DevOps Is Set to Be One of the Most Profound Disruptions to Hit IT in Decades
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Learn how to leverage this emerging disruptive trend at DevOps Summit – being held June 10-12, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York, NY. DevOps Summit will expand the community, share knowledge, educate stakeholders, and build support for DevOps – top-down and bottom-up. Thought leaders and practitioners, researchers and analysts, vendors and customers will provide a diverse mix of views that will foster new discussions not just within the movement, but also beyond it.
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The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty, and the Most Qualified Delegates on ANY DevOps Event!
DevOps is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology (IT) professionals. At DevOps Summit the breakout sessions will engage not just existing DevOps pros, but also managers and executives like CIOs and CISOs, Dev and Ops managers, business leaders and architects.
DevOps Summit is a premier conference that connects a wide range of stakeholders to provide a valuable and educational experience for all.
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LEARN exactly why DevOps is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
HEAR first-hand from industry experts how development and operations teams work seamlessly together to make it easy to develop and upgrade applications.
SEE how to improve IT service delivery agility.
DISCOVER what the core purpose and principles of DevOps are.
FIND OUT how the core values of collaboration, integration, and communication will allow large enterprises to benefit from this new approach on a broad, enterprise scale.
MASTER how to improve collaboration between operations and development teams.
LEARN what works, what doesn't, and what's next.
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DevOps Summit 2014 Sample Sessions
Alice In Wonderland - Is the Network the Next Frontier for DevOps?
By John Willis
Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations.
At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of sharing within operations and software development.
A year later Chef was born and I was fortunate enough to join Opscode as the 9th employee as an evangelist preaching this disruptive form of collaboration and automation. At the time a majority of IT infrastructure was managed by what I called the "Bob's" of the world. Bob's scripts, Bob's directories and Bob to death do us part. Trying to explain to Bob the benefits of collaboration and software engineering principles was a hard fought battle over the years.
One of the compelling events that helped propel these ideas (what we now call DevOps) was cloud computing. Fast forward to 2014 and these infrastructure automation and collaboration battles still exist but the battles are far less bloody.
Now a new battle is emerging in the network operations and networking engineering space. The arguments for network operations adopting these principles is the same as system ops; however, now the new compelling events are the virtualization and softwarization of the network.
Software Defined Networks SDN/SDDC is all the buzz, but the reality is that many network operations and engineering groups are dealing with an influx of highly virtualized tooling like OpenVswitch and Openflow and projects lie OpenDaylight, Contrail and NSX.
Configuration tools are starting to get more sophisticated on these virtualized systems doing things like automated os hardening, switch configuration, vlan and port mapping, and high order overlay orchestration. Products like Chef and Puppet both have introduced primitives supporting platforms like Arista, Juniper and Cumulus Networks.
Please join me to help me start the discussion of what DevOps in the Network really means.
Speaker Bio: John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist.
Willis, a noted expert on agile philosophies in systems management, came to Dell as part of their Enstratius acquisition. At Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Customer Enablement responsible for product support and services for the multi-cloud management platform. During his career, he has held positions at Opscode and also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner specializing in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise.
Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining enStratus, Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions.
Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the Vice President of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise.
A leading infrastructure management architect in the enterprise systems management category, Willis has trained more than 10,000 people on IBM Tivoli products around the world and is recognized as an industry expert in enterprise systems management and monitoring. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.
John is known internationally for his IT Management and Cloud blog, JohnMWillis.com, and is the co-host of Redmonk's IT Management Guys podcast series as "Cloud Cafe". Willis is also an organizer of the wildly successful CloudCamp & OpsCamp unconference movements. [continued]
Are We Doing DevOps Right? By Jeff Sussna
How do we know if we're doing DevOps right? Is there a checklist of tools we should deploy, meetings we should schedule, org charts we should implement? DevOps first and foremost involves cultural transformation. But what does that really mean? How do we know if we have a healthy DevOps culture? How does cultural transformation relate to and guide tools and practices? [continued]
Speaker Bio: Jeff Sussna is Founder and Principal of Ingineering.IT, a boutique consulting firm that facilitates Adaptive IT through teaching, coaching, and strategic design. Jeff has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has led high-performance teams across the Dev/QA/Ops spectrum.He has a track record of driving project quality improvements through practical innovation. Jeff has done work for diverse organizations.[continued]
IT-as-a-Service and DevOps: Competitive or Cooperative Concepts? By JP Morgenthal
It's the age old battle of top-down or bottom-up. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is clearly being driven from the top down in organizations. Large vendors and consultants are working with their executive counterparts to change expectations for how IT provides services to the enterprise. DevOps, on the other hand, is the traditional bottom-up grassroots movement that like Linux and virtualization has disrupted the status quo and changed forever how IT services can be delivered. In this case, both efforts are working toward a common goal of agility and speed. So, will one effort supercede the other? Will they merge and deliver together? This session will explore the factors that contribute to dissension as well as union of these two efforts and what proponents from each camp should be doing to ensure success regardless. [continued]
Speaker Bio: JP Morgenthal is best described as "the voice of Enterprise IT" bringing insight to the application of technology and the real world complexity of delivering for large and mid-sized enterprises. He is a recognized thought-leader on cloud, enterprise architecture, SOA & XML. JP is a senior information technology executive with more than twenty-five years experience and a unique combination of strong business acumen complemented by technical depth and breadth that advises C-level executives on IT direction. He is the author of four books spanning everything from XML-based integration to risk management in cloud computing.
Linux Containers – NextGen Virtualization for Cloud (Intro & Overview) By Boden Russell
Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than nextgen virtualization with Linux Containers.
In this session we'll provide a Linux Container technology overview including; underpinnings, throttling, monitoring, tooling/commoditization, images, security, use cases, pros/cons and why containers are poised as "the next VM" in our modern Cloud era. By the end of this session you will have a firm understanding of the Linux Container landscape in today's industry and an appreciation for their realization. [continued]
Speaker Bio: Boden Russell develops innovative cutting edge services and solutions for IBM's Global Technology Services - Advanced Cloud Solutions team. His current focus areas include nextgen Proof of Concepts and SoftLayer integration engagements. With over 10 years of industry experience and 5 years of Cloud based solutions, he is seasoned in all aspects of software solution delivery including traditional and Cloud "as a Service" based models. [continued]
Is Orchestration the Next Big Thing in DevOps? By Nati Shalom
DevOps processes (such as continuous deployment and delivery) often involve writing many custom scripts that are triggered by the build system. With that approach, it is relatively hard to trace the deployment process and troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Additionally, custom scripts are often not written in an easily understood manner. In this session we will walk through specific DevOps workflows (such as install, update, etc) using Riemann as the framework in subject and see the steps required to automate those processes. [continued]
Speaker Bio:Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO at GigaSpaces, is a thought leader in Cloud-Computing and Big-Data Technologies. Shalom was recently recognized as a Top Cloud Computing Blogger for CIO's by The CIO Magazine and his blog listed as an excellent blog by *technical founders* by YCombinator. Shalom is also the founder of the IGTCloud, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. [continued]
DevOp w/Me – Changing Culture to Continuously Deliver By Nathen Harvey
What the heck is DevOps and why should you care? At its core, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that aims to get Development and Operations working together toward a common goal, namely, to create delightful customer experiences. Although it sounds simple, it can actually be incredibly difficult to do right and involves significant cultural, tooling, and operational change within IT organizations. 'DevOp with Me' will define exactly what DevOps is, share strategies of organizations that have successfully implemented DevOps, DevOps' role in continuous delivery, and how DevOps creates the environment necessary for a more agile, healthy, and innovative business that's awesome to work for. [continued]
Speaker Bio: Nathen Harvey is the Director of Community and #learnchef at Chef. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent several years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for quite a while. In 2013, Nathen was awarded Engine Yard's DevOps Innovator award. [continued]
Moving Up the DevOps Abstraction Ladder By Matt Stine
Much of the visible DevOps conversation revolves around tools. As engineers, we like our tools, and we like to build things. For many years "building things" was the domain of the developer; the operator...well, operated. With the emergence of themes like "agile infrastructure" and "infrastructure as code," we decided to start applying the lessons learned via decades of software engineering to the world of operations and infrastructure. In short, operators started building things. Coupling this with the various IaaS API's (AWS, OpenStack, GCE, etc.) made the world of things operators could build very big indeed. With that said, "building things" isn't really the goal of IT. [continued]
Speaker Bio:Matt Stine is a Community Engineer with Cloud Foundry (http://cloudfoundry.com) by Pivotal (http://goPivotal.com). He is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software and web development industries, with experience spanning the healthcare, biomedical research, e-commerce, retail store and insurance domains.
The Dawning of Continuous Support By Todd Vernon
Development teams have a tendency to think that once they push the deploy button, the release is done. But with DevOps, it's quite the opposite now. More software changes, and more deploys, make every production release a new piece of code with new idiosyncrasies. This has made what has historically been a more static production environment now highly dynamic. Teams have responded by layering in a lot of new monitoring and performance technologies, which has caused even more information overload. Continuous Deployment makes it easier to push code to production, and it has created an additional priority within the company - the need to provide Continuous Support. Continuous Support addresses the human side of how to harness your team in more effective ways, using new methodologies to adapt to a much different world. In this session, DevOps expert Todd Vernon, CEO of VictorOps, will outline best practices for implementing - and sustaining - Continuous Support. [continued]
Speaker Bio: Todd H. Vernon Founded VictorOps Inc. in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vernon has been Executive Vice President of Technology at Federated Media Publishing, Inc. since October 2011. Mr. Vernon Founded Lijit Networks, Inc. in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He serves as a Mentor at TechStars, LLC. Mr. Vernon served as the Product Architect and Lead Developer at Rogue Wave Software, where he was responsible for the design and development.
The Great Debate: DevOps from the C-Suite to the Weeds By Rajat Bhargava
With its heavy focus on automation and increased production speeds, the emerging DevOps paradigm draws very real parallels to the industrial revolution, only in the new modern era of tech production. In this presentation I will aim to first define the transformative DevOps movement from the unique, dual vantage points that I've grown to know very well over the course of my career – as a tech CEO and an investor of tech companies. [continued]
Speaker Bio: Rajat Bhargava currently serves as co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud Inc., a provider of server management and security tools for DevOps and IT professionals. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Mr. Bhargava is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private. [continued]
Open Source Innovations for Mobile Application Development By Shubhra Kar
Enterprises need an API tier to meet the demands imposed by mobile technology. The impact of next generation of API servers on mobile and middleware development can be equated to the impact J2EE application servers like WebLogic, JBoss or WebSphere had on web development. It enables enterprises to surface business critical data residing in traditional backends, databases and service tiers on-premises or on the cloud to multi-channel mobile apps. [continued]
Speaker Bio: Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop Inc. is an accomplished technologist with extensive global expertise as an architect, management consultant, product manager, and thought leader. Focussed on emerging tech, for over 15 years and across three continents, he has built and delivered successful solutions with Fortune 500 corporations, helping them bridge the gap between business and IT. [continued]
Five Things Developers Need to Know About PaaS By Karen Tegan Padir
In this presentation Karen Tegan Padir will give a comprehensive overview of PaaS and explain the top five things that developers need to know about this new way to support and deliver applications by leveraging cloud technology.
Although PaaS is new, it's rapidly gaining momentum, with growth projected at 48 percent annually by Technavio, the research firm, and topping $6 billion in value by 2016. If PaaS is treated as a strategic opportunity to align agendas across IT and across the business, it may well prove to be a ʺonce in a generationʺ opportunity to clarify, improve, and strengthen everything developers do.
Speaker Bio: As Chief Technology Officer, Karen Tegan Padir, a Progress senior vice president and 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. Under her leadership, the Progress® OpenEdge® development platform was revitalized and major new versions incorporating advanced mobile and business rules capabilities introduced. [continued]
Velocity and Volume (or Speed Wins) By Adrian Cockcroft
As organizations and projects scale up, the patterns that seemed helpful at small scale start to get in the way and velocity suffers. To deliver at high velocity requires four things: first, a culture of innovation that can see and respond to opportunities; second, the data and analytics to evaluate alternatives; third, a culture that can make decisions and assign resources quickly; and fourth, agile development and self-service deployment.
Speaker Bio: Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He's always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. [continued]
Netflix: The New World of IT Ops By Mike Kail
Netflix culture highlights the transformation we see within forward thinking IT organizations today. Netflix's use of public cloud and 'No Ops' is renown in the industry and a poster child for the next generation IT. Kail, VP of IT Operations, aims to develop the same culture within Netflix's own IT organization.
Speaker Bio: Mike Kail is the VP of IT Operations at Netflix, leading a team of 100+ employees in his organization. Mike is an experienced professional with over 20 years of IT-Operations executive leadership experience who focuses on highly scalable architecture. [continued]
Science, Engineering, and Synthetic Thinking How to Use Three Different Viewpoints to Make Devops Work for Your Mission! By Kevin Behr
In this session, Kevin will show how three different types of thinking can deliver value when used together as part of your DevOps approach. This session is based on extensive empirical research about how high reliability organizations out-accelerate the rest of the pack. How can this work for you? [continued]
Speaker Bio: Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the Chief Strategist for the CIO and Board Advisory Practice at Assemblage Pointe, where Kevin has built a unique consulting practice that mentors and coaches IT organizations to increase their business effectiveness and competitive advantage now and over the long term through the application of improvement sciences. [continued]
Stop Hiring Devops Experts (And Start Growing Them) By Jez Humble
Everyone is putting "devops" on their LinkedIn profile, and everyone is trying to hire them. In this talk, Jez will argue this is not a recruitment problem but an organizations failure. This talk discusses how to grow great people and great organizations, and how the two problems are connected. [continued]
Speaker Bio: Jez Humble is a principal at ThoughtWorks, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series. [continued]
DevOps Pay Raise: Quantifying the value of DevOps By Dustin Whittle
DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It's only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that's not really doing your career any favors. In this session we'll talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side – that is, how much money you've saved your company. We'll take a look at how you can use tools like Chef, Puppet, Sensu and Logstash to quantify your value to your company. After this session, you'll be able to walk into a meeting with your boss ready to talk about your value to the company (and to ask for a raise). [continued]
Speaker Bio: Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn't working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. [continued]
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The goal of a load test is to replicate the traffic & conditions your app experiences in production as realistically as possible
As a tester, you understand how important it is to create the most realistic load test possible to provide confidence that your web application won’t fail in the field. But how do you know where your load should come from to produce realistic results?
Load testing from dedicated infrastructure inside your own datacenter is the most common and typically the most accessible way to wring out performance issues in your applications. This type of testing should be performed as part of your regular testing process.
DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It’s only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that’s not really doing your career any favors.
In his session at 2nd DevOps Summit, Dustin Whittle, Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics, will talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side – that is, how much money you’ve saved your company. He’ll take a look at how you can use tools like Chef, Puppet, Sensu and Logstash to quantify your value to your company. After this session, you’ll be able to walk into a meeting with your boss ready to talk about your value to the company (and to ask for a raise).
While any load testing solution will enable you to do some sort of load testing in your Agile environment, comparatively few enable you to follow recommended best practices and overcome the challenges many teams face with load and performance testing on an Agile project.
Agile teams rarely have a dedicated performance engineer who shows up on demand to script up a new test when changes to an application causes errors in the old test. You may have one or two testers on your team, but they’re rarely performance experts. In some cases, you may have developers writing their own tests. In any of these scenarios, these team members are going to be pressed for time, and this is no place for a tool that is difficult to use and configure.
In the final post in this series about bringing DevOps patterns to database change management, we’re going to discuss the Third Way.
The Third Way: Culture of Continual Experimentation & Learning – This way emphasizes the benefits that can be realized through embracing experimentation, risk-taking, and learning from failure. By adopting this kind of attitude, experimentation and risk-taking lead to innovation and improvement while embracing failure allows the organization to produce more resilient products and sharpen skills that allow teams to recover more quickly from unexpected failure when it does occur.
It’s that time of the year again where millions of football fanatics (and non-fanatics) will be gathered around their TV watching the biggest match of the season, Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks. Last year the big game reached over 108 million Americans, the third most watched television event in U.S. history.
But what many people probably don’t know is that the biggest football game of the season also crashed a ton of websites. That’s right, websites. When interested customers went online to claim a promotion or to simply check out a product after the ad they were often welcomed by, “Website down for maintenance.”
Nominations for participating vendors will be accepted through Twitter at @ThingsExpo. The "Open Cloud Shoot-Out at @ThingsExpo New York," in which leading cloud providers are expected to participate, will be held live on stage at the event. The Shootout will provide the vendors with an opportunity to demonstrate the features and capabilities of their products, with a particular focus on interoperability, scalability, security, and reliability in terms of development, deployment, and management.
For a number of years, analysts at Forrester, Gartner, and other research firms have heralded the growing importance of the product development services (PDS) market in helping companies accelerate time-to-market and product innovation. Forrester analysts John McCarthy and Charles Green published a report last year on a growing trend – that of non-tech companies becoming more and more reliant on software products to connect with consumers.
In 2013, IPOs from PDS companies like Globant and Epam brought the growth of the relatively nascent PDS market further into the public spotlight. Globant, which provides outsourced software development services for companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Orbitz, filed for an $86 million IPO in August of last year. Epam, the subject of a Bloomberg article on the proliferation of “Eastern bloc” software development companies, builds software products for companies like Expedia, Sephora, Coca-Cola, and Adidas.
Percona has announced the availability of Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6, the latest release of the company's open source high-availability solution for MySQL, designed to consistently deliver an optimal experience through increased performance, faster recovery from node failure, and greater user control. Percona also announced today it has partnered with Severalnines to launch Percona ClusterControl, which enables subscribers of Percona Support for Percona XtraDB Cluster to access the advanced cluster deployment, monitoring, management, and scaling solutions available from Severalnines.
Everyone is putting “DevOps” on their LinkedIn profile, and everyone is trying to hire them.
In his session at 2nd DevOps Summit, Jez Humble, a principal at ThoughtWorks, will argue this is not a recruitment problem but an organization’s failure. He will discuss how to grow great people and great organizations, and how the two problems are connected.
Jez Humble is a principal at ThoughtWorks, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series. He has worked as a software developer, product manager, consultant and trainer across a wide variety of domains and technologies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.
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It's that time of the year, when resolutions promising grand changes in our lives are made - and more often than we'd like to admit, broken. Along with the resolutions comes advice on how to make them "stick." In other words, how to make them habitual.
Many folks still cite the old "21 days to form a habit" wisdom that has, in more recent research, been proven to be less than accurate. Turns out it takes longer than that for most people, with only a few actually able to form a habit that quickly. Unless it's something bad for us*. Then it seems to become a habit in under 2 days. Go figure.
Organizations have opened their businesses to drive growth and operational improvements. They’ve done this by incorporating cloud services and mobility, by opening their business to partners and customers and by externalizing APIs to accelerate application delivery. All of this demands security, and CA believes the best way to manage and secure today’s open enterprise is by focusing on identity.
A lot of security-minded folks immediately pack up their bags and go home when you start talking about automating anything in the security infrastructure. Automating changes to data center firewalls, for example, seem to elicit a reaction akin not unlike that to a suggestion to putting an unpatched Windows machine directly on the public Internet.
At RSA yesterday I happened to see a variety of booths with a focus on .. .logs. That isn't surprising as log analysis is used across the data center and across domains for a variety of reasons. It's one of the ways databases are replicated, it's part of compiling access audit reports and it's absolutely one of the ways in which intrusions attempts can be detected.
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 should go away once it succeeds, or it’s the infrastructure team trying to sound cooler and more sexy.
#SDN #Devops #LineRate When you put software into the data path there are some things it better have to make sure it doesn't become a liability
The software-everywhere drumbeat continues to resound across the entire industry. Experts assure us that software can perform as well as hardware thanks to Moore's law and other advances in chip technology.
Let's assume that's true. Performance of software components is acceptable.
Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about some of the just-as-critical-but-less-mentioned capabilities that software must have if it's going to be running in the data path.
First, let's define what "in the data path" means, cause some folks may not be familiar with that term.
You can think of "the data path" as the set of routers, switches, and network and application infrastructure through which data has to travel to get from a client to an application, and vice versa.
There are a plethora of tactics used to test applications as they move to production. For example, as a developer I've created data and captured data for testing and - my favorite - ignored testing altogether. After all, it worked on my machine.
The reason there are so many tactics is there are so many ways in which real users - and thus real data - can expose all sorts of errors and defects in software. From logic flow interruption to corrupting databases to unintentionally writing over the end of a length limited string to wipe out some other piece of data in an adjacent memory location*, the possibilities of how real users will interact with and invariably mess up an application are virtually limitless
DevOps is an exciting and far-reaching shift in IT delivery. The promises are tempting: radically higher productivity, lower cost and more reliable systems. So I guess it’s finally time for your IT organization to get on the development-operations (DevOps) bandwagon, right? Everybody’s doing it, so don’t delay. The big question isn’t whether, but how and where do you start? First, go out and hire some DevOps people. Wait, wait – DevOps isn’t a job.
I've been following SSL for a long, long time. Since before the turn of the century, in fact. I devised performance tests back in the day that, on at least one system (back when PCI was still the standard method of enabling SSL hardware acceleration) actually melted circuits on the host system's motherboard.
Understandably, the vendor who had brought the system to be tested was horrified.
There have been a lot of changes since then - from faster, more capable SSL acceleration cards to better (more secure) methods of key management (HSM). One might think that such a venerable technology had reached the end of its evolutionary chain.
CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.” As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we can find … Continue reading →
Infrastructure must balance between applications and the network because otherwise werewolves would cease to exist.
In science we're taught that gravity is the law. As it relates to us living here on earth (I can't speak for all you displaced aliens, sorry) there are two gravitational forces at work: the earth and the moon.
The earth's gravity, of course, keeps us grounded. It's foundational. Without it, we're kind of up a creek (or an atmosphere, as it were) without a paddle. werewolf-4
The moon's gravitational pull is a bit different in that's it's pulling in the opposite direction. It's pulling upwards whereas the earth's gravity pulls us downward.
The biggest difference between high-performance teams and more average teams is that the high-performance group actually acts like a team.
That statement is so obvious, I am going to let it stand on its own.
If you look at most groups, they tend to act less like teams and more like loose affiliations of individuals that are connected through a common manager. The manager is an orchestrator, maybe even a facilitator at times, but that doesn’t mean the group is really a team. Rather, they are individual contributors that are linked by a common task management protocol.
Rather than talking about what others should do or consider for their data protection needs, for this post I wrote down some notes using my Livescribe about what I need and want for my environment. As part of walking the talk in future posts I'm going to expand a bit more on what I'm doing as well as considering for enhancements to my environment for data protection which consists of cloud, virtual and physical.
This is the second of a three-part series (read part I here) about how vendors are keeping backup alive, however what they can and should do to shift and expand the conversation to data protection and related themes.
Modernizing data protection and what to do about it
Building off of what was mentioned in the first post, lets take a look at what can be done including expanding the conversation around data protection in support of business continuance (BC), disaster recovery (DR), high availability (HA), business resiliency (BR) not to mention helping backup to actually retire (someday). Now when I backup retire, I'm not necessarily talking about a technology such as hardware, software or a service including clouds, rather when, where, why and how data gets protected. What I mean by this is to step back from looking at the tools and technologies to how they are used and can be used in new and different ways moving forward.
2014 will likely be a year of dual business goals for forward-thinking senior executives. Responding to ongoing needs for business efficiency and growth, but also adapting to exploit a fundamentally different digital commerce paradigm.
Commercial digitalization, based upon the latest and most effective business technology advances has already begun, but most chief information officers (CIOs) do not feel prepared for this next era, according to a global survey of IT leaders by Gartner, Inc.
Their latest market study showed that many CIOs feel overwhelmed by the prospect of building digital leadership while renovating their core of IT infrastructure. The Gartner survey found that 51 percent of CIOs are concerned that the digital transformation is coming faster than they can cope -- and 42 percent don't feel that they have the employee talent to face this future.
To say that cloud security for cloud computing is gaining traction would be the understatement of our era. Whether in public clouds, private clouds, or hybrid scenarios – it seems like everyone is in the cloud. Healthcare providers, eCommerce, disaster recovery services, data storage . . . the types of cloud services available seem to cover every base. What would Darwin think about his “Survival of the Fittest” evolving from animal species to businesses who take advantage of the flexibility, elasticity, and cost-effectiveness of cloud computing?