3 Conferences, One Week: Docker & IoT Dominate Conversations

By Flux7 Labs
October 1, 2014

This week, Flux7 is enthusiastic about speaking at three notable conferences. That’s a new record for us. It’s also an increasing (and welcome!) challenge. Our team is becoming recognized as experts and leaders in Docker, IoT and the cloud infrastructure … all of which are needed to support agile business and development projects, like yours.

Our engineer, Anubhav Sinha, presented this past weekend at PyCon India in Bangalore. Anubhav (@dockerbook) is an instrumental part of several of our Docker projects. At the conference, he presented how Docker can help improve web developer productivity. You can review his slides here.

Flux7 CTO Ali Hussain (@Ali_A_Hussain) is presenting a workshop called “The Coming Internet of Things (IoT) and Developer Challenges.” It starts at 12:15pm, October 2, at the Cloud Developer Summit presented by @cloudassn in Austin, Texas.

And, not to be left out, later in the week, Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman (@FutureChips) appears at the @pytexas PyTexas 2014 event at Texas A&M University. He will speak from 1pm through 4pm, Friday, October 3. His presentation is entitled “3 Hours to Docker Fundamentals: Jumpstart Your Docker Knowledge.” Click here so we can send you the slides from this presentation

Docker Is Key

In all three of these presentations, Docker plays a key role. It can be a valuable part of a DevOps tool set. And, it can be used either in conjunction with a configuration management tool or even standalone. We want to mention that we’ve found Docker is well-suited for eight primary use cases. You can read about them hereWhat’s more, Docker is an essential part of our three strategies for startups to fail fast, fail cheap, and get agile.

IoT on the Rise

We recently noted that IoT projects are taking off.

So, it’s no surprise that we’ve been talking with several startups about optimizing their cloud infrastructure. It’s all with the purpose of managing a variety of needs for processing IoT data and creating a production-ready environment for dev, test and prod cycles of their IoT applications.

Our three aforementioned speakers -- Aater, Ali and Anubhav -- were heavily involved in one of our early Docker / IoT projects. It was an end-to-end Internet of Things that focused on receiving sensor data to provide reports to the end users of service providers.

In a nutshell, our client asked us to support multiple service providers for his new business venture. We knew that rearchitecting the application to incorporate major changes would prove to be both time-consuming and expensive for our client. It also would have required a far more complicated, rigid and difficult-to-maintain codebase. So, we chose to use Docker, with much success.

More about that project can be uncovered here.

Ali in particular brings a unique perspective to our IoT projects. He began his career in hardware architecture and performance at ARM and Intel. There, he dove deep into the world of architecture and technology for embedded devices and their networks.

As IoT projects begin to scale (and when they do, it can be quite rapidly), an understanding of the architecture to support these systems is an essential component of success. That’s also why organizations are seeking our help in assessing their infrastructure before their projects go live. Or, even before they are in front of an investor with a critical performance need.

We have quickly learned, and share through our work with clients, this simple rule of thumb: Don’t get caught without infrastructure that doesn’t scale, isn’t secure, or isn’t helping your business accelerate.