Transformation & Agility

Transformation & Agility concerns the utilization of the technical agility derived from the benefits delivered by virtualization and cloud computing, coupled with Agile Development practices that improve business agility, performance, and results. This includes the agility derived from: (Read More)

  • The implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies
  • The  application and system architectures
  • The  implementation of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds
  • Monitoring of the environment, coupled with processes for resolving problems quickly
  • Having continuous availability through the use of high-availability and disaster recovery products and procedures

Transformation covers the journey from A to Z and all points between: how you get there and the roads you will travel; how decisions made on day zero or one, or even day three, will affect later decisions; and what technical, operational, and organizational pitfalls can be associated with an implementation. We examine what tool sets are required for Agile Cloud Development, and it delves into other aspects of Agile Development that integrate with cloud computing, SaaS, and PaaS environments, including DevOps, Scrum, XP, and Kanban.

PerformanceManagement

ITOA Types of Data

PerformanceManagement

Any part of any infrastructure, application, or cloud is data. Data is used by applications, and myriad data is presented to IT organizations for their use, edification, insights, and more. But what really is this data? Can we classify the types of data in some way? Data classifications should not be just “structured” and unstructured”; they must go deeper than that. To understand how IT operations analytics (ITOA) can act on data, we first need to classify data into something we can comprehend. ITOA leads to insights that can be used to predict capacity, track applications, and tell us when we have security events.

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CloudComputing

The Small Business IT Skill Challenge

CloudComputing

I live in a small city in a small country. As a result, there are a lot of small businesses all around me. Law firms with three partners, shipping companies with a couple of dozen trucks, and building companies with under a hundred staff. Almost all of the businesses where I live are small. Take a moment to look around at the businesses in your town or city. I’m sure there are a few big businesses. But for every person who works at a big company, there is at least one who works at a small business. Small businesses are a big deal because there are so many of them. This makes the IT challenges of small businesses a big deal as well. One significant issue for small businesses is getting access to people with the right IT skills.

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Rightscale Publishes State of the Cloud Report for 2016

RS2016-DevOps-Adoption-by-method

Rightscale just published a report called “State of the Cloud Report: DevOps Trends“.  The report focuses on the adoption of DevOps and containers across both enterprises and SMBs. To nobody’s surprise, adoption rates of both containers and DevOps are on the rise. What is interesting is the rate of adoption, especially in large enterprises. Here are a few charts that got my interest.

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CloudComputing

Flip Side of the Coin: Automation Tools of the Trade

CloudComputing

In my last article, I started a discussion about automation and the tools of the trade for automation and orchestration. The post focused on Microsoft PowerShell as one side of the automation coin—one of the primary tools of the trade when working within Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix virtualization and orchestration solutions. Why PowerShell? Quite simply, it’s a powerful platform that has a robust community supporting it, and companies outside of Microsoft have invested a great deal of time and development to integrate PowerShell into their main administration and management platforms for working with VMware vSphere and Citrix Xen. So, if PowerShell is one side of the automation tools coin, what’s on the flip side?

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DataCenterVirtualization

EMCworld Announcements

DataCenterVirtualization

There were quite a number of interesting announcements at EMCworld this year. The most important is that the Dell-EMC merger is on track to complete its reorganization as Dell Technologies. Dell Technologies will join the ranks of the largest hardware and software vendors worldwide. EMC also announced several new hardware options and software services, and gave adoption rates for services started last year. All in all, EMC had a very good year. Further, while VMware, Pivotal, and RSA were absent from the show’s keynotes, making more time to discuss the merger, they were far from absent from the show floor.

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CloudComputing

The New OpenStack: Collaboration

CloudComputing

At this year’s OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, the message was clear. OpenStack needs to pivot from a science experiment to a production system. Even though this is happening, it has been happening slowly. Some would argue that it has been achieved for the likes of PayPal and other extremely large institutions, such as AT&T. However, running, configuring, and installing OpenStack still takes more knowledge than the average enterprise system administrator has available to them. The new Certified OpenStack Administrator certification is a way to exhibit a level of competence for the age of the new OpenStack: the production-ready OpenStack.

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