How DevOps Can Turn Fragile to Agile

agilecloudI was fortunate enough to catch the live stream of DevOpsDays, held at the tail end of the Structure 2013 conference in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. There were many really good presentations, and I picked up on a common theme. It appears, and I have seen it first hand, that there is still a lot of confusion about what DevOps really is. Some companies think it is an IT role, like some kind of super systems administrator who can also magically code like a stud programmer. These companies create a new silo called “DevOps” and defeat the whole purpose of what DevOps is intended to do. One by one, presenters at DevOpsDays stomped their feet and said “DevOps is not a role, it is a culture shift!” Continue reading How DevOps Can Turn Fragile to Agile

VMware’s SDDC Management Stack

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureVMware will be the first vendor to deliver a Software Defined Data Center. The most likely scenario is that the SDDC will get completely fleshed out and announced at the US VMworld show and that then VMware’s SDDC Management Stack will be announced at the European VMworld event later in the fall. Continue reading VMware’s SDDC Management Stack

Privacy in a Big Data World

CloudComputingWe are seeing more and more cloud-based big data solutions for security, business analysis, application performance management, and many other things we see the results of every day, from when we search on Google, Bing, etc., to the email we get from various marketing campaigns. We know that governments and many others are using big data, whether in a cloud form or on-premise form, to correlate various forms of data to determine who we are, where we going, what we are doing, how we are doing something, and sometimes why we are doing anything. So with all this data out there in the hands of ‘others’, how can privacy be achieved for the individual? We touched on this within the Internet of Things: Expectation of Privacy article, and within this we spoke about the handling of personal and identifiable information (PII). Continue reading Privacy in a Big Data World

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?