Monthly Archive for November, 2012

Putting The Cloud Into An Eyedropper

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When you think of “the cloud”, what comes to mind? For some, it’s racks and racks of commodity hardware. Others may consider the benefits of dynamic scalability or worldwide availability.

There’s another side to the cloud on my mind, which is that many, and likely most, of the applications that enterprises use to run their business were not architected for cloud infrastructures. For example, SCM tools like Subversion, Perforce, and others eye an uneasy life in the cloud. Ten or more years ago, IT environments often centered around bare metal deploys of “big iron” servers. Lights flashed and cables snaked around massive refrigerated server farms.

Fast forward to today’s young high and not-so-high tech firms. On my first day at WANdisco, I found myself standing in the kitchen, wondering where the server room was. Turns out, I was looking at it: a few small boxes tacked up on the wall near the paper towels. Of course! Today’s companies have outsourced many previously in-house applications to cloud based services such as Gmail, Google Docs, Salesforce.com, WorkDay, and many more.

Legacy applications, often used to the high processor speeds, large amounts of RAM, and RamSans of traditional vertically scaled environments, are often fish-out-of-water in a typical horizontally-scaling, public cloud environments such as Amazon EC2.

The solution moving forward has to be grueling, ground-up rewrites of these applications for the multi-machine, multi-master environment of today’s cloud.

Or does it?

While learning about WANdisco’s patented replication technology and implementation called DConE, it occurred to me that it brings many of the benefits of the cloud to existing applications. DConE has effectively condensed many of the benefits of the cloud into a virtual eyedropper, where it can easily be dripped onto almost any existing database application.

For example, it converts a centralized, vanilla Subversion repository into a multi-machine, multi-master, robust replication group with no single point of failure. It adds scalability by easily configuring read-only nodes. HADR (High Availability Disaster Recovery) is built in: if a node loses connectivity, the others transparently take over the load. In many cases, users will not even be aware of a problem. When the previously isolated node comes back on line, it silently catches up with the others.

Importantly, DConE can easily and quickly be integrated with new applications. It’s not the cloud as most think of it, but could it be considered a form of virtualization that delivers some of the promise of the cloud to essential applications?

What applications are you dependent on that could benefit from cloudlike capabilities of HADR, global multi-site, and horizontal scalability? We’d love to hear about them.

WANdisco’s November Roundup

November has seen several big WANdisco announcements: an acquisition, a patent approval, and two prestigious industry awards. Not content with that, we also brought you our usual mix of software updates, community polls and training programs.

First up, we announced our acquisition of AltoStor, a pioneering firm with deep expertise in the Big Data market.

“The AltoStor acquisition will enable WANdisco to launch products quickly into the highly-lucrative Big Data market,” said WANdisco Chairman and CEO David Richards. “Combining our patented technology with AltoStor’s Big Data platform will provide us with a significant competitive advantage and provide organizations with a more reliable approach for managing big data.”

AltoStor founders Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar, who were among the core Apache Hadoop creators, will also be joining the WANdisco team as Chief Architect of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. Welcome to the team!

If you’d like to find out more about Apache Hadoop, Big Data, and how we’ll be applying our own  active-active replication technology to these areas, we’ll be holding a webinar on Tuesday, December 11th at 10am PST (1pm EST.)

WANdisco and Hadoop: The Future of Big Data for the Enterprise’ will  be conducted by David Richards, Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar.

This 30 minute webinar will cover:

  • The staggering cross-industry growth of Hadoop in the enterprise.
  • How Hadoop’s limitations, including HDFS’s single-point of failure, are impacting productivity.
  • How WANdisco’s active-active replication technology will alleviate these issues by adding high-availability to Hadoop, taking a fundamentally different approach to Big Data.

It’s free to attend, but places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

If you’ve ever taken a look at our enterprise Subversion products (such as MultiSite, the unique replication, mirroring and clustering solution) you’ll already be familiar with our core replication technology. We have now been awarded a US ‘Distributed computing systems and system components thereof’ patent that covers this technology. The patent states that “unlike conventional solutions, the multi-site computing system architecture does not rely on a central transaction coordinator that is known to be a single-point-of-failure.”

“”I am delighted the USPTO has allowed WANdisco’s patent, which we believe to be a breakthrough in the field of data replication,” said David Richards “This patent validates our leadership in distributed computing and our belief that no other company can achieve active-active replication over a Wide Area Network.”

Remember, that if you want to try this unique, patented technology for yourselves, you can currently claim a free 15 day trial of Subversion MultiSite.

Continuing with the enterprise announcements, we launched a new enterprise-class, on-demand Subversion training program. We know it’s not always easy to set aside time for enterprise training, so we’ve made it even easier to get the training you need to get the most out of Subversion.

Designed with the enterprise in mind, our step-by-step video modules cover all the crucial SVN topics, including:

  • Basic Operations and Command Line
  • Handling Merge Conflicts
  • Advanced Repository Management
  • SVN Changelists
  • Hook Scripts

Sign up before December 15th, to claim one month of Subversion eTraining for free, with a 6 month agreement, or 3 months free with a 12 month agreement. You can view the complete course list online, or request a quote.

The Apache Bloodhound team recently announced the first release of this new project, and now we’re pleased to see that the second release of Apache Bloodhound has arrived. Apache Bloodhound 0.2 (Incubating) upgrades to Bootstrap version 2.1, and fixes various issues from the 0.1 release, alongside various bug fixes relating to the new user interface.

Although WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial committers, one of the Apache Bloodhound project’s core goals is to create a strong developer community around the Trac code base in a vendor-neutral location. If you’re interested in participating in the Apache Bloodhound project, you can learn more at the ‘Getting Involved With Apache Bloodhound’ page.

We were also pleased to announce the release of SmartSVN 7.5. SmartSVN 7.5 is a major step forward for the client, bringing the following benefits to the SmartSVN community:

Streamlined and Simplified, A Better UX

  •  New GUI library (SWT) to provide native look and improved responsiveness
  • A clean and compact branching structure view with an Enhanced Revision Graph
  • See file statuses at a glance
  • No longer forced to create a repository profile (profiles can still be used if preferred)

Little Things, Made Easier

  • Edit properties directly in the Repository Browser
  • Export smaller HTML graphic files with the Export option of Revision Graph
  • Remove, Move, and Copy now operate on multiple selected directories
  • Default, unchanged files are not shown. (To find files, use the File Filter)

More Secure

  • The freedom to work offline. When offline, the remote state and transactions are not refreshed automatically – Log and Revision Graph operate from data already stored in the log cache
  • Support for safe password storage with the Plugin-API

Not yet tried SmartSVN? You can claim your 30 day free trial of SmartSVN Professional now.

If you’re a SmartSVN user – or someone interested in getting started with this popular, cross-platform client – we need your input to design our new SmartSVN eTraining modules.

What topics would you like to see in these sessions? Please take a moment to complete our quick poll on what you’d like us to cover in SmartSVN eTraining. Or, if you’d like to see a subject that’s not listed in the poll, please feel free to Contact Us directly.

Finally, we’d like to thank both techMark and Shares Magazine for the two awards we were presented with this month. The first award was presented at the techMark 2012 awards dinner in London in the Emerging Star category, and the second award was at the Shares Awards 2012, in the Best IPO category.

“Our readers who vote for the Shares Award in the Best Initial Public Offering/Fund Raising of the Year category clearly know a good market newcomer when they see one. Prior winners such as Wellstream, Kentz and Waterlogic all have a formidable pedigree and I am delighted to welcome WANdisco to this elite club of winners,” says Russ Mould, editor of Shares Magazine.

WANdisco and Hadoop: Future of Big Data for the Enterprise

You may have already heard that WANdisco has acquired AltoStor, and welcomed AltoStor founders and core creators of Apache Hadoop, Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar to the WANdisco team.

“I believe that the combination of AltoStor’s expertise and WANdisco’s patented active-active replication technology is the proverbial marriage-made-in-heaven,” said WANdisco co-founder and chairman, David Richards. “The AltoStor acquisition will enable us to launch products into the highly lucrative Big Data / Hadoop market early next year.”

Want to learn more about Apache Hadoop, Big Data, and how we’ll be applying our own  active-active replication technology to these areas? Join us on Tuesday, December 11th at 10am PST (1pm EST) for a 30 minute webinar that will deep dive into all these topics.

WANdisco and Hadoop: The Future of Big Data for the Enterprise’ will be conducted by David Richards, and Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar, who have joined WANdisco as Chief Architect of Big Data, and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering for Big Data, respectively.

This 30 minute webinar will cover:

  • The staggering, cross-industry growth of Hadoop in the enterprise.
  • How Hadoop’s limitations, including HDFS’s single-point of failure, are impacting the productivity of the enterprise.
  • How WANdisco’s active-active replication technology will alleviate these issues by adding high-availability to Hadoop, taking a fundamentally different approach to Big Data.

It’s free to register, but places are limited so register now to avoid missing out.

[New eBook] Moneycode: Identify Inefficiencies in Software Development & Change the Game

Wouldn’t it be great to stay ahead of the competition by making a winning team out of your software development department? Well, winners — whether in business or baseball — challenge conventional wisdom. They question existing practices and find superior ways to perform.

Grab our latest ebook, Moneycode: Identify Inefficiencies in Software Development and Change the Game to learn counter-intuitive, yet valuable methods that you can employ to change the game of your software development team and help your business soar.

Download the New eBook here.

The 14-page eBook covers:

  • How you can remove technical and development inefficiencies that get in the way of doing what makes sense for your business
  • Proven methods that top manufacturing brands use to achieve economies of scale and reduce costs
  • Tips on how to produce higher quality code in lower cost regions using Continuous Delivery and Continuous Integration approaches
  • The emergence of new tools that enable near-real time replication of source code on servers globally and facilitate global collaboration between developers
  • New ways to evaluate and acquire talent and improve your bottom line

I hope you enjoy the read.

Want to learn how to change the game of your software development department? Fill out the brief form to speak to a Global Software Development Specialist about a free MultiSite Evaluation.

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About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A

WANdisco Launches Enterprise Subversion Training On-Demand

If you’ve ever attended our Enterprise Training sessions, which are delivered by our SVN experts at a place and time to suit you, you’ll know that we’re dedicated to making it easy for Enterprises to get the information, best practices and practical, hands-on experience they need to get the most out of the world’s most popular version control system. So, we’re excited to announce a brand new series of enterprise-class, on-demand Subversion training that makes it easier than ever to get the training you need.

Designed with the enterprise in mind, our step-by-step video modules cover all the crucial SVN topics, including:

  • Basic Operations and Command Line
  • Handling Merge Conflicts
  • Advanced Repository Management
  • SVN Changelists
  • Hook Scripts
  • and more!

Each class is delivered as an on-demand, 30 minute video, which can be watched within our Video Streaming Platform or delivered as a SCORM compliant SCO file for onward integration into your LMS. The content is provided in an interactive slide presentation at an easy-to-follow pace, with visual indications to highlight where specific topics stop and start. We can also provide quiz questions as part of the training, so you can test your progress.

Sign up before December 15th, to claim one month of Subversion eTraining for free, with a 6 month agreement, or 3 months free with a 12 month agreement. Visit our Subversion eTraining page now to request a quote, or to view the complete course list.

Subversion Tip of the Week

SmartSVN Quickstart

In Apache Subversion, the basic workcycle follows the ‘checkout-edit-update-commit’ format.

In this week’s tip, we get you off to a flying start with SmartSVN, the popular graphical client for Subversion, by covering the entire workcycle in three simple steps.

Step One: Perform a Checkout

1) Open the ‘Project’ menu and select ‘Check Out…’

2) Enter the URL of the repository you wish to checkout. Select ‘Next.’

3) Select the directory to checkout. If you want to checkout a revision other than Head, select the ‘Show Revision’ button and specify a revision number.

4) When you are happy with the information you’ve entered, select ‘Next.’

5) In the subsequent dialog, enter the local directory where you’ll store your working copy. Select the checkout depth, and click ‘Next.’

6) Choose whether to checkout a working copy or export files only. Select ‘Finish.’

7) SmartSVN will perform the checkout. You can now work on the files and folders in your newly-created working copy using SmartSVN.

Step Two: Perform an Update

Before you commit your changes back to the repository, it’s good practice to perform an ‘SVN Update.’ This is made easy with SmartSVN, simply press the ‘update’ button in the toolbar to get started.

In the subsequent dialog, specify which revision you wish to update to (default is the Head) and confirm the update.

Step Three: Perform Your Commit

Perform a commit by selecting the ‘Commit’ button from the toolbar.

Enter an appropriate log message and confirm the commit.

Looking for a cross-platform graphical client for your Subversion project? A free 30 day trial of SmartSVN Professional is available now. Find out more about SmartSVN at www.smartsvn.com

We Need Your SmartSVN Training Suggestions!

Take our SmartSVN Training Poll

If you’ve ever attended one of WANdisco’s free Subversion training webinars, downloaded one of our community refcards, or even attended Enterprise Training with us, you’ll know that WANdisco is dedicated to bringing you the latest tips, tricks, best practices and practical advice to help you get the most out of your SVN installation.

We recently added the SmartSVN graphical Subversion client to our portfolio of SVN-based products and services, and followed that up by releasing a major new version: SmartSVN 7.5. Now, the next step is to create a dedicated SmartSVN training program that covers everything from the basics for absolute beginners, to advanced techniques for mastering this popular SVN client.

To ensure we deliver the training content you need, we’ve put together a quick poll on the topics you’d like us to cover in the different modules. We’ve designed the poll so you can select as many, or as few options, as you’d like – and none of the modules are mandatory, so if you aren’t interested in a module, simply skip over it.

Take our poll, and let us know how your ideal SmartSVN training course would look!

If there’s a subject you’d be interested in that isn’t covered in the poll, please feel free to leave us a comment on this post, or Contact Us directly with your suggestions.

Subversion Tip of the Week

Advanced Subversion Polling with Jenkins

It’s common practice to work on different projects simultaneously, but with so much going on it’s easy to lose track of where files originated, and what version is being used by which project. Thankfully, Jenkins supports file fingerprinting, which allows you to see exactly when and where your files are being produced and used. Once you’ve configured a Jenkins job to poll Subversion, setting up file fingerprinting is made easy with uberSVN.

1. Select the ‘Jenkins’ tab, followed by the Jenkins job you previously setup to poll Subversion.

2. Select the ‘Configure’ option.

3. Select the ‘Record fingerprints of files to track usage’ option and specify which files to track in the ‘Files to fingerprint’ text box. In this example, trunk/*.zip will track all .zip files in the trunk.

5. Make some changes to the files earmarked for fingerprinting, and commit those changes as normal.

6. Open the build report in Jenkins and select ‘See Fingerprints.’

7. This screen will display some basic details about the tracked files. To drill down into the information on any file, select the ‘more details’ link.

uberSVN is free to download and free to use. Visit http://www.ubersvn.com/ now to download your copy.

We Just Acquired Big Data / Hadoop Company AltoStor.

I believe that the combination of AltoStor’s expertise and WANdisco’s patented active-active replication technology is the proverbial ‘marriage-made-in-heaven’.  The AltoStor acquisition will enable us to launch products into the highly lucrative Big Data / Hadoop market early next year.

So how lucrative is this market?  Well, I recently read an interesting article in Wikibon “Big Data: Hadoop, Business Analytics and Beyond” that Big data / hadoop market sizereiterated what we already knew.  Big Data isn’t a might happen next year thing.  No, it’s here today, to steal a quote from the excellent article: “Make no mistake: Big Data is the new definitive source of competitive advantage across all industries. Enterprises and technology vendors that dismiss Big Data as a passing fad do so at their peril and, in our opinion, will soon find themselves struggling to keep up with more forward-thinking rivals…. For those organizations that understand and embrace the new reality of Big Data, the possibilities for new innovation, improved agility, and increased profitability are nearly endless.”

So why did we acquire AltoStor?

First off, the founders (Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar) are really good guys.  This was an ‘old-school’ acquisition.  An initial deal was struck very quickly with a handshake.  Both sides could see very clear value – so doing the deal was incredibly simple.  I love the fact that they wanted stock as consideration – that’s real proof that they see significant long term-value creation rather than short-term gain.

For WANdisco Big Data is a Big Market.  We can see clear synergy between our unique / patented active-active replication technology and the hadoop logocreation of Hadoop high availability (HA) solutions.  This is one of the reasons why AltoStor was so attractive to us.  They have unique knowledge in the space:

•            The AltoStor founders have been working on Hadoop since its inception in 2006 at Yahoo.  Konstantin was part of Doug Cuttings team that created and implemented Hadoop.  His focus was massive scale, performance and availability of Hadoop – developing the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).  He then went on to eBay where he implemented Hadoop.

•            The Founders are intimately aware of the problem WANdisco is planning to solve around Hadoop HA and hence understand the value of the solution in large scale Big Data replication over a Wide Area Network.

•            Finally, AltoStor are developing a product that is slated for release in Q1 2013, that will significantly simplify deployment of Hadoop / Big Data for enterprises.

Following the acquisition we now expect to have products available in the first quarter of 2013.  That’s very good news.

There’s going to be a lot of noise in this space over the coming months and years.  Many will jump on the ‘bandwagon’, making all sorts of lavish claims to be ‘the big data this’ and ‘the big data that’.  It always happens in hype-cycles like this.  In reality most are just companies repurposing existing legacy products and slapping a new label on it.  This is NOT one of those.  We are building from the ground-up with unique knowledge and information that only a few in the world have (the amount of brain-power in the room during some of the early design meeting was frightening!)

In 2005 when we founded WANdisco my peers would tell me that active-active replication over a Wide Area Network was impossible.  Well we’ve got hundreds-of-thousands of users using the technology for core development every day.  Applying this technology to Hadoop is groundbreaking and I think it will change the way the industry views network storage.  We like making the impossible possible at WANdisco.

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About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A

1 night, 2 awards ceremonies, 2 awards

In a strange twist of fate we were nominated for two separate awards and two separate awards ceremonies and won them both!

The first award was at the techMark 2012 awards dinner in London in the Emerging Star category.  Panmure Gordon’s tech analyst George O’Conner picked up the award on behalf of us.  Thank you George, Panmure, LSE and event sponsors PWC.

The second award was at the Shares Awards 2012 also in London in the Best IPO category.  Thanks to Steve Frazer and the Shares Magazine team.

Awards are always nice for the ego, but as a company we are more focused on execution.  We didn’t attend these awards, not because we didn’t want to, we are simply too busy at the moment.

The only “W” quote I like is his comments on honors and awards…“To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.”

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About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A