Saturday Feb 21, 2009

Sun Learning Services Session @ Sun Tech Days 2009

On the concluding day of this years edition of Sun Tech Days in India, Sun Learning Services (SLS) offered two Hands On Tracks - one on JavaFX and another on Solaris Containers - for its Customers, Partners and Community, and the response was simply overwhelming. Thanks to all delegates who made it for this event.

I'm glad to have got an opportunity to speak to a larger audience on a grand occasion as Sun Tech Days and that too on a very useful Solaris 10 feature, one among several Virtualization Solutions from Sun. To know more details about a training on Solaris Containers, click here. In another location within the Sun Tech Days 2009 venue, my friend Stacy delivered a full day seminar on the new and exciting JavaFX technology. Detailed description about a JavaFX course can be found here.

How well I performed my job is for the delegates of my session to judge and comment. For me, speaking to an audience comprised of employees of various organizations (IBM, Wipro, UBS, TCS, BOA, HCL,CSC, Reliance to name a few), students and lecturers from several Engineering Colleges around and faculties from our partner Educational Institutions was an immensely satisfying experience.

Due to several last minute onsite registrations, the Student Kits, containing several materials including OpenSolaris and Netbeans DVD went out of stock and some delegates had to go back without it. While we arrange for its shipment to delegates who didn't get a Student Kit during the event, we would wish to remind all that OpenSolaris and Netbeans could be downloaded from the website as follows for immediate use: (i) OpenSolaris (ii) Netbeans .

Like all previous editions of Tech Days, the one that concluded yesterday also offered me several fond memories. The photograph below is just one of it:

Thursday Feb 19, 2009

Cloud Computing

If you were there this morning at HICC, Hyderabad listening to Matt Thomson's keynote on second day of Sun Tech Days 2009, you probably got to know what cloud computing is. Press talked about its prospects already in todays edition. Matt managed to throw clarity on the definition of cloud computing, demonstrated some of the powerful offerings from Sun and also talked about a couple of key projects at Sun. It was a fluent presentation, packed with lot of information.

As cloud computing takes the center stage, it'd be interesting to follow Matt here to hear from him, directly and promptly, the developments on Cloud Computing at Sun. On one of his slides this morning, Matt listed the attributes of cloud (One Service Fits All, Virtualized Physical Resources, Self Provisioning, Easticity, Pay Per Use,Programmatic Control), in another he talked about Cloud as: (i)Software as Service (SaaS), (ii) Platform as Service(PaaS) and (iii)Infrastructure as Service(IaaS) and finally he explained how developers could utilize the power of cloud for developmental activities,scaling up and down the hardware that they need, as and when they need, build their project on cloud and collaborate with their project mates sitting across different Geographical location. In a stunning demonstration, within a matter of few mouse clicks, all of us got to see a Solaris Desktop - sitting somewhere in a public datacenter- popping up on a Windows laptop. It was exciting! No wonder, the demonstration invoked a loud applause from the audience.

In addition to talking about how a startup company could rely on Cloud rather than building their own data center, Matt also introduced us to Project Kenai and Zembly.

S D Shibulal, COO of Infosys and Prof Deepak Phatak were felicitated by James Gosling in the presence of Anil Velluri, VP and Managing Director of Sun India. When invited to speak, Prof Phatak said, "I'm a teacher. My few minutes could span several hours." Prof Phatak said in his speech how excited was to see so many developers paying fees for an event like Sun Tech Days and gathering under one roof. He also mentioned that in the past, India had more number of downloads than uploads (in terms of contributions to the OpenSource community) and that he's seeing a change in that trend off late. Prof Phatak's speech was short, but inspiring and touching.

I've already talked about the 'Java Jacket Give Away' event at Sun Tech Days here. The tradition continued this time around as well with a difference that two Jackets were given away instead of one. Looks like over the last three years the weirdest talent that someone could display was singing a song!!

All right, while you try and figure out a weird talent that you possess and probably start polishing it to try and gain a Java Jacket next year at Sun Tech Days, let me hit my bed and sleep, for I have a lengthy speech to make on the last day of Sun Tech Days 2009, tomorrow.


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