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robgibbon

robgibbon

22 posts

Rob has 20+ years' industry experience building, scaling, managing and serving the teams, technology and environments behind around 50+ commercial web properties and data hubs across all major industries in varied roles. Rob brings both deep commercial and technical expertise to the product leadership team at Canonical. When he's not busy making great product, Rob is out running, reading and thinking, or just being.


robgibbon
14 May 2024

Deploy an on-premise data hub with Canonical MAAS, Spark, Kubernetes and Ceph

AI Article

Download the Spark reference architecture guide In this post we’ll explore deploying a fully operational, on-premise data hub using Canonical’s data centre and cloud automation solutions MAAS (Metal as a Service) and Juju. MAAS is the industry standard open source solution for provisioning and managing physical servers in the data centre. ...


robgibbon
22 February 2024

Migrating from Cloudera to a modern data hub architecture

Data Platform Article

In the early 2010s, Apache Hadoop captured the imagination of the tech community. A free and powerful open source platform, it gave users a way to process unimaginably large quantities of data, and offered a dazzling variety of tooling to suit nearly every use case – MapReduce for odd jobs like processing of text, audio ...


robgibbon
12 December 2023

Announcing the Charmed Kafka beta

Data Platform Article

Charmed Kafka is a complete solution to manage the full lifecycle of Apache Kafka. The Canonical Data Fabric team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Charmed Kafka, our solution for Apache Kafka®. Apache Kafka® is a free, open source message broker for event processing at massive scale. Kafka is ideal for building ...


robgibbon
17 October 2023

Why we built a Spark solution for Kubernetes

Data Platform Article

We’re super excited to announce that we have shipped the first release of our solution for big data – Charmed Spark. Charmed Spark packages a supported distribution of Apache Spark and optimises it for deployment to Kubernetes, which is where most of the industry is moving these days. Reimagining how to work with big data ...


robgibbon
10 August 2023

Write a Spark big data job with ChatGPT

AI Article

I’ve read and watched more than a few articles about ChatGPT in the last couple of months. It seems the large language model AI hype machine just can’t stop.  As somebody with a passion for music production, some of the more interesting things I’ve seen included a guy using ChatGPT to build a virtual effect ...


robgibbon
3 July 2023

Charmed Spark beta release is out – try it today

AI Article

The Canonical Data Fabric team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Charmed Spark, our solution for Apache Spark. Apache Spark is a free, open source software framework for developing distributed, parallel processing jobs. It’s popular with data engineers and data scientists alike when building data pipelines for both batch an ...


robgibbon
3 May 2023

Big data security foundations in five steps

Data Platform Article

We’ve all read the headlines about spectacular data breaches and other security incidents, and the impact that they have had on the victim organisations. And in some ways there’s no place more vulnerable to attack than a big data environment like a data lake. ...


robgibbon
16 November 2022

Apache Kafka service design for low latency and no data loss

Apps Article

Designing a production service environment around Apache Kafka that delivers low latency and zero-data loss at scale is non-trivial. Indeed, it’s the holy grail of messaging systems. In this blog post, I’ll outline some of the fundamental service design considerations that you’ll need to take into account in order to get your service arch ...


robgibbon
31 August 2022

Kubernetes operators – the top 5 things to watch for

Charms Article

Software operators are steadily revolutionising how we deploy and run complex distributed systems. They offer the promise of low-intervention, self-driving software – ideally leading to service reliability gains and better uptime. For an introduction to Kubernetes operators, check out our introductory webinar or download our guide to Kube ...


robgibbon
6 December 2021

Canonical Data Platform 2021 winter roundup

AI Article

Canonical Data Platform: that was 2021 It’s that time of the year again: many folks are panic buying cans of windscreen de-icer spray and thermal underwear, bringing pine trees into the front room and preparing to enjoy an extended break with the family. So we thought to ourselves, what better time than now to take ...


robgibbon
10 November 2021

SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro: bringing it all back home

Cloud and server Article

Not going to lie, the Microsoft SQL Server is my all-time favourite Microsoft product. For a long time, SQL Server was only available for Windows, but not much is really sacred. So now Microsoft, in collaboration with Canonical, are distributing and supporting several flavours of SQL Server on Ubuntu Pro for Azure. I’m going to ...


robgibbon
26 October 2021

In defence of pet servers

Apps Article

We all know the drill by now: modern compute infrastructure needs to be deterministic, disposable, commoditised and repeatable. We’re all farmers now, and our server estates must be treated like cattle – ready for slaughter at a moment’s notice. However, we must remember that the driver behind the new design rationale is primarily the unr ...


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