Saturday May 19, 2012

25 Point plan and Cloud - 2 years later a lookback!

It has been around 2 years since 25 point plan was boldly published by Vivek Kundra and heavily embraced by all tech companies (google 25 point plan and any big company name -you will find a white paper!). I want to spend this writeup in looking back on what has worked, what has completely not worked and what is somewhat working. So, first let us see what worked? I would argue and say almost nothing earthshaking has really happened in terms of how IT works inside agencies. While some agencies have started the consolidated path - this essentially is a "shell" game - moving servers from one location to another without really driving efficiencies. There still exists a sense of lack of trust to make data sit in a shared environment. Even in agencies where there is strong leadership backing - the SIs that are native to the account are not necessarily in bleeding edge of cloud computing.

Thursday Dec 29, 2011

Big data - How BIG is IT?

Now that Big Data is officially the next big thing - I wanted to write about my thoughts on how big Big Data really is as it relates to Public Sector. First of all, I am reasonably certain that various specialized intelligence agencies are already using Big Data technologies to mine data in ways they have never done - and they have been doing it for more than 3+ years. Outside of intelligence agencies, how does this map out to the broader public sector? How can this be used to better the life of the common man?. First and foremost, I personally think that folks don't realize the potential for doing things with big data sets. This is mainly because we never had the luxury to THINK BIG until very recently. I see two catalysts that is now driving the Big Data movement a) Continued drop in storage costs and more storage availability ( forgetting the Thailand floods for a moment!) b) Continued increase in COMPUTE power that allows us to PARALLEL everything (borrowing Larry's terminology from OpenWorld 2011) Now that we have the luxury to think BIG - what are the things that we can think BIG on. For example, NOAA today collects information from it's buoys that are floating out there in Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans to make assessments about Tsunamis, earthquakes etc. With our increased capability to collect and process more data, I see that these type of prediction models approaching more accuracy - thereby directly saving lives. Another example could be the data that is currently being collected by all the dreaded speeding cameras across our great country ( definitely not in love with those for sure). However, if we can somehow have these data collection points collect more info, we can predict transport flows much more correctly. At an even more personal level,now we can throw sensors all around the house and have temperature control systems that can specifically turn on specific vents based on very localized information (may be!). I frankly think there are applications that have not been thought about that will be thought about and written in the near future. I also see a day where there will be an App Store for Big Data apps- You buy the App, Rent an Big Data Infrastructure on the cloud to crunch whatever data you want to crunch and consume the results. Easier said than done-but for some reason I feel that world is not that far away.

Thursday Oct 06, 2011

Oracle's 5th Annual Fed Forum - October 18th 2011 in Washington D.C

A great opportunity for those of us living in the D.C Metro area that didn't have a chance to visit Oracle Openworld in San Francisco to hear about all the product launches that were announced. Oracle Fedral Forum in Washington D.C is on October 18th,2011 and will be at the Renaissance Marriott in downtown. It is free to attend and all you need to do is to register by following the link.

Cloud has it's own track and has 3 very interesting sessions.

The first Session "The Foundations of the Application Cloud in a Box - Exalogic" is being delivered by Mohamed Afshar, VP Oracle's Middleware product management. This session will focus on the benefits of a pre-engineered private cloud solution.

The second session should be very interesting - given Oracle's announcement of it's public cloud in Openworld. It is jointly delivered by Mike Hichwa, who oversees Oracle's Database Cloud offering and Ajay Patel, who oversees Oracle's Java Cloud offering.

The final session in cloud is about " Building Cloud Right" and is jointly delivered by Sushil Kumar, who manages Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Manager and Sergio Leunissen from our OVM PM team.

There will be other sessions that will highlight Oracle Unbreakable Data Appliance , Exalytics and Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Wednesday Oct 05, 2011

Oracle announces Big Data Appliance

Oracle announced Big Data Appliance yesterday!. I am very excited about OBDA, mainly because now we have an enterprise vendor that is supporting NoSQL and Hadoop. So, what will OBDA contain? On the software side - Oracle Hadoop, Oracle NoSQL, Oracle Data Integrator for Hadoop and Oracle Loader for Hadoop the hardware is an integrated hardware system with Infiniband between the compute and the storage nodes. The great news for customers is that now they can process unstructured data (Acquire and Organize) and Analyze (using Exalytics - which was announced at the beginning of OOW) using technology that is supported in an integrated fashion from one vendor. I will start writing more as we progress along in the path of Big Data.

Oracle announces Oracle Public Cloud

Oracle announced Oracle Public Cloud today - offering Database Cloud, Java Cloud, HCM Cloud, Social Network and CRM Cloud. Key to note is that Oracle's Public Cloud is powered by the same technology that can be used to power an enterprise's private cloud - namely Exadata and Exalogic. Another important thing to note is that the technology portability that an Oracle customer would get moving between public and private cloud. More to come..

Thursday Sep 01, 2011

Virtualization is not enough!

For those that are paying attention on the happenings in the hypervisor world - Oracle launched OVM 3.0, it's next generation hypervisor last week. One of the key messages as it relates to hypervisor that we have been highlighting is that virtualization needs to be purposeful. For virtualization to be purposeful, it needs to really understand the workloads that run on top of it. If the hypervisor acts as just a black box, then from a performance perspective, you just lost a few ticks of your CPU without getting much for it. On the other hand,if the hypervisor is workload aware or "application aware" then you get the following benefits - Better performance as the application is better tuned for the hypervisor - Better reliability during failovers/live migrations etc - less chance of application data loss/application config losses. - Rapid buildout of your virtual environment while keeping less gold images ( vm image management is a pain for those that have done it) as you use templates to build things out - keeping things modular in nature. - Allows change in configurations without having to completely rebuild and store new gold images and takes away worries about versioning etc. - Allows the user flexibility to manage patching activity much faster -rather than an all or nothing approach.. Interestingly enough at Loudcloud and later at Opsware, we had the exact same viewpoint of how application infrastructure needs to be built out in a physical environment (at that time). Our approach in Opsware's Server Automation platform was template driven against BMC's Bladelogic vision of managing golden images for each and every minor variation. I will try to add more later on the compare/contrast of template driven buildout of infrastructure against a image/snapshot driven buildout.

Thursday Aug 18, 2011

Register to attend - Oracle VM Launch Event -August 23rd 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

Oracle is doing an Oracle VM launch event webcast on August 23rd. It's a great opportunity to hear from Oracle as to where we are taking our hypervisor virtualization story. Follow the link to register and listen in to the webcast -

Sunday Jun 12, 2011

Presenting in a few State Digital Summits across the country in the next few weeks.

I have a busy two weeks starting this week. I will be in Salem, Oregon presenting on the topic "Bringing Clouds Down to Earth" on june 13th. Then, I head out to Jefferson City, MO to present in Missouri's Stage Digital Summit on Wednesday. I get to do the same activity in Olympia, Seattle on June 21st. Should be an interesting one to hear how Western states are adopting Cloud computing.

Oracle launches Optimized IAAS Solution

Last week Oracle announced it's optimized IAAS Solution.

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