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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.

Continuous Operations for Zero Downtime Deployments

August 19, 2013
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devops2

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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agilecloud

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
By
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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Docker: Delivering Agility One Container at a Time

July 12, 2013
By
agilecloud

One of the most interesting innovations that I have seen is Docker. Docker is a Linux container engine that is simplifying the process of delivering environments.

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How DevOps Can Turn Fragile to Agile

July 3, 2013
By
agilecloud

DevOps is not a role. It is a cultural shift towards building better quality software faster and more reliable through great collaboration and teamwork.

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SaltStack is Gaining Momentum

June 28, 2013
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Agile Cloud Development

In the world of DevOps, the names Chef and Puppet have been synonymous with systems and configuration management in the cloud. But now it is time to make room for a third synonym, Salt. Salt, short for SaltStack, was started in the basement of Founder and CTO Tom Hatch.

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The Many Faces of PaaS

June 18, 2013
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The Many Faces of PaaS

By now, enterprises understand the value of Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), but there still is much confusion about Platform as a Service (PaaS). This confusion is one reason why enterprises have been slow to adopt PaaS. Why is there so much confusion? Because PaaS is still in its…

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