Under the Covers with Shantu, Episode 1: Global Search

We’re starting a new video blog series here– one focused on diving into some of the new features our engineers are building in our products.  Why now?

  • Building cloud services is hard and requires serious engineering. We’ve learned a lot over the past 7 years, and like sharing our experiences. We’re often early adopters of technology that make distributed systems more powerful and easier to administer.
  • We have a perspective the community may be interested in.  The cloud is maturing from basic dev/test scenarios towards true mission critical applications.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the enterprise, and it requires a different mindset in a number of ways.  That is a topic we’ll be re-visiting from time to time.
  • We have matured our development processes.  With the arrival of some very senior engineering leadership, we have been able to dramatically accelerate how quickly we deploy new features in our global footprint of data centers.  We also have a number of relevant “customer-driven innovation” practices that have informed our thinking and roadmap priorities.

First up: I speak with Troy from our dev team on our new global search feature.  The more VMs you have, the harder it can be to find them.  Several customers and resellers of our platform asked for an easier way to find VMs and other assets.  And of course, the search needed to be fast and responsive.

I lead things off with a quick demo of the feature, and then get into the technical design considerations and implementation details.

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