Lydia Leong

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Ecosystems in conflict – Amazon vs. VMware, and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  April 6, 2012  |  16 Comments

Citrix contributing CloudStack to the Apache Software Foundation isn’t so much a shot at OpenStack (it just happens to get caught in the crossfire), as it’s a shot against VMware. There are two primary ecosystems developing in the world: VMware and Amazon. Other possibilities, like Microsoft and OpenStack, are completely secondary to those two. You [...]

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OpenStack, community, and commercialization

by Lydia Leong  |  August 15, 2011  |  7 Comments

I wrote, the other day, about Citrix buying Cloud.com, and I realized I forgot to make an important point about OpenStack versus the various commercial vendors vying for the cloud-building market; it’s worthy of a post on its own. OpenStack is designed by the community, which is to say that it’s largely designed by committee, [...]

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Rackspace and OpenStack

by Lydia Leong  |  July 21, 2010  |  3 Comments

Rackspace is open-sourcing its cloud software — Cloud Files and Cloud Servers — and merging its codebase and roadmap with NASA’s Nebula project (not to be confused with OpenNebula), in order to form a broader community project called OpenStack. This will be hypervisor-neutral, and initially supports Xen (which Rackspace uses) and KVM (which NASA uses), [...]

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Traffic Server returns from the dead

by Lydia Leong  |  November 3, 2009  |  1 Comment

Back in 2002, Yahoo acquired Inktomi, a struggling software vendor whose fortunes had turned unpleasantly with the dot-com crash. While at the time of the acquisition, Inktomi had refocused its efforts upon search, its original flagship product — the one that really drove its early revenue growth — was something called Traffic Server. Traffic Server [...]

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Google App Engine and other tidbits

by Lydia Leong  |  April 8, 2009  |  1 Comment

As anticipated, Java support on Google App Engine has been announced. To date, GAE has supported only the Python programming language. In keeping with the “phenomenal cosmic power, itty bitty living space” sandboxing that’s become common to cloud execution environments, GAE/Java has all the restrictions of GAE/Python. However, the already containerized nature of Java applications [...]

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A little SourceForge frustration

by Lydia Leong  |  March 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

SourceForge puzzles me. I think it’s the combination of what is obviously eager effort to improve the site, and the fumbling to get the basics right. On the plus side, SourceForge recently made a very welcome addition — adding “hosted apps”, including WordPress and MediaWiki — as an option for all projects, for free. And [...]

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Open source and behavioral economics

by Lydia Leong  |  January 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

People occasionally ask me why busy, highly-skilled, highly-compensated programmers freely donate their time to open-source projects. In the past, I’ve nattered about the satisfaction of sharing with the community, the pleasure of programming as a hobby even if you do it for your day job, the “just make it work” attitude that often prevails among [...]

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