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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...
A common pattern in the past few years is the creation of centralized Release Engineering groups. These professionals apply common patterns for automating releases, they have a solid understanding of build and testing frameworks, and they help a large organization standardize software ...
An operations group tasked with accepting and supporting a software release. This group wants a predictable process, they view releases as incidents to be managed, and they answer to a business that wants predictability and accountability. One or more development groups tasked with ...
I’ve spent the past few years looking at clouds on the ground and in the air. On the ground, I’m immersed in OpenStack’s global innovation and momentum. Doing so involves lots of time in the air, looking at literal clouds as I fly around the world talking with OpenStack developers, com...
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 ...
Databases take a long time to build, populate and manage, but deploying in the cloud holds great promise for changing all of that. Time is probably the most valuable commodity in business. "Time is money" is a trite way of saying that those who move the quickest are usually the ones w...
Today, DevOps is the latest and greatest in making work efficient. Before that, Agile called on us to rework our development process. If we keep going back we eventually reach Frederick Winslow Taylor and the birth of scientific work management. Taylor famously (or infamously) measu...
DevOps podcasts are a thing and they are here to stay. Whether you are traveling, working, or just love talk radio, these Top 8 DevOps Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the industry and listen to what the experts are saying.
The DevOps section in the library is not the largest around but it is well worth your time to check a couple out. Here are the Top 10 DevOps Books that are worth finding at the book store and sharing with your friends. Feel free to browse, click on the books, you can’t go wrong....
OpenStack and Hadoop are both amazingly powerful platforms for those who need (and recognize that they need) them. We all know what private clouds and Big Data are, so I won't waste your time explaining them. I will point out for those who haven't had the pleasure of installing them th...
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...
Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either “in the cloud”, “powered by the cloud”, or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud off...
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...
Over the past year I reckon I have spoken to more than a thousand Developers/IT Os/DevOps folk through customer calls, demos of Logentries, at conferences such as Velocity, DevOpsDays, AWS re:Invent as well as a bunch of other more low key meetups across US and Europe. Naturally, on...
There's no right place to start with DevOps, but there are reasons that different people choose to start. There are also ways of communicating that make it more likely to take succeed in your organization. Being aware of the people you are talking to and the processes they work within ...
Today’s web-based applications are highly demanding, so the databases that hold their vast stores of information are not only expected to be very flexible in nature (supporting various data formats), but also to manage extreme performance and scaling. In this article I compare NoSQL to...
In a perfect world, Application Performance Management (APM) has all the right elements in place, providing value to the business and IT by giving us the metrics we need and showing us the health of our applications. It alerts us to anomalies when slowdowns occur, and shows us trends ...
The phenomena of Big Data continues to grow as companies of all sizes start to realize the potential ROI that comes from the correct use of massive amounts of data. MIT found that firms who can leverage Big Data can achieve 5-6 percent greater productivity and profitability than their ...
Each of the G20 member countries outlined a Comprehensive Growth Strategy at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. One of the more aggressive plans comes from Brazil, which has pledged to train 12 million young people in technical areas by 2018. The program is called Pronate...
I've been super honoured to give an ignite talk during DevOps Days Vancouver 2014. Ignite talks are intense, as the slides mercilessly fly-by every 15 seconds, and this for 5 minutes sharp (yes, that's just 20 slides!). In this talk, I tried to present some of the lessons we've lear...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Amazon.com cloud computing juggernaut, wrapped up its annual reInvent conference in Las Vegas last week. Host to many thousands of AWS devotees, hundreds of exhibiting partners, and dozens of press and analysts – but not myself. You see, I wasn’t invited....
I returned from re:Invent last night after three days of what was probably one of the most memorable and impactful trade shows I’ve ever attended. Period. More than 1500 attendee applicants were refused. The show was packed. This time with more enterprise IT leaders than one might ...
On Halloween day, let's take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers... Accelerated Release Cycles In response to today's demand for speed and "Continuous Everything," the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster. Considering ...
I am starting to get annoyed with the direction of all the DevOps discussions that fly across my Twitter feed each day. News Flash! Culture change is nothing new in the enterprise. Check out my latest rant at the virtulaizationpractice where I discuss how we over emphasize cultur...

Unless you have been living under a rock the last year, you have probably heard about Docker. Docker describes itself as an open platform for distributed applications for developers and sysadmins. That sounds great, but why does it matter? Wait, virtualization isn’t new!? Virt...

Log analysis is a simple and cool way to add oversight to your orchestration environments. While scripting your infrastructure is a powerful tool, using it alone is a quick-hit device. But wait, there is more! You don’t even have to create the scripts manually; there are tools ou...
We're working hard in the Logentries towers to integrate our continuous delivery tools, so we can identify and track issues as easily as possible. This saves us time that we can spend on important things like adding new features (or playing pool!). We use a lot of tools to manage our...
During the course of the last twelve months the OpenStack community has advanced as more users of the leading open-source cloud technology have been reporting their progress -- with the help of their partners -- towards making a meaningful impact on their business goals and objectives....
When people write about software-defined architectures being "disruptive" to the network they're doing a bit of a disservice to just how much change is occurring under the hood in the engine that drives today's businesses. The notion of separating control and data planes is superficial...
Cloud computing powered by open source is of growing interest all over the world. Enterprise customers are frustrated with growing costs and limitations of traditional IT software. This problem is exacerbated when start-ups appear out of nowhere to compete with agile businesses powere...
How do you compare OpenNebula with OpenStack?... This is indeed a complex question. There is no single answer because open-source projects and technologies present several dimensions. But we are far from afraid to answer it: the short, tl;dr version would be that they represent two di...
Continuous Deployment makes software development and your deployment environment safe so anyone can commit code. Read about these and other advantages in this article. I've been wondering for a few years now, why it's so hard to get companies to prioritize the work that I feel is imp...
In the early part of 2013, EMC announced a new storage virtualization product called ViPR that delivers a software interface to block, object and HDFS storage services layered on heterogeneous storage. As part of that announcement there was an architectural discussion regarding how ViP...