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In my experience when you work in IT the executive team rarely focuses on your team until you experience a catastrophic failure – once you do you are the center of attention until services are back to normal. It is easy to ignore the background work that IT teams spend most of their da...
I will admit I have been a strong opponent of those listing roles and organizations as DevOps. Primarily because DevOps is a way to do something and creating a role DevOps Engineer is just putting lipstick on the pig for those looking to hire a Linux Sysadmin or infrastructure script c...
As "applications" continue to morph into what we once might have called "mashups" but no longer do because, well, SOA is officially dead, dontcha know, it is increasingly important for a variety of constituents within organizations - from business stakeholders to application owners to ...
Theresa Lanowitz, founder of voke, discusses "Extreme Automation: Software Quality for the Next Generation Enterprise." Learn how service virtualization and other extreme automation technology helps organizations overcome traditional age-old computing problems. We really want to unde...
A survey from the Vanson Bourne market research agency (with CA) late in 2013 indicated that 39% of those surveyed had adopted some form of DevOps and 27% were planning to do so in the near future. Despite this being such a hot topic in the IT sector, and with a high level of take-up, ...
Proponents of pure software infrastructures often point to rapid provisioning (like right now, push a button and blam! Instant scale) as one of the reasons to "go software." Superficially this is true. If your infrastructure is all software (or virtual, if you prefer) then when you nee...
It's that time of the year, when resolutions promising grand changes in our lives are made - and more often than we'd like to admit, broken. Along with the resolutions comes advice on how to make them "stick." In other words, how to make them habitual. Many folks still cite the old ...
A lot of security-minded folks immediately pack up their bags and go home when you start talking about automating anything in the security infrastructure. Automating changes to data center firewalls, for example, seem to elicit a reaction akin not unlike that to a suggestion to putting...

#SDN #Devops #LineRate When you put software into the data path there are some things it better have to make sure it doesn't become a liability

The software-everywhere drumbeat continues to resound across the entire industry. Experts assure us that software can perform as w...

There are a plethora of tactics used to test applications as they move to production. For example, as a developer I've created data and captured data for testing and - my favorite - ignored testing altogether. After all, it worked on my machine. The reason there are so many tactics ...
DevOps is an exciting and far-reaching shift in IT delivery. The promises are tempting: radically higher productivity, lower cost and more reliable systems. So I guess it’s finally time for your IT organization to get on the development-operations (DevOps) bandwagon, right? Everybody’s...
I've been following SSL for a long, long time. Since before the turn of the century, in fact. I devised performance tests back in the day that, on at least one system (back when PCI was still the standard method of enabling SSL hardware acceleration) actually melted circuits on the hos...
CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.” As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we can find … Feb. 5, 2014 03:00 PM EST  Reads: 16,803
The biggest difference between high-performance teams and more average teams is that the high-performance group actually acts like a team. That statement is so obvious, I am going to let it stand on its own. If you look at most groups, they tend to act less like teams and more like...
Rather than talking about what others should do or consider for their data protection needs, for this post I wrote down some notes using my Livescribe about what I need and want for my environment. As part of walking the talk in future posts I'm going to expand a bit more on what I'm d...
This is the second of a three-part series (read part I here) about how vendors are keeping backup alive, however what they can and should do to shift and expand the conversation to data protection and related themes. Modernizing data protection and what to do about it Building off of...
2014 will likely be a year of dual business goals for forward-thinking senior executives. Responding to ongoing needs for business efficiency and growth, but also adapting to exploit a fundamentally different digital commerce paradigm. Commercial digitalization, based upon the latest ...
To say that cloud security for cloud computing is gaining traction would be the understatement of our era. Whether in public clouds, private clouds, or hybrid scenarios – it seems like everyone is in the cloud. Healthcare providers, eCommerce, disaster recovery services, data storage...
We are a few short days away from the biggest spectacle in sports – the Super Bowl. It is impossible to avoid talk this week of Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks, and the NFL in general. But does the NFL have anything to teach tech industries? The NFL is a mas...
The coming “Internet of Many Different Things” is not a world that is still way out in the future. According to researchers, somewhere between 2008 and 2009 there were as many “things” connected to the Internet as the number of people on the planet – over 6 billion! According to GSMA...

#SDAS #SDDC A programmable platform should be more than just lipstick on a CLI

The term programmability is, like every other term associated with hype-driven trends, used to describe a wide range of capabilities. In general, when applied to "the network", programmability imp...

Until recently, when I would talk about "APIs", I would qualify it by saying "Web APIs", in order to distinguish from the older meaning of APIs as more the tightly-coupled APIs used in Java, C/C++, or even Visual Basic. If you just said "APIs", until recently, some people may think you...
Recent commentaries by cloud industry luminaries Reuven Cohen & Krishnan Subramanian address key issues related to relative importance and potential longevity of an independent Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In his commentary, Reuven poses, "Do consumers really care about the difference...
During a session at Gartner Data Center 2013 (Software Defined Networking? Not a Question of If, A Matter of When and How) the question of SDN adoption was asked by speakers Joe Skorupa and Andrew Lerner of an approximately 100 person audience. These are the (very informal and totally ...
Companies are increasingly moving their data security to the cloud. By the 2015, 10% of overall IT security enterprise product capabilities will be delivered in the cloud, according to a study conducted by Gartner. In fact, the cloud data security market is expected to reach $4.2 billi...
Every recent major innovative change in networking has ultimately been about operational efficiencies; about people time and not product costs. Financially, IT is a study in capital versus operating expenditures. It's a study in short term versus long term; in product cost versus peo...
When we made our 2013 predictions for the realm of APIs, our premise was that API adoption and use was still a relatively nascent area, but one about to explode once smart people figured out its potential. We were certainly spot-on in that regard, but few believed us when we suggested ...
There is a question we need to ask. It is a question which might end up annoying some people in the Cloud industry however it is one which we need to ask. Was the Cloud designed to be this way? This is to say, was the Cloud designed as terminology meant to distract everyday consumers f...
Can we stop confusing these two, please? Kthanx. For some reason when you start applying "software" as a modifier to anything traditionally deployed as hardware folks start thinking that means that hardware is going away. Software-defined networking (SDN) is no exception. There's...
To lower IT operational costs and/or to become more agile, the business must simplify the processes to deliver and manage infrastructure and the applications running on that infrastructure. Focusing on one without the other is simply applying yet another band-aid to an already hampered...
Another 2014 prediction is the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori Vittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS...
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Gartner: Best Practices to Sync and Streamline DevOps Cycles for ...

In previous blog we introduced ‘Private PaaS‘ as a major segment that will drive overall Enterprise Cloud adoption. We touched on how Appscale enables a ‘Google in a Box’ for the PaaS segment, along with others like Apprenda and Cloudbees. Openstack for ...

While reading the news yesterday I stumbled upon the following article in Puget Sound Business Journal - Why is Microsoft alienating its biggest customers? IT pros want TechNet back. Everybody has the right to complain and sign a petition... While reading the news yesterday I stumbled...


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