Nostalgia and my nascent views about what is now called cloud computing

In 2004 I had finally edited down everything that I wanted from my infrastructure into a single sentence and then reused this phrase in a lot of the proposals during the early years of Joyent. I simply wanted to run applications well and keep data well. And needed A highly available, redundant and modular setup Continue reading Nostalgia and my nascent views about what is now called cloud computing

On Cascading Failures and Amazon’s Elastic Block Store

This post is one in a series discussing storage architectures in the cloud. Read Network Storage in the Cloud: Delicious but Deadly and Magical Block Store: When Abstractions Fail Us for more insight. Resilient, adjective, /riˈzilyənt/ “Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions”. In patients with a cough, you know what commonly causes Continue reading On Cascading Failures and Amazon’s Elastic Block Store

Facebook’s Open Compute: The Data Center is the New Server and the Rise of the Taiwanese Tigers

Today Facebook took the great step of openly talking about their server and datacenter designs at the level of detail where they can actually be replicated by others. Another reason why I call it “great?” Well, it’s interesting that the sourcing and design of these was done by Facebook and with Taiwanese component makers. Nothing Continue reading Facebook’s Open Compute: The Data Center is the New Server and the Rise of the Taiwanese Tigers

On Bruno’s Concern About the Current Coupling of node.js and V8

Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz (Yahoo! Fellow, VP and Platform Architect) wrote about his concerns around the current tight coupling between node.js and V8. Feel free to take a moment and read the original article: “NodeJS: To V8 or not to V8”. A reply doesn’t fit into a twitter response, and an update mentioning my reply would be Continue reading On Bruno’s Concern About the Current Coupling of node.js and V8

Comparing Virtual Machines is Like Comparing Cars: It Doesn’t Get to their Actual Utility or Value

A BMW and a Yugo are both cars. In a Yugo, “carpet” was listed as a feature. Enough said. McCrory recently blogged a Public Cloud hourly cost comparison comparing Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace and Joyent. I’m happy to see Joyent included in such great company but the comparisons are between “VMs.” As stated by Alistair Croll, Continue reading Comparing Virtual Machines is Like Comparing Cars: It Doesn’t Get to their Actual Utility or Value