The plants are changing fast outside now. Here's a picture of my little guy showing how big the forsythia is up in our cul-de-sac. This is one of my favorite flowering trees (and of course he's one of my favorite kids too). Anyway, trees and flowers are blooming left and right here.
Speaking of things moving fast, I had the pleasure of working with Paul from Aspera this week. This is an extremely useful program that moves data fast - and I mean REAL fast, up to 100x traditional methods. Normally data is moved across TCP connections, which have served us pretty well for decades. The problem with TCP is that it is too quick to scale back if a packet is dropped, and too slow to scale back up once it deems the network is OK. Enter Aspera. The patented protocol used in place of TCP is not only fast, but it is reliable, and secure (yep, it can employ encryption should the customer desire).
You can read all about it at the Aspera website. And how good is it? It's so good that IBM bought the company. If you need more information, please feel free to contact me and I'll put you in touch with some of the folks working there.
And let me put in a quick plug for Edge 2014, which you can see here. The event itself is from 19-23 May 2014 and coming up fast, so if you're not already registered, please do so. You won't regret it!