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An entrepreneur’s journey into grid computing and partnering with Microsoft, by John Powers

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Entries from June 2007

Digipede on top

June 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Yes, that’s the Digipede flag on top of Mt. Rainier.  OK, NEAR the top.  Read on. Our friend Terry Clancy from Microsoft’s VSIP team took part in a fundraiser to help repair the damage from this winter’s floods in Washington.  We were one of the sponsors of Terry’s climb, and he was kind enough to […]

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Tags: Partnering with Microsoft

Suddenly popular

June 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Digipede is growing again. While not yet the size of some grid competitors, we’ve hit a very interesting inflection point this year. There are many clear signs, but I’ll talk about one that may not be visible — except from my desk. At my desk, the phone is ringing and my email box overfloweth — […]

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Tags: Events · Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft

Microsoft vs. Microsoft — here we go again

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

I will post another million positive things about the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WWPC) any day now.  Promise.  I love this event.  Honest.  But for now — arrrg.  Microsoft’s use of its own tools is driving me nuts.  Here we go again.  As many of you know, I’m a big fan of large conferences, under […]

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Tags: Events · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Startup Travel, New York style

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

OK, Digipede might no longer properly be called a startup. It’s been two years (next week) since the release of the Digipede Network, and we’ve got more customers and revenue and growth than a true startup — but we still think and act like a startup. In particular, when it comes to travel — we’re cheap. […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Startup Life

Digipede at SIFMA — Wrap-up

June 23rd, 2007 · 3 Comments

After a little extra travel drama (sitting the standard three hours on the runway at JFK), I’m back in Oakland.  SIFMA was interesting, productive, and exhausting, as usual.  Thanks to our friends at HP, our decision not to have our own booth at SIFMA worked out great.  We camped in the front corner of their […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Events · Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft

Digipede at SIFMA

June 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Next week, Nathan Trueblood and I will be at the Conference Formerly Known as SIA TMC — It’s the Securities Industry and Finanical Markets Association Technology Management Conference, or SIFMA TMC.  Last year I described this event as follows: If you have not been to this event, it is unlike any other trade show I’ve […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Events · Grid applications

Microsoft Research, AIDS vaccine design, grid computing — you connect the dots

June 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Here are some publicly available facts. Microsoft Research has been doing amazing work in the field of vaccine design for AIDS.  Here is the Microsoft press release about the importance of this work.   Here is Dan Fay’s most recent post about this subject.  Look who’s in his first sentence.   Also public is the contribution that Digipede CTO Robert […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft

The Economics of Distributed Computing — Finance on Windows article

June 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Finance on Windows, a magazine based in the UK, asked me to write an article on grid computing.  I took the opportunity to hammer a few of my favorite themes, mostly based around my own analysis of the economics of distributed computing.  The article is in the May 2007 issue (now being handed out at […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Press coverage

Thanks Greg!

June 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Greg Nawrocki has noticed our finalist status for Microsoft’s ISV/Software Solutions, Innovation Partner of the Year award.  Yes, the Microsoft grid market is heating up.  Microsoft has recognized that the Digipede Network can help drive sales of the new Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Edition, and I think that’s part of the reason we were named […]

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Tags: Grid applications


June 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Well, we must be doing something right; or at least Microsoft seems to think so. Microsoft has named Digipede as one of three finalists for “Innovation Partner of the Year” in the ISV/Software Solutions category.  As the only Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with a grid computing solution built on .NET, Digipede is a natural complement to a […]

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Tags: Events · Partnering with Microsoft