Structure: Thoughts by Rich Miller of DataCenter Knowledge

June 28, 2011

To close out my series of interviews from last week’s Structure conference in San Francisco, below is the chat I had with Data Center Knowledge‘s founder and editor, Rich Miller.  Last week’s event was the 4th Structure conference that Rich attended and I got his thoughts on some of the hot topics.

Some of the ground Rich covers

  • How the discussion of cloud has evolved over the last four years
  • (1:21)  Rich’s thoughts on OpenFlow and the networking space
  • (2:25) Reflections on the next-gen server/chip discussion and the companies on the panel: SeaMicro, Tilera, Calxeda and AMD
  • (4:25) Facebook’s OpenCompute project and the new openess in data center design

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Structure: Learning about DevOps & Crowbar from Jesse Robbins

June 27, 2011

Last week on Day two of Structure the morning sessions ended with an  interesting discussion moderated by James Urquhart.  The session was entitled “DevOps – Reinventing the Developers Role in the Cloud Age” and featured Luke Kanies – CEO, Puppet Labs and Jesse Robbins – Co-Founder and CEO, Opscode.

After lunch I ran into Jesse and got him to sit down with me and provide some more insight into DevOps as well as explain what Opscode was doing with project Crowbar.

Some of the ground Jesse covers

  • (0:21) What is DevOps
  • (1:00) The shift that happens between developers and operations.  Writing code and getting it into production faster and how it shifts responsibilities between the two groups.
  • (2:52) Who are the prime targets for DevOps and how has this changed over time.
  • How DevOps began in web shops who needed to do things differently than legacy-bound enterprises.
  • How enterprises faced with greenfield opportunities are now embracing devops
  • (5:36) The crowbar installer which employs Opscode’s Chef and allows the rapid provisioning of an OpenStack cloud.

Extra-credit reading:


Structure: Why are 1.0 Data Centers suddenly sexy?

June 24, 2011

If you’re looking for someone who is totaly connected in the field of data centers, look no further that Green Data center blogger Dave Ohara.  I met Dave, who is a veteran of HP, Apple and Microsoft, last year at Gartner’s data center summit and learned a lot from him at a our first meeting.  I was therefore very glad to run into him yesterday at the Structure conference.

I got some time with him today and asked Dave a few burning data center questions that have been on my mind.

Some of the ground Dave covers

  • Why all of a sudden are companies first foray’s into data centers becoming hot news?
  • The rise of the marketing and positioning of data centers
  • What are some of the pitfalls of moving from the public cloud or co-los to your own data center (hint: huge learning curve)
  • Your data center design should reflect your business model

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Structure: OpenStack launches Incubation program

June 24, 2011

Today was second day of the two-day Structure conference here in San Francisco.  Cloud was the topic du jours with heavy referencing of big data and concepts and projects such as OpenFlow, Open Compute and OpenStack.  The format consisted mainly of moderated panels seated in comfy chairs with break out sessions scheduled a couple of times during the day.

While some of the panels and speakers were quite enlightening, I find the true benefit of a show like Structure comes from the networking and hallway conversations that occur.  One such conversation was one I had with Jonathan Bryce of Rackspace about the incubation program they have just launched for OpenStack.

Some of the ground Jonathan covers:

  • Dealing with the question of how to expand OpenStack and include new projects
  • The initial three core projects: Compute, Object Storage and Image Service
  • The first two projects that have been approved for incubation: a dashboard and “keystone”

Stay tuned for more interviews from Structure 11.

Pau for now…


The Cloud is a marathon — Marten Mickos, Eucalyptus CEO

June 24, 2010

Yesterday at the GigaOM Structure conference here in San Francisco, I ran into Marten Mickos, the recently appointed CEO of Eucalyptus systems.  Eucalyptus is one of the key ingredients in the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud that is being certified to run on Dell’s PowerEdge C systems as part of our cloud ISV program.

Marten, the former CEO of MySQL took the helm of Eucalyptus about three months ago, and was at Structure both as an attendee and participant, sitting on two panels at this two-day cloud-a-polooza.  At the end of the day-one I got some time with Marten and asked him about his new gig.

Some of the topics Marten tackles:

  • How he made the decision to go to Eucalyptus. (Hint: he asked the question, what’s bigger than Open Source)
  • What is Eucalyptus and whats it based on?
  • How will Marten’s experience at MySQL and Sun help him in his new role at Eucalyptus?
    • MySQL was a disrupter of the old whereas Eucalyptus is an innovator of the new.
    • Sun’s company culture was phenomenal, the technology was phenomenal, the business…um…
  • What Eucalyptus is doing with Canonical and the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.
  • What Eucalyptus is focusing on for the next year.

Extra-credit reading:

Pau for now…


Pics from Structure opening festivities

June 24, 2010

Last night, as a lead in to today’s Structure conference, there were two events scheduled here in San Francisco.  The first was a cocktail party hosted by AMD.  The second was a private dinner hosted by GigaOM where each of the sponsors got to send a representative.

Here are some pictures from the two events.

The AMD cocktail party was held in a very cool space. Here it is not long after it opened.

We showed off some of our AMD-based custom systems.

Before long the party was packed (and hot).

I decided to walk from the party to the dinner. The restaurant, the Waterbar, was right under the Bay Bridge.

A bow and arrow along the way.

Pre-dinner drinks.

Pre-dinner remarks with the Bay Bridge as a backdrop. L->R , Mathew Ingram, CEO Paul Walborsky and Stacey Higginbotham

Stay tuned for more stuff from Structure.

Pau for now…


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