My O’Reilly Video — Telling the Project Sputnik story

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.

Extra-credit reading

  • 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…


OSCON: Talking OpenShift, RedHat’s Platform as a Service

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:

 Extra-credit reading

  • Blog:  Krishnan Subramanian: Making the Move to OpenShift
  • ZDnet: Red Hat opens OpenShift PaaS cloud for business

Pau for now…


OSCON: Talking to Andrew Parker of Puppet labs

August 19, 2013

Im now at the penultimate interview in my video series from OSCON 13.  Today’s installment features Puppet LabsAndrew 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.

Extra-Credit reading


OSCON: AppDynamics and application performance management

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.

Extra-credit reading


OSCON: Neil Levine of Inktank, sponsor of Ceph

August 12, 2013

The next in my series of interviews from last month’s OSCON features the ever affable Neil Levine of Inktank.   Neil, who has been with the company nearly a year, heads up product management and we talked about Ceph, the company and where its going.

Warning:  I used Youtube’s feature that is supposed to fix shaking and the result gives the video a hallucinogenic feel (Timothy Leary would approve).

Some of the ground that Neil covers:

  • Inktank as the primary sponsor of Ceph, a scale-out open source software defined storage solution
  • Other similar solutions
  • Selling to cloud devops teams rather than traditional storage teams
  • What’s next?  tiering, deeper integration with OpenStack, pushing out more APIs to build up their dev community etc.

Extra-credit reading/viewing:

  • Press Release:  University of Hawaii at Manoa Deploys Ceph Storage With OpenStack
  • OSCON 2013 – My video playlist: Enstratius, Dasein, Citrix, Mark Hinkle’s keynote, Apigee, Inktank, OpenShift, AppDynamics and Puppet

Pau for now….


OSCON: Mark Hinkle on his keynote + Citrix and Open Source

August 9, 2013

Last month at OSCON, after his keynote “Creating communities of Inclusion,” I caught up with Mark Hinkle, Senior Director of Open Source Solutions at Citrix.  We chatted about about the talk he delivered and what he and Citrix are up to in the world of Open Source.

Some of the ground Mark covers:

  • Getting in ruts in the open source community and how we can refactor
  • Open source is not a zero sum game
  • Open source developers are not always the best at asking for help
  • Mass collaboration like that seen in open source can benefit other industries as well

Some of the ground Mark covers:

Extra-credit reading/viewing:

Pau for now…


OSCON: Apigee and APIs

August 5, 2013

The week before last when I was out at OSCON I caught up with Sam Ramji VP of Strategy at Apigee.  I got Sam to tell me about his company and the future of APIs.   Here’s what he had to say:

Some of the ground Sam covers:

  • What does Apigee do.
  • How well is the importance of APIs understood in enterprises today
  • Using business people as their entry point into the enterprise but also catering to the developer.
  • Whats the big thing in the world of APIs in the next year

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


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