SaltStack is Gaining Momentum

Agile Cloud DevelopmentIn 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. Tom had been building and administering clouds for a while and was frustrated with some of the complexities and performance issues of the existing tools that he was working with. Tom set out to create a framework that could get real-time information about infrastructure and communicate to servers faster than anything out there. Writing in Python, Tom built a framework that executes many times faster than the competition. In fact one client reported that moving to Salt took the previous deployment process of 18,000 nodes from 15 minutes down to 5 seconds. Continue reading SaltStack is Gaining Momentum

Splunk Launches Beta of Hunk:Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureRight on the heels of VMware’s announcement of Log Insight, comes Splunk with their announcement of the beta of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop. This is a hugely significant development for both Splunk and the big data analytics industry, as it allows customers to use the Splunk indexing, searching and visualization features on top of Hadoop data stores. Continue reading Splunk Launches Beta of Hunk:Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

What Happened to Software Defined Networking?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhat happened to Software Defined Networking? A while back I wrote a post where I thought 2012 would be the year for Software Defined Network (SDN), and I am really surprised that this technology has not gained greater ground. Now that we are halfway through 2013, I find myself still waiting for adoption of this technology to really take off. With investments from  companies like Cisco, IBM, Alcatel, Juniper Networks, Broadcom, Citrix, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, NEC, and Verizon, all of which have current SDN initiatives, SDN will assume a role in IT infrastructure at some point. It just seems like it is going to take a little while longer to catch on. Continue reading What Happened to Software Defined Networking?

CliQr Addresses Cloud Price/Performance with Free Cloud Benchmarking Service

CloudComputingFor the entire (brief) history of the cloud computing business there has been too much focus upon infrastructure (IaaS) and platform (PaaS) and not enough focus upon applications. CliQr is one of a set of important new cloud management vendors whose offerings focus upon deploying actual applications in on-premise and cloud environments. Other vendors with this focus include ServiceMesh, Cloud Sidekick, Elasticbox, and, of course, VMware with vFabric Application Director. Continue reading CliQr Addresses Cloud Price/Performance with Free Cloud Benchmarking Service

Caching your Application, OS, or Storage

Agile Cloud DevelopmentThere is a new set of tools available for Caching up and down the stack which we covered within Caching through out the Stack, however in reality where is the best place to cache data for your application and what are the ramifications of using such a cache. Recently, we had a caching problem, actually two of them. Both caused by the same thing, a lack of full understanding about what was being cached. For any application, the best way to cache is to cache in memory as close to the application stack as possible, which in our stack could be within the application, the OS, or even a hypervisor based disk cache. However, which does your application actually use? Continue reading Caching your Application, OS, or Storage

A Look at Network Automations Automate 9

DataCenterVirtualizationA look at Network Automations Automate 9: Last month I wrote a post titled “Is Automation Killing the Engineering?” For this post I want to explore the idea that it is not the automation that might be killing the engineering but rather how far and good some of the 3rd party application are in pretty much doing the work for you. One prime example of that concept is Network Automations’ AutoMate 9. Continue reading A Look at Network Automations Automate 9