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Creating global change that is actually good for the entire world is a mammoth task. With a population of almost 7 Billion people as of 2015, the planet is taking a toll with surviving the brunt of keeping the works going. What role can Cloud Computing play in making it easier for all ...
I recently had the opportunity to attend UI19 in Boston, a long-running conference focused on user experience design and ways to be more effective in a UX role as part of a larger team. One of the presentations in particular stuck with me as I returned to Boulder thinking about VictorO...
Using Cloud (aka SaaS) applications is natural for most of us — simply sign up with your email, login and then use the service within minutes. The Cloud works particularly well with consumer-oriented services. Businesses, however, have slightly different needs. Up until now, Semate...
JMS provides a standard messaging API for interoperability of applications on the Java platform. This enables your JVM-backed applications to connect to each other to send and receive messages. RabbitMQ is a messaging broker that serves as an intermediary for messaging between multiple...
One of the neat things about microservices is the ability to segment functional actions into scalability domains. Login, browsing, and checkout are separate functional domains that can each be scaled according to demand. While one hopes that checkout is similarly in demand, it is unlik...
There is more to being on-call than just knowing how to type in the latest ChatOps commands, reboot AMIs and print out java stack traces. There are life skills that come from being on-call for a while and fortunately, those are lessons that can be taught. Here at VictorOps we’re cur...
SYS-CON Media announced today that ruxit launched a popular blog feed on DevOps Journal with 12,000 story reads in 24 hours. DevOps Journal and @DevOpsSummit are focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. DevOps Journal brings valuable information to ...
The 16th Cloud Expo has added coverage containers and microservices to its program for New York, to be held June 9-11 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Cloud Expo has long been the single, independent show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discus...
The Evident.io Security Platform (ESP) is a cloud­-first security and threat analysis service for AWS. ESP provides security best practice checks that give you visibility into your part of the AWS Shared Security Responsibility model. This visibility can scale from one to thousands of ...
Kafka 0.8.2 has a pile of new metrics for all three main Kafka components: Producers, Brokers, and Consumers. Not only does it have a lot of new metrics, the whole metrics part of Kafka has been redone — we worked closely with Kafka developers for several weeks to bring order and stru...
In Agent version 1.61 we introduced support for the communication protocol Thrift. Thrift is a cross-platform cross-language communication framework that behaves very much like web services and so therefore automatically show ups in ruxit monitoring. It’s used by a wide variety p...
By default, Elasticsearch does a good job of figuring the type of data in each field of your logs. But if you like your logs structured like we do, you probably want more control over how they’re indexed: is time_elapsed an integer or a float? Do you want your tags analyzed so you can ...
Monitoring systems can help you better manage your uptime, but even though you may spend a lot of time configuring checks and thresholds to identify problems early, your alerts are only as good as your incident response processes. One of the biggest challenges we’ve seen when talking w...
New functionality is rolling out in SPM Performance Monitoring! Watch this space for future posts on Transaction Tracing, Global and App-specific Server Views, Kafka 0.8.2 monitoring and other cool stuff. For this post, those of you who use HAProxy are in luck as we just adde...
“Solr or Elasticsearch?”…well, at least that is the common question I hear from Sematext’s consulting services clients and prospects. Which one is better, Solr or Elasticsearch? Which one is faster? Which one scales better? Which one can do X, and Y, and Z? Which one is easier to ...
But is DevOps really a significant trend, or merely a fad? International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that DevOps will be adopted -- in either practice or discipline -- by 80% of Global 1000 organizations by 2019. IDC released a summary the findings from their "2014 DevOps Benchm...
It's an exciting time in technology! The role of IT Ops is undergoing a seismic shift in meeting the ever increasing and pressurized demands from the business they serve. It seems only yesterday that client-server computing was being adopted by business users as a new-world alternative...
The example of a huge company might alienate. It's DevOps on a massive scale, with a budget enough to create custom tools and personnel time enough to constantly develop initiatives. But DevOps can take any form you like, you can introduce it to your organization at any time, and it...
From NGINX, they “accelerates content and application delivery, improves security, facilitates availability and scalability for the busiest websites on the Internet.” Next layer explanation: NGINX (open source) and NGINX Plus (commercial) are an HTTP server and reverse proxy, and an IM...
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...
About 10 days ago we ran a a poll about which languages/APIs people use when writing their Apache Kafka Producers and Consumers. See Kafka Poll: Producer & Consumer Client. We collected 130 votes so far. The results were actually somewhat surprising! Let’s share the numbers f...
When it comes to testing and quality assurance, providing the right incentives and metrics is critical. Your release plan shouldn't reward quality assurance and quality engineering teams for rushing systems through the QA process, and you shouldn't create systems that penalize anyone f...
Tickets are useful as a status tracking mechanism, but when did our industry decide chasing tickets was the best way to manage IT support and operations work? We think it’s time to evolve to an ITSM 2.0 approach that puts the focus on ensuring IT support and operations teams have th...
The goal of any organization should be to have clearly defined release phases, where all parties are aware of the phase activities and key gates/milestones. The absence of purpose built collaboration tools has caused barriers in communication, information sharing and tracking of these ...
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...
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...