Matt Asay

How the cloud and big compute are remaking HPC

Roughly 25 years ago, a few open source technologies combined to make a robust, commercial Internet that was finally ready to do business and take your money. Dubbed the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python), this open source combination became the standard development stack for a generation of developers. Don’t look now, …

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The wrong way to think about cloud computing

Andreesen Horowitz investors Sarah Wang and Martin Casado recently argued that moving to the cloud hurts profit margins and could cost public companies as much as $500 billion in collective market cap. It’s a bold, controversial claim. It’s also wrong. Or, more politely and accurately said, their focus on cost savings may be the right answer …

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Snowflake pushes back at…whom?

In two recent blog posts (“Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake” and (“Where open helps and where it hurts”), Snowflake spent 6,064 words arguing a very simple concept: All software need not be open—open source, open standards, open APIs. It’s not a particularly objectionable argument and reflects the reality that while virtually all software …

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Snowflake pushes back at… whom?

In two recent blog posts (“Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake” and (“Where open helps and where it hurts”), Snowflake spent 6,064 words arguing a very simple concept: All software need not be open—open source, open standards, open APIs. It’s not a particularly objectionable argument and reflects the reality that while virtually all software …

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You’re thinking about Kubernetes all wrong

Kubernetes is cool, but not for the reasons you think. For a time people glommed onto Kubernetes because it promised to be a great new cloud technology—something like OpenStack (without all its problems). But Kubernetes wasn’t. Nor was it a magical cure for lock-in that offered unbridled portability. Not even close. Instead, Kubernetes has become …

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