Archive for April, 2012

 

Wait, What?! University of Florida Kills Computer Science Dept While Increasing Athletic Budgets

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 by

I couldn’t resist providing some commentary on a Forbes article that came across my desk yesterday titled “University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm.” Hmmm, indeed! First, let me get right out and say it, it’s important to have athletics in higher education. I was shocked when last year, UC Berkeley (which is right across the San Francisco Bay from the GoGrid HQ), decided to eliminate several sports from their athletics roundup including men’s and women’s gymnastics, baseball and women’s lacrosse, as well as demoting men’s rugby to a “varsity club sport.”

But what the University of Florida is doing has left my jaw on the ground. From my understanding, last week they announced that they would be killing off the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) department by dropping all funding for teaching assistants as well as stopping graduate and research programs completely, all to save the University $1.4 million.

At the same time, the $97.7 million athletic budget (which is a budget separate from the University of Florida) would be increased by more than $2 million.

Wait, What?!

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Have the powers that be just been tackled a few too many times and are suffering concussions?

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Revving Up Your Engines in the Cloud – Performance Counts! GoGrid Judging at Under the Radar 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by

When you purchase a car, you obviously think a lot about its performance before you buy. How much horsepower does it have? Is the car safe? How does it handle? Is the gas mileage going to break the bank or will you be saving the environment? Is the vehicle flexible enough to meet all your needs or just suitable for one activity like off-roading?

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When you think about cloud computing, specifically cloud infrastructure, performance matters as well. And there are many factors to consider when shopping for a cloud provider or partner. How’s their VM performance? Does their network provide multiple high-bandwidth pipes to support your network-hungry application or service? Are there any I/O bottlenecks? If your website comes under heavy load, can you burst to support it and then scale back when demand subsides?

These are important considerations. Would you want a car that has no acceleration when getting on a highway? Probably not. That’s the same reason you wouldn’t want a cloud that is over-subscribed or doesn’t have the architecture to support your business needs.

Speaking of “performance,” this is our third year sponsoring the Under the Radar (UTR) conference and marks the second year that our CMO, Jeffrey Samuels, being a judge there. This year, Jeff will be on the panel for the Performance Monitoring session. Here are the companies presenting in this session:

  • Fabric Engine – lets developers write high-performance application using dynamic languages
  • Iron.io – provides elastic products for cloud messaging and background processing
  • Sumo Logic – gives real-time Big Data and IT insights of log intelligence and analytics
  • Tracelytics – provides insights into the performance of web applications

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Comedy, Conversations & Clouds – Recap of GoGrid/Equinix Event in Amsterdam

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by

Earlier this month, we had had the distinguished pleasure of celebrating GoGrid’s international expansion to EMEA by hosting a party with Equinix in Amsterdam. Europe has been more than hospitable to our new European team, and this event was no exception.

This was my 4th visit to our Amsterdam HQ and data center and I’m truly excited to see the traction within the European community and the adoption by those European companies seeing value in multiple global points of presences.

The location of the event was at a converted auto shop which is now a cool new restaurant and lounge, it still had some stylish remnants of its past – including an actual Ferrari in the center of the room! This venue turned out to be the ideal location for our welcoming party.

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The turnout to the event was great. GoGrid received a warm welcome from over 100 different partners and customers as well as some of the top international companies who also have expanded to Europe. Having a casual atmosphere in which to discuss technology services, the importance and adoption of cloud computing within Europe and the direction it is going globally definitely set the stage for some powerful conversations.

But, it wouldn’t have been a party if we didn’t have a guest speaker. Comedian, Greg Shapiro, was perfect for the event. Shapiro is also from the US but now makes a living in the Netherlands. His antics and insights on transitioning cultures made for a fun and enjoyable evening. Greg Shapiro is top notch and we highly recommend him to anybody looking for a sharp speaker who understands both a US and European audience.

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