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The arrival of the Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview marks a turning point in the cloud-computing market and forms a leading indicator of how dramatically Microsoft has changed in the past two years. The cloud turning point comes because the path to hybrid-cloud capabilities and...
For Valentine's Day, here's a lighthearted look at the "relationship" between two complementary technologies: service virtualization and cloud dev/test labs. Hey, I know it's been a while since we started being "a thing." When we met, everyone said you were just mocking, and that I wa...
An interesting observation on enterprise IT from RightScale's State of the Cloud report (2015) is that while 88% of enterprises are using the Cloud, a staggering 68% of enterprises run less than 20% of their application portfolios on the Cloud. This seemingly contrasting data can be e...
Today, organizations have so much data at their disposal. This data includes company, customer, product, employee, and more… much more. The problem is that without the proper tools, mid-market companies often struggle with turning this information into meaningful and actionable insight...
Hiring the wrong candidate can cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars, and result in lost profit and productivity during the search for a replacement. In fact, the Harvard Business Review has found that as much as 80 percent of turnover is caused by bad hiring decisions. But w...
If you think of automated provisioning as a formal written language definition, it does have some value in illuminating issues with partial automation or portions of the overall data center that are not automated. The path to automation is not a straight one at most organizations. It ...
It is no surprise that OpenStack has evolved into a widely adopted cloud management framework. As it hurtles on a trajectory of rapid growth, a new breed of demands are making themselves felt – demands that a mature platform of this nature and scope must satisfy. One such requirement i...
Financial institutions, like other critical service industries such as health care and air travel, have the unique challenge of no room for failure. It's a bad day if your ATM card doesn't work. It's a really bad day if you do a bunch of online trading based on incorrect information. F...
Now, with DevOps Summit 2015 right around the corner, we’re upping the rewards and raising the bar. You may have emerged as a true web speed aficionado during the spring, but that alone isn’t going to cut it this time around. This time, we’ve upped the ante by expanding the realm of ex...
Organizations in the education, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and utility industries demand an IT infrastructure that delivers reliability, capacity, performance, security and flexible operations. Increasingly IT organizations in these industries are deploying on-premis...
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Jesse Proudman, Blue Box CTO, has been appointed to the position of IBM Distinguished Engineer. Jesse is the first employee at Blue Box to receive this honor, and I’m quite confident there will be more to follow given the ama...
The OpenStack cloud operating system includes Trove, a database abstraction layer. Rather than applications connecting directly to a specific type of database, they connect to Trove, which in turn connects to one or more specific databases. One target database is Postgres Plus Cloud Da...
Most organizations are wondering how to utilize data science to improve decision making and business intelligence. What holds up this process is lack of data for analytics teams. To some extent this dilemma has been resolved by the Open Data initiative publishing large datasets in the ...
The middle is where self-declared reasonable minds gather to split the difference between seemingly irresolvable extremes. And so it is with OpenStack. Back in the wild-West days of Diablo and Essex, agile app dev ardents attracted by the open alternative of OpenStack had two choices: ...
In 2014 I started publishing my series of “Tune into the Cloud” columns on the Gartner Blog Network, below some of the highlights so far. On how time to market – enabled by ever more productive cloud platforms – is ruling the battle for cloud dominance, and how virtual servers are inc...
There are standards for making sure the information is safe in transit (SSL) and when stored (PCI, SOC, ISO), but where are the standards around the surface area that APIs represent? We want to expose our data, but not the wrong data and never to the wrong people. APIs are now part of ...
Founded in 2010, OpenStack is an open source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform used to manage large quantities of compute storage and networking resources contained in a data center. It’s one of the fastest growing open source communities in the world, with over 400 companies...
I read an insightful article this morning from Bernard Golden on DZone discussing the DevOps conundrum facing many enterprises today – is it better to build your own DevOps tools or go commercial? For Golden, the question arose from his observations at a number of DevOps Days events h...
In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, IoT_Microservices Power PanelEvangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState’s Technical Product Manager; wi...
Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins of distributed applications that enables them to build, ship, and run any app anywhere. Docker allows applications to run on any platform irrespective of what tools were used to build it making it easy to distribute, test, and run...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO of Bluebox. We discuss Walmart’s recent OpenStack success story and the expanding capabilities of DIY private clouds. While DIY private clouds require large investments in configuring open source software to meet bus...
Cloud Expo New York is happening from June 9 - 11. This event brings together the worlds of Cloud Computing, DevOps, IoT, WebRTC, Big Data and SDDC. We hope to see you there-members of the Blue Box team will exhibit in booth 218 next to the DevOps area. Plus, our Chief Product...
Before the rise of DevOps, strong functional distinctions were supposed to help groups focus on their core competencies. Developers wrote code, operations provisioned and maintained infrastructure, and security found holes and worried about all the vulnerabilities they knew hadn't been...
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has become an essential tool for assessing IT initiatives. Originally developed to assess the capabilities of government subcontractors in the 1990s, the CMM is now used by IT management to define best practices in a particular practice area. From ...
We’re living in exciting but demanding technological times. Big Data, Internet of Things, Apple Watch, ubiquitous computing, smart machines, robotics, and home automation . . . things that were the talk of science fiction only a few short years ago are on every CIOs wish list today. Bu...
Compliance is often dependent on security and proving that customer data storage-and application design-meet the alphabet soup of laws governing your business vertical (e.g., HIPAA, PCI). While it is possible to be compliant through a variety of infrastructure solutions, there's no nee...
One of the most frequently requested Rancher features, load balancers are used to distribute traffic between docker containers. Now Rancher users can configure, update and scale up an integrated load balancing service to meet their application needs, using either Rancher's UI or API. ...
Despite the prevalence of public and private clouds in the enterprise, most IT departments still adhere to operational models designed for physical infrastructure and servers that involve complex environment setup processes. As a result, organizations miss opportunities to take advant...
No, not the head-banging, gritty, heavy metal Metallica song (though that's certainly awesome too.. excuse me for a moment while I turn it up to 11) but the Puppet as in automation kind of master. The importance placed on APIs - which are key to automation - in our State of Applicati...
With DevOps now "eating the world", as Intellyx principal analyst Jason Bloomberg described in a recent Forbes article, a number of companies are beginning their own DevOps initiatives, and are now looking for "DevOps engineers" to help them get off the ground. This likely isn't a t...
Everyone in the OpenStack community has a vested interested in making it work. Without a strong guiding hand, the open source community runs the risk of becoming so fragmented that compatibility and integration suffer. This is a bigger challenge than most people realize because the li...
Getting new features to users fast is the overriding imperative for many, many organizations right now. That’s why we make a deployment automation tool and a pipeline orchestrator to help teams implement Continuous Delivery and Devops and realize the promise of Agile. But there’s no po...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Tim Prendergast, Founder and CEO of Evident.io. We discuss the concept of “continuous security” and other ways to keep up with the dynamically changing environments created by the cloud. Listen in to learn why it is essential that your secur...
Life may be like a box of chocolates , but Database as a Service is like a stack of pancakes. Let us count the ways… Variety is the spice of life - The last time I looked at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) menu, there were 16 different kinds of pancakes to choose from. Open...
What organizations really want is to become a high performing organization. DevOps can help but it is just one piece of the puzzle. Check out my latest post on The Virtualization Practice which discusses how some enterprises think hiring DevOps engineers is the way to high perfor...
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...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Paul Barnhill, Senior Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss the differences between DevOps management systems, Kanban and Scrum. While both offer compelling capabilities, Kanban will become increasingly popular over the next year. ...
With “microSOAvices” environments, it seems like everything is different—software development methodologies, continuous deployments, and more. Another difference—one that’s often overlooked—is the importance of application performance monitoring in microSOAvices . This blog post explai...
A focus on automation is now a very common trait for large enterprises today. Faced with rising competition and the unrelenting need to evolve their user experience to match changing customer expectations, enterprises now need to innovate even faster than before. Automation is part ...
In between trying to organise my brothers I spent my teenage years involved in a couple of ventures, including building a telephone-based equivalent to ‘match.com'. I spent a great deal of time graphing and projecting the results from the content we posted to try and predict how engagi...