Over the past couple of days Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has taken some hard
knocks in the press. See here and here. PaaS has always had a hard life.
It’s typical middle child syndrome. It’s older sibling SaaS is very
mature and is growing considerably everyday thanks to the adoption by
line-of-business leaders. It’s younger sibling, IaaS, gets all the
attention from the uber geeks who prefer to manage everything themselves.
Poor PaaS is left trying to wring out an identity for itself; some unique
value that users can grasp onto. Unfortunately, the support PaaS needs to
come into its own is hard to come by these days.
“I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph” – The Beatles
I am still a big supporter of PaaS and I also know many that are still. What ... (more)
North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future
of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124
slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is
coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like this is very
important because it provides tangible proof for our anecdotal hypotheses.
That said, the report does not extrapolate what is the most interesting facet
of SaaS hyper growth—59% in three years—the model for commoditization of
business function is market validated.
Like all things that... (more)
Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to
discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between
cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are
accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that only
now beginning to be felt. Hardware and software vendors are starting to show
signs of wear on their revenue streams due to cloud. Eventually, that wave
will begin to impact the ecosystems that includes Value-Added Resellers and
professional services firms that implement the products for those ... (more)
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 IaaS environment.
This week I spent some time experimenting with the three top IaaS offerings:
Amazon AWS, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The architecture was
relatively simple: three docker containers, one hosting a LAMP—Linux,
Apache, MySQL & PHP—stack running WordPress, one hosting Postfi... (more)
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 coder.
Likewise, the DevOps organization is a somewhat more likeable term, but still
ambiguous at best. It’s either the organization that is helping to redefine
IT by having development and operations individuals work together on the same
team, which is really just IT using a different process and sh... (more)