Let’s stop trying to visualize cloud computing as physical hardware

May 30, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Let’s stop trying to visualize cloud computing as physical hardware

Until recently, I thought of cloud computing as the virtualization of physical hardware. I thought of virtual machines as servers, cloud storage as a collection of Internet-connected disks, and so on. To show how deep this mental model went for me, take a look at the screenshot below — it’s from a tablet app (iPad […]

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Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud Platform Service Mapping

May 7, 2015 | By | 4 Comments
Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud Platform Service Mapping

As a Developer Advocate on the Google Cloud Platform team, I am frequently asked what services we provide.  If the person I’m talking to is familiar with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the quickest way to jump start an explanation of Google Cloud Platform is to start with a comparison to AWS’s similar services, then cover […]

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Why Google Flights is Awesome – a Real-World Example

April 21, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Why Google Flights is Awesome – a Real-World Example

Google Flights does everything I’ve ever wanted in a flight search tool.  You can of course search for all flights for a specific date, airline, departure airport, and destination airport, but you can also filter based on flight duration, number of stops, airline/alliances, flight times, etc..  Rather than list all of the features, I’ll show a real-world […]

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Working with Google Cloud Storage Nearline using gsutil

March 12, 2015 | By | Add a Comment
Working with Google Cloud Storage Nearline using gsutil

Yesterday, we announced Google Cloud Storage Nearline.  Here are a few simple examples of working with nearline storage using the gsutil command-line tool: Important links about Nearline storage: Nearline home page Nearline whitepaper Nearline documentation

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Google Cloud Storage Nearline in 30 seconds

March 11, 2015 | By | 2 Comments
Google Cloud Storage Nearline in 30 seconds

Today, we announced Google Cloud Storage Nearline.  The announcement and various docs have all of the details, but here’s the quick scoop: It’s storage at $0.01/GB/Month! — so 1TB would be $10/month. Data retrieval is $0.01/GB (plus normal egres charges) Here’s the important part — Retrieval response time is only ~3 seconds (compared to 3 to 5 […]

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Google Cloud Storage – Lifecycle Management

March 4, 2015 | By | 1 Comment
Google Cloud Storage – Lifecycle Management

In my last post, Google Cloud Storage – “Initial setup, cp, and rsync“, I showed how to get started with Google Cloud Storage (GCS) including how to copy and rsync files to and from storage. A common use-case for GCS is backups.  For example, I backup my blog content nightly to GCS, so after a year, I’d […]

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Google Cloud Storage – Initial setup, cp, and rsync

February 20, 2015 | By | 3 Comments
Google Cloud Storage – Initial setup, cp, and rsync

During the past few days, I’ve been diving into Google Cloud Storage (GCS).  You might assume that this is a boring aspect of Google Cloud Platform because cloud storage has been around for awhile, but I found some pleasant surprises in my exploration.  Let’s start with a brief overview: Google Cloud Storage is not Google […]

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Jazz: Eldar Djangirov – my favorite jazz piano player

July 1, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Jazz: Eldar Djangirov – my favorite jazz piano player

I first heard this guy in 2006 while listening to late-night Jazz radio in the car. It caught my attention immediately.  I later learned he was only 18 years old at the time of the recording!  Unbelievable!  He’s in his mid-20’s now, and getting better every recording.  He has a very interesting history. This is a track […]

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Learn with me – Google Cloud Platform – Compute Instance

June 29, 2014 | By | 1 Comment
Learn with me – Google Cloud Platform – Compute Instance

As I announced a few days ago, I’ve joined Google’s developer advocacy team focused on the Google Cloud Platform.   It’s been over 15 years since I was the “new guy” at any company, so it’s going to be a huge adventure for me.  In addition to the radical culture and technology shift, my wife and […]

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