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Open Source Software Up the Stack

Dennis Byron

Talking to... Tom Mornini of Engine Yard, Ruby/Rails Hosting Provider

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I must admit that the only roundhouse I've ever been in or near was at a restaurant somewhere up on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. But I couldn't resist talking to a company named Engine Yard. The company is building its business based on the same Ruby/Rails ecosystem phenomenon that we talk about when we met with Todd Barr of FiveRuns back in March of 2008 and Justin Gehtland of Relevance in August 2008.

Beginning in 2006, Engine Yard saw that customers were developing business-critical Rail apps but that those same customers didn't want a worry about deployment issues nor did they want to hire IT staff to manage service. Customers wanted Rails focus 24 x 7 operations support and a smooth path if they would move from 100 users, up to 1000 users, or theoretically 10,000 users. Engine Yard is providing the hosting and data center infrastructure for this sort of scale and; therefore, I think they're getting probably a pretty good handle on this Ruby and Ruby on Rails phenomenon .

In addition to providing needed infrastructure, Engine Yard participates in the Ruby Open Source Projects Rubinius, and Merb. And if you know those projects, you know we're nibbling around the edges of open source cloud computing when we talk in this podcast.

Today my guest is Tom Mornini. He's going to explain all of this in more detail. Tom co-founded Engine Yard and has spent nearly 30 years as a software programmer and software architect. Prior to starting Engine Yard in 2006, he created FaceBridge, which is a billing service for video-over-IM systems, and InfoMania Printing and Prepress, which is an Internet print procurement service. He also served as software architect at Quios; he's responsible for the platform that allowed the company to grow into a global mobile messaging provider. Tom's also the author of Capistrano and the Rails Applications Lifecyle published by O'Reilly.

Dennis Byron’s blog on open source software: A longtime market research analyst follows what “the movement? means to business integration—in applications, infrastructure, as services, as architecture and as functionality.

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