Posted on June 24, 2013
Fourteen years after landing at JFK airport in NY..
Sitting on the curb outside with nowhere to go..
Eating a 99c McBurger two times a day for months on end..
After experiencing the pure ecstasy of being in Times Square at the millenium’s turn..
After sleeping overnight several times on the cold sidewalk outside the US Consulate in New Delhi..
After experiencing George Bush vs Al Gore in 2000..
After watching the towers go down in 2001..
The smell of ground-zero, and the cold stares immediately after..
After getting laid-off abruptly and having to find a job within 10 days or go back..
Not being able to attend my father-in-law’s funeral because of visa issues..
Not being able to change jobs for years because the green card was “in-process”..
After experiencing John McCain vs Barack Obama in 2008..
After filing 19 US patents..
Finally being “free” to quit working for someone else, to test my mettle against the raw elements..
After experiencing Mitt Romney vs Barack Obama in 2012..
Ten thousand miles from where I was born..
On June 19, 2013.. I finally got my US citizenship!
Posted on May 20, 2013
Gratifying to see that when the weather gets really nasty, millions of people across the country turn to WeatherSphere apps to ensure their loved ones’ safety. Today (May 20, 2013) has been a busy day, with massive tornadoes hitting the midwest that led to significant loss of life. Millions of existing users were using our apps simultaneously to track the storms in real-time, and thousands of new users were downloading the apps and trying them for the first time.
Today, our virtual “cloud” at RackSpace actually came of use to foil the real storm cloud! At peak, we were serving nearly a gigabit of traffic every second, something we couldn’t hope to do with our original fixed infrastructure.
There is no question about it; the cloud plays a huge role in leveling the playing field. Without it, there is no way we could have scaled up in time to serve today’s traffic.