Just got back from International CES. Nice to see some familiar faces and meet many new people! McDevOps makes computers for DevOps. The newest computer we’re working on is called Dynamic-PeripheryTM. Unsatisfied with the one-to-one constraint of personal computing, we decided that a workstation isn’t a personal computer. One workstation, powered by supercomputers, could be accessed by many tablets. But we couldn’t just use any tablets, we needed dynamic periphery. This means that one user may use several tablets in order to have a more tailored user experience, and be able to send their user experience to another user. Portable user experience is one of the most exciting features of cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure. So we took it a step further and began designing specialized tablets for use with desktop supercomputing workstations. It just makes more sense in today’s software engineering, video production, and enthusiast gaming environments. After all, if DevOps culture doesn’t constrain what-could-be by what-is, then why should hardware constrain platform service software? We think it’s also better to have a consistent user experience in development and production and we think a common yet flexible software framework (for example prototype-friendly structure programming in Dart or open PaaS frameworks like CloudFoundry and OpenShift) facilitates this efficiency in many software engineering practices. We’re also excited about companies like Canonical who have commited to providing top-notch long-term support for service-orchestration frameworks.
Dog-fooding the Supercomputer
But honestly, localized computation is only half of the fun of cloud VDI. We really wanted to rock the portable UX over the internet globally. And that’s doable with a McDevOps microcloud account (contact me if you want an invite), whether or not you roll your own microcloud. Microcloud accounts will be free for engineers, developers, designers, and devops culturists… and in general free for anyone looking for work or something to hack on. But it’s not just a SaaS model, it’s a PaaS model from a software perspective. From the hardware perspective it’s a gateway appliance taking you through the pearly gates to supercomputing heaven in the cloud. Desktops are a heavy workload in and of themselves, especially in the aggregate. The problem with all the cloud hype in consumer electronics or “personal cloud” is that they’ve gotten away from cloud computing’s future value. The future value of cloud computing is that it offers scalability. As Dave Nielsen says Cloud computing is OSSM (On Demand, Scalable, Self-serviceable, and Measureable), and I say it’s OSSAM (adding Automation which is implied in every letter of OSSM)…. consumer electronics manufacturers haven’t really delivered the scalability components, but rather what seems to be an overprovisioned appliance or box. The cloud is not a box, nor a puppet show, but maybe more like a vending machine. Get served.
We might be engineers or developers but we’re often not a this-or-a-that we’re often both. And I think in DevOps culture this is the case. I think it’s also the case that a desktop hybrid microcloud can handle heavier video production workloads much better than a beefed up mac (request demo), due to parallel elastic provision at hyperscale supporting rendering workloads for example. And that’s just one example because rendering is just one video production workload. And when these guys get bored they play LAN parties which works really nicely with a desktop microcloud in your cube farm or wherever.
So think how software engineers play with supercomputers while video producers play 3-D shooters. It’s a competition, but for practical purposes the same infrastructure is used to prove the concept that collaboration is like competition on steroids… especially when you can use the same tools and share the same big data insights.
So at CES this year it really seemed as though cloud either meant wireless or SAN or NAS… but I think cloud storage is a nice low hanging fruit. Cloud persistence is the other benefit of microcloud. It’s a gateway to public utility persistence of files. So it takes the load off your tablets and keeps things locally accessible via ultra high speed bandwidth while it slowly persists remotely in heaven… eventually consistent and redundantly persistent… You can take it with you.