Autoscaling, Destroying Your Enemies and Quadcopters

In mid-September, I joined the Helion team at HP as a Sr. Experience Architect collaborating with a team that is hyper-focused on building a portfolio of open sourced cloud solutions and development platforms. It has been one of the biggest challenges of my career and has forced me out of my comfort zone. I am happy for the opportunity. I have been spending a lot of time learning about open source projects, specifically OpenStack. In addition, I am getting up to speed on everything related to cloud-based technologies, companies and influential people in the space, as well as, enterprise-level IT Management practices.

As a result, I have been reading multiple articles a day and recently started a weekly curated mail containing articles covering cloud-technology, OpenStack and user experience best practices. The mail is sent to team members I personally engage with. It is my intention to publish the weekly list here.

I am also maintaining a cloud-focused twitter list which can be followed at


Docker at Shopify: How we built containers that power over 100,000 online shops
The second in a series of blog posts describing our evolution of Shopify toward a Docker-powered, containerized data center.

Autoscaling, welcome to Google Compute Engine
The Compute Engine Autoscaler is able to intelligently and dynamically scale the number of instances in response to different load conditions by defining the ideal utilization level of a group of Compute Engine instances.

Destroying Your Enemies Through the Magic of Design
The single most important thing you can understand about navigating the gauntlet of organizational politics is the relative risks of saying no versus yes.

Why you should build an Immutable Infrastructure
Immutable components as part of your infrastructure are a way to reduce inconsistency in your infrastructure and improve the trust into your deployment process.

The astounding athletic power of quadcopters
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. {very cool video!}