Thursday Jun 03, 2010

Jazoon 2010 Day 3 - Java EE 6 on Cloud, HTML 5 with JSF 2 and another run on Üetliberg

The Day 3 of Jazoon (Day 1 & 2) started with a great presentation on Gaia satellite and Data Processing by William O'Mullane. Gaia is a European Space Agency space mission that will be launched in Summer of 2012 to compile a catalog of approximately 1 billion stars. Most of their software is Java-based and have been fairly happy with the decision taken 10 years ago. They are very happy with the performance of Java and in certain cases its even 10x faster than C.

I gave a talk on "Running Java EE 6 applications in the Cloud". The talk explained flexibility, light-weight, extensibility, and ease-of-use of Java EE 6. It demonstrated a simple sample development and rapid deployment feature using NetBeans IDE. And then quickly jumped into how this application can be deployed on Amazon EC2, RightScale, Elastra, and Joyent infrastructure. I learned about the Simple Cloud API (Storage only) and Apache libcloud from Doug Tidwell's talk yesterday and so will try them as well.

I gave a tee-shirt from the Bay Area JUG Roundup to Rainer Grau - moderator of the conference and he was kind enough to change it for rest of the day. See his picture below.

The slides from my talk are available below:

More detailed steps to deploy your Java EE 6 application on each cloud management / provider mentioned above will be available in a later blog. Instant feedback via twitter is always much appreciated as shown in the case below:

The Spring 3.0 Themes and Trends talk was quite a dejavu because it was mostly a rehash of what is available in the Java EE 6 today. And I could not understand why would anybody use Spring (instead of Java EE) to use the goodness of the JSF and JPA technologies ?

Roger's talk on "Exploring HTML 5 with JSF 2" was very interesting and had a packed room, small but packed. He showed lots of HTML 5 samples and how Java Server Faces 2 can be used to include new tags like audio / video in a JSF composite component, Web Sockets and even Web Workers with JSF 2. His slides are available at:

Roger & I will work on publishing detailed steps on these demos in the coming days.

Spring Roo was a good one but it seems like that its basically trying to bring Ruby-on-Rails concepts like Dynamic Functions and Scaffold with some usual tooling tricks and heavy code generation to the Java programming language. One more framework, one more convention, one more programming style ... not sure if it fills any gap!

Dan & Aslak presented on Real Java EE Testing with Arquillian and this was mostly a demo-driven talk showing how different Java EE technologies can be easily tested using ShrinkWrap and Arquillian. And the cool thing is that they support deployment to GlassFish Embedded as well.

Here are some pictures from earlier today:

And the day concluded with yet another great run up Üetliberg, just a simple out & back but 1404 ft elevation gain in 4.59 miles. The elevation map is shown below:

More details about the run are given below:

Here are some pictures captured during the run:


It is just beautiful - definitely worth going at least once!

Last but not the least, Roger & I had a great dinner at au gratin - a great restaurant + adjoining bar on the first floor on Bahnhofplatz. They've got great food variety at a great location, reasonably priced (as per the Swiss standards ;-), and an American Football aficionado server by the name David. If you meet him, say our hello to him :-)

And here is the complete photo album:

This was my first Jazoon conference in the beautiful country of Switzerland and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had some useful conversations and made some good contacts. I'd love to come back here again next year as well!

Next step Über Conf ...

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Tuesday Nov 03, 2009

Right Scale User Meetup Trip Report

With a variety of public cloud hosting solutions available in the market such as Amazon, Rackspace and GoGrid and private solutions like Eucalyptus, Terremark, and VMWare, Right Scale offers a cloud management platform that operates on most of them. Using Right Scale's platform, you don't need to write scripts to launch EC2 instances, or think about plugging your own monitoring / management mechanisms for health check, or worry about lock-in to a particular cloud provider. Ease-of-use and a faster on-ramp for going production on a cloud are other key reasons amongst several other benefits offered by Right Scale.

Right Scale's mantra "Real customers, Real deployments, Real benefits" was truly evident in their first ever user meetup. Other than discussing the trends, product road map and services offered by Right Scale, the most interesting part was the customer testimonials.


Greg Taylor from Sony Music uses Right Scale to manage it's artists fan sites. Their main reasons for using Right Scale are largest choice of Operating System & AMI, multiple redundant data center reduce risk, and server templates/scripts versioning into portal. They are very happy with MySQL master/slave configuration server templates and have been able to scale to millions of users in a day (e.g. with michaeljackson.com). Michael Dosik from FanSnap (ticket search engine) leverage RightScale for automation instead of adding staff. Auto-scaling, RightScripts, Dashboard/monitoring and ease-of-use are other features specific that brings them to RightScale. Sam Ramji from Sonoa Systems (visibility, management, and control for Cloud services) talked about cutting down their configuration time from 3-4 days on EC2 to hours on RightScale platform and reduced concerns around portability as the main reasons for picking this platform. Read a more complete report about the meetup here.

Here are some other data points ...

  • Scalable Web Sites, Test & Dev, Business Intelligence, Backup & Recovery, Mobile Services, and Grid Computing are the highest usage areas by Right Scale users
  • Fast on-ramp, Ease of setup, Ease of maintenance, IT visibility & control, Retain best practices, Productivity, Agility, Reliability, Predictability, and Portability are are some of the key benefits to Right Scale users.
  • 100% production usage on EC2 for now
  • Ubuntu 9.10, CentOS 5.4, Windows 2003, Windows 2008 support coming (Ubuntu 8.04 used internally)
  • RHEL is the most often requested platform
  • Chef integration is the future direction, most new features like Machine Tags are targeted at Chef only
  • Right Scale's CEO recommended to use the free version for 2 servers and the commercial version for 6-8+ servers
  • Monitoring features: monit integration, CPU/Disk/Network/MySQL/Apache/others, Auto-scaling based on alerts, 7-day free monitoring

The meetup very much lived to it's promise of "NO! HYPE" buttons which were distributed to all the attendees. Each attendee was given a tee-shirt which had "707,007+" printed in big letters in the front. This is the number of servers launched by Right Scale so far. The "NO! HYPE" promise became much more evident after attending some sessions at SYS-CON Cloud Computing Expo which were still talking about philosophies / theories. The cocktail party in the evening provided a great atmosphere to mingle with the folks behind Right Scale.

So far no pictures from the meetup are available on flickr but hopefully they will show up here.

Over all, I really enjoyed the presentations at the meetup, meeting the Right Scale folks, and food/drinks at the cocktail party :-)

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