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While many SPM Performance Monitoring users quickly see the benefits of SPM and adopt it in their organizations for monitoring — not just for Elasticsearch, but for their complete application stack — some Elasticsearch users evaluate SPM and compare it to Marvel from Elasticsearch. We...
In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies. The results were pretty amazing―...
While there could be more similar use cases, the point here is IoT while bringing new innovation and benefits also brings new risks. These risks much different from earlier innovations, because when in earlier cases it is mostly the enterprise financial, reporting and other data pr...
Our expectations for buying all sorts of consumer goods has gone through a radical transformation we now take for granted. Why should we not expect this same level of service from IT businesses? We accept the status quo for how software delivery exists today but would reject it without...
Apache Spark is an open-source, large-scale data processing engine built on top of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and enables applications in Hadoop clusters to run up to 100x faster in memory, and 10x faster even when running on disk.  So it’s not surprising the usage of Sp...
Microservices. Service-oriented, but not SOA, this architecture is becoming more common as mobility and time to market drives up the ante in this high stakes game of applications. But just what are microservices? If you want a more complete and lengthy view I highly recommend readin...
If so, you are not alone! We talk to a lot of people who want to reduce the frequent “noise” from monitoring alarms. To solve this common problem, Sematext added anomaly detection for alerts and PagerDuty integration to its SPM Performance Monitoring solution to dramatically reduce t...
This is the final installment of the six-part series Microservices and PaaS. It seems like forever since I attended Adrian Cockroft's meetup focusing on microservices. It's actually only been a couple of months, but much has happened since then: countless articles, meetups, and confer...
Over the past year we've published some great posts on the ActiveState blog, all worth a read (if you haven't already). Phil Whelan (@philwhln), Bernard Golden (@bernardgolden), John Wetherill (@bcferrycoder), and Troy Topnik (@troytop) have contributed some excellent articles on Platf...
It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2014 blog entries. If you missed any of the 96 attempts including 57 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somew...
Companies in all industries have been moving some aspects of their operations away from traditional IT and data center functions to the cloud – but usually not everything. Doing so can be somewhat scary, for a myriad of reasons, especially if a company’s cloud strategy isn’t locked up,...
Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and...
Interest in desktop layering is at an all-time high. Gartner favorably compared layering to traditional application delivery methods in its recent report “Selecting the Right Application Delivery Model for Virtual Desktops." VMware is actively promoting the App Volumes (formerly CloudV...
HP hasn’t exactly coined the term Big Data developer. Except, perhaps, it maybe kind of has if you look at the recent tools being rolled out from the firm’s HP Software division. All working towards what HP loves to call “business transformation” – the company is now also using the te...

The SMB market opportunity is huge. Currently, SMBs represent 44% of the total IT spend worldwide, a figure that Gartner predicts will cross the trillion dollar mark by 2015. That's some serious cash -- yet a market that  traditional storage and virtualization players have ...

DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was we...
So congratulations, somehow you've managed to wangle your way onto one of the many DevOps conferences being held around the world. Why not you might say? DevOps is not only hot it's the approach many enterprises are now exploring as the means to help accelerate the delivery of high qua...

We've seen a landslide of vulnerabilities announced in the last few months, from ShellShock to Poodle, and it looks like...

Data centers have matured immensely over the past decade with today’s data centers being greener than ever. Pike Research mentions that the green data center market was worth $17.1 billion in 2012. The green data center economy is expected to grow rapidly throughout this decade. Pike R...

#DevOps

App deployment should be viewed as a comprehensive, end to end process.But we treat it today like each silo is a fork in a project that never merges back together, causing disjointed operations, reporting, measurement and ultimately, failure to meet business priori...

Eighty-nine percent of knowledge workers retain access to the sensitive corporate applications and files of former employers. Earlier this year, a member of the team at Site-Eye, one of the top time-lapse film companies in the UK, noticed a disturbing problem with one of its client'...
An education portal application developed by a European non-profit organization links students to the higher education institutions where they wish to study, as well as to the government agency that helps them finance their education. When educational institutions want to develop and t...
ECMAScript 6 brings powerful new capabilities and some tasty syntactical sugar to the ubiquitous Javascript language, as it continues to grab an ever increasing slice of developer mindshare. Now that the ES6 feature set is frozen and just minor refinements will be made over the comi...
Businesses of all sizes are inundated with data, and the need to create value from the raw information is growing. The good news is that business intelligence tools are evolving and becoming more affordable, inclusive, and easy to use, especially with the introduction of Self-Service B...

Microservice architectures are the new hotness, even though they aren't really all that different (in principle) from the paradigm described by SOA (which is dead, or not dead, depending on whom you ask).

One of the things this decompositional approach to application a...

Let's face it, there's quite a bit of confusion around what constitutes an SDDC, not to mention how you go about building one. NIMBOXX recently created an awesome all-in-one SDDC Cheat Sheet to help you navigate this fast growing infrastructure. Whether you're looking to boost your ...

Software Defined Application Services (SDAS) are going hybrid. .

Organizations are turning to cloud not just as an option for applications but also for the network and application...

Last week as I was writing Amazon Declares War on VMware, VMware was preparing to announce the acquisition of a pro services team to aid in cloud migration (see coverage in CRN): VMware Acquires Professional Services Firm To Boost Cloud Migration, DevOps Expertise. You can get my thoug...

#DevOps #SDN

We keep saying that, does it mean what you think it means?

Operationalization (which is really hard to say, go ahead - try it a few times) is a concept that crosses the lines between trends and technologies. Both SDN and DevOps share the notion of "opera...

Moscow-based OpenBank, one of the largest private financial services groups in Russia, has built out a business intelligence capability for wholly new business activity monitoring benefits. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case study interview explores how Moscow-b...
The OpenNebula Project has just announced the Beta release of vOneCloud, a CentOS Linux virtual appliance for vSphere that contains all required OpenNebula services optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments. vOneCloud is for companies that want to create a self-service c...
When was the last time you went to your favorite office superstore to buy a piece of packaged software? Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud storage have completely changed the consumer computing market. Other than Microsoft Office and a few resource-intensive applications for phot...
Don’t emphasize network security at the cost of endpoint security; the two can be integrated and work hand in hand. The result is a safer, more secure business ready for the challenges of the future.
Long story short, remote wipes aren’t a perfect solution. The original intent had some validity, but it also raises too many concerns. Wiping is really only an effective solution in an ideal world. Unfortunately, thieves don’t play by the rules and find ways around our solutions. For t...
As I continue to engage customers around cloud and DevOps, I am amazed at the percentage of customers where there is pushback against cloud computing. Even more interesting are the reasons and roles responsible for denying advancement in the use of cloud in companies. For example, one ...
With the blurring of technology lines, the rise of competitive companies, and a shift in buying models all before us, it would appear we are at the cusp of ushering in the next era in IT—the Third Platform Era. But as with the other transitions, it is not the technology or the vendors ...
Previously, we wrote about setting up a Windows environment to log JSON formatted logs using our Windows Agent or our DataHub. Now we'll tackle IIS. IIS, like Windows, has a unique log format that makes it difficult to read, parse, and garner useful information. The log is a flat fil...
This is a follow-up blog that is part of a series of 2015 cloud predictions. The first one, entitled When the Walls Come Down, had the following as the central thesis: In 2015 the perceived costs of cloud migration for existing production apps will drop by more than 50%; it will trigge...

We are getting into the Halloween spirit here at Plexxi—check out this Plexxi pumpkin carved by our talented marketing manager, Khoa Ma! Jack-o-lanterns aside, we know the thought of navigating trends like the Internet of Things and Big Data can be frightening, especially if you are...

It’s a clear message being heard across the industry - widespread adoption of cloud applications is only a matter of time. However, the tricky part for many is, how much time do organizations actually have to hold out? And why should they switch? For starters – the cost savings are cl...