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Republished from 04/29 as it was lost due to a Docker Container crash… Irony! I have an article in the recently released “DZone Guide to Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud” entitled “Fullstack Engineering in the Age of Hybrid Cloud”. In this article I discuss the ne...
A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significan...
Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even though they mean different things and have very different connotations. Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformat...
I have an article in the recently released “DZone Guide to Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud” entitled “Fullstack Engineering in the Age of Hybrid Cloud”. In this article I discuss the need and skills of a Fullstack Engineer with relation to troubleshooting and repairing...
There’s a lot of discussion around managing outages in production via the likes of DevOps principles and the corresponding software development lifecycles that does enable higher quality output from development, however, one cannot lay all blame for “bugs” and failures at the feet of t...
Today’s software testing practices are abysmal. You’re a major provider of health insurance services to general consumers. Your website is a primary means of interacting with your customers and allowing them view coverage, locate in-plan providers, review Explanation of Benefits ...
As I continue to engage customers around cloud and DevOps, I am amazed at the percentage of customers where there is pushback against cloud computing. Even more interesting are the reasons and roles responsible for denying advancement in the use of cloud in companies. For example, one ...
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...
When I took my operating systems fundamentals course in college I was taught that an operating system provides very specific capabilities that provides users with access compute resources for building and running applications. Over time as networking capabilities and bandwidth increase...
On May 13th, Rachel Shannon-Solomon wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal section entitled “DevOps Is Great for Startups, but for Enterprises It Won’t Work-Yet.” In this piece, Ms. Shannon-Solomon implies that DevOps—a loosely-defined IT initiative orien...
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...
On the surface it looks to be a chicken and egg problem. Is cloud driving IT transformation or is IT transformation driving cloud’s growth? The movement to cloud requires a shift in approach for many IT organizations for how to deal with procurement, management, security, etc. In some ...
I was recently reviewing some sales and marketing materials regarding building out Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Part of these materials included attributes of IaaS, one of which is multi-tenancy. Having been working with some large enterprise customers lately around private clou...
For the 1st time in my life after owning three homes I am in the position of having to replace my air conditioning unit. The company I chose to purchase and install the new unit told me the name of the manufacturer for the unit and I set out to read up on customer reviews [...]
In the spirit of leaving Las Vegas I started thinking about the transformation of Las Vegas from a desert oasis created by organized crime to a billion-dollar industry. How did big business and Wall St. push the mob out of Vegas? Movies and television shows, such as Casino, Goodfellas,...
Let's face it right now the cloud is pretty immature. The level of automation and management of these environments are analogous to the early assembly lines, but it won't be this way long. This is not the industrial revolution and it moves at a wicked fast pace. Before we know it the n...
Application development has been moving in the direction of platform abstraction. That is, the need for developers to have detailed knowledge of the infrastructure that the application was being deployed on was becoming less important with increasing sophistication of the application p...
In recent discussions with IT leaders from both federal and Department of Defense sides of US government, representatives stated that they are having a heck of a time accommodating expansive growth in mobile computing. This is critical given that today, in most cases, agencies and depa...
Anyone who is working intimately with cloud computing and having critical conversations regarding this medium will eventually be party to the “cloudwashing” conversation. Cloudwashing: the activity of associating all your products with cloud computing even though it doesn’t meet core a...
David Johnson’s Blog piece really got my goat. In this piece, “Meet Jamie - A HERO With The Power To Force Change,” Johnson paints a sales representative that has rejected his IT department’s choices for device support in favor of an unsanctioned Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy a...
Steve Yegge, a Google engineer, recently posted a long rant on Google+ about how Amazon does everything wrong and Google does everything right. Probably the most traffic generated for Google+ since they launched, which is why he most likely still has a job. While it was painfully excru...
One of the touted benefits of cloud computing is supposed to be that it is a metered service. Much like your water and electric, the cloud is supposed to allow users to access compute resources as needed and be charged only for what is used. This is a great model for users of cloud com...
I recently added a Vizio tablet to my list of technological acquisitions. It’s a relatively good Android-based tablet that is very reasonably priced compared to equivalent functional models. However, I realized today a pattern emerging regarding my usage of the device--I’m more willing...
Return-on-Investment (ROI), perhaps the biggest crock-of-$%@& metric ever applied to the information technology industry. How does one measure return? If we use monetary return, then the question, “how much money did I make on my investment in a $10K server,” is relatively impossible t...
Recently a member of the LinkedIn DevOps group started a discussion entitled, “Concise description of DevOps?” This member’s post focused on clarifying DevOps as a role mainly for the purposes of simplifying his recruiting efforts. The member pointed out that recruiters and vendors are...
There's a lot of momentum behind moving to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for delivery of applications on the cloud, but is there enough maturity in PaaS to deploy a mission-critical application? Here's a story regarding one loyalty program provider that offers his customers SaaS solutio...
I can store pedabytes of data in the cloud. I can run my E-mail, communications, CRM, HR and Accounting in the cloud. My employees can live and work anywhere in the world thanks to the cloud. The Internet was the great equalizer. On the Web small businesses and large enterprises were ...
There's been a lot of discussion about multi-tenancy since the arrival of cloud computing. Multi-tenancy is the act of hosting multiple non-related resource allocations on the same hardware. For example, with regard to virtual machine instances, the concepts surrounding multi-tenancy a...
With Cloud Computing emerging on the scene as a solution to a number of computing use cases, it will drive modernization of your existing systems. Perhaps it's just a new interface for driving mobile access to corporate data or consolidating standalone servers into a Cloud for achievin...
One of the key steps in my roadmap is identifying a business use case for cloud computing. I started with a quick search on the topic to see what others were offering up as use cases and came upon two well-defined documents, NIST’s Cloud Computing Use Cases and the Open Cloud Manifesto...
My responses were selected to as a contribution to this report providing advice to IT workers that are threatened by the emergence of Cloud Computing. Free Download: Focus Experts’ Briefing:Top Advice for IT Workers Threatened by the Cloud .
Today, Jason Bloomberg of ZapThink released a blog entry entitled, “Why Nobody is Doing Enterprise Architecture”. A key point in the article is the statement, “Enterprises aren’t architected at all. They are grown.” Bloomberg goes on to describe that architects don’t terraform enterpri...
So it seems that with regard to Kundra’s 25-point plan and the mandate to move three applications to the cloud in 18 months that email seems to be the primary target for the first transition. The decision to move email into the cloud is a relative no-brainer. Email needs to be ubiqui...
In my experience, for there to be widespread adoption and agreement over a concept, the semantics surrounding that concept must be unique and discrete. If the definition is too broad, there will be too much opportunity for dissenting opinion. NIST’s definition of cloud computing doesn’...
It’s not about what’s different, it’s about getting on board with the changes in the game or get left behind. People say, “What’s so different about Cloud Computing?”, “This is nothing more than managed hosting or mainframe computing redux”, “what’s old is new again”. What was it th...
On February 8, 2011, the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Office released its Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. In no uncertain terms, this strategy is focused primarily on one key factor—deliver more value for the same dollars spent. Semantically, to me, this is a very different...
Just finished reviewing the latest draft update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication 800-145 “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing”. This publication is rapidly becoming the accepted definition within the US Federal government of Cloud Computing an...
If you’ve been watching broadcast television anytime over the past few months you’ve most likely come across the Microsoft “To the Cloud” commercial. Microsoft does its best to bring complex technologies to the mainstream, but sometimes...
Have you ever dealt with a mid- to large-sized organization and come away from the interaction wondering how an organization of this size could seem so disorganized and chaotic in their dealings with customers? After all, in order to reach the size they did, they had to have garnered ...
The epiphany occurred the other day while talking to a Department of Defense customer; enterprise architecture (EA) for the sake of doing enterprise architecture is a seemingly valid and important activity, but in retrospect flounders aimlessly in search of respect. We hear it consist...