Time to Tailor Your Schedule for Geode Summit – This Weds, March 9th

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We’ve just put the final touches on the schedule for Geode Summit. It’s going to be an amazing day with over 100 users and developers of Apache Geode (incubating) meeting for the very first time. We’ll be sharing expertise, networking for jobs, hearing about use cases, solution architectures, future feature designs, and conducting hands-on training.

There are two concurrent tracks running most of the day, some of which have limited space, and some of which can be attended virtually if you aren’t able to be in Palo Alto on March 9.  All the sessions, other than the hands-on lab, are being recorded so you can view them later.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still a little space.

There are three main types of sessions at Geode Summit:

Keynotes, Solutions, and Use Cases

This is the main track, available for all attendees, and especially suitable for technology mangers and solution architects.  Here you’ll have a chance to hear what people have done with Geode and GemFire in the past, and get some new ideas of what you can build.

Technology training

This is a 2 hour hands-on training class in the morning for developers who are new to using Apache Geode and GemFire and would like a quick introduction. Space is limited, so be sure to register and add this to your schedule if you want to participate.

Note that Participants must bring their own laptop with the following minimum configuration: Windows/Mac/Linux OS with minimum 8GB RAM Multi-core processor is highly recommended Lab environment and files will require roughly 500MB of space Have Virtual Box installed (we will deliver the environment as a VM with components installed and ready to go)

Contributor Feature Discussions

These are 30 minute deep dives into early / nascent features of Apache Geode.  An Apache Geode Committer will head a short discussion about the current capability of a feature, and then ask for ideas and use cases about how this feature could be used.  The purpose is to help inform the future direction of specific Geode capabilities.

These sessions are streamed virtually for the benefit of the Apache Geode community. You can log in here to participate: https://pivotalcommunity.adobeconnect.com/clubhouse/

Specifically these session, and their broadcast times are:

See you either in person, or virtually at Geode Summit!

Meet Experts and Productive Users of Apache Geode & GemFire at Geode Summit

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Something amazing is happening in Palo Alto March 9. It’s the first gathering of over 100 users and developers of the GemFire and Apache Geode (incubating) in-memory data grid technology at Geode Summit.  What were previously dark arts and specialized techniques will be revealed to the open source community. Speakers from a dozen companies that have deployed or are running some of the largest production instances of the technology will share their experience and use cases. There will be hands-on training, and keynotes from industry luminaries about the future of in-memory computing and big data.

Geode was born in the fallout from Enron

The technology that became Apache Geode (incubating) was first invented trying to help a financial services startup scale up to meet new opportunity as a result of the spectacular failure of Enron.  Watch this interview with Richard Lamb, a co-founder of the technology, about genesis of GemFire by Gemstone Systems.

GemFire continued a successful growth path once Gemstone Systems was acquired by VMWare, and then spun out to become a key part of Pivotal.  Last year Pivotal proposed to The Apache Software Foundation creation of the Apache Geode (incubating) community to help foster ongoing development of the technology collaboratively with the open source community. 

An unforgettable lineup of speakers & sessions

 Geode Summit is the first time that committers and new users of Apache Geode can come together, and also meet with long standing users and developers of the commercial GemFire software.

 The morning kicks off with an opening keynote from Justin Erenkrantz, head of compute architecture at Bloomberg. Justin is also well known for his mentoring and contributions to many open source projects in The Apache Software Foundation.

 After his talk, Justin will serve as the moderator for a panel of noted industry pioneers, investors, and startup founders who are building the next generation of technologies for in-memory computing.

The amazing day continues with a track of 12 sessions by users, implementers, and developers of Apache Geode and GemFire.  There’s an optional break out in the morning for developers looking to get introductory hands-on training in how to get started with Apache Geode.

Speakers from companies such as Ampool, Capgemini, CIBC, Data Torrent, Murex, Societe Generale, Southwest Airlines, TEKSystems, zData will share their experience building solutions with Geode and GemFire.  Hear about use cases such as:

  • real-time mobile apps
  • streaming analytics
  • fraud detection
  • vehicle telematics
  • financial risk computation
  • adaptive logistics
  • predictive analytics in manufacturing

Register today – space is limited!

We’ve already seen an outpouring of interest by experienced and new users of Apache Geode. We expect the summit to sell out.  Be sure to sign up today to reserve your spot in this amazing day.

Celebrating an Amazing 2015 for Pivotal Big Data Communities

In 2015, Pivotal released more than 6 million lines of code into open source, and we launched 4 major new open source projects:

This was a significant accomplishment by Pivotal in terms of engineering, legal, product development, and marketing efforts.

 

Since then we’ve seen quite a bit of interest in these nascent new communities in 2015.

 

2016 is our year to build them to critical mass of members with first official releases, simplifying the path to adoption and contribution, and driving awareness.

 

Here is Happy New Year message from Pivotal to the Pivotal Big Data Community.

Two Reasons Why In-Memory Data Grids Are A Must-Have For Apps at Scale

Cross posted from The Pivotal POV Blog…

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Pivotal is proud to announce that Pivotal GemFire was cited as a leader in newly published the Forrester Wave™: In-Memory Data Grids, Q3 2015 report from Forrester Research. The report evaluated the respective in-memory solutions against 32 criteria in three high-level buckets of current offering, strategy, and market presence. GemFire was cited among the second-highest in the strategy category. Forrester provides the following comments about GemFire: [Read more…]

What to Expect from Pivotal at ApacheCon Europe 2015

Cross posted from The Pivotal POV Blog…

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If anything exemplifies Pivotal’s all-in for open source direction, more than 20 sessions and events for ApacheCon Europe would be one such indicator. We are assembling a dozen open source contributors from 3 continents to help educate and inspire our fellow Apache contributors for projects we commit to such as: Apache Geode (incubating)Apache Ambari, Apache Hadoop, Apache Zeppelin (incubating), Apache Tomcat, Apache HTTP Server,Spring XD, Cloud Foundry and the Open Data Platform Initiative.

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Students: “Be” The Job You Want Before You Graduate

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“How to act like a baby unicorn”

It’s never been harder for a new grad to get a job in Silicon Valley, and it’s also never been easier. There are a number of forces that have converged to drastically change how new grads have to find their first job today versus how I was able to look for my first job years ago.

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The Ambitious Apps at Amazing Scale Hackathon

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In late June and through July 23, we held a virtual hackathon for Apache Geode with the help of the folks at DevPost.  Entitled: “The Ambitious Apps at Amazing Scale” hackathon, the goals were to:

  1. Introduce new contributors to the Apache Geode community
  2. Test a wide scope of new features and APIs being contributed to Apache Geode
  3. Provide example applications to help inspire users how to use the Apache Geode technology

This video provides an overview of the contest:

Two eligible submissions were entered.

The winning submission, Dynamic Geode Warping was downright impressive.

Their video gives you a good overview of their work:

Bringing Commercial Software to Open Source

The following is a presentation I made with my colleague Cyrus Wadia to Pivotal’s Meetup group in June 2015 about what it took for us to spawn open source projects out of our long standing commercial products for big data.

And here’s the actual presentation:

Apache Geode Update

Cross posted from The Pivotal POV Blog…

It’s been a fsfeatured-geodeew months since Project Geode, the open source core of Pivotal Gemfire, was announced. Since then, the Apache Software Foundation accepted Pivotal’s proposal to incubate Geode as a collaborative development project, and we’ve successfully moved all the project interaction onto the Apache infrastructure. You now have the opportunity to support the powerful Geode technology, which powers commercial high scale banking applications, Internet of Things in-memory analytics, and scale-out digital customer experience infrastructure, such as servicing digital ticket purchases for the largest human migration in the world during Chinese New Year.

Here’s where you can find the Apache Geode project, get hold of the software, and interact with the community:

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Become A Founding Contributor of “Project” Geode

Cross posted from The Pivotal POV Blog…

featured-project-geode-250x250Today, Pivotal announced the creation of “Geode”, the new in-memory distributed database that will form the open source core of Pivotal GemFire.

It is my pleasure to announce the really fun part of this: the beginning of “Project Geode” – the community of users of and contributors to the Geode technology.

As part of this announcement, we stated that Pivotal has submitted a proposal to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to establish and incubate Project Geode through collaborative development.

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