Infrastructure Category

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Part 3, On Joyent and Accelerators as Cloud Computing “Primitives”

In the last part of this series we ended by talking about 6 “simple” utilities that software uses on “servers”. They were 1) CPU space 2) Memory space 3) Disc space 4) Memory bus IO 5) Disc IO 6) Network IO Along with their natural minimums (zero) and maximums. Providing compute units that do these […]

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A Loving Cloud

Yesterday several members of Joyent’s team attended Structure ’08. Jason Hoffman was on a panel that produced some interesting debate about whether clouds should aim to be open. The story was even picked up by the Wall Street Journal’s Don Clark in an article entitled Finding A Friendly Cloud Jason Hoffman, founder and chief technology […]

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1 Billion Page Views a Month

Here’s a video detailing how LinkedIn built an application (Bumpersticker on the Facebook platform) using Rails (and C Ruby!) that serves up more than 1 billion page views a month. In my opinion, this ends the debate about whether Rails scales. Rails is a component, it is how the components are architected and delivered that […]

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Amazon Web Services or Joyent Accelerators: Reprise

In the Fall of 2006, I wrote a piece On Grids, the Ambitions of Amazon and Joyent, and followed up with Why EC2 isn’t yet a platform for ‘normal’ web applications and the recognition that When you’re really pushing traffic, Amazon S3 is more expensive than a CDN. The point of these previous articles was […]

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What is Cloud Computing?

We went to the Web 2.0 Expo and asked “What is Cloud Computing ?”. YouTube has a high definition version of What is Cloud Computing Check out what the following people had to say: Tim O’Reilly Dan Farber Matt Mullenweg Jay Cross Brian Solis Kevin Marks Rafe Needleman Steve Gillmor Jeremy Tanner Maggie Fox Tom […]

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Fermions, Bosons and the 6 Utilities

When I used to teach university chemistry, I’d always start with the statement: The universe (at one level) is made of two things and two things only: fermions and bosons. Fermions are the things that have “stuff”: they have mass and can be charged (or not). Bosons are the things that have no “stuff”: they […]

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NetApp versus Sun, Sun versus NetApp, and Both versus Common Sense

As you might have heard and likely read in the back-and-forth blogging of Dave Hitz (a NetApp founder) and Jonathan Schwartz (CEO of Sun Microsystems), the two are at each other’s throats. Well not really at each other’s throats: NetApp went nuclear and Sun hit back even harder. Basically NetApp says that Sun’s ZFS steals […]

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