My start date at Joyent was Monday, August 19, 2013. At the end of this week, I’ll have been at Joyent for nine months.
Writing this post after nine months is a coincidence. The impedance for this post is actually my colleague Deirdré Straughan’s Joyent Retrospective.
The video is a “retrospective of the videos [Deirdré has] done in the last few years”. The video is wonderfully playful. Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill appears to fidget along to the music.
The experiences highlighted in the video are the real gift. Deirdré links to all the the videos (with the exception of the internal meet-and-greet ones). Deirdré has done an incredible job leading Joyent sharing so much of its technical expertise.
Watching Joyent Retrospective brings to mind the journey I’ve been part of here. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, but I really had no appreciation of the depth and pragmatic uniqueness of this team and technology. No company compares to Joyent in density of expertise in Infrastructure as a Service and as a product. This team has deep, deep, strong roots and continues to execute on its vision.
I’m two weeks in as an employee at Joyent. Last night was the first time I really logged in to SmartOS, and the first time I’ve had privileged access on Solaris (derivative) since 2004 at IBM.
It took my back. I’ve used plenty of Windows and Linux VMs, but it only struck me now getting my hands again on “real Unix” what I’ve been taking for granted. The cloud puts incredibly sophisticated technology in our hands. It allows us to make mistakes and benefit from them at an incredible pace.