CloudDevelop Keynote

I’m pretty excited that I’m opening this years CloudDevelop event in Columbus, OH this coming October (17th). Thanks to Michael Collier for talking me into it.

The event is bringing together some of the best minds in cloud computing for some cracking sessions. Here are a few of the sessions I’m planning on attending:

My keynote will answer the question “Why Enterprise Developers Need Clouds”. Note the s on cloud. That’s all I’m saying.

Tickets are still available and are a steal @$20



Switching Clouds

The last year has flown over. It seems like mere days since I left MSFT for Aditi Technologies. Since my last post (almost a year ago, I must get better at this), I’ve joined HP. Yes HP, yes I know they make printers. They also have an OpenStack distribution (HP Helion OpenStack Community Edition), a public cloud and a development platform.  This is pretty significant if you are in the cloud space. Take note – more on that later.

Switching clouds has been a lot of fun. Spending ~8 years at MSFT means Windows is your world. With OpenStack, Windows isn’t the primary platform. OpenStack runs on Linux. If you have used Windows for 8 years, Linux is a little different. OK a lot different. It’s like you know what you need to get done, but spend 5 minutes looking up the command and another 20 validating your assumption.

Interface differences aside, OpenStack is solving the same problems as other clouds software/platforms. That means you can ask fairly intelligent questions based on previous experiences and not look like a complete idiot.

Anyway, here are my tips in getting started, but going deep with OpenStack:

  1. Use Linux. Yes this is obvious, but if you are coming from the Windows world, you need to live and breathe Linux. I’m about 95% Linux at home and ~65% Linux in the office now – from pretty much 100% Windows before.
  2. Install, then Install again. You can download HP’s distribution from here. That makes getting up and running pretty easy, but it hides a lot. If you really want to learn what is going on and how the services work together, install it all by hand. Then do it again. You can check out the docs from Once you have an install or 2 under your belt, you can start to explore our distribution.
  3. Deploy something real. Only when you try to deploy something a little more complex than the test VM will you really start to figure things out. Go big. For example, try to deploy a SharePoint farm.

No shocking revelations there right?

Of course, if you just want to get started then use the Helion installer. It will configure a nice OpenStack cloud for you in less than an hour. Give it a whirl.

Welcome me to Aditi

Change is good.

After 7 years working for the worlds greatest software company Microsoft I decided a change was needed, and new challenges to be found. My last day was 9/6/13.

It was a great 7 years and I’ve done some pretty amazing things,  kick started the Windows PowerShell training, built the mega demo DinnerNow and Visual Studio 2008 training kits. Then it was onto Windows Azure. I was the first Azure evangelist in 2008 and worked with the original A-team, Ryan Dunn, Vittorio Bertocci , Zach Owens, Steve Marx, James Conard and Wade Wegner. We started Cloud Cover, shipped a few PDC keynotes, built the Windows Azure training kit and worked the Azure magic on the conference circuit. We were Microsoft Evangelists and we lived the dream. Everyone has since moved on, some have other roles in MS and others have left. The fun things is, all those that have left now work at Aditi Technologies.

I’m pleased to be back working with some of the most talented people i know at Aditi Technologies. I joined Monday as the general manager for cloud services. There I will continue to work on Windows Azure projects with a great team of Cloud Architects. I’ve spent the last few days in a secret location with Wade (the CTO) and others on the leadership team, drinking from the fire hose and I feel pretty refreshed. I cannot say much more, other than this is an incredibly exciting place to be right now.

I’ll miss working with all the great people at Microsoft – but raise your glass to change and new beginnings.