My Software-Defined reality

girl watching TV.jpgTechnology these days is all about the software and the connection to content. Recently, my TiVo died. There’s a good and a bad side to that. The bad – I lost access to football games and to my fall season TV playlist. The bright side is that I got to go buy new technology (Insert happy gadget girl shopping for a new toy here).


I’ve been a TiVo user for about 10 years now. I love it. It works for me. Plus, it’s fun to change channels using my iPod Touch and catch my daughter off guard. Our first TiVo allowed us to record and pause TV with ease—which helped us out tremendously as new parents. The box that just died was number two  for our family. I purchased it four years ago solely so we could record shows in HD and also have a second tuner. That’s it. That’s all that was important. Having a connection to Netflix and Amazon were “bonus” features and not something we used right away.


Now, I’m happy that it died and I can upgrade. I also get the joy of telling my husband that I have to go to Best Buy. As I’m going through this process I realize that our reality has become software-defined, where content is king. This latest purchase is now all about connecting to content. The TiVo box is great but the reality now is that this device or any other media hardware should cater to my every online whim.


Just as cell phones have transitioned to mobile devices, the set-top box has become a content mecca. Life in the living room will never be boring.


The same is happening in the data center as we move from the era of Traditional IT into the New Style of IT which encompasses Converged Infrastructure, Software-Defined Data Center and Cloud systems. Doesn’t the thought of new technology seem exciting? Software-defined infrastructure, orchestration layers, more capabilities—they are all making life easier. That should make any IT admin jump for joy.


Reality has become software-defined, or at least mine has. My job has changed recently. A lot of it has to do with where technology is headed. If you’re interested to know more on that, check back here next week as I’ll have some exciting news to share.

Leave a Comment

We encourage you to share your comments on this post. Comments are moderated and will be reviewed
and posted as promptly as possible during regular business hours

To ensure your comment is published, be sure to follow the Community Guidelines.

Be sure to enter a unique name. You can't reuse a name that's already in use.
Be sure to enter a unique email address. You can't reuse an email address that's already in use.
Type the characters you see in the picture above.Type the words you hear.
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 
About the Author
I've been working across the HP Storage NAS and SAN portfolio since 2006. Currently, I’m focusing on Software-Defined Storage marketing.

Follow Us
The opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of the authors, not of HP. By using this site, you accept the Terms of Use and Rules of Participation.