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Big Data in the Cloud at Google I/O

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:55:48 +0000

Last week was a great party for the entire Google developer family, including Google Cloud Platform. And within the Cloud Platform, Big Data processing services. Which is where my focus has been in the almost two years I’ve been at … Continue reading

Pyramid of needs for Cloud management

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:21:42 +0000

PaaS lets you pick the right tool for the job, without having to worry about the additional operational complexity

Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:06:09 +0000

In a recent blog post, Dan McKinley explains “Why MongoDB Never Worked Out at Etsy“. In short, the usefulness of using MongoDB in addition to their existing MySQL didn’t justify the additional operational complexity of managing another infrastructure service. This … Continue reading

Big Data career adviser says you should be a… Big Data analyst

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:13:24 +0000

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner wrote an interesting post on “the future of LinkedIn and the economic graph“. There’s a lot to like about his vision. The part about making education and career choices better informed by data especially resonates with … Continue reading

Ovum on Cloud evolution

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:21:08 +0000

By Laurent Lachal: Two years ago, Ovum expected SaaS to evolve towards business process-as-a-service (BPaaS). The transition has already started. For example, Oracle’s SaaS strategy does not focus on each discrete SaaS application in its portfolio. Instead, Oracle focuses on … Continue reading

Are you the dumb money in the Cloud?

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 05:55:13 +0000

Another paper came out measuring the performance diversity of Cloud VMs within the same advertised type. Here’s the paper (PDF), here are the slides (PDF) and here is the video (this was presented back in June but I hadn’t seen … Continue reading

The enterprise Cloud battle will be an integration battle

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:52:02 +0000

The real threat the Cloud poses for incumbent enterprise software vendors is not the obvious one. It’s not about hosting. Sure, they would prefer if nothing changed and they could stick to shipping software and letting customers deal with installing, … Continue reading

Will Clouds run on Clouds?

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:27:06 +0000

Or, more precisely, will enterprise Solution Clouds run on Deployment Clouds? I’ve previously made the case that we shouldn’t include SaaS in the “Cloud” (rather, it’s just Web apps). Obvioulsy my guillotine didn’t cut it against the lure of Cloud-branding. … Continue reading

Joining Google

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 18:48:59 +0000

Next Monday, I will start at Google, in the Cloud Platform team. I’ve been watching that platform, and especially Google App Engine (GAE), since it started in 2008. It shaped my thoughts on Cloud Computing and on the tension between … Continue reading

Good-bye Oracle

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:09:00 +0000

Tomorrow will be my last day at Oracle. It’s been a great 5 years. By virtue of my position as architect for the Application and Middleware Management part of Oracle Enterprise Manager, I got to work with people all over … Continue reading

Google Compute Engine, the compete engine

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:16:53 +0000

Google is going to give Amazon AWS a run for its money. It’s the right move for Google and great news for everyone. But that wasn’t plan A. Google was way ahead of everybody with a PaaS solution, Google App … Continue reading

Podcast with Oracle Cloud experts

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 03:01:44 +0000

A couple of weeks ago, Bob Rhubart (who runs the OTN architect community) assembled four of us who are involved in Oracle’s Cloud efforts, public and private. The conversation turned into a four-part podcast, of which the first part is now … Continue reading

REST + RDF, finally a practical solution?

Fri, 18 May 2012 07:54:52 +0000

The W3C has recently approved the creation of the Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group. The charter contains its official marching orders. Its co-chair Erik Wilde shared his thoughts on the endeavor. This is good. Back in 2009, I concluded … Continue reading

Review of reviews of iPad reviews

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:55:24 +0000

Since we’re talking about the third generation of iPads, it seems silly to stop at the “review of reviews” level and we should be meta-to-the-cube. So here’s a review of reviews of iPad reviews. Because no-one asked for it. Forbes … Continue reading

GAE Traffic Splitting

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:31:12 +0000

Interesting addition to the Google App Engine (GAE) platform in release 1.6.3:  Traffic Splitting lets you run several versions of your application (using a DNS sub-domain for each version) and choose to direct a certain percentage of requests to a … Continue reading

The war on RSS

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:48:38 +0000

If the lords of the Internet have their way, the days of RSS are numbered. Apple John Gruber was right, when pointing to Dan Frakes’ review of the Mail app in Mountain Lion, to highlight the fact that the application … Continue reading

Come for the PaaS Functional Model, stay for the Cloud Operational Model

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 04:56:04 +0000

The Functional Model of PaaS is nice, but the Operational Model matters more. Let’s first define these terms. The Functional Model is what the platform does for you. For example, in the case of AWS S3, it means storing objects … Continue reading

Notes from buying a new car online for the second time

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 07:39:34 +0000

In case you’re in the market for a new car, these few data points about a recent on-line buying experience may be of interest. Here’s an interesting view of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) from the perspective of a car dealership. … Continue reading

Puns on demand

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:43:45 +0000

The downside of the rise of PaaS is the concomitant rise of bad PaaS puns. I noted a few recent ones (one of which I committed): “PaaSive Aggressive” [link] “Everything is PaaSible” [link] “You bet your PaaS” [link] “The PaaSibilities … Continue reading

Whose nonsense exactly?

Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:22:03 +0000

Completely off-topic, but many people are on holidays, so why not. I tried to fit this into a tweet, but to no avail. Under the title “That Exact Nonsense”, John Gruber posts a quote from Penn Jillette’s book “God, No!: … Continue reading