25 de March de 2018
Two years ago, we launched Pyxis Research, a space that pursues the integration of industry and academy to promote research and innovation, as well as the professional growth of our team. Bas7ion is one of the first projects to see the light.
But, what is this project about? It started out of the concern of Rafael Álvarez, Pyxis external consultant. Rafael found a problem “very practical and real that arises from our own industry: the need to homogenize the language in which we interact with the different Cloud Providers”.
Diego Garat, our head of Research, explains that in the Computing Institute of Universidad de la República (UdelaR), there is the figure of external project: a project of degree that a company raises and has its counterpart in the academy. Under this figure and in the framework of Research, Bas7ion took its first steps, when Pyxis presents it as a degree project to the Facultad de Ingeniería (FING).
Our software architect Guzman Llambías and Javier Barreiro participated as project tutors as teachers of the FING. Guzmán explains that “in the UdelaR the relationship between software development and infrastructure is somehow unbalanced and it tends to be much more emphasis on the software”. In that sense, he emphasizes that “everything related to DevOps is something quite new in FING and that’s why this whole process was a great challenge for the students”.
Each Cloud Provider has its own way of modeling the different hardware entities, this can be seen in the specifications of their respective APIs. Bas7ion solves the problem of having to redefine an infrastructure every time you want to change Cloud Provider, saving substantially the costs associated with these tasks.
According to Guzmán, “one of the benefits of Bas7ion is that it allows you to reuse the code, regardless of the provider”. In Rafael’s words: “it maximizes what each provider offers and benefits the team as well, which must learn only one interface”. “In general terms, it is like the model proposed by GeneXus, but applied to the cloud infrastructure,” he adds.
Both the academic tutors and the external tutor were satisfied with the work of the FING’s students. Rafael points out that, as an external tutor, he feels that the problem was well grounded by the students, “they managed to find a practical and anchored in reality solution”. In addition, he highlights the progress and learning of the students: “Actually towards the end of the process they were ‘playing in the big leagues’, at such level that the leading companies in the market do not provide the solution that Bas7ion proposes”.
Pyxis is interested in continuing the project: “The idea is to offer the prototype as a free product,” says Diego.
Rafael and Guzmán agree on the importance of supporting and stimulating this type of project. Rafael emphasizes that when the exchange between industry and academy is done for the mere pleasure of research, we access to technical knowledge that put us in a privileged position in the international market. “Deepening these partnership is a great contribution, both for the academy and the industry,” he concludes.
In the same way, Guzmán points out that, for the academy, this type of initiative is very valuable, because it generates new knowledge: “The academy may advance in a way, but it is good that the industry comes and opens new fields of research and knowledge”.
Know more about Bas7ion here.
25 de March de 2018