Data Center Quotes

As I read through more and more data center blogs I come across lot’s of great quotes, this will be a compilation of my favorites (note some of these will not be data center quotes but will be directly applicable):

“Ask ten people what the cloud is and you will recieve 11 answers.”

— Bob Olwig, WWT (

“There ain’t no patch for stupid.”

— Chris Hoff from Hoff’s 5 Rules of Cloud Security:

“If you suck now, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the lack of change when you move to Cloud”

— Chris Hoff (

“Cloud is about how you do computing, not where you do computing”

— Paul Maritz, CEO oF VMware

“If you are bad at IT, you’re going to be really bad at virtualization.”

— Steve Chambers (

“Really great blogs do not take the place of great microprocessors.  Great blogs do not replace great software.  Lots and lots of Blogs does not replace lots and lots of sales”

— Larry Ellison on Sun Microsystems

“Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that.”

— Bill Gates

“The utility model of computing – computing resources delivered over the network in much the same way that electricity or telephone service reaches our homes and offices today – makes more sense than ever.”

— Scott McNealy

“I have discovered that there are two types of command interfaces in the world of computing: good interfaces and user interfaces.”
— Daniel J. Bernstein

“Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers.”
— Pablo Picasso

“If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.”
— Robert X. Cringely

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

— General Eric Shinseki

“I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.”

— Poul Anderson

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. ”

— Henry Mencken

“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of backup tapes.”

— Unkown

“The best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly.”

— John Ciancutti (NetFlix)