In 1998, Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics. The lecture he gave, titled “The Possibility of Social Choice,” succinctly captured both the subject of his work (generalizing economic theory to cover social groups of disparate actors rather than just individuals or corporations) and his irrepressible sense of humor (because the generalization applied to Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem). Sen’s crucial insight (for me) is this (emphasis mine):
I sat down with Leslie Hawthorn, Community Manager at Red Hat, and chatted with her about the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference that was held in Baltimore, Maryland this year. She confided that the theme, Are we there yet?, is a reference to the idea that while women have made many strides for equality in terms of equal pay, equal work, and so on, the group still feels like women in tech have a long way to go.
The idea behind the Grace Hopper conference is to provide a gathering place for women in technology to be able to network, knowledge share, and enhance their technical skill sets; with the general conclusion being that we are going to get there, through mutual support and collaboration.
If you have ever thought about hosting your Linux-based application in the cloud, this guide is a good place to start. It walks you through the process of deploying a sample application and all the necessary infrastructure for running and monitoring it. The guide also includes a discussion of pricing so you can compare the cost of cloud computing to that of managing your own infrastructure.
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Gerrit Huizenga is Cloud Architect at IBM (and fellow Portland-er) and will be speaking at the upcoming Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in a keynote session titled “The Clouds Are Coming: Are We Ready?” Linux is often heralded as the platform for the cloud, but Huizenga warns that while it is in the best technical position to warrant this title, there is work to do to make this a reality.
Apache’s Hadoop, one of the most exciting open source projects of the decade, has reached version 1.0 designation.
It’s no small milestone. The open source cloud computing framework, which began with technologies created by Yahoo and Google, and is now used by major enterprises including Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix LinkedIn and Twitter, has been six years in the making.
The Apache Software Foundation today announced that version 1.0 includes all of the previous “big data” cloud computing features for scalable, distributed computing as well as support for HBase transaction logging, strong authentication via Kerberos, Webhdfs and performance enhanced access to local files for hBase.
The platform, Apache noted, “enables data-intensive distributed applications to work with thousands of nodes and exabytes of data … it enables organizations to more efficiently and cost effectively store, process, manage and analyze the growing volumes of data being created and collected every day … and connects thousands of servers to process and analyze data at supercomputing speeds.
It is released under the Apache License 2.0 and is set to make the “transition from web to enterprise technology in 2012,” noted James Governor, co-founder of RedMonk. This means customers — as well as data providers — will be able to deploy a very cost-effective open source cloud computing platform in house.