Episode 134: GreenButton Cloud Fabric, Mission Control and SDK with Dave Fellows

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In this episode Nick Harris and Chris Risner are joined by Dave Fellows, CTO of GreenButton - a leading provider of cloud solutions for compute-intensive applications. 

Throughout the show Dave discussed and demonstrated

  • Their flagship product GreenButton Cloud Fabric - automatically takes care of features such as security, billing, dynamic job queuing, online storage, data synchronisation, automatic provisioning and scaling, and so on. Representative workloads include traditional High Performance Computing workloads such as Bioinformatics, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, or rendering movies, or even Big Data workloads where MapReduce for example, will take advantage of a large number of machines to parallelize the computation.
  • Mission Control - Mission Control a centrally hosted and provides management and diagnostics of jobs, authentication and authorization for all of our deployments as well as house our billing and commercial engines with governance controls and usage reports.
  • GreenButton SDK - enables developers to quickly and easily bring the power of on-demand cloud computing to processor intensive applications in just a few lines of code. It includes Visual Studio templates and an emulator to help developers get up and running without having to wait for a cloud deployment. With GreenButton, you can give your applications unlimited scalability with just a few lines of code.

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    The Discussion

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      davidfellows

      Thanks to Chris and Nick, this was a lot of fun - great guys! And although appearances are deceiving, no, we're not related (I don't believe).

      A few things I forgot to mention:
      1. We now have a Java SDK available for those yet to see the C# light ;)
      2. Compute Tasks API: We have a new adaption to the API coming soon where, rather than have to code up a JobSplitter to deploy to the cloud, in your application you can decide what job/task "splitting" makes sense and just fire Tasks at our API. This makes it much easier for arbitrary one-off tasks or where the splitting logic might benefit from being more tightly coupled to the application.
      3. TaskProcessor Wizard: Another improvement we're planning for the SDK is the ability to create your TaskProcessor using a simple wizard (i.e. what is the executable to call, what are the arguments etc). Couple this with 2. above and you have an incredibly easy (even more so!) way to cloud-enable your apps.

      I promised a blog post to go along with this but I see we're now live before I was anticipating so I'll try and get that finished ASAP and get it added to the notes.

      Otherwise, feel free to email any questions to dave@greenbutton.com. We'd love to chat about how we can help cloud-enable your apps!

      Dave

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