Articles Tagged with Development

Scale and Engineering

When we scale things up to handle ever-larger quantities of data, we also scale up the number of issues related to the increasing pace. We’re dealing with this with fewer tools and, quite frankly, less knowledge We’ve seen changes in security (visit our latest podcasts on security and scale). We have seen changes in operations. We have also seen changes in development. Scale changes everything. But how so?

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The Campaign to Bring Back the VMTN Subscription

I am not sure how other people have learned their craft and mastered the technology they support, but for me, the learning started after the books ended.  I have learned so much more from breaking something and having to find the fix than I ever did from reading a book.  Back in the day around 2005, VMware released The VMTN Subscription.  This was an amazing program that was something like the Microsoft MSDN subscription.  These programs gave you the ability to run any of the core software packages for a year at a time for a subscription fee. This gives us, the administrators, the ability to “learn by breaking” for a time frame longer than the sixty day trial period. The good times came to an end in 2007 when VMware announced that they were canceling the VMTN subscription moving forward. If you have any current thoughts or dreams of pursuing your VCP, VCAP and or VCDX, then sixty days is not near enough time to achieve your goals.  Following the lead of Mike Laverick’s call to action, to “Bring back the VMTN Subscription Please” I wanted to stress my point of view that this program was one of the best ways for VMware to expand their technology and work with the people, in the trenches, that are supporting and expanding the virtualization footprint at their respective companies.

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Why would a Developer choose VMware?

It is interesting to see Edward’s comment that according to EMC/VMware, widespread production deployment of Cloud Apps is 3-5 years off.  If that is the case the VMware CloudFoundry initiative should be focused on cutting-edge development rather than porting existing apps, and in much the same way that Microsoft has always courted developers, CloudFoundry should be the latest cool thing for developer productivity. It’s interesting to talk about this stuff in the abstract, and at the strategic level, but sometimes it’s worth understanding what happens when you need to make the decisions for yourself.

So, although I’m more of an Architect than a Developer I’m knocking up a prototype application – this isn’t a thought experiment I really am building a real prototype with a view to showing to a real enterprise customer (in fact several), but it’s not being built for one specific customer so there aren’t any pre-defined corporate standards on the technology that I have to build it on. 

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