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Comparing cloud providers is complicated. With constant price drops and the frequent introduction of new instance types, no matter what answer you come up with today it is sure to change in three months. Taking into account differences in performance, it gets even more confusing when y...
This past year has continued to see rising enterprise cloud adoption, and with it efforts from tech giants to control the cloud through price wars. Like most things, the path we’ve taken to this point will certainly impact where the road ahead will lead. If 2014 was the continued bat...
HashiCorp, a San Francisco-based start-up founded in 2012, has recently released its first commercial product, called Atlas. HashiCorp is known by many people as the creator of a number of open-source tools that assist in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications. One major c...
Database change management is a unique challenge when adopting an agile development practice or implementing DevOps patterns. It really straddles two groups: the developers and the DBAs. Developers design and author the application schema changes based on the needs of the business. ...
Few companies are able to implement Agile Development across the organization because there exists a chasm between the Application Development team and the Database Administrators. All too often, database development is an afterthought in Agile Development. Developers perfect how be...
ScriptRock makes GuardRail, a DevOps-ready platform for configuration monitoring. Realizing we were spending way too much time digging up, cataloguing, and tracking machine configurations, we began writing our own scripts and tools to handle what is normally an enormous chore. Then...
I visited the Tableau Software booth at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014 and I was quite impressed with the Tableau products (and the various data sources that can be used): Tableau for Desktop; Tableau Server; and Tableau on line which provides Business Intelligence in the cloud. I just w...
Our expectations for buying all sorts of consumer goods has gone through a radical transformation we now take for granted. Why should we not expect this same level of service from IT businesses? We accept the status quo for how software delivery exists today but would reject it without...
When moving to cloud or deploying a new application it is important to understand the concept of a cloud enabled and cloud centric application. Cloud computing technologies allow organizations to leverage the cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) and cloud deployment models (Publ...
With the troubleshooting virtual war room capabilities, AppDynamics now provides customers with a powerful ad-hoc virtual space that gives Ops & Dev teams one place they can chat, make system changes in real time, view and annotate events on second-interval charts so everyone (even non...
We created GSX Monitor & Analyzer to help IT administrators ensure that they are utilizing resources and delivering the best end-user experience possible in these complex environments. As experienced email and messaging systems administrators, we found that there was a profound lack o...
Large technology manufacturers that focus on channel sales through distributors and resellers have traditionally operated with informal processes, using tools like spreadsheets and information driven by anecdotal stories from channel partners, unstructured data, and the "gut instinct" ...
SaaS and cloud computing continue to gain real traction in the enterprise – and that trend is sure to continue for a long time to come. But the reality is that, to date, those gaining real benefit from cloud at the enterprise level have been limited largely to isolated pockets; e.g., s...
jKool LLC, a new company, spinning-off from Nastel Technologies is a highly scalable, SaaS solution for streaming analytics of Big Data. The jKool API is used to add real-time analytics to applications which will now be able to stream data into the service at jKoolCloud.com. The servi...
Only couple of weeks ago, Uber got $1.2B funding on a valuation of $41B! Earlier this year, Facebook paid over $19B to acquire WhatsApp. Dropbox is valued at $10B. All these three companies are less than five years old. What is going on? Is it a tech bubble seen earlier? No, it’s a st...
This article argues the validity of why consistent communication is essential for effective architecture. A two-phase process highlights the need of standardisation and collaboration as steps to a maturing architecture description process. It then introduces Infrastructure Modelling L...
The illustration in the beginning of this post depicts the Internet of Things (IOT). You can guess (correctly) that I think that this technology is significant and important. In my opinion it is a revolution. I do not know if IDC's Internet of Things prediction is right for 2015, bu...
Companies in all industries have been moving some aspects of their operations away from traditional IT and data center functions to the cloud – but usually not everything. Doing so can be somewhat scary, for a myriad of reasons, especially if a company’s cloud strategy isn’t locked up,...
Hybrid cloud has taken over from public and private cloud to become the fastest growing cloud solution among enterprises. This was one of the critical findings in a new survey report released by Wakefield Research that conducted the study on behalf of Avanade Inc. The study, released d...
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in the EU Member States. Eurostat’s “finding” centered on the “fact...
Most of the articles I read on DevOps culture aim to address change at the organizational level, which of course is the ultimate goal. But Bertrand’s take on culture has a more homegrown feel to it, more of a bottom’s up approach towards transforming culture, that, as I think about it,...
This BriefingsDirect innovator case study interview explores how a Texas healthcare provider has adopted cloud computing, and in doing so has both saved money and improved the quality of its many services. Creative Solutions in HealthCare is the largest independent owner and operator ...
Now that cloud services have become part of IT’s “new normal,” commonly referred to as “hybrid,” it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution varies amongst companies, of course. According to a Website Mag...
It's generally a good practice to minify and combine your assets (JS & CSS) when deploying to production. This process reduces the size of your assets and dramatically improves your website's load time. Source maps create a map from these compressed asset files back to the source file...
Today we speak of digital transformation, representing customer-driven technology choices upending traditional business models and associated processes. But perhaps this period is better thought of as the big data revolution, or the age of cloud computing, or maybe the rise of the Inte...
“Culture” is nebulous and seemingly ephemeral, as it consists of a lot of touchy-feely sentiments which tend to be at odds with how engineers have trained themselves to think – rationally and logically. DevOps is generally recognized as a means of driving better business outcomes via ...
Over the past year I reckon I have spoken to more than a thousand Developers/IT Os/DevOps folk through customer calls, demos of Logentries, at conferences such as Velocity, DevOpsDays, AWS re:Invent as well as a bunch of other more low key meetups across US and Europe. Naturally, on...
So congratulations, somehow you've managed to wangle your way onto one of the many DevOps conferences being held around the world. Why not you might say? DevOps is not only hot it's the approach many enterprises are now exploring as the means to help accelerate the delivery of high qua...
Let me ask you a question: would you say that you have implemented logging correctly for your application? Correct in the sense that it will provide you with all the insights you require to keep your business going once your users are struck by errors? And in a way that does not advers...
The ability to automatically and reliably deploy entire application runtime environments is a key factor to optimizing the average time it requires to take features from idea to the hands of your (paying) customers. This minimization of feature cycle time or feature lead time is, after...
Imagine this — you're rolling out a new version of your web app. Works great in the dev environment, and it's been signed off on in staging, so it gets rolled out to production. Things seem fine, so you call it a night. Then the support requests begin flooding in. Some...
NoSQL databases are powerful tools for supporting big data applications, maximizing scalability, performance, and availability. Their unique features and easy implementation render them well-equipped to meet a variety of enterprise needs in a range of use cases. In this post I discuss ...
What’s Big Data without Big Compute? Basically just a large collection of unstructured information with little purpose and value. It’s not enough for data just to exist, we must derive value from it through computation – something commonly referred to as analytics. With traditional ...
An education portal application developed by a European non-profit organization links students to the higher education institutions where they wish to study, as well as to the government agency that helps them finance their education. When educational institutions want to develop and t...
HP and Hortonworks are integrating Hadoop into more of the HP Haven family to make it easier for developers and data scientists to access business intelligence and analytics as a service.
It is easy to look at the unicorn companies of our world, most notably Netflix, and say, "That's it! That's how we should be doing it". Whether it's DevOps or Microservices, they seem to have it nailed. Most people assume that to get there is a matter of following a few simple steps an...
The "internet of things" is not coming. It's here. Driven by the introduction of low-cost "things" that are actually useful, Silicon Valley's promised land of a wirelessly-linked network of everyday objects is slowly becoming a reality. And for those who see the data-gathering potent...
Now that most companies seek to make the most of their data in order to remain competitive, they need to hire the right analytical personnel. Unfortunately that is becoming difficult to achieve. McKinsey recently released a report on the growing talent shortage. The study explains th...
Businesses of all sizes are inundated with data, and the need to create value from the raw information is growing. The good news is that business intelligence tools are evolving and becoming more affordable, inclusive, and easy to use, especially with the introduction of Self-Service B...
I had the opportunity to present on Nov 5th at DevOps Summit by SYS-CON Events in Santa Clara, CA. Here are my slides. The world is Hybrid. Organizations adopting DevOps are building Delivery Pipelines leveraging environments that are complex – spread across hybrid cloud and physical ...