DRP v3.11 PROVISIONS WITHOUT REBOOTING

Some features are worth SHOUTING about, so it’s with great pride that I get to announce DRP v3.11.

The latest Digital Rebar release (v3.11) does the impossible: PROVISION WITHOUT REBOOTING.  Combined with image-based deploy and our unique multi-boot workflows, this capability makes server operations 10x faster than traditional net install processes.

But it’s not enough to have a tiny golang utility that can drive any hardware and install any operating system (we added MacOS netboot to this release).   RackN has been adding enterprise integrations to core platforms like Ansible Tower, Terraform, Active Directory, Remedy, Run Book and Logstash.

Oh!  And checkout our open zero-touch, HA Kubernetes installer (KRIB) based on kubeadm.  We just added advanced Helm features for automatic Istio and Rook Ceph examples.

To see more: https://github.com/digitalrebar/provision/releases/tag/v3.11.0

Podcast – Ian Rae talks Cloud, Innovation, and Updates from Google Next 2018

Joining us this week is Ian Rae, CEO and Founder CloudOps who recorded the podcast during the Google Next conference in 2018.

Highlights

  • 1 min 55 sec: Define Cloud from a CloudOps perspective
    • Business Model and an Operations Model
  • 3 min 59 sec: Update from Google Next 2018 event
    • Google is the “Engineer’s Cloud”
    • Google’s approach vs Amazon approach in feature design/release
  • 9 min 55 sec: Early Amazon ~ no easy button
    • Amazon educated the market as industry leader
  • 12 min04 sec: What is the state of Hybrid? Do we need it?
    • Complexity of systems leads to private, public as well as multiple cloud providers
    • Open source enabled workloads to run on various clouds even if the cloud was not designed to support a type of workload
    • Google’s strategy is around open source in the cloud
  • 14 min 12 sec: IBM visibility in open source and cloud market
    • Didn’t build cloud services (e.g. open a ticket to remap a VLAN)
  • 16 min 40 sec: OpenStack tied to compete on service components
    • Couldn’t compete without Product Managers to guide developers
    • Missed last mile between technology and customer
    • Didn’t want to take on the operational aspects of the customer
  • 19 min 31 sec: Is innovation driven from listening to customers vs developers doing what they think is best?
    • OpenStack is seen as legacy as customers look for Cloud Native Infrastructure
    • OpenStack vs Kubernetes install time significance
  • 22 min 44 sec: Google announcement of GKE for on-premises infrastructure
    • Not really On-premise; more like Platform9 for OpenStack
    • GKE solve end user experience and operational challenges to deliver it
  • 26 min 07 sec: Edge IT replaces what is On-Premises IT
    • Bullish on the future with Edge computing
    • 27 min 27 sec: Who delivers control plane for edge?
      • Recommends Open Source in control plan
  • 28 min 29 sec: Current tech hides the infrastructure problems
    • Someone still has to deal with the physical hardware
  • 30 min 53 sec: Commercial driver for rapid Edge adoption
  • 32 min 20 sec: CloudOps building software / next generation of BSS or OSS for telco
    • Meet the needs of the cloud provider for flexibility in generating services with the ability to change the service backend provider
    • Amazon is the new Win32
  • 38 min 07 sec: Can customers install their own software? Will people buy software anymore?
    • Compare payment models from Salesforce and Slack
    • Google allowing customers to run their technology themselves of allow Google to manage it for you
  • 40 min 43 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast Guest: Ian Rae, CEO and Founder CloudOps

Ian Rae is the founder and CEO of CloudOps, a cloud computing consulting firm that provides multi-cloud solutions for software companies, enterprises and telecommunications providers. Ian is also the founder of cloud.ca, a Canadian cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) focused on data residency, privacy and security requirements. He is a partner at Year One Labs, a lean startup incubator, and is the founder of the Centre cloud.ca in Montreal. Prior to clouds, Ian was responsible for engineering at Coradiant, a leader in application performance management.

Podcast – Jason Hoffman on Edge and Joyent Reflections

Joining us this week is Jason Hoffman, CEO MobiledgeX, a startup “creating a global marketplace for organizations to deliver and drive the business of these edge enabled services and products.”

Highlights

  • Joyent – Cloud Computing’s Amiga
  • Technology for You vs Technology for Customer
  • How we Got Here and will Get to Edge
  • Anchoring Edge into Current Needs
  • Humans and Machines Integration – Computer Vision
  • Software and Hardware Support and Aging Issues in House
  • Mixed Reality solves Social issues of Smartphones
  • Reality of Physics in Building the Edge ~ Battery Life is Killer App
  • Network to Data Centric View Switch ~ Edge Data is the S3 of Cloud
  • Lack of Understanding in Early Web Infrastructure vs Email Understanding
  • Lack of Evolution in Hardware Provisioning – Evil Firmware
  • Horrible Parenting Advice

Topic Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction 0.0 – 1.55

Quick History on Joyent 1.55 – 2.54

Is Edge too Early or Right on Time 2.44 – 5.04

How to Jump Start an Edge Market 5.04 – 8.32

Does Edge have its Simple Product Available? 8.32 – 11.13

Understating the Scale of Edge 11.13 – 14.16

Humans and Machines 14.16 – 20.20

Edge Ecosystems in the Home 20.20 – 30.07

Solve Problems with Today’s Tech 30.07 – 32.52

Is Network Everything? 32.52 – 34.27

Reflections on Amazon and Cloud for Edge Creation 34.27 – 39.57

Hardware Remains Stuck in the 80’s 39.57 – 43.19

Wrap Up 43.19 – END

Podcast Guest: Jason Hoffman, CEO MobiledgeX

Jason Hoffman is the Chairman and CEO of MobiledgeX, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary focused on edge computing. Previously he was a CTO at Ericsson AB and was P&L responsible for their cloud and datacenter infrastructure business. While at Ericsson his group created the world’s first hyperscale, disaggregated system and led the market in the modernization of telecom infrastructure. Prior to Ericsson, he was a founder and the CTO at Joyent (now owned by Samsung), a pioneering high performance cloud IaaS and software provider, where he ran product, engineering, operations and commercial management for a decade. Joyent launched the world’s first container-as-a-service offering in 2004, the most popular asynchronous runtime (node.js) in 2009, the most secure KVM-based VMs in 2009 and the world’s first serverless offering in 2013. He is considered to be one the pioneers of large scale cloud computing, in particular the use of container technologies, asynchronous, high concurrency runtimes and converged server, storage and networking systems. Jason is also an angel investor, strategy and execution advisor, venture and private equity advisor and has served on the boards of companies and foundations.

Jason has a BS and MS from UCLA and a PhD from UCSD. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and children.

Podcast – VM Brasseur gives the definitive overview of open source challenges

Joining us this week is VM (Vicky) Brasseur from Open Source Initiative.

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Highlights

  • 1 min 20 sec: Types of Companies Supported
    • Companies don’t know why they want to do open source
  • 3 min 23 sec: Can’t Abandon Software into Community
    • Communities don’t instantly form around your software
  • 4 min 22 sec: Is Marketing “Evil” in Open Source
    • Marketing has become associated with advertising which is invasive
    • 5 min 19 sec: Define Marketing
      • Discovering the needs of the market and build to support it
      • Technologists don’t really understand marketing
    • 6 min 17 sec: Issues of Marketing in Open Source
      • What is your goal in using open source?
  • 8 min 15 sec: Everyone has their own Goal in Open Source
    • There is no bullet point list of how to do open source
  • 9 min 29 sec: Issues of Accessing Projects and Support for Free
    • Open source done a poor job of talking about value being provided
    • People assume big projects are paid for by large companies so they take advantage
    • 13 min 19 sec: Difficult to Tell New User’s End State as Communities Invest in Helping them Learn the Technology
      • Some communities set the bar too high for user participation
      • Open source does a bad job in documentation typically
  • 17 min 9 sec: What about CI/CD Systems?
    • Not a significant issue today in open source for contributors
  • 19 min 21 sec: How help People Build Empathy for Users and Maintainers and Impact when Corporations are involved
  • 21 min 29 sec: How Communities Manage Competitive Companies Working Together
    • Foundations play a key role in managing these issues
    • Open source is not corporate! The vast majority of open source is not corporate based
    • Is there less concern for the tiny project’s vs the large corporate projects?
      • Substantial lack of awareness of this in user community
  • 25 min 04 sec: Price to a Community when a Customer Pulls out and Uses Corporate Version of Solution?
    • Should companies pay for open source software they grab from community?
      • Many ways to contribute other than money
  • 27 min 56 sec: Business Continuity Issues in Open Source
    • Free and open source software needs to be part of business continuity plans
    • Vendor software solutions are equally risky as open source solutions
  • 30 min 36 sec: Define Copyleft
  • 32 min 43 sec: Open Core Model
    • Analogy of a restaurant with more tables than it can serve
    • Proprietary products with open source APIs / SDKs

Podcast Guest: VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Vice President, Open Source Initiative

I’ve spent most of my 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now I leverage nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them

I am Vice President of the Open Source Initiative. I’m the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award(2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

I am a moderator and author for <opensource.com and a frequent and popular speaker at open source conferences and events. I frequently blog about open source, business, and technical management at{anonymous => ‘hash’}

I am the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. Buy it today and start contributing to free and open source software projects!

Currently I live in lovely Portland, Oregon with my amazing cats,Percy and Nigel. I am not interested in relocating.

If you or your company needs full time, part time, or consulting assistance with open source strategy, implementation, compliance, or community management, please contact me.

Success means putting People and Process above Tech

“I don’t care about the tech – what I really want to hear is how this product fits in our processes and helps our people get more done.”

That was the message my co-founder and I heard from an executive at a major bank last week.  For us, it was both a deja vu and a major relief because we’d just presented at the Cablelabs Summer Showcase about the importance of aligning people, process and technology together. The executive was pleased about how RackN had achieved that balance.

It wasn’t always that way: focusing on usability and simplicity first over features is scary.  

One of the most humbling startup lessons is that making great technology is not about the technology. Showing a 10x (or 100x!) improvement in provisioning speed misses the real problem for IT operators. Happily, we had some great early users who got excited about the vision for simple tooling that we built around Digital Rebar Provision v3.  Equally important was a deeply experienced team who insisted in building great tests, docs and support tooling from day 0.

We are thrilled to watch as new users are able to learn, adopt and grow their use of our open technology with minimal help from RackN.  Even without the 10x performance components RackN has added, they have been able to achieve significant time and automation improvements in their existing operational processes.  That means simpler processes, less IT complexity and more time for solving important problems.

The bank executive wanted the people and process benefits: our job with technology was to enable that first and then get out of the way.  It’s a much harder job than “make it faster” but, ultimately, much more rewarding.

If you’re interested in seeing how we’ve found that balance for bare metal automation, please check out our self-service trial at https://portal.RackN.io or contact us directly at info@rackn.com.

Podcast – Mathew Lodge on Data Science as a Service in 20 Minutes from Scratch

Joining us this week is Mathew Lodge, SVP of Products & Marketing of Anaconda.

About Anaconda

Anaconda Distribution

With over 6 million users, the open source Anaconda Distribution is the fastest and easiest way to do Python and R data science and machine learning on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It’s the industry standard for developing, testing, and training on a single machine.

Anaconda Enterprise 

Anaconda Enterprise is an AI/ML enablement platform that empowers organizations to develop, govern, and automate AI/ML and data science from laptop through training to production. It lets organizations scale from individual data scientists to collaborative teams of thousands, and to go from a single server to thousands of nodes for model training and deployment.

 Highlights

  • 2 min 57 sec: What does Anaconda do?
    • Help data scientists be productive & enterprise AI / Data Science
  • 3 min 36 sec: How do you interact with Anaconda?
    • About 2.5 million downloads a month of Anaconda Distribution
    • Install binary packages for data science to Python
  • 5 min 55 sec: Who are data scientists?
    • Data wrangling and understanding
  • 9 min 12 sec: Data Science as a verb
    • Understand how to turn data into actionable insight
  • 10 min 47 sec: How learn to use the tools? Community!
    • Community around Anaconda open source to share packages, etc
  • 13 min 26 sec: How does Anaconda change as AI/Machine Learning improve?
    • Python is standard language with R close behind for data science
  • 14 min 58 sec: Reproducibility in results
    • 16 min 01 sec: Model training issue?
  • 17 min 16 sec: Parking lot on Sam Charrington’s AI Bias Podcasts
  • 17 min 43 sec: Training models for limited sets of data for reliability in Edge
    • Answer by example of Google ImageNet
    • 20 min 14 sec: Optimizations to reduce processing requirements
      • Hey Siri example on how iPhone works
    • 22 min 03 sec: Do models improve over time? Transfer learning
  • 22 min 30 sec: Accelerative Learning in AI
    • Fashion example of layering learning
    • Issues around lack of data for training
  • 26 min 01 sec: Portability of models via Anaconda
  • 26 min 48 sec: Cloud Native Model of AI (no longer 2004)
    • Moved on from Java and distributed computing to Kubernetes
    • 29 min 05 sec: Giving up data locality (Hadoop) & specialized hardware?
    • 32 min 42 sec: Cloud model gives private and public options
  • 34 min 23 sec: How Anaconda play into the Cloud Native data science model?
    • Data scientists interested in data problems not cloud architecture
    • Data science as a Service
    • Kubernetes & Docker installed for you by Anaconda
  • 38 min 05 sec: WRAP UP
    • Anaconda Con Videos

Podcast Guest: Mathew Lodge, SVP of Products & Marketing of Anaconda

Mathew has well over 20 years’ diverse experience in cloud computing and product leadership. Prior to joining Anaconda, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Weaveworks, the container and microservices networking and management start-up; and previously as Vice President in VMware’s Cloud Services group. At VMware he was co-founder of what became its vCloud Air IaaS service.

Early in his career, Mathew built compilers and distributed systems for projects like the International Space Station, helped connect six countries to the Internet for the first time, and managed a $630m router product line at Cisco. At start-up CPlane he attempted to do SDN 10 years too early. Prior to VMware, Mathew was Senior Director at Symantec in its $1Bn+ information management group.

Podcast – Yves Boudreau on State of Edge Report and Edge vs Cloud

Joining us this week is Yves Boudreau from Ericsson for his 2nd Podcast appearance (1st Podcast) to talk about the new State of the Edge Report and the latest happenings in the Edge community.

Highlights

  • Edge as an accelerant not having to wait until Edge is built completely
  • Opportunity Cost using Edge as is; no time to wait
  • Be Specific when Requesting Services
  • Internet and Networks are Not Unlimited Pipes
  • Interesting Use Cases for Edge – Augmented Reality, Drone, Cars, Batteries
  • Cost savings of where the data processing is done
  • Open Source software communities at the Edge

Topic                                                                                    Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Intro                                                                                             0.0 – 1.22
State of the Edge Report                                                         1.22 – 5.22 (STE Podcast)  (https://www.stateoftheedge.com/)
Accessible Edge Environments                                              5.22 – 10.50 (Bulgaria)
Opportunity Cost and Missing Killer App                             10.50 – 12.04
Edge Infrastructure as Cloud Development Paradigm      12.04 – 14.29
Elasticity Issues b/w Cloud and Edge                                  14.29 – 21.45
Innovators Dilemma for Cloud & Telcom                             21.35 – 23.10
Favorite Use Cases for Infrastructure Edge                         23.10 –  28.55 (Hanger Podcast)
Data Location and Data Sovereignty                                    28.55 – 31.03
Cost for Processing Power in Edge Devices                        31.03 – 34.49 (SWIM.AI Podcast)
Free Software/ Open Source in Edge                                   34.49 – 46.58
Wrap Up                                                                                     46.58 – END

 

 

Podcast Guest:  Yves Boudreau, VP Partnership and Ecosystem Strategy

Mr. Boudreau is a 20 year veteran of the Digital, Telecom and Cable TV industries. From modest beginnings of one of the first cable broadband ISPs in Canada to the fast paced technology hub of Silicon Valley, Yves joined ERICSSON in 2011 as Vice President of Technical Sales Support and most recently has accepted a position as the VP of Partnerships and Ecosystem Strategy for the ERICSSON Unified Delivery Network. Previously, Mr. Boudreau has worked in R&D, Systems Engineering & Business Development for companies such as Com21 Inc., ARRIS Group (Cable), Imagine Communication (Video Compression) and Verivue Inc. (CDN). Yves now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Josée and 3 children. Mr. Boudreau completed his undergraduate studies in Commerce @ Laurentian University and graduate studies in Information Technology Management @ Athabasca University. Yves currently also serves on the Board of Director of the Streaming Video Alliance (www.streamingvideoalliance.org)