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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.

Talking Immutable Infrastructure with Codeship

November 8, 2013
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Yesterday I had a chat with the folks at Codeship, a continuous integration and continuous deployment platform. The topic of immutable infrastructure came up and was intriguing to me, so I thought I would write about it. So what is immutable infrastructure? The concept of immutable infrastructure is to never change your existing production servers.…

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Barriers for DevOps Adoption

November 1, 2013
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Companies that embrace the DevOps movement and implement the proper processes, tools, and culture change can greatly increase business agility and achieve higher levels of performance. What does high performance look like?

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Agile without Ops Is Not Really Agile

October 25, 2013
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agilecloud

Many companies use some flavor of an agile methodology today with mixed results. I have written about agile fail patterns in the past, but some companies do an excellent job of applying agile best practices yet still suffer from missed dates, botched deployments, and low quality. Why is that, you may ask? Because most agile…

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Lessons Learned from Transforming a Company

October 18, 2013
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Lessons Learned from Transforming a Company

Several years ago I was working at a company that had a ton of legacy silo applications that collectively represented the entire process flow that supported the core business. The process flow was made up of years and years of legacy technologies and legacy business processes.

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DevOps: Are We Finally Buying Into Governance?

October 10, 2013
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agilecloud

Many IT and DevOps shops always look at governance as a dirty word because it sounds too much like government, which sounds too much like bureaucracy and waste. The problem with governance is not with governance itself, but with how organizations have tried to implement (or not implement) it.

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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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