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“Nice web site, guys” August 27, 2010

Posted by Sacha in CloudBees, English, IT.
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After the launch of cloudbees.com, I’ve received quite a few congratulations e-mails (thanks!). Most of these e-mails mentioned they really liked our web site.

The company who worked on our web site’s design is Hyperweek, founded by Raphaël Briner. (Hyperweek is not a web design shop though – they helped us only because we know them personally and asked politely).

Hyperweek is a social publishing platform and one of the things they do  is to help  companies promote their brand by creating rich-media social networks around their products/business.

For example, one of their customers is the well known Hublot luxury watchmaker for which they have built a social platform for the Hublot customers – a next generation VIP club!

Another example I really like is “Notre Histoire” (“Our History”) a social site that aims at collecting any kind of media (movies, pictures, etc.) from citizens about “the 20th Century in Switzerland” – very nice concept.

Thanks Julien for your hard work!

Onward,

Sacha

CloudBees is now live! August 26, 2010

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After several months of stealth-mode activity, CloudBees has now gone live. From the initial vision document to the current day, an enormous amount of work has been achieved and I am very proud of our team.

If you are interested to know what CloudBees is about, read our introductory blog and visit CloudBees’ web site. As you will see, our vision will be executing along two axes: DEV@cloud (SaaS for developers) and RUN@cloud (PaaS for production). While our initial offering falls under the DEV@cloud umbrella, we are already working on our RUN@cloud offering – so stay tuned.

On a personal basis, while I had been used to work with a very distributed team at JBoss/Red Hat, my daily interactions were mostly with European- and US-based colleagues. At CloudBees, the situation is more extreme: with people on 5 different timezones, spanning from -9h to +8h to where I live, this has been very stimulating! Have a question or an idea? Just jump on IRC and you can be sure to find somebody 7/7, 24/24.

So, what can you do for us? Well, if you are using Hudson (or if you would love to be using it), you should definitively give a try to our Hudson as a Service (HaaS) offering. I think you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to register and use it – and only pay for what you need. No more fights with your IT department to get the boxes you need, have them setup and maintained, etc. Just start a job and it will execute on a fully dedicated and fresh instance – billed by the minute (!). Best: you don’t have to change anything to your existing Hudson habits. And since our beta program has limited availability, you’d better register now.

Onward,

Sacha

ORCL vs. GOOG: hopefully just a bad timing August 16, 2010

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A few years back, I remember sending an e-mail to the JCP EC mailing-list in which I was wondering how GOOG was able to “leverage” so large chunks of Java without licensing it – I was finding that odd, especially for a company sitting on the JCP EC, hence supposedly elected to make Java move forward*. The feedback I got back from one of the Google’s rep had been relatively aggressive (and that I interpreted as “if you think I am infringing on some IP, show it to me, otherwise ST*U”). My goal at that time wasn’t to corner GOOG, but to better understand something that seemed like an elephant in the room. The fact that nobody from SUN replied to my comment and that the discussion thread died so quickly told me that the elephant had to be pretty big.

Fast forward a few years and we learn that ORCL has sued GOOG over some Java-related patents. Am I supposed to be surprised? Because I am not. The GOOG gooorilla is walking on fragile grounds with his big feet and Larry wants to show who is the boss.

Now, while I don’t really care about this ego-war, I think the timing of this legal action is very badly chosen. The SUN acquisition has closed for months now and ORCL hasn’t yet communicated what they would do with the JCP: will they be Java’s benevolent dictator or not? How? Under what terms?

JavaOne 2010 is not far ahead, so we will most probably get our answers soon, but it would have been much more readable if ORCL had i) officially stated they would further open up the JCP (as they repeatedly requested SUN to do) and ii) sued GOOG. This would have shown leadership and strength: “not only are we going to further build Java but we are going to step up to defend it – so beware!”.

Consequently, I really hope this is just a bad orchestration and that ORCL will announce good things at JavaOne 2010. If not, this could quickly get ugly…

Onward,

Sacha

*) a good part of the JCP contractual document, the JSPA, is dedicated to how the Intelectual Property of any Java spec flows from contributors to licensors – so IP issues were a hot JCP topic.

Banks and the cloud – tiny sample August 16, 2010

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As I am preparing for the launch of my new venture, I visited 3 banks in NYC last week. I admit that I entered into those meeting ready to hear that they were not ready for that shift, that clouds(*) weren’t secure/SLAified/robust enough for them, that it had to further mature, etc.

Consequently, I was actually surprised when the first two banks told me they were already working in the cloud(*) and ready to accelerate that move. The last one told me what I initially expected to hear (that SOX and other regulations would prevent them to do so), but that then sounded awkward based on the initial two reactions I had gotten. Maybe I didn’t ask the question to the right person.

This is certainly not a meaningful sample of any sort to do statistics, but I think it is a very encouraging signal at the very least.

Other interesting data is that those two banks were interested in a standardized cloud API (that we do not have today) so that they could “address” their IT assets in the same way as clouds, in a transparent and unified fashion. Makes sense.

Onward,

Sacha

P.S.: By default when I write “cloud”, I mean “public cloud”. <sarcasm>In the same way, when I say “it is cloudy today” I mean that “the sky is cloudy”, not that I have clouds in my bathroom or my car.</sarcasm>

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