TSSJS: Eugene Ciurana : Mission Critical Enterprise/Cloud Applications Case Study

This was easily one of the best talks at TSSJS. Eugene is an excellent speaker, and his content was top-notch. His presenting style has a lot of audience participation, and kept my interest very well.

His talk was on what people tend to define as ‘cloud computing’ today – Software As A Service (SaaS), Platform As A Service (PaaS), then moved into some use-cases that he’s dealt with, including LeapFrog and others.

He spent some time going over some specific companies and what they offer, like Amazon’s S3, and RackSpace, and while not promoting any single one, went over the points that are important to weigh when selecting a Cloud provider (uptime, SLA’s, cost breakdown (Are you charged per day? per CPU? Bandwidth, etc).

He also brought into play some of the specific benefits (both technical AND business) to using a Cloud system instead of building out your own co-lo, and finished with a short Q&A session.

This session could easily have gone twice as long, as there ended up being lots of information that I still could have gotten (and I ended up catching up to him later to discuss some of the points I didn’t get to bring up during the Q&A.)

For anyone in this area, I would definitely recommend seeing this talk or speaker, if at all possible.
Overall Rating: 5/5.

An Update on a Canadian Legend

There is a piece of literature that is a piece of historical and cultural significance, called The Sweater. It’s taught to kids in canadian schools, was made into a short animated film, and is even commemorated on the back of Canada’s 5 dollar bill. I read it to my kids and am trying to instill in them the national pride of Canada, and our innate hate for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Original Version
The New Version