PaaS-y Days Are Here Again

At the turn of the previous decade, you would be considered perfectly sound to place a bet on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) as the dominant cloud service model (over IaaS). With offerings such as Google’s App Engine, Microsoft’s original Azure, newcomers Heroku and EngineYard, and OpenShift from Red Hat, to name just a few, the stage seemed set for this model of opinionated, abstracted…

Kubernetes: Evolution Of An IT Revolution

(Note: this post assumes a basic level of familiarity with technologies such as containers and Kubernetes. For a primer, watch this lovely video.) When asked about the impact of revolutionary developments in France, Chinese Communist leader Zhou Enlai famously replied, “It is too soon to say.” (Though it is still disputed if he was referring to 1789 or 1968!)…

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…

Ubuntu on AWS gets serious performance boost with AWS-tuned kernel

Canonical and Amazon Web Services have been working closely together to create the best experience of the world’s most popular cloud OS, on the world’s most popular public cloud. Official Ubuntu guest images have been available on AWS for years, and underlie the majority of workloads on the service—whether you use the EC2 Quickstart, Marketplace,…

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…