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Mike 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.

DevOps: Stop Talking and Start Doing

agilecloudIf you are like me, you are probably tired of the endless articles talking about DevOps. Each day, you are guaranteed to see an onslaught of articles on the following topics:

  • What Is DevOps?
  • DevOps Is a Culture Change
  • DevOps Requires Empathy
  • DevOps Unicorns, or All Unicorns Started Out as Horses
  • Buy My DevOps Tools (from many vendors)
  • The Wall between Dev and Ops.

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Jaspersoft BI Platform Adds Big Data Capabilities

tibcoJaspersoft, an industry-leading BI platform, has announced its first release since being acquired by TIBCO back in April. With version 5.6, Jaspersoft has enhanced its platform with a new big data connectivity architecture and new analytic calculations, extended its interactive reporting features, and improved the overall platform performance. This release also introduces a new product for advanced embedded analytics: Visualize.js. Continue reading Jaspersoft BI Platform Adds Big Data Capabilities

Amazon Invites VMware Customers to the Party

BusinessAgilityAmazon recently announced the new AWS Management Portal for VMware’s vCenter, which is detailed in this blog post. This is yet another step in Amazon’s quest to land more enterprise workloads in its industry-leading public cloud infrastructure. While Amazon continues to dominate public cloud workloads, VMware is a serious player in the private cloud space due to its 56% share of the enterprise virtualization market.

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The PaaS Build vs. Buy Decision You Didn’t Know You Were Making

agilecloudIt’s no secret that a majority of enterprises are slow to adopt PaaS solutions and favor IaaS solutions instead. What is a well-kept secret is that these enterprises are building their own PaaS solutions on top of IaaS without even realizing it. Continue reading The PaaS Build vs. Buy Decision You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Recap of #ChefConf 2014

agilecloudI had the privilege of attending #ChefConf 2014 in San Francisco last week. The theme of the event was “Delivering Delight.” The Chef speakers came out pumped up. They were loud, like the heavy metal music that played in the background (see playlist here), dropping f-bombs as adjectives to emphasize how jacked up they were about their new features and the packed, three-day agenda. They were also very funny, as you can see in the following video on DevOps featuring Chef Technical Community Manager Nathen Harvey. (Beware of the curse words, and don’t play this at work without headphones.)  Continue reading Recap of #ChefConf 2014

The Impact of the IaaS Price Wars

price warPublic cloud IaaS providers are competing heavily on price. Watching Google, AWS, and Microsoft play the falling prices game is like watching a ping-pong match. It is just a matter of time before IBM’s SoftLayer matches the prices as well. Adrian Cockcroft wrote a great piece called The Real Story Behind the Cloud Price War, which is a must-read for those trying to understand the impact of the market’s feverish competition to be the lowest-cost provider. Here is an important nugget from Adrian’s article:

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