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I was able to spend time in Tallinn at the first TopConf conference focused on DevOps. The conference had a good turnout of over 80 attendees for its first year. The list of speakers was excellent at the conference, including technology companies such as Skype and SoundCloud and though...
When OpenStack aficionados gather in Vancouver in a couple of weeks, one of the hot topics will be containers, a “new” alternative to virtualization. Actually, container technology has been around for a couple of decades, but it is trending among the IT community at a fever pitch these...
I’ve been thinking a bit about microservices (μServices) recently. My immediate reaction is to think: “Isn’t this just yet another new term for the same stuff, Web Services->SOA->APIs->Microservices?” Followed shortly by the thought, “well yes it is, but there are some important differ...
With the advent (or surge in popularity) of cloud computing, our use of the so-called ‘computer operating system’ is coming into question. Given that the cloud exists on the back end to drive power to our ‘endpoint’ devices (in whatever form they may be) today, the way those devices h...
When you attend a DevOpsDays, it’s made clear from the beginning that you are a participant. I understood this in theory but it wasn’t until I went to my first Open Spaces session that I realized just how serious people are about this. [Scout said it better in their blog post about the...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organiza...
John Zachman, Chairman and CEO of Zachman International, and originator of the Zachman Framework, examines the role and benefits of how EA frameworks can co-exist well. What is the relationship between the major Enterprise Architecture (EA) frameworks? Do they overlap, compete, suppo...
SYS-CON Events announced that Blue Box has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Blue Box delivers Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) to a worldwide customer base. Built on a t...
For me the mantra of achieving speed via automation tools is nothing new. In fact I was ‘automating’ Citrix Metaframe builds using windows scripting techniques back in 2004. The market though, has become awash with different automation products and it’s fair to say that many enterprise...
Messaging is a critical function for any organization. This is especially true for the Military and Intelligence communities, where it is imperative that vital messages reach intended recipients as quickly as possible. The first messaging system was hand-written notes. While functiona...
One specific topic I found fascinating, was the concept of ChatOps. Simply put, it’s an approach that allows teams to collaborate and manage many aspects of their infrastructure, code, and data from the comfort and safety of a chat room. Through the use of chatbots and scripts, teams c...
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 ...
Cloud Technology Partners on Wednesday announced it has been recognized by the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards as one of the Best Amazon Web Services (AWS) Consulting Partners. Selected by the editors of TechTarget's SearchDataCenter.com, and by votes from customers and strategic ...
Ask yourself, is either side pleased with the situation at present? I’ve seen companies invest in roles within IT to foster improved collaboration with the business (e.g. what ITIL calls Service Managers or what Gartner and others call Business Relationship Managers). This is a useful ...
Whether you are a release manager, a release engineer, or a someone just supporting a release you understand that the intersection of software releases and instant messaging can be frustrating. Whether you use Skype, Jabber, Slack, or any other group-based instant messaging applicatio...
We’ve had Cassandra in production for about two and a half years. Unlike some companies that are using Cassandra to support their “big data” efforts, our data set is relatively small — in the order of 10s of GB at any given moment. Since we’re using it to usher events through our pipel...
I saw more discussion on big data at CES 2015 this week, compared to previous years. Everyone talked about data as the central core of everything. The IoT (Internet of Things), NFC (near Field Communication) and M2M (Machine to Machine) communication are enabling pieces for many indust...
HashiCorp, a San Francisco-based start-up founded in 2012, has recently released its first commercial product, called Atlas. HashiCorp is known by many people as the creator of a number of open-source tools that assist in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications. One major c...
(article written for the Scality blog) It has been six years since I wrote my first object storage blog, even though I didn’t mention object storage in that specific article. I had my head in the clouds as our early cloud startup was being acquired by Sun Microsystem when someone asked...
In high-production environments where release cycles are measured in hours or minutes — not days or weeks — there's little room for mistakes and no room for confusion. Everyone has to understand what's happening, in real time, and have the means to do whatever is necessary to keep appl...
This case study assumes you want to build a private cloud on top of an existing virtualized datacenter composed of multiple hosts running vSphere and managed by one or several instances of vCenter. It is understood that you do not want to abandon your investment in VMware by retooling ...
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...
As we look at enterprises adopting DevOps (yes, enterprises are adopting DevOps, in droves), the question regarding outsourcing always comes up. Many (read: most) enterprises have at least some of their application delivery or IT operations outsourced to an external vendor. This may be...
It is no doubt that the latest and greatest technologies get your juices flowing. Researching the details, comparing the benchmarks, imagining the differences you could make within your organization if you could just put the right technology solutions in the right place. If only budget...
Shellshock, appropriately and of course punnily named, is ravaging the Internet right now. Active exploits continue to grow in number and in complexity. While there are multiple avenues through which this vulnerability can be exploited, the most active one at the moment appears to be ...
One of the most common questions we get asked by customers is: “What’s the best way to log my data?” My answer is always: "log using JSON format wherever possible.” The next question we often get asked – (but not as much)… Yeah JSON, …Hmmm, what is JSON again? So JSON is: S...
This tutorial is primarily for the students in my 420-517 Software Development Project course at Dawson College. It explains how to set up a workspace in Eclipse for this course. These instructions are important because Eclipse stores workspace specific settings in the workspace itself...
Our users tell us all the time: The AppDynamics platform is amazing right out of the box. But everybody has something special they want to do, whether it’s to add some functionality, set up a unique monitoring scenario, whatever. That’s what makes AppDynamics’ emphasis on open architec...
This article originally posted on SOA Software blog by Ryan Bagnulo.  Register to attend the web lecture on this topic at 1 PM ET on August 26, 2014. Wireframes for user interface design are still a good idea when communicating requirements to others, however lately I would rather crea...
Probably the most popular question during Java technical interviews is “What’s the difference between abstract classes and interfaces”. In my own three year old book I’ve offered the following answer: “An abstract class may contain code in method bodies, which is not allowed in an in...
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Auto-Provisioning a New Active Directory Domain Controller in the Azure Cloud using the new VM Agent custom script extension via the Azure Management Portal.  Since then, several people in the community have asked about also automating the steps for ...
Logs have been around for a while, not quite as long as the wheel, but not far off. Here at Logentries, we have the mantra of evolve don’t revolve (as in don’t sit around spinning your wheels getting nowhere). We are taking this concept and looking to evolve the way you work with and ...
Excel is the number cruncher par excellence. From just a spreadsheet that replaced lotus1-2-3 it turned into a behemoth. The various add-ons to EXCEL has enormously enhanced the product to what it is today. An Excel based unique product exceL4apps brings them together. Here i...
Object Linking and Embedding is a Microsoft developed technology for the Windows OS. Most of you must have used it one time or another. OLE Client and OLE Server based technology that was present in most of Microsoft products.The OPC Foundation started by industrial automation vendors ...
Some time ago I blogged that Java Swing should be deprecated and replaced with JavaFX. In this blog I’ll show a piece of JavaFX namely event handlers and binding. I’ve created a simple Sign In window with a GridPane layout (it’s JavaFX equivalent of Swing’s GridBagLayout). I’m not goin...
One of the most powerful features of QuickBase is the ability to share data across applications within a QuickBase account. Many QuickBase application managers may be unaware of these features or may be unaware of how to best gain benefits and avoid some important associated risks, suc...
by Andrie de Vries In my previous post I wrote about how to identify and visualize package dependencies. Within hours, Duncan Murdoch (member of R-core) identified some discrepancies between my list of dependencies and the visualisation. Since then, I fixed the dispecrancies. In this b...
The benefits of automation are well understood: more agile service provisioning, faster time to insight when there are issues, and a reduction in human error as manual interaction is reduced. Much of the premise behind long-term SDN architectural advantages is steeped in the hope that ...
Topics Range from APIs to Digital Transformation GLENS FALLS NY AND FREMONT CA, July 24, 2014 – Intellyx and EITAGlobal today announced that they are jointly […]
Latest release of SQL Server Data Tools(SSDT) is now available here:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/hh297027This update is now available for Visual Studio 2012 and 2013Instead of the above link you can also get it from inside Visual Stuido 2012 via Tools -> Extensions and Updat...