Strategy for Cloud Automation

ITasaServiceStrategy for cloud automation: there are a lot of articles about the cloud and cloud computing, but I have not seen too many that discuss different strategies to consider when it comes to the automation in your environment. I did come across a nice post called “Legacy Job Schedulers: 3 Effective Exit Strategies to Consider,”1 by Jim Manias from Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc., that had some interesting points and thought it would be a great topic for discussion. Continue reading Strategy for Cloud Automation

Product Pare-Down: Strike 1 … 2 … 3 … You’re Out!

DesktopVirtualizationAs we look at the number of new product announcements made by tech companies each day, we notice that a large percentage never quite achieve success. In some cases, the sizzle is better than the steak, and in others, the market doesn’t need or want a specific product.

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Root Cause Analysis as We Move Up the Stack

PerformanceManagementContainers and other technologies are moving administrators, developers, and even operational folks up the stack. In other words, we have abstracted out the hardware and abstracted out the operating system; next, we will abstract out middleware and eventually everything but the code to run. However, when we do that, we no longer train people to be systems engineers; we no longer have the ability to do root cause analysis. We have seen this many times in recent years, and it may just get worse. Root cause analysis is part knowledge and part tools, but most of all an understanding of the system underneath the code. We are fast approaching a time when this skill may become a lost art.

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The Container Security Gap is Rapidly Closing

agilecloudI have been following containers for quite some time now. A year ago it was safe to say that container technologies like Docker were far from production ready when it came to security. What I have seen over the past year is a ton of development towards closing that gap. For this post, I’ll focus on Docker. Continue reading The Container Security Gap is Rapidly Closing

Transformation Is Easier Said Than Done

BusinessAgilityThere is an old joke about five frogs who are sitting on a log, and four decide to jump off.  However, all five frogs remain on the log after making the decision, because deciding to do something is very different from actually doing it. This joke seems a very appropriate analogy for IT organizational transformation. Continue reading Transformation Is Easier Said Than Done