Finding What’s Next

After nearly nine years at Sun and then six at Delphix I’m looking for the next technology, team, and market to dive into. I’ve had the extremely good fortune of working with three groups—the DTrace team, Fishworks at Sun, and Delphix—that featured top-tier technologists working on differentiated products, each of them a wonderful place and [...]

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Posted on May 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Big News for ZFS on Linux

Canonical announced a few weeks ago that ZFS will be included in the next release of Ubuntu Linux, on by default and fully supported. And it’s no exaggeration when Dustin Kirkland describes ZFS as “one of the most exciting new features Linux has seen in a very long time.” In the words of our 47th [...]

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Posted on March 7, 2016 at 9:30 am by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: ZFS

Unikernels are unfit for production

Recently, I made the mistake of rhetorically asking if I needed to spell out why unikernels are unfit for production. The response was overwhelming: whether people feel that unikernels are wrong-headed and are looking for supporting detail or are unikernel proponents and want to know what the counter-arguments could possibly be, there is clearly a [...]

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Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:48 am by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Bringing clarity to containers

At the beginning of the year, I laid down a few predictions. While I refuse on principle to engage in Stephen O’Grady-style self-flagellation, I do think it’s worth revisiting the headliner prediction, namely that 2015 is the year of the container. I said at the time that it wasn’t particularly controversial, and I don’t think [...]

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Posted on December 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women

Walk around almost any software development shop or university CS department and you’ll be struck by the underrepresentation of women. At least you would be were this not an expected norm of our industry. And of course much has been written about this recently hot topic in Silicon Valley. What do companies and organizations do [...]

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Posted on November 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Delphix Sync

Oracle OpenWorld is always a huge event for us at Delphix; it brings together our customers and partners like nothing else. And so it was the perfect venue to launch our new Delphix user group: Sync. In its history Delphix has learned best from our customers. As I heard Marc Benioff opine at Dropbox’s inaugural [...]

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Posted on November 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
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I am not a resource

Lots of jargon sloshes around the conference rooms at tech firms; plenty of it seeps into other domains as well. Most of it is fairly unobjectionable. We’re all happy to be submariners, forever sending pings at each other. Taking things offline is probably preferable to taking them outside. And I’ll patiently wait for data to [...]

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Posted on September 24, 2015 at 8:52 am by ahl · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Requests for discussion

One of the exciting challenges of being an all open source company is figuring out how to get design conversations out of the lunch time discussion and the private IRC/Jabber/Slack channels and into the broader community. There are many different approaches to this, and the most obvious one is to simply use whatever is used [...]

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Posted on September 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Software: Immaculate, fetid and grimy

Once, long ago, there was an engineer who broke the operating system particularly badly. Now, if you’ve implemented important software for any serious length of time, you’ve seriously screwed up at least once — but this was notable for a few reasons. First, the change that the engineer committed was egregiously broken: the machine that [...]

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Posted on September 3, 2015 at 4:42 pm by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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The foundation of cloud-native computing

The older I get, the more engineering values matter to me — and the more I seek out shared values in those with whom I endeavor to build things. For us at Joyent, those engineering values reflect that we operate the software we make: we believe that foundational systems must be designed to be robust [...]

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Posted on July 21, 2015 at 9:56 am by bmc · Permalink · Comments Closed
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