I don’t make a habit of inserting myself into OSS wars, they tend to hurt
everyone and benefit no one. Far too often (content management OSS projects
are a great example) they result in code splitting and users with limited
options moving forward.
With that said, I read with some amount of interest the competing posts first
by Randy Bias and then by Robert Scoble, and feel that this is an odd
conversation to be having, all things considered.
Where do I get my opinion? From the trenches. For the last eight weeks or so,
I’ve been, among other things, implementing OpenStack. I’ve been all over
the boards, setting up different configurations, testing out different
things. I’m talking as a geek that did it. Is doing it.
The focus for OpenStack needs to be on several items, and both Scoble and
Bias are right about their pets – innovation and compatibility – but the
core ... (more)
When Lori and I were writing import/export routines for a large software
vendor, we had a phrase to remind ourselves that what we loved was not
necessarily the all-important part of what we were doing. We used to say
“It’s all about the data”, almost as a mantra, to keep our team (I was
project lead, she was tech lead, so really our team) that when translating,
accuracy and faithfulness to the data mattered, code was just a means to that
end. At that same company we used to say “computer chips are not potato
chips” just as often, but that’s a completely different blog related to ... (more)
The ongoing saga of everything cloud is entertaining, if nothing else. I have
a couple of areas of interest that aren’t really burning up the electrons,
one of them is cloud databases. Let’s face it, while “the cloud” is
interesting in an application sense, for IT it is relatively useless without
the ability to access databases. Normally databases housed in your internal
IT department. Of course internal “private” clouds will address much of
this issue, until they are readily available, we are faced with the reality
that we have to find a solution we can trust to house data that... (more)
You may have noticed that I’ve been awfully quiet out here lately. That’s
because I’ve been adapting to my new role and making certain I had a clue
what I was talking about before I came out and posted a bunch of things.
But it’s been long enough that it is time to start getting back in the
groove of regular blogging, before the many interesting threads I’m
following start knotting up all of my time. So here I am.
I’ve moved to the role of Product Management Engineer for BIG-IQ Cloud. In
terms of responsibilities, I’m working on labs for BIG-IQ and OpenStack
(separately, for thos... (more)
Oracle on Ulitzer
If you’re an OEM user and an F5 customer, we’ve got an updated version of
the OEM Grid Control Plug-in for BIG-IP in beta testing right now. It’s
been in limited beta for a while, but we wanted to make certain that both
TMOS 9.x and 10.x were supported before we talked about it publicly.
The plug-in, jointly developed by F5 and Oracle, allows you to monitor your
BIG-IP like any other infrastructure in the Oracle Enterprise Manager, and if
you’re part of the beta program, you can download the source to see how the
developers did it too! No, I wasn’t on the dev te... (more)