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Cloudy with a Chance of Big Data?

Today we kick off our first ever virtual hackathon!

Hackathon_logoIn celebration of our 10th year anniversary this year the 24-hour virtual hackathon, starting at 6 p.m. Pacific Time, will have ten teams from around the world build a scalable solution that processes up to 4 billion real-time events within a short period of time, all in the cloud.

100 Amazon EC2 instances, 2000 Docker containers, 10 Kubernetes clusters using 70 Kubernetes nodes, 4 billion events, 24 Gigs of data, and no, we are not done with the numbers yet. The most successful team to survive this mammoth challenge and produce an applicable solution walks away with $5000.

After all, this is WSO2’s first ever virtual hackathon, and what is a big data challenge without some big numbers?

The teams consist of an architect and developer located in various countries including the US, Brazil, Netherlands, South Africa, Colombia, India and Sri Lanka. The week leading to the hackathon offered competitors resources in the form of webinars on the WSO2 Analytics platform, conducted by WSO2 experts.

All successful teams will get an Amazon Echo each and passes to WSO2Con US 2015, scheduled to be held in San Francisco this November. The most successful team will not only receive the prize money but also a chance to present their solution at WSO2Con.

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This is the fourth in a series of WSO2 Hackathons, focusing on specific areas of expertise in the industry. This challenge is focused heavily on analytics and data science, and how an uncountable number of connected devices and applications are generating massive amounts of data in today’s rapidly advancing connected world.

“Increasingly, enterprises are adopting data analytics platforms that are highly scalable and compatible with cloud technologies”, said Lakmal Warusawithana, WSO2 director of cloud architecture and vice president of Apache Stratos, who is leading the Hackathon. “This hackathon provides us a chance to showcase WSO2’s solutions for big data analytics, scaling to millions of events, running either on-premises or in the cloud, supporting high-volumes of mobile and device data across smart homes, and similar ecosystems. Our team is looking forward to hosting this hackathon, and witnessing the outcome.”

For more details on the challenge and the teams see http://virtual15.wso2hackathon.com

You can also follow #WSO2Hackathon for live updates

Lets talk business agility for your next generation enterprise

We are happy to announce that WSO2 is a Prime Time Sponsor at GigaOm Structure 2013, taking place in San Francisco next month.  The 2-day conference explores how real-time business needs are shaping IT architectures. gigaom-logo

I will be there to present a workshop on Achieving business agility with cloud APIs, cloud-aware apps, and cloud DevOps PaaS. You can also meet the team and get a preview of  new developments in our cloud PaaS and DevOps offerings, at the WSO2 booth.

Recently I’ve been talking a lot about business agility. With today’s “Now Generation”, business stakeholders, who drive revenue growth and customer retention, desire to rapidly seize opportunity and market share.  They often view IT timeframes and capabilities as a poor match for today’s fast business-pace. My webinar last week with David Linthicum addressed some of these concerns. We talked about

  • A path towards agile IT through the use of new approaches and emerging technology

  • New concepts around DevOps improvement

  • The use of emerging PaaS technology

  • Agility best practices that will guide you to success

If you missed out, the slides and recording are avaialble here: http://wso2.org/library/webinars/2013/05/accelerate-business-agility-paas

If you are in the area, I would be more than happy to talk about how we can help, at Structure 2013.

– Chris Haddad is VP of Technology Evangelism at WSO2. He blogs at http://blog.cobia.net/cobiacomm/

WSO2 Joins Cloud Security Alliance

Cloud Security Alliance LogoAfter watching the good work of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for more than a year, WSO2 has joined as a Corporate Member.

As you know, WSO2 offers the very first completely open source Platform as a Service (PaaS). Taking our Carbon-based middleware platform to the next level, WSO2 Stratos offers the most complete, enterprise-grade, open PaaS, with support for more core services than any other available PaaS today. Unlike many cloud platforms, WSO2 Stratos, the software behind the WSO2 StratosLive Java PaaS, is available as a fully supported product that can be installed and run on-premise.

WSO2 Stratos provides the core cloud services and essential building blocks, for example federated identity and single sign-on, data-as-a-service and messaging-as-a-service and more, required for developing SaaS and cloud applications.

Building a cloud PaaS is actually quite a challenge, but no pain, no gain!

We took up the first challenge of getting our Carbon stack running on OSGi runtime, not an easy task and one that some vendors were unable to complete, but one that we found necessary to build cloud nativity deeply into the platform, and to enable incremental upgrades and addition of the platform as a live entity.

Security represents one of the biggest challenges we faced making Stratos a reality.  We had to rebuild the foundations of the system to focus on tenant isolation, data security, restricted operations, tenant-based user stores, standards-based security models, integration with other *aaS models among other concerns. Stratos today supports many of the most popular open standards related to security and identity management including SAML2, OpenID, OAuth, XACML and WS-Security.

KuppingerCole European Identity Award 2011A few months back we received some recognition of this work, as a recipient of KuppingerCole’s European Identity Award 2011 for the Cloud Provider Offerings category.  The award recognizes WSO2 specifically for WSO2 Stratos Identity, citing the multi-tenant open source cloud service for its OpenID and XACML support and its innovative features, including the ability to migrate from on-premise to a full cloud service (and back).

Stratos has come a long way, with customers now adopting the platform, and we welcome the opportunity to both share our experiences with other cloud providers and be part of the conversation in moving cloud security forward.

The CSA is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

Among many of our community, questions about whether to move to cloud or not, whether to move to a private or public cloud and so forth mostly revolve around security concerns.  We are looking to helping address those concerns, and contributing to the standards and guidelines promoted by the CSA to educate users about ensuring the future of cloud is secure.

Prabath Siriwardena, Architect & Senior Manager – Carbon Platform & Security
blog: http://blog.facilelogin.com

Boston forecast: Cloudy with a chance of insight

I’ll be speaking at the Wall Street Technology Association event in Boston October 27th titled “Cloud Computing in Financial Services.”  I’m presenting an interesting idea that we’ve seen emerging among our WSO2 Stratos adopters.  Here’s the abstract:

Beyond exposing APIs: Exposing your data and services through a Vertical PaaS

“Adopters of cloud platforms expect scalability, high utilization rates, better analytics for their internal applications, and conversion of capex expenses to opex. In addition to these we are seeing a demand where adopters are seeking more – cloud offerings not just providing an API to their services but a complete ‘Vertical PaaS’ including third-party application hosting with direct access to the core data and services of the organization. Offering a development and hosting platform deeply integrated with their data and services rather than a simple Web API increases the potential for monetization and wider application of their service assets. This talk introduces the concepts and motivations behind this idea and provides a few customer data points that may be early indicators of an emerging trend.”

Hope to see you there!

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Product Design
Jonathan’s blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

How much should you care?

A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a podcast with Paul O’Connor and Dana Gardner. Paul O is someone I’ve worked with on and off for about four years now, first as he helped customers Podcast iconnavigate SOA and now as he leads their thinking in Cloud. It was immense fun recording the podcast with Paul, but, if anything, we only scratched the surface of Paul’s thinking. He is one of the real visionaries of how Cloud is going to affect large businesses IT and completely rewire it.

Paul O believes that the end-game of true cloud computing is the ability for a business to completely focus on the business and have the IT from infrastructure to development completely available as a Service. Paul calls this the Grand Unified Theory of Cloud: consuming IT entirely as a service.

I personally don’t agree: I think that there needs to be a sliding line that divides IT from the pieces I have to care about to the pieces I don’t. Twenty years ago I cared about processor instruction sets and assembly code. Today I don’t. Today, I don’t care what actual hardware my Amazon images run under — there is a rough measure and the details don’t bother me. On the other hand, if I was doing algorithmic trading, I care even about the clock frequency I can rack the machine up to. I don’t believe that we will ever get to a line where the business doesn’t care about any of the details — that simply opens up an opportunity for another business to find competitive advantage by finding something to care about. But I do agree with Paul: at the moment we are forced to care about too many aspects.

Here at WSO2 we are trying to create a platform where you can stop caring about 99% of the middleware issues and we can provide a platform that just takes care of that for you. The real Grand Unified Theory of Cloud for me is being able to choose exactly what to care and focus on in your IT, and have the other parts just work — as a service.

Find the full podcast and transcript here.

Paul Fremantle, WSO2 CTO

Paul’s blog: http://pzf.fremantle.org/

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