Sun Grid, 2006

They ran it at

While the Sun Grid has been an interesting alternative for large companies who might want to offload some of their workloads–such as the Monte Carlo analysis used to assess risk in investment portfolios, which doesn’t have any account information in it and is therefore not a big risk for a financial institution to let out on the other side of its firewalls–the Sun Grid is not supposed to be the utility that they use, but rather the utility that is the prototype for the ones that Sun expects its partners to build. The Sun Grid is also supposed to be available for ISVs to use for free to grid-enable their applications and for independent developers to do the same. And, perhaps more significantly in the long run, it is supposed to be a place where individuals can buy capacity to run early iterations of financial or molecular models or product designs so they can more quickly refine their designs–and do so earlier than and more frequently than they would if they had to allocate funds to build their own cluster of servers or get their chief financial officers down the hall to do it.

Sun Grid, 2006

Embedding OpenStack in Solaris – Press Pass

Oracle announced that it’s putting OpenStack into Solaris, which is good fun. James Niccolai asked for my thoughts on the topic for his story. I hadn’t been briefed, so it was just speculation, but here’s the full text of what I sent over:

Solaris was always – and no doubt still is – technically advanced. For example, the zfs filesystem, dtrace, and zones were always tasty looking for Linux folks. At the end of the day, Solaris is a rock-solid UNIX system that got run over by Linux becoming equally rock solid: but Solaris is still what it’s always been, a solid operating system. Layering OpenStack over Solaris is a good step for Oracle who’s always been dodgy all the way up to Larry on cloud. I’m eager to see how the OpenStack community reacts to this – it’ll be all over the map (the first salvo will be to question Oracle’s genuineness, followed by “yeah, but how much will be open source?”), Oracle having a mixed reputation in the open source world, unfortunately. To pick one technology of interest: Docker is of course a darling of the cloud world for the last 6-7 months. Docker is built on Linux containers, which are painfully similar to Solaris zones. And since Docker is OpenStack…you can start to imagine that you’d be able to do Docker/container magic with Linux containers and/or Solaris zones. Then there’s zfs which has all sorts of file system magic: seeing how that gets applied to the OpenStack world will be interesting.

Finally, Oracle’s database and ERP portfolio is widely used in IT departments now. If Oracle gets to the point where you can run its database and ERP apps on OpenStack (even if it’s Oracle “proprietary” version vs. the Red Herring of “OpenStack mainline”) then that’s a big deal for the OpenStack world.

Here’s James full story.

Embedding OpenStack in Solaris – Press Pass

DevOps folks don’t have much in the way of “orchestration.”

In our 1Q2014 DevOps Study (the first rev of this study), we wanted to explore the DevOps toolchain. The high-level categories are summarized above: there’s some good usage of tools, but if you dig deeper, most of the tools are “legacy” tools. When you dig in deeper, DIY tools do dominate usage as well. Notably – esp. for ServiceNow’s recently announced features and demo of being an “orchestrator of orchestrators” with Puppet and other fancy tools – orchestration/topology/architecture was in very low use.

I spoke a bit to this slide at my Red Hat Summit talk on cloud and DevOps, and you can see the next rumination on this study and other 451 work at DevOpsDays Austin next week.

$4.2T in G20 Internet spend by 2016, says BCG and friends

Internet-based economic activity is expected to reach $4.2 trillion in the G-20 nations by 2016, or more than 5 percent of GDP, and this does not include a whole universe of pursuits not captured in GDP figures. The digital economy is growing at 10 percent a year, significantly faster than the economy as a whole. About 2.5 billion people are connected to the Internet today, a third of the world’s population; there are projected to be about 4 billion users by 2020, or more than half the global population.

$4.2T in G20 Internet spend by 2016, says BCG and friends

In the early years MS-DOS versions up to version 5 sold for a relatively high price, of the order of US$1,000, but the executable Terminate-and-Stay-Resident (TSR) database engine file could be distributed with applications without payment of any licence fee.

The good ol’ days: Btrieve, Wikipedia