Lena presents “So You Want to Run Data-Intensive Systems on Kubernetes”

If you’re interested in running data-intensive systems (think Apache Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise, Kafka, Spark, Tensorflow, Elasticsearch, Redis, etc) in Kubernetes this is a great talk. @Lenadroid covers what options are available in Kubernetes, how architectural features around pods, jobs, stateful sets, and replica sets work together to provide distributed systems capabilities. Other features she continues and delves into include custom resource definitions (CRDs), operators, and HELM Charts, which include future and peripheral feature capabilities that can help you host various complex distributed systems. I’ve included references below the video here, enjoy.

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September & October Op & Dev Dis Sys Meetups Posted

I’m excited to announce several new speakers coming to Seattle. Meet Karthik Ramasamy, Joseph Jacks, and Luc Perkins. They’re going to cover a range of technologies, but to list just a few; Heron, messaging, queueing, streaming, Apache Cassandra, Apache Pulsar, Prometheus, Kubernetes, and others.

Everybody meet Karthik Ramasamy!

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Karthik Ramasamy

Karthik Ramasamy is the co-founder of Streamlio that focuses on building next generation real time infrastructure. Before Streamlio, he was the engineering manager and technical lead for real-time infrastructure at Twitter where he co-created Twitter Heron. He has two decades of experience working with companies such as Teradata, Greenplum, and Juniper in their rapid growth stages building parallel databases, big data infrastructure, and networking. He co-founded Locomatix, a company that specializes in real-time streaming processing on Hadoop and Cassandra using SQL, that was acquired by Twitter. Karthik has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a focus on big data and databases. During his college tenure several of his research projects were later spun off as a company acquired by Teradata. Karthik is the author of several publications, patents, and Network Routing: Algorithms, Protocols and Architectures.

Presentation: Unifying Messaging, Queuing, Streaming & Light Weight Compute with Apache Pulsar

Data processing use cases, from transformation to analytics, perform tasks that require various combinations of queuing, streaming and lightweight processing steps. Until now, supporting all of those needs has required different systems for each task–stream processing engines, messaging queuing middleware, and streaming messaging systems. That has led to increased complexity for development and operations.

In this session, we’ll discuss the need to unify these capabilities in a single system and how Apache Pulsar was designed to address that. Apache Pulsar is a next generation distributed pub-sub system that was developed and deployed at Yahoo. Karthik, will explain how the architecture and design of Pulsar provides the flexibility to support developers and applications needing any combination of queuing, messaging, streaming and lightweight compute.

Everybody meet Joseph Jacks & Luc Perkins!

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Joseph Jacks & Luc Perkins

More about Joseph

https://twitter.com/asynchio
https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephjacks/

Joseph was the founder and organizer of KubeCon (the Kubernetes community conference, donated to and now run by the Linux Foundation’s CNCF). He also co-founded Kismatic (the first commercial open source Kubernetes tools and services company), acquired by Apprenda in 2016. Joseph previously worked at Enstratius Networks (acquired by Dell Software), TIBCO, and Talend (2016 IPO). He was also a founding strategy and product consultant at Mesosphere. Recently, Joseph served as a corporate EIR at Quantum Corporation in support of the Rook project. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of a new stealth technology startup.

More about Luc

https://twitter.com/lucperkins
https://www.linkedin.com/in/luc-perkins-a087b322/

Luc has joined the tech industry a few years back after a foray in choral tunes and thrashing guitar virtuosity. Educated at Reed in Portland Oregon and then on to Duke where he wrapped up. Then back to Portlandia and then joined AppFog for a bit working in he platform as a service world before delving into the complexities of distributed databases at Basho. Having working with Luc there along with Eric Redmond I wasn’t surprised to see Luc just release the 2nd edition of the Seven Databases in Seven Weeks book. Recently he also joined CNCF as a Developer Advocate after drifting through some time at Twitter and Streamli working on streaming & related distributed systems.

Presentation: Prometheus, Grafana, Kubernetes, and a Cassandra Cluster

Over the past few years, Prometheus has emerged as a best-of-breed OSS monitoring and observability solution. In this talk, I’ll walk you through setting up a full-fledged Prometheus setup for a Cassandra cluster running on Kubernetes, including Grafana dashboards, Alertmanager notifications via Slack, and more.

Presentations: Title TBD – Stay Tuned!

I’ll post more details on Joseph’s talk in the next couple of days. But you can get an idea that it’ll be some seriously interesting material!

RSVP to the Meetups Here

Op & Dev Dis Sys: Determine the Future Meetups

IMG_6303 2Tonight was the Operators & Developers of Distributed Systems meetup, a meetup series brought about through a convergence of the Seattle Scalability and Cassandra Seattle Organizers.

What I’d like to know, in my efforts to assist in organization of this meetup with the team, is what would you want in future meetups. Currently I’m thinking about a mix of the following types of meetup structures.IMG_6297

First there’s the flow of the events. Would one want workshops, group coding session mixed with a presentation, presentation only, coding only, or some other type of flow to the meetup.

Second, there’s the scheduling of the events. Having a meetup, one per month, is fine. But do participants want more, less frequency, or some other type of frequency of meetups? We could shift the meetups to quarterly, or even go all wild and start a bi-weekly scheduling where once a month we have a workshop or group coding sessions, and the other part of the month we have a presentation.

Third, I’m curious what others would expect, or like to see, and what value they’d want out of a half day or full day mini-conference.

I’d love to get your input on this matter and have put together a Google forms doc here to make it easier to send some information this way regarding these ideas. Thanks for your feedback, ideas, and interest in making future meetups useful and interesting.

Update 3 – Portland Startup Week – Docker, Fig, Women in Tech, Wearables & A Hackfest

Here’s some great events coming up the first week of February for Portland Startup Week! Are you planning on attending any of these or others during the week? Let me know of other good events related to Portland Startup Week and I’ll get those posted too.

Sailing Away From Dependency Hell with Docker & Fig
Tuesday Feb 3: 12-1 PST

Deconstructing Women in Technology: What’s the Data Really Telling Us
Tuesday Feb 3: 5-6 PST

Portland Startup Week Where are your Wearables Hackfest with Quick Left & Name.com
Wednesday Feb 4: Hackfest: 6:00-10

I’ll be attending the hackfest and hope to team up with anyone that has been hacking IoT or other hardware and wearables to try to put together something new – or even to discuss what we might build in the future. Either way, it should be a great time and I look forward to teaming up with people to build some awesome.

Cheers!

Learn You Some Smarts for Great Good!

Like to code? Like to learn? Live in Portland? Well then you ought to join me in my great journey to the dark west hills of the lands of Hillsboro and Intel! I’ll be taking the following grand journey from Portland out to Intel to give a presentation on Pluralsight and teaching, learning, and getting smarts for great good! If you’d like to join me RSVP on the meetup invite here and let me know, I’m happy to transit out to the location with you.

Afterwards, as is standard operating procedure, we’ll have dinner, drinks, and food across the street at . Sure to have good conversation and laughs, as I always endeavor to do.

Ride Out With Me…

If you’re interested in riding out with me, join me at the Old Town China Town MAX Stop at 5:00pm. We’ll depart on the MAX Blue Line out to Hawthorn Farms Intel Campus. Afterwards, if interested I’ll be riding back too after the meet and post-meet meet at Morgy’s Pub & Grill (across the street).

What I’ll be Talking About

Pluralsight is one of the leading online educators of online, video-based, technical content in the world. In my presentation I’ll dive into how Pluralsight maintains integrity of its courses, insures learning, encourages quality, and helps keep the whole system moving forward in a seamless way. This presentation will be a small diversion from the technical components we often discuss as developers and instead a dive into the actual systems of learning, training, and production that are often on the edges of what we see as developers – but benefit greatly from when we want to learn something new! The core three things I’ll be covering include:

  • How video & doing helps us learn quickly.
  • How video is produced and the tools of this trade.
  • How to produce effective technical content to teach.
  • How to effectively use technical content to learn.

Once I finish the talk I’ll provide a wrap up here on the blog. My intention is to do more than merely post the slides, I’ll work to put something together that’s actually useful.

Speaking of Pluralsight

I’m also working on a new course right now! Ok, at this very moment I’m sipping a Black Forest Mocha at Coffee People while typing this blog entry while waiting for arrivals at the airport, but you know what I mean. I’ll have a basic outline and material for that course posted soon. For more on this pending course and other code event happenings, subscribe to the blog (scroll up and click the settings hexagon above) and or follow me on twitter @adron.

Xamarin and I Are Hella Busy Hacking This Week

This week, along with the normal duties of getting everything from SSL working to code slung for account management to intellectual property (what is that exactly 😮 )…  this week is going to get hella busy. Here’s a few of the public events and training that I’ll be attending this week along with the normal bike n’ hacking n’ gettin’ shit done.

Shared Code Projects, PCL and Xamarin on 7/8/14 @

Intel JFCC Auditorium
2111 N.E. 25th Ave
Hillsboro, OR

James Montemagno  from Xamarin is coming to learn us the deets on how to create common core code that can run on any or all common platforms. Find out the differences between shared code project, portable class libraries, and simple file linking to share more code on iOS, Android, and Windows. This should be pretty kick ass to help kick OrchestrateExecutive off the ground. There’s a little more info here for the event: http://www.padnug.org/.

Database Stuff that aint RDBMS on 7/10/14 @

I’ll @adron be presenting on database types, what’s available out there outside of the relational and RDBMS world. How to resolve various problems with alternate data solutions for better results, better performance and ways to leap around the hurdles that are sometimes faced with RDBMS use.  More info here: http://www.meetup.com/ssdevelopers/events/176032122/

Xamarin Hands-on-Lab/Hackathon on 7/12/14 @

Montgomery Park

Kelly White @mckhendry has put together a hands-on-lab and hackathon, just a few days later hosting a hand-on-lab working with Xamarin to build apps. I’m going to hit up this event too (then go ride a 100+ kilometer bike ride, anybody up for the ride, ping me?) and sling some code on OrchestrateExecutive. Also a little more info here for the event: http://www.padnug.org/.

There’s more, but these are the top few meets I’ll be attending over the next two weeks. Happy hacking!

Portland Docker Meetup & Olympia Stuff That Isn’t RDBMS

The next Portland Docker Meetup is going to be at New Relic offices in big pink. It looks to be a solid line up of topics, which I’ll be kicking off with a Docker intro. There will also be a Q & A session, lightning talks and some topic coverage of drone.io (I’m definitely looking forward to hearing about this topic).

Database Stuff that aint RDBMS in Olympia

Fast forward to April 10th and I’ll be boarding the flanged wheels to come and visit Olympia, Washington to speak at the Olympia South Sound Developers User Group. The topic will be on “Database Stuff that aint RDBMS“! I’ll have more on that presentation, the deck and any other things that come up related to this. I *might* even have a video of the presentation afterwards.