So it looks like Joe and I are going to have to take a trip down to San Fran to check out Nick's Crispy Tacos with Jason Hoffman, CTO and co-founder of Joyent. Jason puts on a "Taco Tuesday" on the third Tuesday of just about every month.  We've been invited down to check it out and geek out over the hawesome iRules/iControl/Ruby/*Nix/geeky stuff they're doing. Yeah...I'm not completely geeking out and excited, honest. Don't worry though, we'll try to make the best of it.

We got a fantastic opportunity today to talk with Jason about Joyent, what they're doing, their architecture, their background, etc. and how they're heavily leveraging F5 technology to make it all happen.  For those of you that don't know, Joyent is a long-time F5 customer that provides a wickedly cool, scalable, flexible cloud infrastructure to users ranging anywhere from the Mom and Pop size to truly robust Enterprise level applications. You may have seen Joe's blog post about Joyent hosting LinkedIn's BumperSticker Facebook app that recently surpassed a billion page views per month. That spurred an offer to chat, and Jason was more than happy to oblige.

It was absolutely fantastic to talk to Jason who himself is an avid engineer that's got a long history with Unix and many of the flavors of coding that go along with it. As one of the first major adopters of Ruby and, in fact, the very first person to check in source to the Rails source control system, he definitely knows what he's talking about when it comes to *Nix programming, Ruby, and RoR. It turns out we even share a common love for and history with FreeBSD, go figure.

Over the course of our discussion we got to chat with Jason about his role at Joyent, what they're delivering to users, why it's unique and powerful, obstacles they faced along they way, how they got around them which, I'm happy to say, largely included F5 technology and specifically iRules and iControl, and many other such things impressively full of win. From many of their security policies relying on iRules instead of FireWalls, to iControl being an integral part of their provisioning system, to building iRules as solutions to countless customer problems or requirements, these guys are definitely power users and avid DevCentral members, I'm happy to say.

We also got to talk about the modern application, how it's architected, how the old school ways of thinking don't apply anymore and the massive benefits that can come from allowing yourself to see the possibilities with a modern, flexible, layered architecture. This architecture with powerful caches, application aware network devices serving large portions of the application functionality, and scalable, interchangeable back ends thanks to the load balancing that also occurs at that tier is hugely powerful and really more and more of a "must have" as things continue to progress in the application and application delivery world. Pretty darn cool stuff to hear from a PhD helping to run a hugely popular and successful hosting company. How's that for real world application?

This is the exact message I (we) have been pushing for a long time. Every time I talk about "preaching the good word", this is what I'm talking about. Times have changed, technology has improved, and F5 can be a big part of building a powerful, flexible, scalable, reliable architecture if you just let yourself think about things in the new, more modern world that Jason and Joyent have fully embraced. It's allowing them to be as powerful and usable as they are at extremely reasonable costs with incredible scalability as needed.

Check out the podcast to get more of the details. Obviously I'm excited, and am currently trying to refrain from a big squeeeee of geekitude, but that's just how I get when I get to riff about awesome technology with even more awesome people.

Stay tuned for the follow up where Joe and I tear into some tacos, margaritas and hopefully some iControl/Ruby/iRules with Jason down in his neck of the woods. Not that it's been approved yet or anything, but hey, I can hope, right?

Thanks again Jason for the great chat, and keep up the killer work.

#Colin