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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)

Profiling Netbeans within Amazon EC2

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 whic... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing CEO Michael Crandell

"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 funding. 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)

Bye Bye Command Line; Amazon Releases Its AWS Web Console

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. Initial Tour The first you notice instantly is how clean everything is laid out, choice of colours and controls just flow beaut... (more)

Back from the Future

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)