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Leaving Sun – Kick butt and have fun!

March 22nd, 2010 • Comments Off on Leaving Sun – Kick butt and have fun!

I decided to leave Sun Microsystems/Oracle and move on to a new position which start 1st of May. I was looking around for a while and reached out to some people and decided that moving on is the best bet for me.

Don’t get me wrong: Working for Sun has been great! I met very bright, great, important, impressive and most of all innovative people – and the company supported me in creating things like OCCI. It was a great experience! Most certainly I’m a bit saddish about this. Sun was a dream-come-true when I started and I’m extremely happy that I had the chance to be part of this history.

Now I move on for various reasons which I might explain to you while having a beer…I will continue to work on Grids and Clouds and hopefully I can push OCCI even more! I will keep on blogging on my blog. My blog at blogs.sun.com/intheclouds will probably vanish sometime (*sniff*) but you can find me using the known website: tmetsch.org. But for now: Kick Butt and Have Fun!

For more videos and a tribute to Sun visit thenetworkisthecomputer.com.

Why Standards? – another point of view

March 19th, 2010 • Comments Off on Why Standards? – another point of view

During the past days there where several events where the topic ‘Why Standards’ was discussed. A writeup/summary of one of this events can be found here. Now read the following quote (out of context – I know :-)):

The people on standards bodies are in danger of speaking in an echo chamber. After a while, all they can hear is themselves

I do not agree with this. I will not comment on the ‘why standards’ and ‘we need standards for interoperability’ topics. But I want to raise one point: Why not see Standards bodies as Thinktanks? I mean so many people come together and bring in so many different opinions and points of views – which is very good so the solution (I do not call it standard now) will be cool (technology). I talked to so many people in the past days and all agreed that e.g. OCCI has some cool ideas. And we reached that by inviting all kinds of people with alls kinds of backgrounds to help create this cool thing. Okay we had our fights but somehow we reached consensus and I bet that a research lab of a company would have never come to the point where we are – just because they do not have all those different views.

Important is that you talk openly – if you have strict IPRs as a Standard Body and you’re not allowed to tell other people – you might indeed end up in ‘talking to yourself’.

Status Update on OCCI

February 24th, 2010 • Comments Off on Status Update on OCCI

One year ago Ignacio Llorente and me started asking around and organizing a BoF session for OGF25 in Catania, Italy. We finally started working on one of the first Cloud Standards in March. All this was driven by the project RESERVOIR, Now it has become definitely a little bit bigger 🙂

Here are some facts and some interesting information about OCCI to show you the current status

I told all this and many more things at the CloudScapeII meeting in Brussels yesterday. Here are my slides:

How to replace yourself with a script

February 21st, 2010 • Comments Off on How to replace yourself with a script

Nice presentation by Hilary Mason. I like the concept of the Ignite presentations:

In talks that are exactly five minutes long, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Striking Lufthansa Pilots??

February 21st, 2010 • Comments Off on Striking Lufthansa Pilots??

Okay the Lufthansa pilots are going on strike starting tomorrow for 4 days. I’m flying Lufthansa…But that is no issue. I fly with Augsburg Airways which is part of the Lufthansa organization. Weird is that Lufthansa uses the Augsburg Airways brand to pay pilots less then they have to when they would work for Lufthansa. Now guess what: The Lufthansa pilots (salaries between 60.000 and 240000 Euro annually) are going on strike. Those pilots working for Augsburg Airways whom earn less are not going to strike…something is wrong here…