All posts by Hasmin AbdulCader

Celebrating 7 with Jonathan Marsh

7 years ago this month WSO2 was founded on the belief that there was a better way to do middleware. Today WSO2 has not only reinvented the technology but also support models, business relationships and corporate culture.

As a tribute to the past 7 years of continuous  excellence we will feature the top 7 lists of what it means to be part of this unique company.

We start off with Jonathan’s top 7 and will publish more in the coming weeks.

1. Truly global

From day one where the founder’s “virtual garage” was on three continents, to serving customers around the world, to hiring the best folks wherever they reside, WSO2 shows what it means to operate in today’s global environment.

2. Talent pool

WSO2’s status as one of the premier “creative” organizations in Colombo attracts the cream of the hottest talent for its development team, and retains them with a meritocratic, Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial culture.

3. Focus on employee first, job second

We know that it’s often more important to have the right attitude, ambition, and raw talent than a credential that matches a static job description.  WSO2 team members regularly adapt and grow in ways that build an exciting career – and redouble their value to WSO2!

4. Pure balls

Taking on the likes of Oracle and IBM in terms of a superior technical vision is no small feat.  Yet that’s what WSO2 was founded to do.  In many ways we’ve already surpassed them, for instance with modularity and cloud nativity, but we also make strides every day to surpass them in customer satisfaction, reliability and responsiveness, fit-for-purpose, and one day in market share ;-).

5. Work globally, help locally

WSO2 consciously strives not just to succeed financially, but never forgets what that success is for: it translates into fulfilling employment, assistance to local enterprises, contribution to the industry and industry groups, presenting models for a “creative economy” in Sri Lanka, and promoting many charitable efforts to lift those around us in need.

6. An honest customer relationship

We’re pushing the envelope on what the software vendor/customer relationship should be – a cooperative model.  We’ve constructed our business model so that we partner with our customers to solve their problems efficiently and effectively – Apache licensed open source shares the code with customers, a menu of services targets a customer’s need directly, pricing that is drop-dead simple, no use of secret discounting structures to squeeze more money from some customers than others, no commissioned salespeople who have incentives to push further than the customer can benefit from.  Simple, straightforward value is our model, not restrictions or gimmicks.

7. Some great, great people at the helm

Paul and Sanjiva continue to amaze, our technical leadership under Samisa, Azeez, Shankar, Prabath, Asanka, and so many others always exceed expectations, and our new hires like Chris and Isabelle are rocking their jobs.  Our customers love these guys – and we get to work with them every day!

Feel free to post a blog and tweet #mywso2top7 with your top 7 of what WSO2 means to you.

2 New White Papers on Cloud Computing

Forrester Research expects the cloud computing market to top $241 billion by 2020. In the last couple of weeks we published 2 new white papers, that address the need for enterprises to radically scale the delivery of services while minimizing costs related to IT infrastructure, application development and deployment, and operations.

In addition, more enterprises are considering how to deploy middleware as a service instead of running multiple, traditional middleware platform silos. There can be potential cost savings when offering ESB-as-a-service across multiple tenants, rather than maintaining on-premise servers and storage.

1. Moving eGovernment to the Cloud

Today eGovernment promises a means for cost effectively delivering information and enabling transactions among the citizens residing within a local geography, as well as the different governmental groups supporting them. However, the role of eGovernment has been limited by the inherent cost and complexity of integrating and managing traditional server-based systems.

This white paper presents an architectural approach for maintaining a central platform-as-a-service (PaaS) working in concert with local private cloud platforms to efficiently leverage computing resources across platforms and locations—while ensuring proper governance. Significantly, this architectural model works equally well in the government and in the private sector among enterprises with multiple locations. The document also reviews how the award-winning WSO2 Stratos cloud middleware platform supports this approach.

Download this eGovernment white paper

2. Cloud Native Advantage: Multi-Tenant, Shared Container PaaS

The white paper describes the architecture components required to deliver multi-tenant, shared application platform services. It also proposes a cost evaluation tool that compares the deployment footprint associated with a multi-tenant, shared application container PaaS versus a single-tenant, dedicated container PaaS (i.e. traditional application server deployment in cloud). The analysis reviews multiple tenant count and application platform service scenarios. An associated TCO worksheet incorporates the application platform license (or subscription) cost, PaaS management service cost, infrastructure expense, and IT management overhead.

Additionally, the paper examines how multi-tenant application platform service instances can host multiple tenants with appropriate resource isolation and deliver a significant cost advantage. It also explores how cloud-native containers are purpose-built to overcome context isolation challenges, deployment tooling issues, and resource sharing impediments. Finally, it explores how cloud application architecture components (e.g. a cloud-aware code deployer, tenant-aware administration screens, and tenant-aware load balancing) create a safe, multi-tenant environment while maximizing resource sharing and lowering cost.

Download this PaaS TCO white paper

Hasmin AbdulCader,
Director, Communications http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

WSO2 Cloud Summer School Kicks Off This Week

Here’s a great way to start your Summer. Since 2009, the popular WSO2 Summer School program has helped enterprise IT architects and developers become more familiar with service-oriented architecture (SOA) technologies and best practices. The all-new classes for 2012 will focus on the cloud: from selecting a cloud platform to developing cloud applications, scaling cloud deployments, and demonstrating cloud value.

We start off with a session on Selecting a Cloud Application Platform on June 12th followed by

Watch this video by lead presenter Chris Haddad, who brings more than a decade of expertise in cloud and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), on what you can expect to learn.

Hasmin AbdulCader,
Director, Communications http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

Hot Summer Releases to Watch Out For!

From an all new API Manager and a software development lifecycle management product (WSO2 AppFactory), to supporting new cloud technologies, totally new versions of WSO2 BAM and WSO2 Message Broker, you won’t want to miss what’s coming up this summer at WSO2.

As the team constantly looks at ways to stay ahead of the game, they’ve also made significant enhancements to the WSO2 Carbon framework and products such as the ESB, Governance Registry, Application Server, and Stratos.

We managed to get a hold of CTO, Paul Fremantle, to give you an overview of what’s in store on this technical update video:

Hasmin AbdulCader, Director, Communications
http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

WSO2Con 2011 – More than just another tech conference

You’ve probably seen the agenda which has over 22 guest speakers and over 30 presentations covering the unique convergence of SOA, Open Source software, mobile and cloud computing, along with IT strategies for improving productivity and competing in a global economy.

You’ve also probably taken note of the stellar keynote sessions taking place on all three days of the conference by distinguished guests from IBM, eBay, Google and Cognizant Technologies.

What you probably don’t know yet is that WSO2Con 2011 is more than just a technology conference.

Held in the beautifully landscaped Waters Edge Resort, amidst a golf course, the 3 day conference also includes the most entertaining evening networking sessions you’ll ever come across.

Day 1: Cultural performances that showcase Sri Lanka’s rich set of cultural dances that are diverse and unique. From lithe graceful movements to the more vigorous, they reflect the complex rhythms of various drum beats. There is also a special appearance of a jumbo guest that should not be missed!

Jam with the WSO2 crew on Day 2. The team has been tuning up guitar strings, and vocal cords for an evening of smooth tunes and moving local flare. Even if you don’t play an instrument or have a voice of a nightingale, you can still join in the fun by singing and clapping along.

Ending the conference in style, one of the biggest names in the Sri Lankan music industry will perform. Mixing Sinhala, Tamil and English lyrics in their originals, bringing out their contemporary style and revolutionary music, this internationally acclaimed duo will make the evening definitely one to remember!

Can’t be here live? No problem, watch all sessions online, as and when they happen. Log in to http://wso2.org/events/wso2con-2011-colombo starting at 9PM Pacific time tonight!

Hasmin AbdulCader, Director, Marketing
http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

Recognizing the Stars

No, this post is not about the Golden Globe Awards. This post is about another special awards ceremony that also took place last weekend — the annual WSO2 Awards Night!

Every year here at WSO2 we pay tribute to the top outstanding contributors. The entire team  really contains a whole bunch of stars but some do shine especially bright. Without their passion, commitment, and attitude to shine the extra mile, we would not have come this far in redefining middleware and providing support services matched by no other.

Like the Globes we’ve got a bunch of categories too: Outstanding Contributor of the Year, Customer Delight, and Outstanding Team of the Year.

And this years’ winners were … drum roll please …

Outstanding Contributor Award: Samisa, Azeez, Supun, Buddhika, Charitha, Saminda, Milinda, Evanthika, Krishantha, Chathuri, Padmika, Janath, Devaka, Shankar, Sumedha, Udeshika

Customer Delight Award: Prabath, Senaka, Hiranya, Asanka Abeysinghe, Chamith, Kasun, Nirosh

And the Outstanding Team of the Year Award goes to … the QA Team, for putting out 46 releases, about 150 patches, and 16 cloud releases, while remaining (mostly) sane.  Incredible work!

This year for the first time, we also gave out long service awards for those who’ve been in the Company for five years, which is practically since its inception. There were nine long-timers in total, including yours truly! :)

Its been a great team to work with and each year only gets better than the one before. So here’s to another outstanding year — 2011 here we come!

Hasmin AbdulCader, WSO2 Director of Marketing

Hasmin’s tweets: http://twitter.com/HasminA