Miss me?

I’ve been away from this blog for far longer than I hoped. I’ve got plenty of content queued up though, so in the next few days I should start to get my postings back in order. Rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated; of my gainful employment less so. That, clearly, has been taking up some time, but I’m getting into my groove now.

A small conciliatory nugget that regular readers of this blog might find interesting: a trademark Robinson monster post on Cloudera’s blog describing how to build a simple distributed queue with Apache ZooKeeper.

More on ZooKeeper and our usual distributed systems programming to follow.

In Which I Prove Employable

Although I try and keep personal information to a relative minimum on this blog, here’s some news that’s relevant. Recently I accepted an offer to start work at Cloudera, a young company in the San Francisco area. Initially I’ll be working from the UK, with a view to a permanent move out to California when timing and visas allow.

Hadoop is Cloudera’s business. Hadoop is an open-source implementation of Google’s MapReduce Cloudera provides support for Hadoop, and their own fully supported distribution of the Hadoop toolset. Hadoop allows very large scale distributed and parallel processing of huge data sets in a fault-tolerant and efficient manner. Data sets are getting bigger all the time, and there’s a mismatch now between the desire and the ability of companies to handle and process all those data. Cloud computing, at least in the form of dynamic provision of computing resources, and distributed processing technologies such as Hadoop are helping to make this problem tractable. Cloudera provides the expertise and the experience to help businesses make best use of this seriously powerful tech.

I’m joining, as you might expect, as a distributed systems engineer. There are plenty of interesting problems to attack, both in Hadoop and the ecosystem of technologies that support and extend it, such as HDFS, Hbase, Pig, Hive and ZooKeeper. Cloudera already has a killer team (see some of the press from the New York Times), and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.