Microsoft Surface Go: I like it so far

I’ve been looking for a device that would fill the gap between a full-sized powerful notebook and my old iPad 2.

I looked at the Microsoft Surface before, but I thought they were trying too hard to be desktop replacements. Plus, I like the notebook form factor better than a tablet for regular daily work. I really didn’t want something as powerful and expensive as a Surface Pro.

Microsoft really hit it on target this time with exactly what I was looking for in a tablet with the Surface Go. I got the 8GB Ram/128GB HD version and the 10 inch screen is sharp and easy to read. The build quality seems good – it has the quality feel of my IPad 2. The Pentium CPU is slower than the Pro version and it comes in a smaller form factor. But it feels quick though and since I primarily work with Office 365 apps, it’s a good fit for me. At $549, it’s a good balance of performance and features for the money.

It comes with Windows 10 S. I think it’s interesting what Microsoft is doing by only allowing Microsoft Store applications in Windows 10 S. You can easily disable Windows 10 S and start using applications that are not in the Microsoft Store (like Chrome), but I think Microsoft is trying to provide similar stability and testing  that Apple does with their products and their Application store. I’ve been using Edge for quite a while along with Chrome, so just using Edge is ok with me too.

Is it a desktop replacement? No. It’s not meant to be that. Is it an iPad replacement. Absolutely. I will say my iPads have been really great, trouble free tablets, but they’re not the ideal machine for travel and working in Microsoft apps for me.  I love having native Windows 10 applications like RDP to manage the labs we have.

Time will tell, but I like the Surface Go so far. Yes, I wrote this post on the Surface Go. 🙂

 

Let’s go Wayback

I’ve had this site a long time. I was trying to remember when I started it the other day and I figured it was late 2007 or early 2008.

Fortunately, there is the Wayback Machine internet archive. The first time it scanned my site was January 9, 2008, and it had quite a few blog posts by then. So, it looks like late 2007 was when VirtualizationInformation came online. The WordPress template didn’t make it in the wayback machine though.

It’s also quite a bit of fun to spend some time in the Wayback Machine looking at the evolution of the internet and the companies that we work with frequently. I did a search for VMware.com and found this one from 1999.

How about this one from zerto.com in February 2011 (note the funky green color):

Then, by September 2011, this is the zerto.com site. Talk about going 0-60 in a hurry!

Time just flies right by doesn’t it?

I’m Back!

After a long absence, I’m going to start posting again. The funny thing is over the last few years, I’ve written more content than I ever have; but it’s all gone for my day job at Zerto. As a Senior Technical Architect, creating content is a constant.

We are working on so many cool things and more are coming every day. Zerto is becoming more of a platform rather than just a DR point product. So, I’m going to make an effort to share more Zerto things here as well as other stuff I find interesting.

$50M and Disruptive DR: Zerto Style

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at Zerto 3 1/2 years already.

We are really celebrating our recent funding announcement http://www.zerto.com/blog/press-releases/zerto-announces-50-million-growth-financing-led-by-ivp-achieves-fourth-consecutive-year-of-100-sales-growth/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=Oktopost-twitter-profile&utm_campaign=Oktopost-2016-01+General+Campaign because it allows Zerto to continue to be able to rapidly change the way data protection for virtualization is done.

In 2015 we added Hyper-V and AWS and in early 2016, look for another exciting release Zerto Virtual Replication that brings even more features that will continue to change how many organizations think about data protection.

I also know what is coming later in the year, and all I can say for now is the fun is just beginning.

Thinking about Thought Leadership Conferences

I’ll be speaking in Austin, Texas at Tech Unplugged this week. As always, it will be good to catch up with the thought leaders and friends that will be in attendance.

That’s one of the greatest benefits of working in the IT industry. It’s so vast, that the areas of speciality each take on a smaller community personality. I’ve known many of the attendees for over 8 years or more.

I think that Eric at discopossee.com described it perfectly that even if we weren’t working with vendors there sponsoring the shows, we’d still go for the networking with peers opportunity.

Vendor conferences are necessary and do serve a good purpose. In fact, my personal favorite vendor conference last year was Amazon’s re:Invent. The sessions I attended were solutions driven, imaginative and some were downright thought inspiring. It’s been a long time since I could say that about a vendor conference.

I enjoy conferences like the Tech Reckoning gathering last fall that John Troyer hosted.  These events are focused on ideation and connecting dots not necessarily advantageous to a single vendor in the pursuit of creating something better.

Thinking is good.

 

Back from Sunny Jamaica

I just got back from the Zerto (@ZertoCorp) company kickoff. Wow, what a week! The sessions were informative and networking with Zertoians that have been around and all the newbies was fun.

2015 was a huge year for Zerto and we have some really cool things coming in 2016.

Now, back to the snow in Kentucky.

 

Goodbye Lemmy and David

The grim reaper must be a country fan. He’s been a real jerk lately.