Cloud Computing – just get started already!

OK – you’ve been hearing about “cloud” (I really dislike that term, but whatever) for over two years. You’ve equated it with just throwing some VM’s in some vendor’s datacenter – which is certainly part of it, but not the whole story. There’s a whole world of – wait for it – *coding* out there…

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Declarative Architectures in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

I deal with computing architectures by first laying out requirements, and then laying in any constraints for it’s success. Only then do I bring in computing elements to apply to the system. As an example, a requirement might be “world-side availability” and a constraint might be “with less than 80ms response time and full HA”…

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Is Data Science “Science”?

I hold the term “science” in very high esteem. I grew up on the Space Coast in Florida, and eventually worked at the Kennedy Space Center, surrounded by very intelligent people who worked in various scientific fields. Recently a new term has entered the computing dialog – “Data Scientist”. Since it’s not a standard term,…

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How I Work: Staying Productive Whilst Traveling

I travel a lot. Not like some folks that are gone every week, mind you, although in the last month I’ve been to: Cambridge, UK; Anchorage, AK; San Jose, CA; Copenhagen, DK, Boston, MA; and I’m currently en-route to Anaheim, CA.  While this many places in a month is a bit unusual for me, I would…

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The way to the future – Hybrid systems

I’ve written before (as have others) about the dangers of an “either/or” mentality with various technologies, including the “cloud”. Companies are starting to understand this message – I’ve been traveling a lot this year from Alaska to California, from the UK to Copenhagen, Denmark, talking with companies that are implementing Hybrid systems, and giving presentations…

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