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It is no doubt that the latest and greatest technologies get your juices flowing. Researching the details, comparing the benchmarks, imagining the differences you could make within your organization if you could just put the right technology solutions in the right place. If only budget...
I am starting to get annoyed with the direction of all the DevOps discussions that fly across my Twitter feed each day. News Flash! Culture change is nothing new in the enterprise. Check out my latest rant at the virtulaizationpractice where I discuss how we over emphasize cultur...
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...
Appcore aims to simplify private cloud through Apache CloudStack solutions. Nate Gordon serves as the Des Moines, IA-based company's Director of Technology, in its effort to enhance Apache CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform for its customers. We had a few questions for him, and this i...
Before YARN there was another resource negotiator, Mesos. Mesos was originally documented in a research paper, followed by an Apache project, and now commercialized as Mesosphere – who are building out an ecosystem around Mesos.
In a recent post I posted on DevOps.com, I suggested the term DevOps as a Service (DaaS). Personally I am not a fan of the term. Mainly because DevOps is not a ‘Service’. It is an approach to achieve business objectives by adopting a set of capabilities, namely: Continuous Business Pla...
A simple description of DevOps is such: ‘An approach to Application Delivery that applies Lean principles to accelerate feedback and improve time to market.’ What does this mean? In a nutshell it implies that DevOps is a set of principles and practices that enables an organization to ...
The goal of any DevOps solution is to optimize multiple processes in an organization. And success does not necessarily require that in executing the strategy everything needs to be automated to produce an effective plan. Yet, it is important that processes are put in place to handle a ...
My favorite writer, Gil Press, sums it up with, “It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology” where he talks about how Gartner released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, and how big data has moved down the “trough of disillusion...
DevOps is no longer considered a fad by those working with the latest development tools. Now, DevOps emphasizes people and processes as much as the cool tools, and there are many different approaches to bringing them together. If you Google search for “DevOps flow,” you will find lots...
Now while we kidding around about naming this wall the "MacVittie-Roberts wall of DOOM", we weren't kidding about the need for better performance monitoring in production. After all, to definitely say that application performance is faster requires that we've measured performance after...

Applications typically log additional data such as exceptions to different data sources. Windows event logs, local files, and SQL databases are most commonly used in production. New applications can take advantage of leveraging big data instead of individual files or SQL. One of the...

Kirk Byers at SDN Central writes frequently on the topic of DevOps as it relates (and applies) to the network and recently introduced a list of seven DevOps principles that are applicable in an article entitled, "DevOps and the Chaos Monkey. " On this list is the notion of reducing var...
With the growing number of CSS Preprocessors like LESS, Sass, Turbine, Stylus and Swith CSS to name a few, it’s hard to decide which to choose for your project, and which will provide the best CSS authoring. Rather than focus on evaluating every CSS Preprocessor (that would simply take...

Unless you have been living under a rock the last year, you have probably heard about Docker. Docker describes itself as an open platform for distributed applications for developers and sysadmins. That sounds great, but why does it matter? Wait, virtualization isn’t new!? Virt...

When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspec...
Regardless if you’ve migrated multiple applications or this is your first migration to a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) you will want to run a small proof-of-concept to make sure that the basic elements of data flow operate as expected and your components will run in the Iaa...
In my first post, I discussed how software and various tools are dramatically changing the Ops department. This post centers on the automation process. When I was younger, you actually had to build a server from scratch, buy power and connectivity in a data center, and manually plug a...
Can we shift the conversation from talking about DevOps to sharing lessons learned about trying to implement DevOps? Over the past several months, I have had numerous conversations with a variety of Fortune 500 companies about how to embrace DevOps. Most enterprises understand why DevO...
Certainly, enterprises feel the pressure to transition their networks to next generation architectures like SDN to brace the coming storm that is an app economy. Service providers could provide valuable advice to them on how to do that, if they could yell loud enough over the thunderou...
In my hunt for the mysterious DevOps practice, I’ve been let down. DevOps are hard to find. When you find them, they do not exactly do what you think they should do. Some DevOps teams only execute on automation for dev; while others are operations folks with a new name; and still other...
Just last year, a CA Technologies and Vanson Bourne survey revealed that DevOps was not a sure-fire hit— 16 percent of senior IT professionals did not know what DevOps was, and an additional 18 percent had no plans to adopt it. Fast forward one year and the results tell an entirely new...
DevOps is a discontinuous innovation in the way organizations develop and deliver software. And as with any new discontinuous innovation, the implication is that creative destruction will follow. Companies that hold on to legacy business and technology models, without pursuing the ev...
Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’...
This is part of the ever-expanding "Microservices and PaaS" blog series covering the rapidly evolving use of microservices in modern cloud software projects. Parts I and II introduced microservices concepts and discussed patterns and practices being spearheaded by microservices pioneer...
The phenomena of Big Data continues to grow as companies of all sizes start to realize the potential ROI that comes from the correct use of massive amounts of data. MIT found that firms who can leverage Big Data can achieve 5-6 percent greater productivity and profitability than their ...
I ran across this quote a while back, and was awestruck at its profundity. I keep it on a list of quotes that I look to for inspiration. To think that the guy who invented the theory of relativity views the world in this way, trying to distill extremely complex ideas down to their simp...
Logging as part of the continuous delivery process can help your teams move faster and build a product that your customers really love. Over the last years Continuous Delivery has gained a massive following with many development teams embracing the style. Companies have chosen (as wit...
To say that Operations and DevOps will have a new set of challenges in the coming year is a bit redundant, as their entire job is based on solving problems and facing challenges. However the current and future landscape of tools, technologies, and processes is changing dramatically....
As co-founder of Logentries I am often asked - "Why Logs?" And I have to admit, upon first impression, ‘log management and analytics' does not seem like the sexiest space :). However at Logentries we are here to redefine that space, to provide a solution to access, manage and understa...
If you're an executive that's concerned about the high-cost of proprietary software, you're not alone. If your IT team pushes back whenever Line of Business leaders ask them for feature enhancements that goes beyond the limits of the commercial software packages they've licensed, then ...

For a concept that is barely a couple years old, DevOps is red hot. No conversation about software development is considered complete without the mention of this new buzz word. But the growth in its popularity has also given rise to several misconceptions. Misconceptions that,...

While some might still be focused on SDN with an OpenFlow-style twist, 30% of the organizations in our survey this summer (report forth coming, I promise!) were looking at SDN to improve time to market. Of those, 73% considered an API-enabled infrastructure to be important to very impo...

UPDATE (9/28/2014): Our security team indicates that we're now seeing the majority of attempted exploits of Shellshock coming in through input paramters. They've provided ASM signatures to mitigate and recommend customers use these signatures to protect their applications. Y...

One of the most common questions we get asked by customers is: “What’s the best way to log my data?” My answer is always: "log using JSON format wherever possible.” The next question we often get asked – (but not as much)… Yeah JSON, …Hmmm, what is JSON again? So JSON is: S...
Over the past month we have been updating the Logentries Windows Agent to make it more powerful for our growing customers needs. One particular area we felt needed updating was the Command Line capabilities of the Windows Agent. Logentries is now proud to announce that you now have ev...
Amazon is indisputably the biggest name in cloud service providers. They have built up a strong market presence primarily on the argument that access to cheap compute and storage resources is attractive to companies looking to shed IT costs as they move from on-premises solutions to th...
As one of Heroku’s beta users I had the chance to check out the new Heroku button gallery last week. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. Over the past few years, it’s fair to say Heroku have nailed their PAAS offering. They are one of the few PAAS providers to truly succeed in...
Every day and every second, the system administrator gets tones of information on the network operation, network devices’ operation, and messages from users; he sets dozens of challenges, which must help to avoid the existing and possible problems in the future. Often, it is rather dif...
Yet another retailer has confessed that their systems were breached and an untold number of victims join the growing list of those who have had their data was stolen. This one could be bigger than the infamous Target breach. I wonder if some day we’ll be referring to periods of time by...