By Ericreid-Oracle on May 21, 2009
Yep, we actually are working down here in the ATL...
Gail Truman, Minute Madness Queen
Art Pasquinelli, Patriarch, Lead Deep Diver
Sun: Studious keepers of the Silver Traffic Cones
Greetings from Open Repositories 2009, the premier Open Source Archival and Repositories conference. Sun has a strong presence here, with lots of good interactions, and an exciting rollout of our Open Archive solution....
Oh. Wait. You say you don't know what a Repository is? You say it sounds like an embarrassing, unmentionable over-the-counter medication. Well, soothe thyself, gentle reader, it's nothing like that. Think of a repository as an online Library. A huge collection of digital data or documents. As human beings continue to create petabytes (1PB = 1 million GB) of data each and every day, it not only has to live somewhere, but almost always requires long-term storage. Forever. For the ages. A Real Long Time.
The trick, you see, is not just in storing the stuff. We can do that. We can stream data to disk and tape and optical media and eventually holographic cubes (oh, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself). The real Interesting Thing is not just storing it, but being able to intelligently access this data days, months or decades later. Intelligently. Quickly.
That's why we're here, along with developers, archivists and software architects. Sun is working closely with the Fedora (Commons) community, as well as University of Prince Edward Island. Look for more postings this week on this in greater detail. Until then, the gracious hospitality of downtown Atlanta awaits...
Amazingly, it was my very first DrupalCon, but that made it even more memorable! What an amazing, dynamic, welcoming, sharp, productive Community the Drupal bunch are. It was really a pleasure to attend, participate, soak it up and interact.
My biggest lasting impression: Sun remains a welcomed and productive member of the Drupal Community because we Listen to it, rather than Sell into it. Though we must constantly resist the corporate urge to treat Community as Potential Customer, there are significant benefits to be had.
P.S. 12 March: One big lasting thing: The Powers That Be in the Drupal Community are very serious about their assertion that the Drupal Core shouldn't be touched (and for good reason). The reason I personally will always remember this henceforth comes from the enduring line of the week:
No, really, this isn't a Marketing or Sales FluffPiece! I promise!
Today, Sun announces SSD drives for our servers. One of the proof points we used in support of this was the Drupal CMS. While Drupal 6 doesn't always stress the I/O subsystems themselves (or maybe because of it!), we went ahead to test some pseudo-real-world workloads against Drupal/PHP/Apache/MySQL/Solaris/ZFS. The results are posted today here in the Drupal-on-Sun Wiki site.
What did we find?
Expected, yes, but still good when it proves out!
Intelligent site and database architectures will be able to take advantage of this technology in ways we've not yet envisioned, especially in a tiered approach that localized most-accessed data in the faster tiers (main memory, Flash/SSD, hard disk).
Shhh.... be vewwy, vewwy quiet... we-yah hunting laptops! Hehhehhhehehehehehehhhhhh...
As I strolled up and down the Drupal Sponsor table promenade this morning here at DrupalCon DC, it occurred to me to make note of the various Personal Computing Fauna about. Kinda like the Audubon Society bird counts. But not really.
A ten-minute walk was enough to capture the following variants in their natural habitat:
Sitting in the Acquia update presentation this afternoon. What are they up to?
Well, Scott should be here today if he's recovered from food poisoning (eep!)...
Washington D.C. is cold and clear today, and the Convention Center is packed with 1400 Drupalistas. Many old friends, many friendly people coming up to talk with us. Creamy goodness, to be sure.
This week, my goals are to:
Are you here in D.C. at Drupalcon? Come by and say Hi! If you come by with coffee, even better - if you come with beers, even better still!!
Today Sun is announcing our Glassfish Portfolio, and while this link and other blogs explain it much better than I ever could, I did want to clarify a few things about one piece of this Portfolio. Specifically, the newly-announced Sun Glassfish Web Stack....
Who Should Care?
Anyone who develops or uses applications atop AMP stacks.
What Does It Get Me?
The best performing, best integrated AMP stack for Solaris, OpenSolaris and Linux.
What Does It Have To Do With Glassfish?
No doubt, the Glassfish App Server is quite cool, a great example of Open Sourced-ness, and a very tight Application Server. And it's what we all think of when we hear the word 'Glassfish'. As of today, however, Glassfish means much more.
All that said, just keep these points in mind:
Remember, all the goodness, cool new name!
Main Sequence: 1) an astronomy term denoting the lifecycle of a majority of known stars. 2) err @ Sun/Oracle: long-time (since 1988) Sun/Oracle veteran, still shining in an ever-changing high-tech universe