EnterpriseDB’s new Postgres cloud database

March 27, 2012

A little while ago, EnterpriseDBs VP of Biz Dev, Sean Doherty popped in for a visit.  While he was here I got him to tell me what EnterpriseDB, the certified professional distribution of the PostgreSQL open source DB, has been up to and fill me in on their new cloud database.

Some of the ground Sean covers:

  • What is EnterpriseDB and what is their business model
  • 1:10 Where does EnterpriseDB fit in the overall database landscape and where is it used
  • 2:00 The release of the Postgres Plus cloud database on EC2 and soon OpenStack
  • 2:44 What EnterpriseDB has got up its sleeve in the way of features and functionality in the next year

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

Talking to Nodeable CEO Dave Rosenberg (think Twitter for machines)

October 26, 2011

Yesterday I was out in the bay area to help moderate a Hackeratti shindig on Sand Hill road.  One of my fellow moderators was Dave Rosenberg former CEO and founder of MuleSoft.   Dave who is also an active contributor to cnet has recently started a new endeavor, Nodeable.  This new venture, which Stephen O’Grady of Redmonk called “twitter for machines” also features former Canonical VP of corporate services, Neil Levine.

Before we began our moderating duties, I sat down with Dave to learn a little more about his cool new venture.

Some of the ground Dave covers:

  • Just what is Nodeable
  • (0:40) The rise of the cloud developer and the profile of the developer that Nodeable is targeted at.
  • (2:10) Kicking off  their private beta and heading to a public beta in Q4
  • (2:48) What part of Nodeable is open source and which part is the secret sauce
  • (3:26) Nodeable’s architecture and the languages its written in
  • (4:00) Where does Dave hope to see Nodeable a year from now

Extra-credit reading

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Talking to Ubuntu’s Cloud Man

April 23, 2009

Today mark’s the release of Ubuntu 9.04, nee “Jaunty Jackalope,” and the debut of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud powered by Eucalyptus.

To get some insight into the release and what it means, I grabbed some time with Simon Wardley of Canonical.  Simon, who joined Canonical near the end of last year, is the person tasked with looking into cloud computing for the company in order to figure out what it means for them, what it means for the industry and ultimately, determining what Canonical should be doing about this change that’s occurring in our industry.

My interview with Simon (16:14)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)

Simon Wardley, setting the controls for the heart of the cloud.

Simon Wardley, setting the controls for the heart of the cloud.

Some of the topics Simon tackles:

  • How did Simon get his present job and what was he doing before?
  • When looking at adopting cloud computing three risks need to be evaluated
    • The risk of doing nothing (which should be balanced against the next two)
    • Transitional risk
    • Out sourcing risks
  • Cloud standards will emerge through the marketplace rather than via committee
  • Why Ubuntu went with Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus.
  • Today’s release is a technical preview, “a starting point in a journey.”
  • For the “Karmic Koala” release due in October, they will be focusing on persistency, policies and portability.  They are also working with a bunch of management tool providers  to allow users a choice of how they want to manage their environment.
  • Whats coming next year in the cloud space:
    • A hybrid model: Private clouds that allow bursting between them and public clouds.
    • Portability between providers will become a big issue.
    • A lot of standardization at the infrastructure layer of the stack
    • An explosion of innovation
    • The IT department will face real governance issues
    • Open source will continue to be critically important

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Mark Shuttleworth dicusses the Cloud and Ubuntu

March 30, 2009

Last month Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, CEO of Cannonical Ltd and First African in Space, announced that Ubuntu was going to be making a big push into cloud computing with their release slated for October.  This will add to early cloud support that’s debuting in next month’s release, Ubuntu 9.04.  (BTW, For a good backgrounder on Mark and Ubuntu, check out Ashlee Vance’s story in the New York Times from January).

I  was interested to get some more details so I reached out to Mark to find out his master Cloud plan, his thoughts on Cloud Computing today and where he thought it was going.  This is what he had to say:

My interview with Mark (9:51)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)

Mark and myself at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Boston at the end of ’07 (Mark’s the one without the “Barton” name tag.)

Some of the topics Mark Tackles:

  • Ubuntu has picked two anchor points for its cloud strategy: Amazon EC2 and UCSB‘s (go Gauchos!) Eucalyptus.  Eucalyptus is for those looking to create “private clouds” on their own and on the Amazon side they are making it easy for users to plug into EC2 as well as offering folks the ability to run Ubuntu-based machines on their cloud.
  • Why they went with EC2 and Eucalyptus.  On the Eucalyptus side it has to with it being Java-based, which meshes nicely with the work Ubuntu did with Sun to get the Java stack “straightened out” on Ubuntu for  app servers.
  • The constraints that EC2 imposes actually make it more interesting by providing discipline, much in the same way that http applied the discipline of being completely connectionless.
  • We haven’t yet seen the “definitive cloud” in  the way that Google came along and captured the spirit (and revenues) of the web.  It will still be 5 -10 years before the cloud computing is nailed.
  • Portability in the Cloud is key if we want to avoid gross lock-in issues.  People are trying to tackle this in a variety of ways but it makes sense to look at the way http came to dominance.
  • Any truth to the rumor that Google is planning on using Ubuntu as a Netbook OS? (listen how Mark deftly responds 🙂
  • Last time we spoke, back in August, Mark said he was looking at profitability in 18 months to two years, is he still on track?

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Update: Here is the Register article based on the above podcast.

Animoto – The Poster Child for AWS & EC2

March 25, 2009

At SXSW interactive I came across the booth for the cloud-based app Animoto.  I was intrigued since I have seen a couple of Amazon Web Services presentations and both held up Animoto as a great example of an application that would have been impossible to deliver any other way.

Animoto, which creates videos for consumers and corporations, relies on a huge amount of processing power and has had gigantic spikes in usage (e.g. going from 70 servers to 8,500 servers in 5 days).   You can say they put the “elastic” in Amazon’s “Elastic Compute Cloud.”

Here is an interview I did with Animoto co-founder and President Jason Hsiao.

To watch in High Quality: after clicking play, click the “HQ” button that will appear on the bottom.

Some of the things Jason talks about:

  • Total number of servers owned by Animoto = 0
  • The most expensive piece of equipment in the office is the espresso machine.
  • How the enterprise side of the business has taken off.
  • Why they’re based in New York and where the founders came from.
  • How their extreme processor intensiveness allows them to work extra closely with Amazon.
  • See how he deftly avoids the question about what feature he is looking forward to seeing from Amazon, they must be working on something 😉

Extra-credit reading:

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Talking to Sam Charrington of Appistry

January 28, 2009

The first full day of Cloud Connect last week in Mountain View began with a panel discussion on standards and the cloud.  One of the panelist was Sam Charrington, the VP of product management and marketing at Appistry.  I was able to grab a few minutes (2:37) with the affable Sam after his session and talk a little about Appistry and how they play in the cloud.

To watch in High Quality: after clicking play, click the “HQ” button that will appear on the bottom.

Some of the topics Sam Tackles:

  • Offering a cloud platform delivered as software and tailored for enterprise users (think Google app-engine available as software and deployable on your cloud platform of choice e.g. private clouds or Amazon EC2 or GoGrid.
  • Freeing customers from lock-in and elevating the customer experience from managing individual virtual instances.
  • Appistry’s cloud predictions for 2009 (and how Jack Bauer fits in).

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Microsoft Joins the Cloud Party

October 28, 2008

Yesterday at PDC, the big Microsoft developer fest, Ray Ozzie got up and announced the beta launch of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s entry into the cloud computing arena. (It may be beta but you’ll notice they already have a snazzy logo)

This wasn’t a big surprise to anyone since they had been doing some saber-rattling in the past weeks about how they would be joining the party (fashionably late in true Microsoft style).  To carry the party analogy a little bit further, two of the other guests who had gotten there early to help set up, Rackspace and Amazon, made announcements of their own last week.  Rackspace announced the acquisition of two cloud-focused start-ups and a reorganization of their Coud division, Mosso.  Amazon added Windows as an OS to EC2 (have a mentioned how much I dislike the “EC2” name?), dropped the “beta” tag it and added an SLA of 99.95% availability per year.

Looking at the Cloud from both sides now

In an interesting post from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, which is based on an interview that Rory conducted with Ozzie yesterday, Rory finds out they have slightly different interpretations of cloud computing (shocker!).  Ozzie sees Amazon as a cloud pioneer but “[insisted] that Google just wasn’t in cloud computing.”

I pointed out that the one cloud application with which I was familiar was Google Docs … But it turned out we were looking at the cloud from different sides. Mr Ozzie was focussing on it as something you rented out to businesses so they could use the vast computing power in your data centres to create applications which could scale up in a hurry – an approach where Amazon is enjoying plenty of success. I was thinking of the cloud as a place where millions of users could store their data and use simple online programmes, mostly for free.

There are folks who agree with Ray that what Google does is deliver Software as a Service rather than cloud computing but I don’t think the distinction is helpful.  To me if you draw on compute resources, be they apps or platforms, from a source you don’t own or manage and that you can scale up or down as needed and you are billed accordingly… that’s cloud computing.  (I’m off to the Rackspace customer event today so it will be interesting to see if I come back with a different definition 😉

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Amazon talks about Amazon’s cloud

October 6, 2008

From the same event where Jeff Keltner of Google talked about Cloud Computing, below is a video of Adam Selipsky, Amazon’s VP of product marketing and developer relations for Amazon Web Services.  Adam uses his slot to talk about what Amazon’s been doing in the last couple of years in the area of Web services.

He starts off with an interesting chart that shows how the bandwidth from the web services side of the house has now outstripped the bandwidth required for the website side.  He then positions Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a suite of building blocks that the company has been rolling out one after the other in the following order:

  1. S3 (Simple Storage Service)
  2. EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) – I have to point out for a company that delivers great consumer experiences they sure suck when it comes to the naming of offerings on web services side.
  3. Simple DB (ok that’s a decent name) – in beta
  4. SQS (Simple Queue Service)
  5. FPS (Flexible Payment Service)
  6. MTurk (Mechanical Turk – an on demand workforce)

The guiding principles that AWS has used when creating services is that they be

  • Easy to use
  • Fast
  • Elastic (quick to ramp up or down)
  • Highly available
  • Available on a pay-as-you go basis (so that you can terminate at any time if you’d like)

I was surprised that while Adam talked about the Amazon built services, he didn’t mention any of the services from others that they host like Solaris, MySQL, JBoss, Zmanda data recovery etc.  It might have been the audience he was addressing but I would think that this is where AWS’s real business is coming from in the future.

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