DevTalks Bucharest 2019

Dev<Talks/> is the largest IT conference in Romania. This year I have had the pleasure to be a speaker representing Kambi.

To give the talk has been a great experience. I’m very grateful for all their support to the DevTalks organisation and Kambi’s Bucharest office. The talk would have not been possible either without the collaboration of the Manila team that develops our risk management application.

It has been an excellent opportunity to show how we work at Kambi and which kind of technologies we use.

One of our risk tools was created ten years ago and with new business, demands need to scale way beyond original requirements. Legacy Java technologies and limited vertical scaling limit the functionality of the tool. From proof of concept to implementation, I will present how to refactor a service into a modern horizontal-scaling Java backend service with Hazelcast.

Josep Panadero speaking at the Java Stage in Dev<Talks/> Bucharest.

Google Cloud Exec Connect Stockholm

This week I attended the “Google Cloud Exec Connect” at the Scandic Continental hotel.

The official event description reads as “Like many Nordic innovators, your company has already embarked on a journey to the cloud. Experts agree that adopting a best-of-breed Multi-cloud approach is your next step. Multi-cloud is the key to gaining the promised agility of the cloud and its economic advantages”. I was interested in knowing more about what Google Cloud can offer, and why Google was focusing on the multi-cloud approach.

The keynote had two main topics. Guillaume Leygues, from Google, acknowledged that Google Cloud lacked in the past some enterprise features that now are present on their offering. And that Kubernetes, the base for much of Cloud solutions, is Google’s technology. Google is not aiming, yet, to be your primary cloud provider. However, they want you to use their service for disaster recovery, fast prototyping provider and artificial intelligence needs.

After the Keynote, Joakim Erlandsson presented IKEA’s multi-cloud Strategy. This is as Swedish as an en event can get, even that for the benefit of non-Swedish speakers all the presentations were held in English. Ikea uses the multi-cloud provider strategy to improve innovation and to avoid vendor lock-in.

In Accenture’s view on Multi-Cloud, Jens Lidholm showed their very down to earth approach. A multi-cloud provider strategy mixes well with an already invested private cloud or old data center strategies. He also pointed out the necessity for global companies to be able to change provider fast in case of unexpected problems, like when Russia blocked full ranges of IPs affecting all customers from one of the providers.

The key take out of the event is summarised as “Multi-cloud is the key to gaining the promised agility of the cloud and its economic advantages”.

Google is playing catch-up in the cloud as a service and being your second provider allows Google to show what their products can do. I can’t agree more on the fact that if you don’t test your services on production in multiple providers, it is an impossible task to move when is needed and to ask for discounts to your current provider on the possibility of leaving their platform a toothless statement.