vCatchup with… John Colgrove

So I’ll be honest with you all straight off, I’ve been a bit unsure about continue with vCatchup due to: –

  • My previous employer didn’t support it
  • Time required for post production limited my committing to it
  • It kind of achieved what it was set out to do
  • and finally, after not doing it for a while (since December 2013) I kind of wasn’t sure I even wanted to pick it backup again?

But… (and there’s always an exception!) as part of my new role with Pure Storage I was given the chance to speak with one of the company’s founders and I really couldn’t miss the opportunity to record our conversation, so…

To round off my NHT/SKO experience Michael Cornwall (@puremc – thanks MC!) organised a chance interview with one of the company founders, John Colgrove (or Coz as he prefers).

This is a bit of a departure from my normal subject matter,  originally I focused on established names in the virtualisation community for vCatchup (specifically ones visiting my home country, Australia), with the purpose of raising the community profile locally by participating in the virtualisation community globally.

But if this works out I’m thinking of bringing vCatchup back to life (what do you think)? Anyway, enjoy the conversation and please provide some feedback!

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Here are the raw links to the Audio/Video files:

MP3 (Audio)
MP4 (Video)

Here’s the list of questions we covered: –

  1. Can you start-off by telling us a bit about what your role is at Pure Storage and what being a founder actually involves?
  2. What’s it like building a storage start-up and how does it compare with working for a large vendor?
  3. What technology problem did you set out to solve when you established Pure Storage?
  4. Let’s talk about FLASH, I think this is THE biggest disruptor in Storage today, everyone knows storage is the bottleneck of the data centre, but how do you think mass adoption will change the way we architect these?
  5. Tell us about your home lab, how do you ‘get your hands on the tools’?
  6. I noticed that you previously worked at Veritas/Symantec, what do you see as being the biggest change they contributed to the technology industry?

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