customer issue recently I developed a couple [...]

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix, Mac OS X, Webex

Engineer Anti-Patterns

The other week I had a particularly disheartening discussion with a potential new hire. I typically describe our engineering organization at Delphix as a bottoms-up meritocracy where smart people seize opportunities to impact the company through through thoughtful execution and data-driven methodology (a.k.a. buzzword bingo gold). In this case, after hours of discussions, I couldn’t [...]

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 6:59 am by eschrock · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix

Delphix git integration

Tonight, my Delphix colleague Zubair Khan and I presented the integration we’ve done with git at the SF Bay Area Large-Scale Production Engineering meetup. When I started at Delphix, we were using Subversion — my ire for which the margins of this blog are too narrow to contain. We switched to git, and in the [...]

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix, git, ZubairKhan

ZFS+10: illumos meetup

ZFS recently celebrated its informal 10th anniversary; to mark the occasion, Delphix hosted a ZFS-themed meetup for the illumos community (sponsored generously by Joyent). Many thanks to Deirdre Straughan, the new illumos community manager, for helping to organize and for filming the event. Three of my colleagues at Delphix presented work they’ve been doing in [...]

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Delphix, illumos