When first venturing on a new startup, it’s natural to divide responsibilities between founders and early employees. There is so much to be done that there is no time to stop and think about redundancy and replication.
If I offered you $10 now and $15 next week, which would you choose? Depending on your personality, you might think the obvious choice is to wait until next week and get 50% more money, but studies in psychology have shown that the majority of people take the money and run.
When we designed our our public and private cloud products, we needed to choose from several competing “cloud platforms” — the software that runs on top of our bare metal servers and ties them together into a single platform. We had a couple of requirements: it had to be flexible enough for us to use as a foundation for creating our vision of a cloud platform, and it had to be widely used and actively developed. (more…)
One of the most persistent myths about the public cloud is that it isn’t — and in principle cannot be — as secure as a bare metal platform. It intuitively makes sense that an infrastructure hosting platform based on a multi-tenant model in which the underlying hardware layer is shared cannot be as secure as a private platform. After all, the public cloud is all about sharing data with a third-party vendor. (more…)
In order to stay competitive, businesses are being forced to become more flexible and mobile. But allowing certain data and applications to be accessed outside of the office presents a new set of security risks for organizations.
Unless you’re some sort of hyper-dynamic entrepreneur (or simply a freelancer), there’s a good chance that your business cannot survive without employees. It’s important that you try to hire only the most dedicated, passionate, and talented people – and even more vital that you take measures to retain them. A big part of that is keeping them happy.