Use of the cloud depends upon ubiquitous networking. And not just everywhere, but extremely high speed as well. This came to mind as I was sitting at the top of a mountain in a national park and heard someone ask Siri a question. Siri’s response was that the network was not in reach. This struck me as funny, then odd, then sent me down the path of ubiquitous networking. We are in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), and if we do not have a network, then IoT fails rather spectacularly. So, what are the real requirements for IoT? Continue reading Cloud Dependency: Ubiquitous Networking
Every once in a while, a truly disruptive technology and product comes along. Server virtualization was such a technology, and vSphere became the product that led the market for data center virtualization, creating a new dominant vendor in the data center management industry – VMware. In this post, we analyze the potential for Docker to have similar disruptive effects. Continue reading Will VMware Use Docker to Kill Enterprise Linux?
Microsoft Corp. and Docker Inc., the company behind the fast-growing Docker open platform for distributed applications, on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications, and tools. Continue reading News: Microsoft and Docker Partner to Bring Container Applications across Platforms
We are still coming to grips with the impact of the Xen and Bash shell issues that have sprung up lately. The issues are enough to make us realize that there are some serious pitfalls to cloud computing—or more to the point, pitfalls to using only one cloud service provider. We talk about using live migration and other tools to alleviate downtime, but have we really thought through the use of these tools at cloud scale? What was the impact on your environment, and how have you decided to alleviate that impact? Those are the questions that come out of the latest set of issues with cloud computing. Continue reading Cloud Computing Pitfalls
On October 3, Chinese ICT company Huawei announced that Dr. Anthony C. K. Soong, its chief scientist for wireless research and standards in the US, has joined the board of directors of Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), an open-source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services.
DevOps and ITIL are like oil and water to many pundits. Some people hold that the two cannot coexist in today’s modern-day IT shops, advising companies to move away from ITIL as they start embracing the DevOps movement. I argued against this recommendation in a post called Unicorns, Horses, ITIL, and Enterprise DevOps. Continue reading DevOps and ITIL Revisited