- Is PaaS dying? : CloudAve - The title is a bit link-baity but I don't necessarily disagree with the argument that there's convergence going on in different layers of the stack.
- The Design of Everyday Things - Udacity - RT @dalmaer: I have been curious about Don Normans design course and it just went live on @Udacity
- 5 Predictions for 2014 from Red Hat’s CTO - “@RedHatGov: 5 Predictions for 2014 from Red Hat’s CTO ” << Good list from @addvin
- Flooby Nooby: The Cinematography of "The Incredibles" Part 1
- Salmon Bites with Tomatillo Agar Fluid Gel Sauce Recipe - Modernist Cooking Made Easy
- Salesforce.com to Join OpenStack Cloud Project - The CIO Report - WSJ - There's a lot of confusion embedded in these sentences. "But Salesforce.com has been criticized for having developed its platform using a proprietary computer language that makes it difficult for customers to switch to another vendor. The move to OpenStack will help the company attract more developers to write applications for its services platform by giving them confidence that whatever applications they develop will also work on other cloud platforms. It will also give comfort to businesses concerned that they would be unable to transfer applications and data created with those applications, should they want to switch vendors and sever their relationship with Salesforce.com."
- Calibrated Background Noise Generators | Online & Free
- OpenStack Project Update Webinars » The OpenStack Blog - RT @OpenStack: Starting tomorrow, webinars on the status of all OpenStack Programs directly from the Tech Leads. Details on
- Why consider Red Hat Storage Server for your OpenStack deployments? - YouTube - RT @RedHatStorage: Learn the benefits of using #RedHat Storage for your @OpenStack deployments in this short video:
- AOL’s hyper-local hubris: Patch is dying because local journalism is artisanal, not industrial — Tech News and Analysis - "As I and a number of others have argued for some time, Armstrong’s solution to this hyper-local conundrum — and the related hyper-local advertising strategy he hoped would help pay for it — was fatally flawed because it is an inherently industrialized approach to what isn’t an industrial problem. In a nutshell, hyper-local news or journalism or content of any kind isn’t something that can scale to the point where a single massive entity like AOL can apply an assembly-line solution and profit."
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
“My prediction is that NoSQL will come to mean not yet SQL,” he said.”… “Cassandra and Mongo have both announced what looks like, unless you squint, a high-level language that’s basically SQL.”I suppose every new technology generation has to relearn the lessons of the prior one. I took a data science course earlier this year which, among other topics, spent some time going over NoSQL and "NewSQL" database technology. One of the clear trends was that a lot of the supposed baggage, such as ACID, that was ripped out of databases in service of performance and simplicity is now starting to get added back in many cases.
The perceived value of a purely low-level language all but gone, Stonebraker thinks NoSQL systems will also come to embrace ACID capabilities. It might already be happening.
“I think the biggest NoSQL proponent of non-ACID has been historically a guy named Jeff Dean at Google, who’s responsible for, essentially, most to all of their database offerings. And he recently … wrote a system called Spanner,” Stonebraker explained. “Spanner is a pure ACID system. So Google is moving to ACID and I think the NoSQL market will move away from eventual consistency and toward ACID.”
In Map-Reduce land, there are analogous trends. For example, Apache Pig "is a platform for analyzing large data sets that consists of a high-level language for expressing data analysis programs, coupled with infrastructure for evaluating these programs. The salient property of Pig programs is that their structure is amenable to substantial parallelization, which in turns enables them to handle very large data sets."
I guess it wasn't such a bad idea after all to build a lot of the optimization and parallelization in at the DBMS layer after all rather than forcing application programmers to handle it. On a side note, as someone who was following processor tech quite closely when multi-core hit the scene, I suspect that one of the reasons the "parallel programming problem" didn't develop into as big a problem as some thought it would be is that databases and other middleware (to use the term broadly) largely abstract parallelization.
I see this relearning of past lessons pervasively through cloud computing more broadly. Although, perhaps, reimagining is a better term. When we see the pervasive use of RESTful APIs, we're not really seeing SOA 2.0, although that makes a convenient shorthand. We are seeing a services-centric approach to delivering IT services. But it's a services-oriented approach that's much lighter weight and doesn't carry nearly the same amount of baggage as, say, a mid-nineties SOAP-based implementation. It's useful to understand why we did things or tried to do them in the past. It's also useful to understand why they might have been suboptimal or even ultimately failed--and why the environment (whether tech, ecosystem, or need) might be different now.
- Google’s Road Map to Global Domination - NYTimes.com
- A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog
- AWS re:Invent 2012 session index and links | Musings of Rodos
- Anna Hill's Photoshop Project Pokes Fun at Overly Manipulated Beauty Advertisements
- Learning Cursive Is a Basic Right - Abigail Walthausen - The Atlantic - RT @reason: Uintentionally saddest thing you'll read all day: Learning cursive is a "basic right"
- Dell Executing Cloud Flanking Move With Red Hat - Forbes - RT @karinbakis: Gr8 Forbes post by @PatrickMoorhead #Dell Executing Cloud Flanking Move With #RedHat
Friday, December 13, 2013
Red Hat's Steven Citron-Pousty is a fantastic presenter. Here's the talk he gave on OpenShift at AWS re:Invent in November which rated #1 for the whole conference. Strongly recommended!
"Is Your Storage Vendor Heading Towards the Elephant Graveyard?" was the provocative title of a presentation given by research directors Gene Ruth and Arun Chandrasekaran at the recent Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. I couldn't make it out to the show myself but one of my colleagues was sufficiently struck by this preso to share it with me.
So what struck us about the presentation?
Certainly not everything discussed was unexpected. Flash memory has finally emerged as an important component of the enterprise storage market. Full stop. Gartner noted that it can even lower storage costs by allowing IT shops to avoid array upgrades and by lowering spindle count. (I'd argue that new technologies coming down the road such as persistent memory are also going to have a big impact but the bottom line is that we're finally moving beyond using essentially one class of storage media for everything besides backup/archive.)
What was less expected was the emphasis on open source and software defined storage (SDS). Now, don't get me wrong. It should hopefully be obvious that I don't need any convincing about the importance of these trends. I do after all work for Red Hat and we bought Gluster, the developers of GlusterFS, a couple of years back. GlusterFS (Red Hat Storage Server is the name of the commercial product) is an open source, high-scale, distributed filesystem that runs on volume x86 hardware. In other words, software defined storage.
But Gartner is often seen as taking a wait-and-see approach to disruptive new technology approaches. Its clients after all tend towards the mainstream to late adopters of technology as another Gartner analyst, Lydia Leong, told me a while back. Therefore, that Gartner is advising clients to put plans in place around storage trends such as SDS, open source, and hybrid clouds is noteworthy.
To be sure, Gartner makes it clear that the full promise of SDS isn't here today. That's fair. SDS is still relatively new even though Red Hat Storage Server is in production use at companies such as Intuit and Pandora. At the same time, though, Gartner doesn't equivocate about SDS's future. It recommends: "Begin evaluating SDS — it's a nascent concept today, but its time is coming."
Among the advantages of SDS that Gartner recognizes are:
- Enables a vendor agnostic hardware infrastructure
- Moves operations toward an SLA delivery model
- Enables new hiring practices and skill profiles
- Challenges conventional data placement thinking
Gartner also recommends that IT shops "insist that incumbent storage vendors develop and enable storage technologies that support hybrid cloud infrastructures."
Venture capitalist and co-founder of Netscape Marc Andreessen famously wrote about how software is eating the world. Software defined storage (like software defined networking) is just another aspect of this trend. The hardware doesn't go away of course. The bits have to sit somewhere. But the intelligence that places, replicates, and mediates the access to those bits is increasingly in open source software rather than in custom circuitry and silicon or the microcode of a proprietary vendor's array controller.
- Can Containers and Configuration Management Co-exist? | Puppet Labs - "As a result of these diverse management needs, and combined with the need to manage Docker itself, I think we'll see both Docker and configuration management tools being deployed in the majority of organizations. Indeed I can see the potential for some incredibly powerful deployments tools that combine containers, configuration management, continuous integration, continuous delivery and service orchestration."
- FCC vote opens door to end ban on in-flight calls | Mobile - CNET News - "The FAA is the expert agency on determining which devices can be used on airplanes," he said at a congressional oversight hearing earlier on Thursday. "The FCC is the expert agency when it comes to technical communications issues. We are not the Federal Courtesy Commission. Our mandate from Congress is to oversee how networks function. Technology has produced a new network reality recognized by governments and airlines around the world. Our responsibility is to recognize that new reality's impact on our old rules."
- RESEARCH PAPER: Dell and Red Hat Collaborate to Deliver OpenStack for Enterprise | Moor Insights & Strategy - RT @PatrickMoorhead: Dell and Red Hat Collaborate to Deliver OpenStack for Enterprise : #DellWorld #RedHat #OpenStack
- Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie - Interesting data. One tidbit is that the higher the enrollment, the lower the completion rate tends to be.
- How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies : Feature Articles
- Dell and Red Hat to Co-Engineer Enterprise-Grade, OpenStack Private Cloud Solutions | Business Wire - Press release on Red Hat and Dell OpenStack announcement:
- The Vaccination Effect: 100 Million Cases of Contagious Disease Prevented - NYTimes.com - "The journal article is one example of the kind of analysis that can be done when enormous data sets are built and mined. The project, which started in 2009, required assembling 88 million reports of individual cases of disease, much of it from the weekly morbidity reports in the library of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "
- Jimmy Kimmel Reminds Viewers Just How Sensitive Los Angeles Reporters Are To 'Cold' Weather (Video) - TheWrap - RT @valleyhack: This is pretty good. The horrors of Southern Californians trying to come to grips with a cool breeze
- Twitter / ghaff: Having a post hit HN sort of ... - Having a post hit HN sort of blows out one's average blog readership numbers (even though they're not bad) :-)
- openshift-pep/openshift-pep-010-docker-cartridges.md at master · openshift/openshift-pep · GitHub - RT @gshipley: True opensource PaaS.Contributors welcome w/out having to sign a release.Help design future cartridges using docker!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
- Why Do Kids Spend All Day on Social Media? Because They’re Not Allowed Out of the House | MIT Technology Review - "In a book coming out this winter, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Boyd argues that teenagers aren’t doing much online that’s very different from what kids did at the sock hop, the roller rink, or the mall. They do so much socializing online mostly because they have little choice, Boyd says: parents now generally consider it unsafe to let kids roam their neighborhoods unsupervised."
- After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought - NYTimes.com
- Get Started Building Custom Docker Images | OpenShift by Red Hat - RT @pythondj: New blog post: HOW TO Get Started Building Custom #Docker Images (in honor of #Fedora base image availability #F19
- What are Linux containers and how did they come about? | Hacker News - My Linux containers piece from a while back with comments on HN
- Red Hat Announces Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta - RT @RedHatNews: In case you missed it earlier... Red Hat Announces Availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta
- Tools for Contributing to the OpenStreetMap Project | Sparks' Open Source and Security Journal - RT @redhatopen: Tools for Contributing to the OpenStreetMap Project | Sparks' Linux and Security Journal
- Nantucket charm is making room for high-tech makeovers - Business - The Boston Globe
- Второй день рождения - YouTube - @j0el More Russian driving for your amusement
- Opening Act | Red Hat Enterprise Linux Blog - New RHEL blog stating up. I'll likely be posting to it from time to time.
- Twitter / rogerwhite86: Those two don't hang around, ... - RT @MattGertz: THIS IS WHY WE NEED IT RT @PootBlog: The Oxford Comma is your friend [via @rogerwhite86 ]:
- Oracle becomes sponsor of OpenStack Foundation | ITworld - RT @joeljack: Oracle: Customers need common interfaces rather than being locked into proprietary ones. What planet am I on. #cloud
- Red Hat IT Begins Its DevOps Journey | Red Hat Developer Blog - "So, if we accept DevOps is a culture, and your CIO gives you a mandate to transform his or her organization to a DevOps organization, you’re now effectively responsible for an organizational culture change initiative. That’s the situation I found myself in recently, when Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon asked me to lead a DevOps enablement team in his IT organization."
- » Wanted: Great writer who can type fast JIMROMENESKO.COM - This is depressing.
- Red Hat | Build the cloud your developers want and your business needs - Red Hat own IT transformation story is great. Did webinar with our CIO @lcongdon a few weeks back @AndiMann
- OpenShift Origin Community Hangout: A Conversation with the OpenShift UX Design team - YouTube - RT @dmueller: OpenShift Origin Community Hangout: A Conversation with the OpenShift UX Design team: via @YouTube
- Infusion Profusion: Game-Changing Fast ‘N Cheap Technique
- The Holiday Gift Guide, Kitchen Edition - Bloomberg
- The Food Lab: Hasselback Potato Gratin (These Might be the Best Potatoes Ever) | Serious Eats
- Equipment: We Test the $199 Sous-Vide Circulator From Anova | Serious Eats
- NBC's The Sound of Music Live: What Went Wrong and What Went Right | TIME.com - "When Carrie Underwood stepped out on the (wooded, not grassy) hills and started singing, I wished the hills were alive with the sound of hungry mountain lions. "
- The ‘Myth’ of the Mainframe Cloud | Andi Mann – Ubergeek - RT @AndiMann: The 'Myth' of #Mainframe #Cloud < My new post on @qhardy's article in @nytimes.
- Twitter / isaach: stunning image showing 19th ... - RT @isaach: stunning image showing 19th century naval voyages, making visible trade winds and the outlines of continents
Thursday, December 05, 2013
- For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000
- How Intel TV failed -- pay attention, Google and Apple | Internet & Media - CNET News - How many times around was this?
- The Pitfalls of Techno-optimism (and the Ambition of Amazon) | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis - "In fact, the Bezos announcement belongs to the same absurd-but-taken-seriously genre as Udacity founder Sebastian Thurn’s proclamation that the success of massive open online courses would eliminate the need for all but 10 universities in the world, and the reporting of it mostly without a bit of critical analysis reveals a major failing of tech journalism."
- On Smarm
- Twitter / Beaker: California - the land of ... - RT @Beaker: California - the land of sunshi... Oh, crud. 27 degrees and my car is iced over
- SC13 Rocked as My Last Industry Conference This Year | Moor Insights & Strategy - "OpenStack has a completely different kind of energy. If standing up web services is your business or you supply infrastructure to those who do, you should be there."
- Google Geo Developers Blog: Jazz up your site or blog with the new Google Maps embed
- 2014: Cloud joins the formal IT portfolio | ZDNet - "In 2013 enterprises got real about cloud computing. In 2014 we will integrate it into our existing IT portfolios - whether IT likes it or not."
Some relevant links:
Red Hat Storage Data Protection Workshops (tickets still available for Toronto and San Diego)
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
- MeriTalk: PaaS Can Cut Federal Spending by $20.5B Annually | Cloud Computing Research content from Talkin' Cloud - "A study conducted by MeriTalk, a public-private partnership that focuses on serving the government IT sector, and underwritten by Red Hat (RHT), indicates that the federal government could save upwards of $20.5 billion by using PaaS. According to MeriTalk, that's equivalent to 25 percent of the feds' current IT budget."
- Demand Media: Rise and Fall o f a Content Farm | Variety - I tagged this with journalism when I saved it to my saved links. But that would really be "journalism"
- Twitter / benkepes: Now this is very interesting. ... - RT @benkepes: Now this is very interesting. #CloudFoundry vs #OpenShift in Google trends
- Big data reconsidered: it's the economics, stupid
- 5 Pillars Of Enterprise PaaS Strategy - InformationWeek - RT @annaucbo: 5 Pillars Of Enterprise PaaS Strategy by@krishnan - InformationWeek via @InformationWeek
- Red Hat Advances OpenShift Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service - RT @TechJournalist: Red Hat Advances OpenShift Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service
- PaaS and DevOps: A Marriage of Seamless Collaboration | OpenShift by Red Hat - RT @krishnan: OpenShift helps us segregate the developer from the infrastructure says Cisco IT. A point I highlighted in this post
- Don’t Cry for New York Magazine and Journalism (Yet, Anyway) | TIME.com - "So the problems of print are related to the problems of professional journalism. But it’s important to remember that the two are not the same. Information is a social need. Paper is an aesthetic preference."
- Google Cloud Platform Blog: Red Hat and Google Compute Engine – Extending the Datacenter - RT @mikeferris: Google Cloud Platform Blog: Red Hat and Google Compute Engine – Extending the Datacenter
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Google Compute Engine, essentially an AWS competitor, is out of beta.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be available on GCE--as it is on AWS and other clouds. This post by Red Hat's Jim Totton has the details on this collaboration.
Through this collaboration, we deliver:
- Extended Choice: As a member of the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program, Google Compute Engine is a trusted and supported destination for developers, application owners, and administrators looking to benefit from the value of Red Hat. Additionally, as part of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud ecosystem, Google Compute Engine provides the added choice of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform for customers looking to extend their environment in conjunction with a service provider.
- Consistency: Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances on Google Compute Engine deliver the same features (e.g., performance and security), and lifecycle (release and update cycles) as on-premise environments. If an application needs the latest development and run-time packages provided by Red Hat Software Collections, or security provided by SELinux, Google Compute Engine provides the consistent features and capabilities for robust application deployments.
- Certification and Support: A core value of Red Hat offerings is the assurance of support and certification for the platforms on which they are deployed. This promise spans from hardware platforms to virtual and cloud environments, providing customers with support at all levels of the stack and across all deployment models. Red Hat and Google have worked together to ensure that the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) platform that Google Compute Engine is built upon, is powerful, capable, and supported when running application workloads on Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the guest operating system.
Monday, December 02, 2013
I wasn't going to hop on as it's already all over the place, but a few quick thoughts so I can call it a day.
You may or may not buy the claim that this was orchestrated to distract from a recent unflattering book and other, albeit rather minor, PR hits. I'm not sure I do. What I do know was that this was pretty much a puff piece airing the night before the biggest online shopping day of the year. That makes it a huge PR coup in any case and one which 60 Minutes--which at least purports to be a serious journalistic institution should have taken no part in. For appearances sake if nothing else.
Amazon, like others, is seriously interested in same day delivery. As such, it only makes sense that they would be experimenting with and investing in various delivery channels and logistics approaches in support of that goal. In that vein, prototyping a delivery drone makes perfect sense. So would putting out feelers and even doing a little lobbying around the concept to feel out what's possible and what isn't--and maybe influencing regulations a bit even if, realistically, delivery drone-friendly regulation is years or decades away. Amazon has a history of taking the long view.
But, make no mistake about it, this is a long and speculative play--for innumerable reasons that many others have articulated. Fundamentally, I'm not sure when or if we as a society will happily countenance swarms of small drones (excuse me, UAVs) swarming through the skies. And it's hard to imagine them functioning in cities at all--in there words, precisely where population is densest.
Finally, we actually know how to do a pretty good job of same day, even 30 minute, delivery given sufficiently close "distribution centers." It's called Dominos. In all fairness, pizza shops can operate at a lot smaller scale than warehouses. But same day delivery doesn't have to mean 30 minute delivery and it's not hard to imagine some sort of multi-tier distribution system from a warehouse outside an urban core to local delivery people in the city or around a set of suburbs. To be sure:
Those with memories that stretch back a dozen or so years (or who have watched the documentary “E-Dreams”) will remember Kozmo.com. The start-up offered free delivery of videos, toiletries, and snack foods in about an hour, thanks to a fleet of drivers and bike messengers. The company raised $250 million — including $60 million from Amazon — but couldn’t make the economics of same-day delivery work. Kozmo was out of business by 2001.
Amazon is at a different scale point today and is probably much closer to making the model work--even without drones. Which brings us to the fundamental point. This isn't really about drones.
There's no problem getting stuff from point A to B--assuming the stuff is in stock at point A and assuming a route that can be traversed at some speed between the two points. A are called warehouses. The route is called a road. The "only" challenge is doing so in a way which is economically feasible--which is to say it doesn't lose the retailer money because the buyer is willing to pay the retailer's average costs of delivery, perhaps subsidized in part by the profit margin on the purchase.
That's one of the big lessons of the dot-com crash. It's great that people want things. I want things. But to get them, I need to pay for them.
- First Victim of Amazon Drones: The Credibility of CBS and 60 Minutes - Whatever the circumstances of getting this interview, how could CBS in good conscience schedule an interview with the CEO of the largest online retailer the night before the biggest online shopping day of the year.
- Shady Characters » Irony & Sarcasm marks, part 1 of 3
- Using Red Hat's OpenShift PaaS to Develop Scalable Applications on AWS (DMG211) | AWS re:Invent 2013 - YouTube
- Webcam Displace
- Why Not Black Wednesday Instead? - Bloomberg - "But seldom in the history of human experience has there been a critical emergency purchase of a game console."
- Myth: The astronauts didn’t float away because they had heavy boots
- Looking for the original source for the quote: "the plural of anecdote is not data".
- How fair use was born | Scholarly Communications @ Duke - "Throughout the middle of the nineteenth century, the scope of copyright was dramatically expanding from a limited “printers” right to prevent near-verbatim reproductions to a full-blown notion of ownership over an “abstract intellectual essence” that could find express in a myriad of forms, all of which were under the control of the author. Fair use, created by the same judges who were overseeing this expansion, became a substitute for all of the socially beneficial uses that were previously outside the scope of copyright."
- Dark Roasted Blend: Darien Gap: The Most Dangerous (Absence of a) Road
- OpenShift Origin Hangouts - RT @pythondj: Check out new home page for @openshift origin G+ community hangout videos! on our @github! previously aired episodes!
- GoldieBlox, fair use, and the cult of disruption | Felix Salmon - "Under what Paul Carr has diagnosed as the rules of the Cult of Disruption, GoldieBlox neither sought nor received permission to create these videos: it never licensed the music it used from the artists who wrote it. That wouldn’t be the Silicon Valley way. First you make your own rules — and then, if anybody tries to slap you down, you don’t apologize, you fight. For your right. To parody."
- This Tech Bubble Is Different - Businessweek
- Goldieblox and the Three MCs - Waxy.org - "And no area of copyright law is more confusing than fair use, deliberately designed to be judged in court on a case-by-case basis without any "bright line" tests to guide the way."
- Leibovitz v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 948 F. Supp. 1214 - Dist. Court, SD New York 1996 - Google Scholar - A lot of history about parody and fair use.
- Will Python Kill R? – tecosystems - Good analysis.
- What if dictators had Instagram?
- Backblaze Blog » Farming hard drives: 2 years and $1M later - Another really interesting data-loaded post from @backblaze. This time on drive costs and "farming".