Applying for an accelerator program
We applied for a spot in the Oracle Scaleup Accelerator:
"Oracle Scaleup: A Non-Residential Acceleration Program for Startups"
This should give us access to Oracle’s vast global resources including Oracle cloud credits and discounts, expertise, marketing, and access to global enterprise customers and markets.
First (paid) beta shipment
Last November we had a great meeting with IT Architects from Dutch regional energy company Enexis to discuss the benefits of the TiNC Works! system. In addition to their extensive energy transportation network this company has a network of 25 branch offices. These offices are connected through a wide-area network managed by one of the Dutch national carriers. For various reasons, this network will be migrated in the coming months to another major carriers. Enexis will use the TiNC Works! system to monitor the quality of the network before, during and after the migration and to keep the carriers in check.
January 18 marks the shipment of the first of 25 Field Units as a (paid) proof-of-concept, and we will assist Enexis with the deployment and configuration of the unit as well as the interpretation of collected metrics.
Major improvements in the Field Unit firmware & software
Based on feedback from Alfa- and Beta-customers, we were able to substantially improve the software running on the Field Units. Some highlights:
Ansible is our friend
The way we set up fresh Field Units is becoming more and more standardized and automated, primarily using Ansible “playbooks”. It’s amazing to see how flexible this system is, and how many configuration and deployment activities are solidly supported by pre-built modules such as user, lineinfile and pkg.
Over the last few months, we’ve had extensive discussions with people in various positions in the industry, concerning the cost of using the TiNC Works! system, and how this can be leveraged to benefit the end customer and users. Based on these discussions, we’re developing a limited set of pricing models, aimed at different types of customers:
Recent and upcoming trade shows
Early November we visited the Infosecurity, Data & Cloud Expo to do extensive guerilla marketing for TiNC Works! to exhibitors and visitors, leading to very interesting discipussions and follow-up meetings.
Mid-December the TiNC Works! team was present with a booth at the ICT Winterfair in Utrecht.
Late January we visited the Datacloud UK 2018. in London, where we met a lot of people from the datacenter industry.
In March, we'll be visiting Data Center World, again in London. We’d love to meet you there!
Jeroen J.A. Tirion is a networker by training. After "discovering" computers in 1982, he has been working in the field of computer networks since 1990 - with a particular focus on performance as perceived by the end-user.