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Arjuna update

February 1, 2013

So, it’s a New year and inevitably I have some new resolutions. At the top of my list is the need to get more exercise and to use my gym membership for something other than the right to drink over-priced coffee in the company of fit people. (I’m loathe to give up my membership, even though I never do any exercise, as it’s a statistical fact that people who are members of gyms are on average more healthy than people who are not). Anyway, a more pertinent resolution is to blog more frequently. As a number of people have pointed out I’m a less than regular blogger – in fact I blog less than Andy Murray smiles. (It’s a statistical fact that people who own blogs are on average better networked than people who don’t).

Let me start with a quick update on what’s been happening at Arjuna. We’ve spent the last few years focused on delivering support for Federation in Clouds – in fact we’ve been banging on about Cloud Federation since around 2006. At Arjuna we think that Service Agreements are the key to glueing services together and we’ve built ‘Agility’, a platform to support flexible, dynamic agreements and the policies that enact them. Over the last couple of years we’ve utilised our platform, very successfully, with a number of customers but, to be frank, those engagements have only used a fraction of the capabilities of our product. What we’ve been missing thus far are two things. Firstly, customer interest in Federation. The reality is that most organisations have been so busy trying to virtualise their own IT infrastructures that they haven’t been ready to consider how they are going to manage the new service-based relationships they need to develop within their supply chains. Well, we believe that, finally, Federation’s time has come. I’ll blog more on that subject later. The second thing we’ve been missing is a customer who has a real and immediate requirement for sophisticated forms of Federation. The good news is that, with the assistance of a Technology Strategy Board grant, we’ve found that customer. We’ll be making a full announcement giving details within the next few weeks.

The Big Switch!

January 29, 2008

The Big Switch has arrived! I’m not only referring to the new book by Nicholas Carr, that has just appeared on my desk, but also to my change of mind about blogging and my company’s change of direction.

This will be the first and last entry about me – to set the scene around the content of this blog. I’ve been a blog cynic for many years now, wincing at the content of most but occasionally reaping great insight from some. The good ones are passionate, relevant and insightful, ‘Rough Type’ is a great example. I won’t offer examples of bad ones!

I hope to share some of the passion Arjuna folks have about technology through this blog. I’ll talk about what we are doing and why we are doing it. I hope to encourage some discussion around our ideas and I’m ready for criticism as well as compliments.

Right now however, I’m off to read ‘The Big Switch’. Providing infrastructure to smooth the move towards utility computing is closely related to what we are doing here in Arjuna. I’ll post my thoughts on the book soon and start sharing our ideas around Agile IT infrastructure.