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Over the last couple of years I have talked to numerous enterprise customers, analysts, industry pundits, and others interested in cloud technologies, and one thing is abundantly clear – Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems to mean different things to different people. But the term PaaS ...
One of the neat things about microservices is the ability to segment functional actions into scalability domains. Login, browsing, and checkout are separate functional domains that can each be scaled according to demand. While one hopes that checkout is similarly in demand, it is unlik...
One of the more interesting data points to come out of our State of Application Delivery 2015 was the overwhelming importance placed on availability - even over security. When respondents were asked which service they would not deploy an application without, they chose availability. Se...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Mark Thiele, EVP of Data Center Technology at Switch. We discuss the idea that private clouds are often equated with do-it-yourself and why that should be changed. Taking sure you are receiving the private environment you need at a cost that ...
It’s become easy to monitor applications that are deployed on hundreds of servers – thanks to the advances in application performance management tools. But the more data you collect the harder it is to visualize the health state in a way that a single dashboard tells you both the overa...
DevOps is all about removing barriers to rapid, safe delivery of new experiences to your customers. Much of this revolves around automating error-prone, human-driven processes so that processes can be standardized, scaled, and varied programmatically. Some of the types of tools used in...
IaaS will drive further consolidation among data center outsourcers and hosting providers. Why? Because the flexibility and cost advantage of IaaS cloud providers requires data center outsourcers and hosting providers to either adopt IaaS or move into niches. With standards driving do...
Every successful company hits growing pains at some point along the way. One of the most harrowing for IT is the transition from the “build it quick!” startup mindset to the more structured and stable mentality of a mid-stage business. For VIIAD Systems, a healthcare technology compan...
It’s no secret that telecommuting is a highly disputed topic. For the general employee, the jury is still out on the pros and cons of telecommuting. For organizations like Yahoo!, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and U.S. Postal Service, telecommuting is not an option due to the need...
Over the next several months, I’m going to share with you an interview series featuring my DevOps friends, letting them talk about what they have planned for 2015. To preview some of the folks I’ll be communicating with, I’ve put together a teaser of who I’ll be talking with in one for...
One specific topic I found fascinating, was the concept of ChatOps. Simply put, it’s an approach that allows teams to collaborate and manage many aspects of their infrastructure, code, and data from the comfort and safety of a chat room. Through the use of chatbots and scripts, teams c...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Andi Mann, VP, Office of the CTO at CA Technologies. We discuss the “digital disconnect”, a gap between the expectations of business leaders and the ability of IT leaders to deliver, and how DevOps can close the gap by delivering services faster an...
The SaaS model has truly revolutionized the way software is being used. Convenient, hosted on the now cloud, without the need for IT or hardware and so many more advantages. So what is cloud-based billing? A recent piece by Gigaom helps explain why cloud billing is beneficial and how i...
Not all network management solutions are alike, even though they may sound that way sometimes. A sure sign of a network management tool trying to pass itself off as an enterprise solution is when it implements distributed polling as a way to scale. These systems scale server capacity ...
While many hardware vendors publicly appear to be embracing the move to virtual Layer 4-7 network services, the reality is quite different. To sell virtual appliances – such as load balancers, firewalls, VPNs and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) – they have to overcome the fear of ca...
Cloud computing offerings are almost overwhelming at this point. There are so many different services and service providers competing for your business that it can be hard to know what’s really best for you. Understanding what kinds of solutions work for your business means getting a h...
On the surface, many network management products seem the same. But any network management system claiming to be a solution will, at a minimum, maintain an inventory of the network devices, understand their interconnectivity, monitor (and alert on) each device’s response (availability)...
Business users can conjure new applications, send messages and share information around the world at the speed of light from their mobile devices. But just because they can, doesn’t mean they should – all this sharing and collaboration can have consequences on businesses’ security. Sen...
California Natural Resources Agency gains agility from a software-defined data center strategyusing the best of centralized and de-centralized IT resources. The next BriefingsDirect innovator case study interview explores how the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) in Sacrament...
There's a lot of things people know about F5 BIG-IP and a lot of things people think they know about BIG-IP and some things people don't know at all about BIG-IP*. So I thought it'd be a good idea to talk about some of the things you don't know about BIG-IP or in some cases, the thing...
Dynatrace monitors your entire application delivery chain. All of your transactions are tracked end-to-end, from user clicks to individual lines of code, using Dynatrace PurePath technology. Dynatrace constantly monitors your servers’ host and process health, and will automatically not...
​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, a...

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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...

While small and midsize businesses are often keen to move their applications to the cloud, the benefits of cloud migration don’t simply rain down from the sky. In order to take advantage of the flexibility (and cost savings) of virtual server hosting, organizations need to address som...
Imagine the scenes from any of the last few Black Fridays with people lined up for days to grab the new flat screen TV or a new iPhone. The moment the gates open up there is usually a crowd of people swarming like bees, trying to get their hands on what they can, and yes there were als...
In cloud-based architectures, the situation is different and the network has become even more important. Let’s imagine a typical cloud-based architecture situation. You run a datacenter with a flexible number of allocated computing instances (for example, due to the pricing model and v...
Monitoring systems can help you better manage your uptime, but even though you may spend a lot of time configuring checks and thresholds to identify problems early, your alerts are only as good as your incident response processes. One of the biggest challenges we’ve seen when talking w...
"Programmability in the network" is a wordy yet simpler way to describe the extension of network capabilities through the use of software-defined techniques. See what I mean? In any case, whatever you want to call it, there are two distinct methods of leveraging programmability in ...
If your business has any investment in public cloud SaaS applications, then it’s time to invest in a Cloud Access Service Broker (CASB). That’s our takeaway from the recently released Gartner security report, “Emerging Technology Analysis: Cloud Access Security Brokers.” More and more...
Last year, we launched Single Sign-On (SSO) to make it easier and more secure to manage your PagerDuty users. We’re excited to add Google Apps as an SSO partner alongside Okta, OneLogin, Ping Identity, Active Directory, and more. Why Use SSO with PagerDuty? Revoke User Access. Us...
While layer 1 (physical) interconnection of network resources will always be required – the bits need to flow on fiber or wireless at some point, the future of carrier and service resource intercommunications must evolve to accept and acknowledge the need for user-driven, near real tim...
The process of bringing firms back from the point of massive systems failure in some form has become known as Disaster Recovery A surprisingly high ‘one in every three’ companies is said to have experienced and declared a disaster in the past five years, according to a November 2013 s...
IT professionals continue to debate the benefits of standardization versus the benefits of innovation, and the potential of standards inhibiting engineer and software developer ability to develop creative solutions to business opportunities and challenges. At the Open Group Conference ...
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―...
You need to get to a stage where Dev and Ops are not only working together and understanding what each other are doing, but where IT is a real driver of business performance. Getting to that stage is going to require some heavy lifting in the background, but get it right and you'll be ...
This week's post is taken from a collection of stories and a Q&A session based around the experiences of Brad Stoner, an expert in testing, performance and Virtual Users. Brad is a senior performance engineer at Neotys and was the manager of the Load and Performance Team at H&R Block. ...
How does finance meet this expectation, when running critical processes such as reconciling finances by running month-end, quarter-end or year-end close consumes enormous amounts of resources? What kind of resources do you have tied up each time you close the books? An even scarier tho...
In our working lives, this kind of work is common. It might be checking a business dashboard here or there, tweaking some copy or making a few phone calls. Not work that we tend to consider glamorous in any way. Yet once again, if we were to stop doing it, our sites and apps would begi...
When it comes to cloud computing, there is no “one size fits all” platform for getting work done. High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads are not web applications. Thankfully, there are clouds specifically designed for running HPC workloads rather than web applications. No matter...
In my blog from September 2014, I wrote “encryption and access controls are your front-line defenses for defending data-at-rest. Given today’s threat environment, encrypt everything possible, everywhere possible.” While lots of things change in 6 months – the projected World Series Cha...