Sharing The Wealth (as an atomic operation)
By unixman on Jan 12, 2008
Knowledge wealth is not a measure of material quantity; it is a relative measure of metadata's meaning, begging to be set free.
I often feel that people can be much more successful and productive if they share the information they know - openly. So to do my part, I gladly welcomed an opportunity to participate in Sun's Tech Days 2008 WorldTour (details) and traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, this week, to present on some of Sun's very cool technologies (our Solaris operating environment and ZFS - two of which have recently been recognized as the Best Server OS and Best Filesystem (respectively) by InfoWorld in their annual technology review
While there, I had joined a dozen other Sun engineers, collegues and partners in a 2-day event focusing on OpenSolaris, Solaris and Sun's developer-centric technologies and tools (and we've got quite a community). The entire event took place at the Cobb Galleria Center; and the agenda was packed!
If you're a developer, an existing customer or a prospect, please do take the time to participate in these free events when they come to your town. There were hundreds of attendees in Atlanta (I don't have the actual numbers yet) - and they all came to hear about cool Sun technologies: development tools, operating system features and services - and most improtantly, (I think), to interact and hear directly from Sun engineers involved in development of (and day-to-day activities with) these technologies.
Speakers included (in random order) Jeet Kaul, Ian Murdock, Michael Ingrassia, Valerie Fenwick, Sowmini Varadhan, Scott Dickson, Don Deal and many others whose sessions I did not get a chance to attend. You can see the entire list of speakers and presentations from the OpenSolaris day. I lead a session on OpenSolaris (A Definition) and on ZFS (with a focus on why developers should think of using it). Would love to hear your thoughts about these technologies and what creative uses you've come up with to entrust your business to them.
I also dived into examples of what I've dubbed Solaris Multiplicity - a practice of using various Solaris technologies jointly to come up with an economically malleable index representative of deriving increased levels of value for your enterprise, rather then partially using subsets of these technologies and come up short of the full potential.
1/2/2010 Update - I organized my thoughts on this further into a slide set forming a presentation. Whilst with examples, it takes about 1.5 hours to go through the entire deck. I had presented it at Immersion Week (a Sun conference) in 2008. If <PG DOWN> is your key of the day, it is conceivable that you might be able to go through the slides much faster ... Your thoughts are welcomed!