Interview: The (Emerging) Role of the Cloud Architect

I did an interview in San Francisco hosted by Bob Rhubart with some well known folks of the industry including Sten Vesterli, Ronald Luttikhuizn, Simon Haslam, Arturo Viveros, and Ron Batra about the role of the cloud architect.

IMHO we won’t see many people with the job title Cloud Architect on their business card. It’s increasingly important and disruptive tech, every architect, team leader and CIO has to deal with it, however it’s tech that you as a professional have to understand. The cloud changes a lot if you do it right, read my article about cloud benefits.

Enjoy listening to the interview.bob


IaaS Competition: It’s not only about the pricing.

IaaS has become much much more than just compute on demand with an API and pay per use. Interesting to note that Oracle cloud announced to match AWS IaaS prices for their customers which is a cool and bold move. Obviously this will help to keep Oracle customers on the Oracle cloud.

AWS IaaS actually is more. You can have cheap reserved instances and even cheaper spot instances. Today AWS announced spot instances with a block duration for jobs that need to be finished but run economically. Good to see that competition keeps bringing new features. Remember when many years ago I wrote about the benefits for customers that will be caused by cloud computing? Nowadays this has become a fact.


There are more public cloud advantages and features you should know.

The Difference: Docker vs. Virtualization

Technical Basics

Docker is an open source container technology that became immensely popular in 2014. Docker itself is written in Google’s programming language Go and supported on all major Linux distributions (RedHat, CentOS, Oracle Linux, Ubuntu etc.). The technical underpinnings are not completely new, Docker leverages Linux kernel features for containers such as cgroups and namespaces. So even though Docker itself is relatively new, the underlying container technology is an established technology.

It is reported that Google starts 2 000 000 000 every week for search, mail, etc.

Virtualization versus Container

It’s important to distinguish Linux containers and Docker from traditional and more common type 1 or type 2 hypervisors. Type 1 hypervisors provide server virtualization on bare metal hardware, whereas Type 2 hypervisors typically provide desktop virtualization based on an existing operating system as shown below.

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In contrast to popular virtualization technologies, Docker containers run the host’s Linux kernel, so the required time to startup a container is only in the range of milliseconds. Still containers have their own incremental files system, where layers are reused across containers. In addition, every container has its own network stack, therefore its own IP-address, and its own process space.

DOAG Schulungstag 2014: Cloud Computing

DOAG Schulungstag 2014


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Cloud Computing und Public Clouds: Was Sie wissen müssen – gezeigt anhand von live und hands-on Beispielen

Den Teilnehmern werden herstellerunabhängige Grundlagen zum interessantesten Thema der letzten Jahre – Cloud Computing – vermittelt. Die Schulung beinhaltet die wichtigsten Public Cloud Provider wie Amazon, Google  und Oracle, sowie Netflix OSS, Openshift und Docker. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Technologie. Bereiche wie IaaS (Server mit SSDs und ¼ TB Hauptspeicher für 2€), hochverfügbarer Plattenspeicher, Datenbanken, Load Balancer usw. Ausserdem betrachten wir die Auswirkungen, die Cloud Computing mittlerweile auf den Softwareentwicklungsprozess und den Betrieb hat.


Einsteiger und Teilnehmer mit mittlerem Wissen im Bereich Cloud Computing die sich mit dem Thema vertraut machen wollen, an der Technologie interessiert sind und einen Blick über den Oracle-Tellerand hinaus wagen!

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Cloud Survey: Computerworld Quotes

Update as of Nov 2014: You can get the whole survey now from here (registration required though).


Cloud is more popular than ever. Even the slower, more traditional software vendors now pick up the concepts I wrote about back in 2011. Keep going!

Find attached some quotes from the Computerworld magazine.

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