Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NLUUG Spring 2012 conference shocked by the Cloud

NLUUG Spring 2012
I gave my talk today on OpenShift that was rather enlightening for myself. This was due to the fact that the topic of this conference was Operating Systems. I was really wondering what they would be interested in with regards to a PaaS by Red Hat, given in the form of an OpenShift Primer which is basically targeting a developer audience and getting them started with the project.

As I waited for the room to fill up I notices the audience was very clearly more directed towards system administration types and that they really do love fiddling with the stack (especially the OS). This is something that a PaaS is trying to eliminate from the daily life of a developer. I took a deep breath, laid out the OpenShift t-shirts I brought and dived into the primer session with a goal of making it both interesting to admins and get them interested in helping their developers to stop hanging out at their desks when they need to fiddle with their stacks. We also dug into the new concept of Gears for the first time.

It went over quite well I think, with good interaction, some laughs and the t-shirts were snapped up like hot cakes! I spent time chatting with a few attendees and one organizer that wants to expand the following NLUUG conference to include a Cloud track. I hope to be back at the next one and tantalize the attendees with the latest update on the OpenShift project. Maybe we can even install and use it locally by that time? ;-)

Note: I received a note from one of the attendees the next morning after the conference, timestamped at 1930hrs the night after my session. This attendee went home and dived right into the OpenShift experience and wanted to let me know that he was now trying to come up with that billion dollar idea now that he has the PaaS to host it on. Mission accomplished I would say!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NLUUG Spring 2012 - OpenShift Primer

I have been invited to provide a session at the NLUUG Spring 2012 conference to be hosted at NBC in Nieuwegein, Netherlands on the 11th of April.

I will be talking about the Platform as a Service (PaaS) project OpenShift.

OpenShift Primer - Get your Business into the Cloud today
Ever wondered about the new Cloud offerings out there? What is a PaaS? What is this thing called OpenShift?


Whether your business is running on applications based on Java EE6, PHP or Ruby, the cloud is turning out to be the perfect environment for developing your business.


There are plenty of clouds and platform-as-a-services to choose from, but where to start? Join us for an action-packed hour of power where we'll show you how to deploy your existing application written in the language of your choice - Java, Ruby, PHP, Perl or Python, with the framework of your choice - EE6, CDI, Seam, Spring, Zend, Cake, Rails, Sinatra, PerlDancer or Django to the OpenShift PaaS in just minutes.


All this and without having to rewrite your app to get it to work the way the cloud provider thinks your app should work.


You can have your business applications running in the cloud on OpenShift Express in seconds, while also making use of the web browser do the heavy-lifting of provisioning clusters, deploying, monitoring
and auto-scaling apps in OpenShift Flex.


If you want to learn about OpenShift PaaS and see how investing 45 mins of your time can change everything you thought you knew about putting your business applications in the cloud, this session is for you!


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Red Hat Cloud Tour 2012 in Amsterdam - an amazing day in the Cloud

Yesterday I was lucky enough to speak at the Red Hat Cloud Tour's latest stop here in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was an amazing day with around 350 attendees and the location was fantastic, Pakhuis de Zwijger.

The image here of the location will lead you to the collection of photos I took to give an impression of the day as I experienced it.

It started with the keynotes and after lunch we hit the breakout sessions. I talked about JBoss in your Cloud Infrastructure and finished up the day with an OpenShift Primer where I show cased a mobile registration demo application (online for awhile if you want to look: cloudtour-inthe.rhcloud.com) based on the JBoss AeroGear project.

Here are the slides for both presentations and thanks to the attendees who were engaged, inquisitive and actively participating in the sessions. It was a great time and I got invited to speak at two upcoming events in the Netherlands in the near future!