I spent my first ever weekend in Washington DC attending the NoFluffJustStuff
software symposium and in addition to seeing the nation's capital for the
first time, it was also my first ever NFJS event. We have reviewed this
conference series a number of times in JDJ and each review has been better
than the last.
Though invited to come along and talk at this series a number of times
peviously, due to scheduling and other things beyond my control, we couldn't
get quite coordinated. I have been intrigued at the reputation and buzz this
relatively small conference gnerates and so was very keen to check it out
first hand for myself.
The man behind this beautifully honed formula, Jay Zimmerman, invited me to
deliver the opening keynote. This was my first taste of the conference and
the format allowed me, as a speaker, to get closer to the audience and
involve them in the... (more)
Alan Williamson's Blog
It was only a matter of time before we started seeing real how-to's pop up on
how we can start profiling our Java applications running deep within the
cloud. When my long term friend and colleague, Kirk Pepperdine, started
talking about taking his world class Java performance tuning skills out of
the server room and into the clouds I was excited.
He's just getting started, with this handy start-up for getting your live
clouded Java applications directly profiled using Netbeans.
The big elephant in the clouds, is of course the fact that the hardware to
"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our
leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO
Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's
Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to
create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added.
Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture
Here's the interview in full:
Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this
climate. Was this about w... (more)
Alan Wiliamson's Blog
Finally, after years of providing just a command line interface to their web
services, Amazon has released a web based management console. Has it been
worth the wait? In a nutshell, yes.
We knew this day was coming, and 8th of January was that day.
Built using Yahoo's YUI framework, using JSP at the backend, Amazon's
engineers have delivered a very rich, functional and darn right stunning
looking console. It begs you to want to use it.
The first you notice instantly is how clean everything is laid out, choice of
colours and controls just flow beaut... (more)
We could no longer afford the big-iron alternatives of the day that were
traditionally first on the shopping list. There was a perception that if we
were to be deploying server-side solutions, then we needed reliability and
performance that weren't typically on offer from the PCs of the day. This was
back in the days when a "workstation" was more than just a high-end PC
(although if you looked at specifications of what the workstation actually
was, you'd probably be chortling right now).
Linux was viewed as this "hobbyist" thing that only true hard-core geeks
played with. No seri... (more)