Windows Azure and Reality of the Hybrid Cloud

Quick note – I left Red Hat back in December and joined Avanade where I now lead a team of product managers and engineers building software and cloud services across cloud computing, mobile solutions, and digital marketing.

Earlier this week I authored a post on Avanade’s corporate blog about the significance of Windows Azure’s general availability of IaaS virtual machines and virtual networking, and how it ushers in a new era of hybrid cloud computing that spans on-premises with public cloud.

You should also check out the Windows Azure announcement and Scott Guthrie’s in-depth technical post.

Dog Shows & Engagement Photos [PHOTO]


Matt and Emily, under the trees in Boston Public Gardens.  Click image for hi-res version.

More photos in the gallery below:

Matt was one of the first friends I made on Boston.  Ironically he had also moved to Boston from Seattle just a few months ahead of me and we’d never met even though we had mutual friends in the Seattle climbing community.  We’ve climbed outdoors several times on rock and ice.  Probably the funniest memory, worthy of its own post, is the time we bailed midway up a route because of rain that was forecast to come later in the day.  Matt tweaked his back and we went back to town to eat breakfast.  Matt ate in a semi-reclined position as the clouds broke and it became a glorious day at 10a.  Due to Matt’s condition, climbing was out of the question and we wandered in town, eventually spending time at a dog show in the park.  We laughed and cursed at our rotten luck. Pathetic! Continue reading

Braving Nemo [Photo]

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Teresa braving winter storm Nemo. Click image for hi-res version.

Nemo hit Boston in early February, bringing over two feet of snow and gusts of wind over 50 mph. Teresa and I watched the snow come down for hours before it got dark.  We decided to venture out.  This was the first time I ever put on my mountaineering gear for a city walk, including goggles, and we trudged out onto the snow.  The normally crowded streets were eerily quiet and devoid of the normal traffic with a city-wide driving ban for the night.  The picture here is of Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, normally full of cars and pedestrians.

North Ledges Ice [Photo]

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Andrew Marquis climbing the North Ledges in North Conway, NH. Click image for hi-res version.

I took this picture January 2013 during one of the Appalachian Mountain Club ice outings. The area is normally a rock climbing destination but during the winter it transforms into columns of ice. I was fortunate to get the morning light that highlighted the color variations in the ice.  Some route names in the area seem to be inspired by the color of the ice; the best example is probably ‘Snot Rocket‘.  I have no earthly idea why.


Read Between the Lines [Photo]

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Devin Saveall leading ‘Read Between the Lines’, WI4 in North Conway, NH. Click to view hi-res version.

In February, Devin and I paired up for a great day of ice climbing in North Conway.  I had completed my second ice lead – a 50m WI3 gully route and I was in a great mood.  Devin wanted to challenge himself, too, so I belayed him up this challenging route and then followed him up.  The beginning of the route had thin, chandeliered ice that broke easily and rained down on me as he made his way up.  The first crux of the route is where I took this picture; Devin had to awkwardly pull to his left and work his way up and left to get to thicker ice before placing his first ice screw. Continue reading

Breaking Ice [Photo]

It’s been a while since I posted any photos to my blog – I’ve gotten a bit lazy and only put them on Facebook, which limited it to people in my network and sub-optimal viewing choices. I just migrated my blog off of Amazon Web Services and in the process found some good WordPress plug-ins for rendering photos so I’ll be doing more of that here.


Joe DiNardo in the North Ledges area of North Conway, NH. Click to see the full-size version.

This winter I had the opportunity to go through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s ice climbing program. It was a great experience getting involved in the local climbing community, meet some great people, and also get some serious laps on ice to where I got enough confidence leading WI3 (a.k.a. – a difficulty rating just above “pansy-level”) by the end of the season. Continue reading

Red Hat Enters Next Phase of Its Application Server Technology Strategy

The rapid change of technology and rise of cloud computing, mobile devices, and NoSQL is making us re-evaluate what a modern application server needs to provide for our customers and how developer tools and technologies need to evolve to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs.

Today is an exciting day for us where we’re able to share where our middleware platform and projects are headed that will help lead us to an exciting future.  There’s a press release; the content below provides more context.  Mark Little, our engineering leader provides more insight in posts here and here. Continue reading

Red Hat’s OpenShift + JBoss: The First PaaS Running Java EE 6 Full Profile

Below is a recap of the news you can view on Red Hat’s press blog.  I authored that one as well, but this post injects some personal thoughts and notes that would look awkward going across the news wire…

My blog has been pretty quiet the past few months.  I joined Red Hat back in January, joining their middleware division to lead strategy and planning.  Most of my time has spent working our cloud strategy for JBoss, Red Hat’s open-source enterprise Java application server.  It’s been invigorating to be back working on developer technologies and cloud computing.

Today I’m excited to be able to finally talk about what we’ve been up to the past several months. Continue reading

I Quit Microsoft. Today is the First Day Of The Rest Of My Life

11/11/2011 was my last day at Microsoft after working there for seven years.  The date was unintentional but provided a good bookend to a good run at the company.

Before I start my new role in 2012 I’m relieved to have some time to step back and think about the next chapter in my career, what I hope to accomplish in the short term, and what I can look back on years later and be proud of. For thirteen years I poured all my energy into my career, working late nights, staying in front of the latest technology trends, and strategizing over my next move or the project that would accelerate my career and put me on the cover of Fortune magazine.

Now that I can step off the treadmill for a just a moment I realize many of things I placed so much emphasis have proven to be ephemeral now.  Initiatives which I had invested so much energy into just a few years ago are now either obsolescent or forgotten.  Continue reading

Khan Academy. Amazing.

I remember watching “Napoleon Dynamite” for the first time with my wife at the urging of our friends.  We laughed uncertainly, maybe twice, during the movie and looked at each other afterwards totally flabbergasted as to why anyone would enjoy it.  A funny thing started happening over the next few days where we started quoting the movie and then watched it again, this time laughing uncontrollably and re-watching several scenes.

The same thing happened after being at the Web 2.0 Summit earlier this month.  Perhaps that was an awkward transition.  Sorry.

Some of the talks I watched induced mental facepalms, but others continued to make me think about them for days afterward.  One of those talks was by Salman Khan of Khan Academy.  I had been a fan of his work for over a year; listening to him live and where they are heading was inspiring.

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