I don’t have to tell you why IPv6 is important – even the mainstream media has finally realised that the pool of IPv4 addresses is exhausted (it’s not like we needed tarot cards to predict it!). Any modern network must have support for IPv6.
We’ve been concentrating on perfecting IPv4 in Brightbox Cloud as that’s the immediate need, but we’ve considered IPv6 since day one of our network designs (over a year ago now!). Every cloud server will get IPv6 addresses by default (and AAAA dns records of course), so you’ll be able to access your servers directly. We already have this working for our own test servers and we’ll have it in the hands of our customers very soon.
IPv6 will be a “first class citizen” in the Brightbox Cloud – supported throughout all of our services: Our Cloud Servers, Load Balancers, Firewall, Cloud IPs and of course our API. We’re currently working on the full implementation but I thought it was worthwhile announcing our plans, since this is such an important aspect of our service.
posted 25 Mar 2011
by John Leach
In the three and a half years since Brightbox started, we’ve built a solid reputation for our “Serious Rails Hosting” platform. We’ve spent the last twelve months building Brightbox Cloud our new cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service which is already making big waves. We’re now looking for an experienced software engineer to join our small but highly productive development team. This is an awesome opportunity to use your skills and experience to help shape our future products and direction in this exciting and fast growing industry.
- Lead development of our distributed cloud management and automation systems
- Break down complex projects into clear tasks and specs
- Proactively find ways of improving our services, systems and code
- Efficiently manage your own workload as well as that of others
- Extract code to be released as free software projects
The ideal candidate:
You have an insatiable desire to understand things, to break them apart and to fix them. You are continuously looking for ways to improve things. You are enthusiastic about some technologies and vocalise your reasoned dislike for others. You have strong opinions and stand by them when it really matters, but are willing to compromise when it doesn’t. You are able to communicate your ideas succinctly with eloquence and clarity. You have probably contributed to some free software projects, and perhaps started your own. You don’t take yourself too seriously and are comfortable with others reviewing your work. You love what you do.
Skills & Experience:
- Several years experience of coding in Ruby
- Experience with Ruby web frameworks, such as Rails, Sinatra
- Experience of testing frameworks, such as rspec
- Experience of deployment using tools, such as Capistrano
- In-depth knowledge of distributed cloud infrastructure concepts
- Experience programming asynchronous systems
- Experience consuming and creating APIs
- Experience of working in a fast-paced, agile environment
- Ability to empathise with users
Like our systems, our teams are geographically distributed, communicating in real-time throughout the working day using our private Jabber conference or phone calls. We manage our work with Redmine, usually organising chunks of work into weekly sprints. We’re a lean organisation – you’ll have direct access to leadership as well as other teams. Our development, engineering and operations teams all work closely together which shortens the feedback loop and means we get things done better.
Remote, but ideally working within 2 hours of UTC.
circa £55k p.a. (depending on experience).
Friday 22nd April 2011.
How to apply:
Send a hello email and a CV (PDF or plain text) to firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence from recruitment agents must be in Esperanto and to our special recruitment email address: root@localhost
posted 18 Mar 2011
by John Leach