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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently identified four keys areas in which to focus for the next 15 years: Health, Farming, Banking, and Education. Bill himself holds forth on a regular basis about the challenges facing many billions of people in the world, particularly in Afri...
Whenever people discuss DevOps they always speak of a "Wall of Confusion" between development and operations, and while there is certainly a barrier to understanding it's more than just a "wall." I see it more as a "canyon of distrust" or a "gulf of miscommunication." These are all ju...
Enterprise Initiatives Episode: Our guest on the podcast this week is John Willis, Founder and VP of Customer Enablement at SocketPlane. We discuss the effort needed to implement a grassroots DevOps initiative. Listen in to find out how to gain the essential support of leaders for y...
Email is a mission critical application that is relied on to power business communication and collaboration capabilities on a day-to-day basis. It is a vital component of modern business and being able to send and receive email is of paramount importance. If you were to make a list of ...
The idea of DevOps is appealing, particularly in highly complex environments. There are just so many places where a system can go wrong, let alone a complex interconnected multi-machine system like a cluster or a cloud hosting environment. As systems have become progressively more comp...
With so much great content on the web and so many people writing about DevOps, I am sure you have heard of either some of these blogs or the brilliant minds running them. This very short list includes some of the most popular and interesting DevOps blogs we could find. Whether you are ...
We’ve had Cassandra in production for about two and a half years. Unlike some companies that are using Cassandra to support their “big data” efforts, our data set is relatively small — in the order of 10s of GB at any given moment. Since we’re using it to usher events through our pipel...
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...
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of te...
DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was we...
Gordon E. Moore's famously predicted tech explosion was prophetic, but it may have hit a snag. While the number of transistors on integrated circuits has doubled approximately every two years since his 1965 paper, the ability to process and transact on data hasn't. We're now ingesting...
This is one of the reasons lots of 'traditional' Infrastructure and Application Performance Management (APM) vendors have joined the DevOps mission and started offering many tools and products in support of this. While there are lot of merits in these tools, if we go by the first p...
I'll explain the difference between two major categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data Grid. A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many people...
If you listen to the persistent murmur in the market surrounding the Internet of Things right now, you'd believe that it's all about sensors. Sensors and big data. Sensors that monitor everything from entertainment habits to health status to more mundane environmental data about your h...
This past week the Appcore team got the opportunity to attend one of the industry’s leading cloud events, Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA. We spent a lot of time interacting with attendees at the exhibit portion of the event. As a software company with a sole commitment to CloudStack, we...
One of the most time consuming tasks for the Fortune 50 DBAs we work with is SQL review. Some DBAs are allocating 70% of their time manually reviewing SQL scripts. They are checking for the same things in SQL that tools like FindBugs are looking for in Java code: code patterns that i...
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...
Here is a comprehensive article on the basics of using JSON, the Javascript Object Notation. JSON packs lot more power into just information in a piece of text. JSON has become a nice connector to bridge the physical (IoT) and the Digital worlds (Web Services). Get this still in develo...
Using a performance monitoring system that you built yourself? You are not alone!  Many organizations monitor their applications and IT infrastructure with a bolted-together and often incompatible assortment of tools.  With larger organizations this can number to a dozen or more differ...
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...
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...
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...
with more than one million cumulative downloads, and users from AOL, Disqus, Twitch, Lithium Technologies, Expedia, Mozilla, and others. Atlas integrates HashiCorp's existing open source software into the first complete solution for application delivery on any infrastructure, and furth...
Once you can visualize the inter-dependencies inside your environment, the second common ITOA use case involves leveraging this visibility to solve operational problems. Being able to pinpoint root cause of an issue using data generated from your application environment is of the utmos...
AppDynamics role with Cloud Foundry is two-fold. First, as a member of the foundation, we’ll offer our unparalleled performance monitoring and cloud experience to help define the standards for the initiative, dedicating resources and contributing code in the true open-source spirit. Se...
While many SPM Performance Monitoring users quickly see the benefits of SPM and adopt it in their organizations for monitoring — not just for Elasticsearch, but for their complete application stack — some Elasticsearch users evaluate SPM and compare it to Marvel from Elasticsearch. We...
The Log Shipper Poll results are in! We run Logsene here at Sematext, so we wanted to know what people like to use to ship their logs. Before we share the results, a few words about the poll: We published it here on our blog on September 22, 2014 We automatically tweeted it and p...
Many agile DevOps teams rely on communication via HipChat, which provides an API and mobile apps to receive messages while being away from one’s desktop. SPM Performance Monitoring‘s new integration via WebHooks provides the capability to forward alerts to many services, including Hip...
Many workloads are already in the cloud: Most organizations today run at least some workloads in the cloud. For newer organizations, they will often run ALL of their workloads in the cloud. For cloud-based workloads, sending log data to a cloud-based logging provider is not quite as bi...
The Bridge Group is known for publishing insightful studies that aid SaaS Sales & Marketing leaders to build and optimize their inside sales strategies. They are working on the 5th round of their SaaS inside sales research and would like our help completing a 6-7 minute survey. Your an...
Programmability is an integral component of just about every emergent technology and trend today. Cloud? It's based on the ability of providers (public or private) to abstract, automate and orchestrate the network using programmability. DevOps? A significant tenet of DevOps relies on a...
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...
While there could be more similar use cases, the point here is IoT while bringing new innovation and benefits also brings new risks. These risks much different from earlier innovations, because when in earlier cases it is mostly the enterprise financial, reporting and other data pr...
Apache Spark is an open-source, large-scale data processing engine built on top of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and enables applications in Hadoop clusters to run up to 100x faster in memory, and 10x faster even when running on disk.  So it’s not surprising the usage of Sp...
Today, the world has changed. Applications have changed. Enterprise IT is undergoing rapid reinvention. As a result, APM is now at the crux of the digital transformation trend. And squarely in the center of this firestorm is San Francisco-based AppDynamics. Ask any teenager about ap...
Microservices. Service-oriented, but not SOA, this architecture is becoming more common as mobility and time to market drives up the ante in this high stakes game of applications. But just what are microservices? If you want a more complete and lengthy view I highly recommend readin...
If so, you are not alone! We talk to a lot of people who want to reduce the frequent “noise” from monitoring alarms. To solve this common problem, Sematext added anomaly detection for alerts and PagerDuty integration to its SPM Performance Monitoring solution to dramatically reduce t...
Over the last couple of years, the usage of Relational databases for storing certain unstructured documents have been challenged and some architectures moved towards file system based storage like , HDFS, Amazon S3, GFS, Azure BLOB etc.. While the ab...
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...
'Tis the season of light. With Diwali recently concluded, we've now entered the days of the Hannukah Festival, the Advent Season, the Nativity Fast, and in the Philippines, the onset of Simbang Gabi (“Night Mass”), a series of evening services as Christmas approaches. The Yule log is a...