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Predicteria 2015

January 6, 2015
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Fifteen years ago, I initiated a time-honored tradition among my colleagues in kernel development at Sun: shortly after the first of every year, we would get together at our favorite local restaurant to form predictions for the coming year. We made one-year, three-year and six-year predictions for…

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2014 in Review: Docker Rising

January 2, 2015
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When looking back on 2014 from an infrastructure perspective, it's hard not to have one word on the lips: Docker. (Or, as we are wont to do in Silicon Valley when a technology is particularly hot, have the same word on the lips three times over à la Gabbo: "Docker, Docker, DOCKER!") While Docker …

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Making Joyent the Best Place to Run Docker

December 3, 2014
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When I joined Joyent this past summer, two things were clear to me. First, that Docker had sparked a “container revolution” that would define the next era of cloud and infrastructure management. And, second, that the battle-tested, infrastructure container technology that underpins the Joyent Pub…

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Docker’s Killer Feature

December 2, 2014
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In a recent blog post, CoreOS essentially declared war on Docker with the announcement of Rocket, their own rival system. This seems to be the essence of the CoreOS criticism of Docker: Unfortunately, a simple re-usable component is not how things are playing out. Docker now is building tools for…

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How Joyent and Docker are Working Together

November 7, 2014
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You may have seen that we recently open sourced SmartDataCenter and Manta. Because Joyent pioneered the use of infrastructure containers, you would be forgiven for asking the question: does this mean that SDC somehow competes with Docker? The answer is emphatically not — and in fact, to the c…

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SmartDataCenter and Manta are now open source

November 6, 2014
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Today we are announcing that we are open sourcing the two systems at the heart of our business: SmartDataCenter and the Manta object storage platform. SmartDataCenter is the container-based orchestration software that runs the Joyent public cloud; we have used it for the better half of a decade to…

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Our Latest Round: Looking to our Past and Future with Containers

October 31, 2014
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Several months ago, I was looking for a new opportunity, one that would be part of a fundamental shift in cloud technology. I could see that Docker had elevated containers from an operational detail to a hot new developer tool, but what did this mean for the future of infrastructure? It didn't take…

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Node.js Advisory Board

October 23, 2014
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Today, Joyent and several members of the Node.js community announced a proposal for a Node.js Advisory Board as a next step towards a fully open governance model for the Node.js open source project. The Node.js Advisory Board will provide input to the Node.js project leadership on a broad range of…

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Building Packages at Scale

October 6, 2014
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tl;dr We are able to build 14,000 packages across 6 zones in 4.5 hours At Joyent we have long had a focus on high performance, whether it's through innovations in SmartOS, carefully selecting our hardware, or providing customers with tools such as DTrace to identify bottlenecks in their application…

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Exploring Node.js Streams with node-vstream

August 14, 2014
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When working with Node streams, particularly object-mode streams, it's often helpful to be able to inspect a pipeline. The vstream module instruments objects to provide: For all objects: a name: used in debug output and especially useful for data pipelines custom counters: create your own counters…

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