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Mike Kavis
Mike KavisMike is a VP/Principal Architect for Cloud Technology Partners. Mike has served in numerous technical roles such as CTO, Chief Architect, and VP positions with over 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. A pioneer in cloud computing, Mike led a team that built the world's first high speed transaction network in Amazon's public cloud and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. An expert in cloud security, Mike is currently writing a book for Wiley Publishing called "Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)" which is expected to be released in late 2013.

Moving Past the OpenStack API Debate

October 2, 2013
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There has been a great deal of passionate debate over the last few months within the OpenStack community. There is one camp that is advocating for building APIs that are compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS) APIs, while the other camp argues for augmenting the existing OpenStack APIs. Those in favor of making the APIs…

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PagerDuty: A One-Stop Shop for Alerts

September 18, 2013
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Agile Cloud Development

PagerDuty is a SaaS solution that provides a one-stop shop for alert management. If you look under the covers of today's cloud architectures, you will likely see a collection of monitoring tools being used for very specific functions.

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How DevOps Can Help Automate the Pain Away

September 2, 2013
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I spent two days at PuppetConf 2013 in San Francisco this week, and the common themes were automate everything, monitor everything, provide feedback early in the process, and focus on culture. All four of those topics aligned with the DevOps movement, with the goal of faster and more reliable deliveries. Companies that can deliver software…

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Recap of PuppetConf 2013 in San Francisco

August 29, 2013
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I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend PuppetConf 2013. When I walked into the first keynote session, I was shocked by the size of the audience. Over 1300 people were packed into the ballroom. Another 3700 had signed up to watch the event streaming online. Last year there were 800 people at…

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Continuous Operations for Zero Downtime Deployments

August 19, 2013
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The old way of delivering software was to bundle up the software and ship it, sell the software off the shelf, or allow customers to download and install it. In the "shipping model", it was the buyer's responsibility to install the software, manage the uptime, patch, monitor, and manage capacity. Sometimes the buyer would perform…

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Five Signs That Your DevOps Initiative Is Failing

August 12, 2013
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The DevOps movement is gaining more momentum each day. But like any other popular buzzword, many companies will follow the hype and try to run before they can walk. Here are 5 common signs that should raise a red flag that the DevOps initiative is on a path for failure.

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Antifragile Systems: Designing for Agility vs. Stability

August 2, 2013
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Antifragile Systems: Designing for Agility vs. Stability

For many years, the focus in IT has been on building robust systems that invested heavily in avoiding failures. To accomplish this goal, methodical processes were implemented to guide IT through a list of known use cases so that systems could try to avoid failing and have a plan for recovery if a failure did…

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How to Prevent Agile Initiatives from Failing

July 25, 2013
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agilecloud

In my previous post I highlighted a number of patterns that lead to failures of agile initiatives. In this post I will discuss solutions for each pattern.

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Why Agile Initiatives Fail and Why DevOps Initiatives Should Worry

July 17, 2013
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Agile Cloud Development

As a consultant, I get to travel around the country and see many companies in action. Almost every company I visit is practicing what they call an agile methodology, with varying degrees of success. The companies that are good at agile tend to have happy customers and high morale. Unfortunately, many companies I visit are…

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