The second annual LeaseWeb Tech Summit took place in Amsterdam on 4 June attracting over 200 participants. More than a dozen speakers from a wide range of international companies gave a series of presentations on the theme of “Automate. Build. Secure.´ Kicking off the day at The Undercurrent venue on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, LeaseWeb’s Innovation Director Laurens Rosenthal told the mainly developer and DevOps audience that the event was a chance to get under the hood of the internet and that “the more technical the presentations, the better”. He was right.
Automate. Build. Secure.
On the “Automation” theme, Marc van Eijk boldly stated that “Microsoft is cool again” going on to describe the benefits of Azure Resource Manager and his vision of how the hybrid cloud of the future will look. Job Snijders of NTT talked about his company’s use of SDN and some of the lessons learned from using automated control while Paul de Raaij explained how Coolblue develops its business critical software in-house using the principle of “continuous integration”.
Thursday June 4 is going to be the day: the second LeaseWeb Tech Summit will take place in Amsterdam. The Tech Summit is going to be a spectacular event full of fascinating technical presentations by hosting specialists from all around the world. But there is also plenty of time to ask questions and to socialize while enjoying a drink.
The Tech Summit is intended for techies, so you won’t be hearing marketing pitches and sales talks. What you will get to hear are the latest technical ins-and-outs about hosting, automation and security. Besides speakers from LeaseWeb, there are also (international) experts from companies like Docker, Sendgrid, Cisco Systems, PowerDNS, NTT Networks, Coolblue and Booking.com. So it’s the perfect opportunity to exchange thoughts about cutting edge technology with experts you don’t run into every day. What can you expect?
Take 15 projects, 40 developers, 30 pizzas plus 20 NERF guns and what do you get? A whole lot of creativity and innovation, that’s what!
In today’s connected world APIs are a key element. Automation and integration is not possible without the use of APIs. APIs are used for communication between applications without user intervention. At LeaseWeb we are using a lot of different APIs to automate processes, for example when delivering newly ordered servers. Most of the APIs are for internal use, but some are also available for our customers; indirectly by using our Customer Portal or directly via our public API. You can reboot or reinstall your servers, change DNS records, change IP reverse lookup and more.
After Cloud and Big Data, a new buzzword has arrived on the scene: Internet of Things. Self-driving cars, connected tennis rackets, and connected refrigerators—everything connected. Analysts and companies such as Cisco and Intel predict that 20-40 billion of devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.
Recently, my colleague Dan Murariu offered his vision on the Internet of Things, seeing it as a great business opportunity that will change the way we live. But before we get to that point, there are a couple of challenges the IoT has to overcome before it becomes the disruptive technological advancement so many are predicting it will be.
In the last few weeks, the Heartbleed bug received the attention it needed. A serious security flaw was discovered in the often-used OpenSSL cryptographic library. This allowed attackers to steal information normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption. See also our previous posting.
This Friday, another ‘flaw’ received a lot of attention; the OpenID and OAuth security flaw dubbed ‘Covert Redirect‘. Almost immediately, the media started naming this the second Heartbleed. However, is this really the case?
In my previous posts (Traffic Quadrupled) I mentioned the speed our total traffic is increasing. At this moment, our total traffic is almost hitting 500 Gbps (in April we did 300Gbps)!!
Last week, we connected another AMS-IX connection, which gives us a total of 120Gbps connection. At the very moment it was connected, we were already doing over 100Gbps at the AMS-IX. This makes us the largest traffic sending/receiving party on the largest internet exchange of the world! According to the AMS-IX there is no other company connected to the AMS-IX transmitting more traffic via the exchange as we do.
Data center energy saving is a hot news-item. Google announced experimenting with floating data centers in the sea, Sun is building a data center in an old coal mine below the surface which saves 50% on energy. Although energy reduction is a must, it is important to be realistic in the options available.