As I was deploying Cloud Servers this morning to prepare a demo at DC2011, looking at my cloud servers generating load reminded me of this Charles Baudelaire poem. I thought I would share it with you. Clouds … The marvelous clouds …
- Tell me, enigmatic man, whom do you love the best? Your father, or your mother, or your sister, or your brother?
- I have neither father, nor mother, nor sister, nor brother.
- Your friends?
- You are using a word whose meaning remains unknown to me to this very day.
- Your country?
- I do not know under what latitude it lies.
- I would love her gladly, goddess and immortal.
- I hate it as much as you hate God.
- Well then! What do you love, extraordinary stranger?
- I love the clouds … the passing clouds … over there … over there … the marvelous clouds!
I’ve been invited at DataCentres 2011 to share my passion about Cloud Testing. A good opportunity for me to introduce the main principles and benefits of Cloud Testing to a broad audience. Cloud Computing is a fairly new concept, especially in Europe. A lot of enterprises are still unsure about some of its benefits and have concerns about security. Cloud Testing is the killer application to get acquainted with Cloud Computing and of course to help you with the performance and reliability of your web or mobile application. And when you start doing it, you can’t stop! Abstract of the talk is here.
Oh yeah, the conference is in … Nice. Easy enough for me as it is 15 minutes from my place. I hope to see you there and hopefully we can share interesting discussion!
Well, it looks like my prediction was correct. The Cloud Performance Summit was the place to be yesterday in Santa Clara ! It looks like Adrian Cockcroft, Alistair Croll, Tom Lounibos, Imad Mouline and others put up quite a show ! A bit frustrating for all of us, only able to “follow” the action on Twitter. Better than nothing I guess. I’ve gathered the best tweets from the event.
More action the next few days during Cloud Connect ! If you’re at the event, don’t hesitate to come by booth #515 as we offer a free performance testing of your website!
To answer Tal Broda: “Who’s #winning at the performance summit in #ccevent?” I think it’s safe to say that the whole industry is winning by having these kind of events. Having the best experts in the same room to discuss, share, confront their views can only be seen as a positive step toward better performing application, whether they run in the cloud or not. Or maybe @cloudsheen is winning …
Next week should be an interesting one! First, I’ll be at the “Etats Generaux du Cloud” which is the only French event dedicated to SaaS and Cloud Computing. Some interesting sessions around growing cloud business in France, financial aspect, new channels development fit for the Cloud etc. I will have the opportunity to see a keynote from Mr Eric Besson who is Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital economy (under the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Christine Lagarde). A couple of months, he’s launched some substantial initiative for the innovation in France ie. Tax Break and help from the government. Hopefully he’ll have some interesting news for us. I’m not too sure if he will covers his view on Net Neutrality as they are (for good reasons) controversial (he has called for an end to Net Neutrality, giving telecommunication operators the possibility to sell prioritized access to the network)
Then on Thursday and Friday, I’ll be with Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA (My boss but more importantly someone who wants to revolutionize Software Testing! Nothing less ! Hell yeah!), at the Innovation Cloud Summit where we’ll have the opportunity to present SOASTA’s products and services to French CIOs, VARs, SIs who are interested to invest in Cloud Computing technologies. This is an excellent initiative organized by the Paris Region Economic Development Agency. Should be fun to meet up with people from these Startup as well!
These 2 events should keep me very busy but I’m always open to a good informal discussion in the evening! I’ll be staying downtown Paris so I’m very flexible. How about we meet after EuroCloud in the evening? Send me an email at fred[at]fredberinger[dot]com. Hope to see you there !
Cloud Testing is a very hot topic right now within the software testing industry but I’m still reading questions such as: “Is it testing from the Cloud? In the Cloud? Is it testing the Cloud?” So I thought I would give a very short introduction to Cloud Testing so we’re all on the same page. This is the first lightning talks related to Cloud Testing. Enjoy!
Cloud Computing brings many promises to the Enterprise: Elasticity and scalability, lower costs, accessibility, agility etc. But these new virtual environments brings their load of challenges due to the almost infinite resources they make available:
- Application architectures need to reinvent themselves to take advantage of the whole cloud computing ecosystem.
- Data manipulation and aggregation is no longer limited by the amount of CPU power you have available but how do you handle such amount of data? Do we need new data models and algorithm?
- How do we ensure application perform under these new environments? How do you monitor your performance when dealing with multi-vendors environments?
- Do clouds meet customer expectation? What does it mean for SLAs?