September 16, 2013
Last week I was out in San Francisco for VentureBeat’s CloudBeat conference. One of the panels I sat in on was “API’s the Key that Unlocks the Cloud.” After it ended I grabbed some time with panelist John Musser, founder of the web’s API directory ProgrammableWeb. John shared his views on APIs past, present and future.
Take a listen.
Some of the ground John covers:
- What is ProgrammableWeb and how did John get into the world of APIs
- How would John describe the modern API and how is different from integration technology of the past?
- What makes a good API and how do you make sure it flourishes? (Time to first “Hello world”)
- Who are doing the best jobs with APIs (spoiler alert: Twilio and Stripe)
- What does the future of APIs hold?
- What’s John’s new gig, “API Science” about?
But wait, there’s more…
Stay tuned for the next week or so as I roll out the rest of the interviews I conducted at CloudBeat. On deck are Linkedin’s use of Dell Boomi and Salesforce, Luke Kanies — Puppet CEO, Joe Arnold – CEO of SwiftStack and Anand Iyengar – Founder of CloudVelocity.
Pau for now…
September 13, 2013
Earlier this week I was out in San Francisco for Venture Beat’s CloudBeat conference. I was asked to moderate a couple of panels and got to talk with a lot of great people doing some pretty cool things.
One person I checked in with was Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, who, along with Randy Bias provided the most entertaining session at the conference. If you’re not familiar with it, Eucalyptus provides software for building AWS-compatible private and hybrid clouds. I grabbed Marten before he went on stage and caught up with what Eucalyptus has been up to and what’s next.
Some of the ground Marten covers:
- Its all about AWS compatibility
- They’ve found “Coke” now they’re looking for “Pepsi”, who’s number two?
- The characteristics of the companies that adopt Eucalyptus
- Support Netflix’s open source tools e.g. Chaos Monkey, and Asgard
- What’s up ahead for Eucalyptus, on beyond Walrus with Ceph and Riak CS support
- The Amazon Web Services API debate shows no sign of cooling – VentureBeat
- Technology Trumps Dogma, And Other Open Source Insights – An interview with Marten Mickos – ReadWrite
- The Elastic Cloud: Leading Cloud Stacks Shape API Conversations – Data Center Knowledge
Pau for now…
September 12, 2013
This morning a group of us here at Dell met with Ben Golub, Jerome Petazzoni and Nick Stinemates of dotCloud, the company behind the wildly popular open source project, Docker, “the Linux container engine.” They came to sample the great barbecue and to chat about how Docker might potentially work with Project Sputnik, the Crowbar Project and a few other efforts.
Docker, which went live in March already has 150 contributors, 60,000+ downloads and 1000s of applications containerized and uploaded to their registry. Given the fact that the company only has 18 employees, quite a bit of this work has been done by the passionate community that has formed in the first six months.
Overview and Tech talk
I did two interviews with the gents from Docker, a higher level overview with Ben their CEO and a more technical talk with SRE manager Jerome and Nick, their sales and deployment engineer. Enjoy!
Some of the ground Ben covers:
- What is Docker?
- How it developed out of dotCloud’s PaaS efforts
- How Ben got involved with the project and his background
- What are dotCloud’s plans for Docker and who is integrating with it?
Some of the ground Jerome and Nick cover:
- How long they’ve been involved and what they focus on
- How Docker works with LXC and how it might work without LXC
- Ubuntu is recommended but all you need is AUFS support
- In next release they plan to offer official support beyond Ubuntu
- Holy DevOps batman, Docker has something to offer Devs, QA Engineers, Continuos integration and Sys Ops.
Pau for now…
August 29, 2013
While I interviewed a bunch of folks at OSCON, I also got the chance to be on the other end of the camera. On Thursday of the event I sat down with Meghan Blanchette, editor at O’Reilly media and we talked about Project Sputnik, where it’s been and where it’s going. Check it out:
Some of the ground I cover:
- How Sputnik came to be and our biggest challenge
- The three main components: XPS 13 developer edition, the Profile Tool, the cloud launcher
- Our recently announced 3-free months on the Joyent Cloud
- Getting some help from an internal development team
Update re Profile tool help
The internal team that I mentioned in the video is gearing up to get cracking on the profile tool. The idea is first to gather requirements and user stories and then get jammin’ with design and development sprints. It looks like after a bunch of false starts we are ready to push this in to high gear. Look for an update next week.
- Will Developers Move to Sputnik? The past, present, and future of Dell’s project – O’Reilly programming
- Connecting the client to the cloud, The Sputnik Story – Slideshare
Pau for now…
August 22, 2013
Last but not least in my series of video from last month’s OSCON is an interview I did with Steve Citron-Pousty, Developer Evangelist for Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS.
Take a listen to what the ever-entertaining Steve CP has to say:
Note: As with my interview with Neil of Inktank, I used Youtube’s feature that is supposed to fix an unsteady camera and the result gives the video a hallucinogenic feel (witness the slightly undulating stairs).
Some of the ground Steve covers:
- What is OpenShift and Platform as a Service? How is OpenShift different from other PaaSs?
- OpenShift is “polyglottal:” it supports PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Node js and Java (with Java you get JBoss and Tomcat). It also supports MySQL, Postgres and MongoDB right out of the box.
- How they work with APIs and how APIs allow devs to create “situational apps.”
- Steve’s Crystal Ball time: in 3-5 years all developers will be using a PaaS (witness their wins with Ebay/PayPal, Accenture and DoD) + Git + a NoSQL data store.
Reference — The rest of my OSCON interviews:
- Blog: Krishnan Subramanian: Making the Move to OpenShift
- ZDnet: Red Hat opens OpenShift PaaS cloud for business
Pau for now…
August 19, 2013
Im now at the penultimate interview in my video series from OSCON 13. Today’s installment features Puppet Labs‘ Andrew Parker, team lead for the core platform team. Check out what Andrew has to say:
Some of the ground Andrew covers
- What is Puppet and how does it work?
- DevOps: How does Puppet help bridge the divide between Dev and Ops?
- Puppet’s key crowd is hands-on operation types but business and devs play big roles as well.
- As we get further into a cloudy world, what implications does that have for the Puppet platform?
For more Puppet goodness, check out PuppetConf this week in San Francisco. If you cant make it there is also a live stream set up.
August 15, 2013
Today’s OSCON interview takes us into the land of application performance modeling and features Dustin Whittle, Technical Evangelist at AppDynamics. AppDynamics provides performance management for Java, .Net and PHP applications. Check out what Dustin has to say about the wild and wacky world of APM:
Some of the ground Dustin covers
- What does AppDynamics do? Spoiler alert: It helps you figure out what “healthy” looks like for your application and gives you line of code visibility into your production app from the client to multiple tiers of your server and then down into the database.
- Who looks at/uses the data AppDynamics generates?
- How does the cloud change application development? And what about those “noisey neighbors”?
- APIs, SDKs and the recently launched AppDynamics X.
Tune in next time to see the next in my OSCON interview series. Still left are RedHat’s OpenShift and Puppet.