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Catherine Liao

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I got my start in tech at 19, as a systems engineer for one of the first Internet conferencing services in the 90s. Since then, I've architected application infrastructures and managed 24x7 operations for both dotcoms and enterprises. The most memorable work experience came from being part of the team that scaled the web infrastructure for the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the 20X growth of web traffic during the SARS epidemic. I'm completely fascinated with Internet-centric innovations and their implications on how we work and live. In addition to having a technical background, I also hold an Executive MBA from Imperial College London Business School where I focused on go-to-market strategy and entrepreneurship. My dissertation on mobile app revenue models and go-to-market strategies can be viewed here. I love doing business development & product strategy work, and believe that successes are built on 1/3 intuition + data, 1/3 hard work, & 1/3 luck. During the day I represent Riverbed in my role as Sr Director, Platform Solutions Marketing. During the off hours I like to spend time dabbling in wine and technology projects. Back in 2010 I combined my passion in wine and technology and launched Corkbin, a mobile wine app for wine lovers to easily remember and share the wines. Check out the video below to meet Corkbin and the team behind it.  Corkbin is now part of Hello Vino, a fabulous app that helps consumers to easily choose and buy wines. Want to get in touch? Connect with me via LinkedIn or Twitter.  


Having spent years running 24x7 internet-facing production systems, I find that the monitoring element of an application delivery environment is often the last item to be addressed and built outside of the application delivery architecture. As we continue to build our application delivery infrastructure in the cloud, having a good monitoring strategy will allow us to arm ourselves with the information we need to make intelligent decisions. So exactly what should be monitored?


Amazon's new Relational Database Service (RDS) has generated quite a bit of buzz as of late. This move propels Amazon forward into the application services provider in the cloud computing arena. I've briefly written about different types of cloud services in an earlier post and outlined differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (Saas), and IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS). As cloud-based services gain maturity and adoption, the lines between different "as-a-Service" offerings to blur as providers evolve their service offerings.


The etherspace has been busy with highlights, tips, and expectations of VMWorld 09 taking place at the Moscone center in SF starting August 31. I'd like to chime in and highlight technology areas that I'll be focusing on while I'm there next week. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Cisco's entry into the server computing realm by providing a platform that unifies network, compute, storage access, and virtualization resources. A "wall of UCS" at VMWorld will showcase 16 racks containing 64 chassis, 512 blades, 4096 cores, & 24 TB of memory. This is where the VMWorld labs are run out of and it is expected that ~1500 users will be accessing the UCS systems at any given time through VMware View.