Agile Cloud Development

Agile Cloud Development focuses the aspects of agile development that integrate with cloud computing SaaS and PaaS environments including DevOps, Scrum, XP, and Kanban. (Read More)

Major areas of focus include the Agile Development process and the pitfalls many companies encounter trying to implement it, the DevOps process and the pitfalls associated with its implementation. the organizational aspects of successfully implementing Agile Development and DevOps and the new tools that should be used to support Agile Development and DevOps processes. Covered toolsets include Agile Project Management, Continuous Integration, and Automated Deployment.

DevOps Requires OpsDev: It Is Time for a Change

agilecloudThere is a huge disconnect between the DevOps world and most current enterprise IT organizations. One element in the gap is that developers do not want to know about infrastructure. Another is that the operations team does not trust developers to make changes to the production infrastructure. Developers want to focus on their application and the value it delivers to the organization. Developers want to know the characteristics of the infrastructure but do not want to build it or operate it. As a result, DevOps does not mean the end of the operations team. In fact, I see the reverse as being essential. The operations team is absolutely critical to the success of DevOps methodologies. The developers must be able to trust that the infrastructure has specific characteristics: characteristics like performance, connectivity, availability, and uniformity. To enable this trust, I believe that the operations teams are going to need to become more like developers. I call this OpsDev.

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AWS re:Invent Keynote: 7 Basic Freedoms

BusinessAgilityAndy Jassy, SVP of AWS, made a ton of new announcements in his keynote speech yesterday at the 4th annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. The conference has grown to nearly 20,000 attendees with around 38,000 watching the live streaming event. Continue reading AWS re:Invent Keynote: 7 Basic Freedoms

Moving to Containers

DataCenterVirtualizationIn this ever-changing world of IT, the legacy of today was once the future of yesterday: namely, hypervisors. Hypervisors are now considered legacy, even though they are seriously underutilized due to issues with fear, uncertainty, and doubt around using these resources to their fullest. The new technology is containers. However, where are the operational tools to support containers? Where are the procedures? Where are the developers who understand distributed systems? We are moving toward containers at lightning speed without answers to those questions and many more. To move to containers today, we need a strategy.

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Yesterday Is Here to Stay

DataCenterVirtualizationDocker, Kubernetes, and Mesos are generating a lot of discussion as the future of application development. We are seeing significant progress towards having these methodologies adopted by enterprises for application development. We have even been hearing that VMware is the new legacy, since containerised applications don’t always need a hypervisor. These “modern application” methods are replacing older client server and early web architectures as the preferred way to develop applications. Some people are saying that this means the end of the road for the old applications and the infrastructures that run these applications.

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Not Because They Are Easy, but Because They Are Hard

BusinessAgilityIn all of life, we try to avoid the difficult things and handle the easy things first. Sometimes, leaving the hard things is a good idea. We sometimes realize there is an easy way to deal with the hard problem, or someone else deals with it. Sometimes it’s a bad idea. Leaving a sore tooth until it needs a root canal is a bad idea that causes lots of pain.

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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