Archive for August, 2010

The future of Solaris

In 2005, Sun released the source code to Solaris,  described then as the company’s crown jewel. Why do this? The simplest answer is that Solaris had been losing ground to an open source competitor in Linux. Losing ground was a symptom of  economics. Students who had once been raised on Solaris were being inculcated with [...]





Posted on August 27, 2010 at 9:11 am by ahl · Permalink · 10 Comments
In: illumos, OpenSolaris · Tagged with: , , ,

Joining Delphix

As I wrote about last time, I’ve left Oracle. What I was looking for in my next gig was technology that excites me, excellent management, and a chance to build something significant and successful. I’m confident that I’ve found those things with Delphix. In the established database market, Delphix creates a virtualization layer that simplifies [...]





Posted on August 24, 2010 at 5:19 am by ahl · Permalink · 6 Comments
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Leaving Oracle

I joined the Solaris Kernel Group in 2001 at what turned out to be a remarkable place and time for the industry. More by luck and intuition than by premonition, I found myself surrounded by superlative engineers working on revolutionary technologies that were the products of their own experience and imagination rather than managerial fiat. [...]





Posted on August 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm by ahl · Permalink · 40 Comments
In: Fishworks · Tagged with: , , ,

Fishworks history of SSDs

This year’s flash memory summit got me thinking about our use of SSDs over the years at Fishworks. The picture of our left is a visual history of SSD evals in rough chronological order from the oldest at the bottom to the newest at the top (including some that have yet to see the light [...]





Posted on August 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Fishworks · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Farewell to Bryan Cantrill

I’ve been expecting this automated mail for a while now, but it was disheartening nonetheless: List: dtrace-discuss Member: bryan.cantrill@eng.sun.com Action: Subscription disabled. Reason: Excessive or fatal bounces. As one of the moderators of the DTrace discussion list, I see people subscribe and unsubscribe. Bryan has, of course, left Oracle and joined Joyent to be their [...]





Posted on August 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm by ahl · Permalink · 4 Comments
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