Managed Kubernetes on more public clouds: good news, but also distracting

Joining the fray One of the most predictable surprises in the public IaaS market recently has been DigitalOcean’s public launch of their own managed Kubernetes service, at KubeCon Europe last May. In my opinion, it was predictable for at least three reasons. First, customers. DigitalOcean is one of the largest and most prominent public-cloud providers,…

Container Pipelines: The Next Frontier

Our “8 Components” blog post, which was written quickly over lunch before the holidays, has turned out to be an all-time favourite—we even turned it into an eBook, complete with our own war stories. One of the areas highlighted in the post and eBook was the container pipeline, and on popular demand, in this post I…

CaaS in 2018: it’s a race

[Content warning: 2018 prediction!] Three weeks post-Reinvent (and a month after posting my thoughts on what CaaS actually means), Google Cloud’s annual summary further underlines, in my opinion, just how fast the top clouds are moving. It’s clear that all top clouds have or will have a Kubernetes-based managed service, which will go beyond the clusters and aim…

Cloud-native transformation: containers in the enterprise

A few weeks ago, I attended a talk about moving to microservices, in which the speakers, both of them DevOps program/delivery managers at a large online retailer, mentioned a rule they had. Tooling, they said, was not the answer to a Devops culture problem, but tools can be effective in slowing down or accelerating that…

CaaS: Hope or Hype?

In searching for inspiration for this post, I decided to bottom out an old suspicion of mine. After a brief but brave foray into the meme rabbit holes of the internet, I can confirm that indeed, “Everything-as-a-Service” remains a remarkably under-utilized as a buzzword. Something to strive for, I guess. A shortage of memes might…

New beginnings in an exciting growth area

After over three years at Canonical, I’ve decided to join Cloud 66 as VP of Sales & Business Development. I start today! In a way, this continues my transition from the hardware level, to the operating system, and now to the software that sits on top. Put another way, I moved from server environments, to virtualization, and…

How to go about the UK TechNation Visa

As some of you remember, in 2011 the UK government shut down its HSMP (Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa route, which was a quite effective method of bringing skilled talent from outside Europe into the UK. Folks like myself were left to look for opportunities as sponsored employees, or as entrepreneurs. However, neither route was…

Running Ubuntu VMs in Germany—without trading off security or data sovereignty

Data sovereignty is one of the hot topics in cloud computing. While US-based public cloud providers—such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM and Google Cloud Platform—have continued to solidify their dominance both at home and abroad, 2016 has also seen an awakening in Europe. At CeBIT in March of this year, T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche…

London Tech and TechStars Demo Day

The tech scene in London has developed immensely over the years that I’ve been involved in it, as mentor, advocate, and advisor. Sitting through the excellent pitches (well, most of them were excellent) at TechStars London demo day was a good chance to reflect on what has changed, and what has remained more or less…

Negotiation Musings: on The New US-Israel Defence Deal

There’s a few publications covering the latest multi-year $bn US-Israel defence deal; some of them are seeing this as an Israeli achievement (whether that’s good or bad for the region), while others are singing a completely different song, especially as this new deal includes some unprecedented terms: A 9% decline in annual aid in real…