Monthly Archives: December 2013

“It’s support, Jim, but not as we know it.”

A couple of weeks ago I read an interesting whitepaper produced by www.sciencelogic.com (IT monitoring platform provider) who compiled a survey of hosting providers at this year’s HostingCon in Austin, TX. It was interesting as, like our opinion here at HybridCluster, it stated that Hosting providers foresee the biggest challenge to the sector being price …

We will be exhibiting at Cloud Expo Europe 2014

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Cloud Expo Europe on 26th & 27th February at ExCel, London. Our stand is 321, marked in yellow on the floor plan pictured to the left, where we will demonstrating how our full stack cloud hosting platform provides high availability, auto-scaling and real-time data …

How we use empathy in developing HybridCluster

Making good software requires hard work, problem solving ability and vision. Making great software requires empathy. As a developer, the most important part of my job is putting myself in my users’ shoes. It is all too easy to prioritise the whizz-bang headline-grabbing new feature, and miss what really bugs users day-in, day-out. We won’t …

What is a State Machine?

If you’ve spent much time writing software or if you’ve been through any university computer science program then the term “state machine” is probably a familiar one. You might even recognize the names of some of the variations and specializations of the idea: finite state machine, deterministic finite automaton, etc. These ideas underlie many of …

Logging as Storytelling

The log messages generated by a piece software tell a story: what, where, when, even why and how if you’re lucky. The readers of this story are more often than not other programs: monitoring systems, performance tools, or just filtering the messages down to something a human can actually comprehend. Unfortunately the output of most …

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