From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Three of my favorite things...

...are space, Texas, and data security, and they're all right here!

The Endeavor Space Shuttle passed over the Gazzang world headquarters in Austin this morning.  The Statesman has the full article.  This image is pretty spectacular without my grafitti (but I couldn't resist)!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Gazzang Secures Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop, MongoDB

Earlier this week, Gazzang and Cloudera publicly announced an official partnership, providing the Big Data industry with a first-of-its-kind offering ... a commercially supported encrypted Hadoop distribution!  Check out that spiffy Gazzang logo right there in the mix with our esteemed friends at Ubuntu and PuppetLabs!

We have certified Gazzang's eCryptfs-based transparent filesystem encryption solution, zNcrypt, running under the Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH), protecting all of the data at rest.

We at Gazzang are really quite proud of this milestone and our unique opportunity to really help secure enterprises leveraging Big Data.

It quite nicely aligns with our partnership with 10gen as well, where we have also certified zNcrypt protecting MongoDB NOSQL data as well.  Once again, we feel we're in quite good company with our colleagues at Canonical and Red Hat, working with 10gen.

Here's to building an ecosystem around security and privacy of this next generation of applications leveraging NOSQL and Big Data!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Food and Drink Guide to Nawlins

Knowing that I grew up in Louisiana, a colleague asked me recently for some restaurant recommendations, as she's heading to New Orleans soon.  I sent her this email privately, but realized in retrospect that I've been asked this question before, from time to time.

Also, how long overdue are we for an Ubuntu Developer Summit in New Orleans?  :-)


 For that New Orleans ambiance, it's hard to beat Cafe du Monde, for chicory cafe au lait and beignets.  I'm definitely more of an espresso-based coffee drinker, but I make an occasional exception for a little chicory cafe.  And the beignets are to die for.  If you're more in the mood for a classic egg/toast/bacon/sausage breakfast, you can venture a bit further afield to the Camelia Grill (expect to wait a very long time, though, as the line is typically wrapped around the block).


You'd be hard pressed to find a more ridiculously overwhelming all-you-can eat pile of decadent deliciousness than the jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters.  It's quite possibly Kim's favorite thing to do in the entire world.  It's a little pricey, maybe $25 per person. But it's all you can eat of the best Cajun sweets and savories.  It's in the courtyard of a 200+ year old house, with a little jazz band
that wanders around the courtyard serenading you at table side.  I'd call this a don't-miss dining experience in the world (much less New Orleans alone), if you're a true foodie at heart.


There's a ton of good po-boy options all around the city -- they're pretty easy to sniff out.  Literally just follow your nose, smelling around for the best fried oysters or shrimp or catfish you can find, and you won't go wrong.  But I'd recommend seeking out a good muffaletta -- basically a giant Italian sandwich with olive tapenade and multiple cuts of meat.  My favorite is from Cafe Maspero.  That's a lot harder to find outside of New Orleans.  You can either order a half or get a whole one to split.  It's gigantic.


I much prefer the mid-day crowd at Pat O'Brien's (compared to the craziness that ensues after dark).  Pat O'Brien was a bartender in the 1930's in New Orleans that supposedly invented the hurricane cocktail.  I'll actually have a refreshing mint julepespecially if it's even slightly warm outside in their lovely courtyard.


So, so many dinner options...I dedicate an entire blog to it.  You can't go wrong with any of the Brennan family restaurants.  All are very high-end, with world re-known, expert chefs.  There's a few options in the French Quarter. My favorite is the Bourbon House, which in addition to having an amazing seafood and steak menu, also has a few hundred whiskey options and a fabulous cocktail bar.  There's also just the classic Brennan'swhich is outstanding too, as well as the Commander's Palace.  If you really do one of the nicer restaurants around town, maybe bring a dinner jacket and a nice dress-- a lot of these places are very French, very traditional, and very fancy, even if they're not terribly expensive.


If you end up at either Brennan's or the Bourbon house, make sure you have a Banana's Foster.  It was actually invented at Brennan's in 1951.  I'm also a big fan of New Orleans style Bourbon bread pudding and pecan pie.  These are everywhere.

Night Cap

You can drink all the Huge Ass Beers and Handgrenades you want outside as you walk up and down Bourbon Street.  On the other hand, if you want to dip in for a couple of fancy cocktails, I'd recommend getting a Sazerac at the gorgeous Sazerac Bar (the world's first jazz nightclub) in the bottom of the world famous Roosevelt Hotel (now a Waldorf Astoria property). Another amazing, New Orleans original cocktail is the Ramos Gin Fizz at the Hotel Monteleone, which actually has a "carousel bar" -- if you're lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, you'll rotate 360 degrees around the bar tenders while they serve your fellow patrons.