Observations from STAC NYC

Observations from STAC NYC

Observations from STAC NYC

Time well spent at the STAC conference yesterday- I’m happy to say we’ve joined the group given the important role it plays in establishing an evidence based technology and vendor dialogue in the FinTech community.

A few observations…

  • The largest event attendance to date, and professionally managed. Hats off to STAC for how far they’ve come (Peter reminded me we were the very first STAC report to be published back in the day. The lessons we all learned…)
  • Hard to escape the feeling that while “low latency” is hardly “dead” as a driver of strategy profitability, it certainly is as a meaningful vendor differentiator. True that Metamako and Exablaze are pushing latency boundaries anew in the switch tier, but the performance curve in the core trade stack is now well and truly an asymptote
  • A world of innovation at work in the data storage & analytics space with a bevy of vendors making a run at the market and confusing the hell out of people in the process (making this the right forum to hold the debate.) What strikes me here is the reemergence of a classic (forgive the oversimplification and obvious bias here) “East Coast / West Coast” divide where all the wonderfully intelligent Stamford grads have arrived to save us poor New Yorkers from the sins of overcomplexity. As if we toil away designing for rainy day scenarios and long term operability for sh!ts and giggles.  Sorry to bum you out talking about change control dudes.. 😉 Kudos to sober ones at Marklogic for emphasizing the need for practical and proven data management capabilities in the brave new world of big data
  • Fantastic to hear STAC’s initial observations on price/performance of variousAWS instances. STAC made clear how daunting (and expensive!) a challenge it will be to thoroughly test and compare the full range of instance types across the various benchmarks they’ve assembled, not to mention putting them in proper contracts to the “standalone” test results they’ve amassed to date. Every journey begins with a single step of course – and this (public/private etc) is a debate that will have significant and long term impact on our industry.
  • This is a content centric forum and a number of presenters came with a story worth sharing. But nearly all buried the lede or otherwise failed to use the most basic communication skills to properly convey a “so what” message.  Wasted opportunities….
  • The security discussion failed to recognize that in five seasons the White Walkers have failed to make inroads south of the wall. Clearly we need only to invest in massive Ice barriers and our problems will be solved….
  • And I can confidently recommend the Filet at Benjamin’s next time you’re looking for a solid mean in the Grand Central area. Thank you DOS & Intel 😉

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