The stack is the hack, Jack. That's my takeaway from several events I
attended over the past few weeks in Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia.
I listened to and participated in discussions about everything from large
datacenter management (think Facebook Open Compute) to enterprise-level
cyberfraud (at a seminar in Manila attended by the US State Dept. and
Philippine National Police) to the world of entrepreneurial startups, app
deployment, and mobility (in a series of meetups and talks in both the US and
I also attended the announcement of a very high-level report from the Asian
Cloud Computing Association, Internet Society of Asia-Pacific, and TRPC
Research on the topic of "Re-Thinking the Digital Economy," in which a
presentation by a member of the Philippine Cabinet on bringing free WiFi to
the masses was just one topic. This report will be discussed in sev... (more)
Top Six Reasons to Attend Cloud Expo
There are several hundred good reasons to attend Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo and
the DevOps Summit next week (June 9-11) at the Javits Center in New York.
Hundreds of great presentations and exhibits, the world's largest audience at
an independent Cloud and IoT event, and the inspiration that one always gets
when hearing peers discuss what they are doing in the cloud.
I've winnowed the list down to half a dozen big-picture items. I'm sure
you'll have your big reasons as well.
1. Geek Girls
I have a daughter who was an applied math major and is no... (more)
"Oh, dev is dev and ops is ops, and never the twain shall meet." With
apoloies to Rudyard Kipling and all of his fans, this describes the early
state of the two sides of DevOps.
Yet the DevOps approach is demanded by cloud computing, as the speed,
flexibility, and scalability in today's so-called "Third Platform" must not
be hindered by the traditional limitations of software development and
A recent report by Gartner, for example, says that 25% of Global 2000
companies will be DevOps shops by next year! "As we see more IT shops running
like software companies, we'l... (more)
The Open Compute Project is a collective effort by Facebook and a number of
players in the datacenter industry to bring lessons learned from the social
media giant's giant IT deployment to the rest of the world.
Datacenters account for 3% of global electricity consumption - about the same
as all of Switzerland or the Czech Republic -- according to people I met at
the recent Open Compute Summit in San Jose.
With increasing mobility at the edge of the cloud and vast new dataflows
being predicted with the growth of the Internet of Things (and The Coming Age
of Many Zettabytes) in th... (more)
Gordon Haff wrote an insightful column today about "skeuomorphic
virtualizaton," in other words the notion of thinking of virtual servers as
having the same look and feel of the physical machines lying underneath. The
upshot is that virtualization ends up just being a form of partioning; users
view virtualized instances as no different from a single physical server.
Gordon urges the end of skeuomorphism's reign of terror (my words, not his)
now that containers are (back) in the news.
So don't simply stuff "a hodepodge," as Gordon says, of operating systems
versions along with you... (more)