Posts tagged ‘orbitz ideas’

September 30, 2012

The Impact of the Cloud by Chris Pinkham

During this talk, Chris Pinkham (former VP of IT Infrastructure for Amazon and current CEO of Silicon Valley startup Nimbula) shared his thoughts on the evolution of cloud computing and how its growth is changing the way we think about technology, infrastructure, and business. Chris is one of the world’s leading experts on Cloud Computing and is largely credited with bringing Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to life during his tenure at Amazon. Many experts consider EC2 as the largest public cloud on the planet. It runs on an estimated 450,000 servers and hosts notable customers such as Reddit, Quora, Netflix, foursquare, and iSeatz. Last year, EC2 was believed to be responsible for generating an estimated +$1.2 Billion in revenue for Amazon.

Chris Pinkham from Orbitz IDEAS on Vimeo.

Chris Pinkham was born in Singapore, raised and educated in Britain and South Africa. Chris has co-authored a couple of patent applications: “Managing Communications Between Computing Nodes”, “Managing Execution of Programs by Multiple Computing Systems” Chris created and ran the first commercial ISP in South Africa, Internet Africa, which he sold to UUNET in 1996. The company, now owned by MTN, remains one of the largest ISPs on the African continent. Later, Chris joined as Vice President, IT Infrastructure where he was responsible for the company’s global infrastructure engineering and operations. While in this role, he conceived, proposed and, together with Willem Van Biljon, built Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), the highly successful public cloud service.

In 2006, Chris left Amazon Web Services and has since started a new venture with his long time friend Willem. The company, Nimbula, is focused on Cloud Computing software and is funded by Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.

July 2, 2012

The Eight Hats of Data Visualization by Andy Kirk

What gets measured gets managed. Sometimes however it is difficult to measure because well, at web scale, there are just too much going on. This is where data visualization can help. In this Orbitz IDEAS talk by Andy Kirk of we are presented with some powerful techniques for thinking about data in terms of how it should be visualized. Don’t forget to watch the QA at the end. It is quite informative.

Andy Kirk presents “The 8 Hats of Data Visualization Design” from Orbitz IDEAS on Vimeo.

The nature of data visualization as a truly multi-disciplinary subject introduces many challenges. You might be a creative but how are your analytical skills? Good at closing out a design but how about the initial research and data sourcing? In this talk Andy Kirk will discuss the many different ‘hats’ a visualization designer needs to wear in order to effectively deliver against these demands. It will also contextualize these duties in the sense of a data visualization project timeline. Whether a single person will fulfill these roles, or a team collaboration will be set up to cover all bases, this presentation will help you understand the requirements of any visualization problem context.

Speaker: Andy Kirk is a freelance data visualization design consultant and trainer, and editor of the website, a popular data visualization blog. After graduating from Lancaster University with a B.Sc (hons) in Operational Research, he held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organizations in the UK. Late 2006 provided Andy with a career-changing ‘eureka’ moment when he discovered the subject of data visualization and he has subsequently passionately pursued an expertise in the subject, completing a research Masters M.A (With Distinction) at the University of Leeds along the way. In February 2010 he launched the blog with the mission of providing readers with inspiring insights into the contemporary techniques, resources, applications and best practices in this exciting subject. His consultancy work and training courses extend this ambition, helping organizations of all shapes, sizes and domains enhance the analysis and communication of their data to maximize impact. Andy is currently working on his first book, with more to follow, and has been seen speaking at a number of important conference events, most notably as judge and presenter at Malofiej 20, the 20th anniversary of the Infographics World Summit in Pamplona, Spain.

June 7, 2011

Orbitz IDEAS Video: Teyo Tyree on Model Driven Management with Puppet

posted by @martinjlogan

Teyo Tyree one of the founders of Puppet Labs talks to the about model driven configuration management with Puppet. I was really impressed by Teyo and the whole puppet team to be honest and really appreciate their rigorous sysadmin culture. They seem to be very focused on the practical issues at hand and less interested in keeping up with the latest marketing buzzword of the day.

Teyo Tyree on: Model Driven Management with Puppet from Orbitz IDEAS on Vimeo.

During this video you will learn how puppet works and what drives its architecture. You will get an understanding of how the model driven approach factors into Puppet. You will also learn how to leverage this in extending Puppet configuration management and integrating it with other systems.