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The first step to scaling your enterprise should be doing whatever you can to ensure you have a high performing DevOps environment. Evaluate the strengths of your enterprise and what you hope to accomplish, then decide whether you’d like to start with Continuous Integration, Continuous...
Has there ever been a better time to be in DevOps? TV shows like “Person of Interest” and “Mr. Robot” are getting better at showing what developers actually do, using chunks of working code. Movies like Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” (2015) won praise from Google’s security team for its Dev...
To achieve "quality @ speed", it's essential to have unrestrained access to a trustworthy and realistic test environment. It is important to recognize that a complete test environment includes the application under test (AUT) and all of its dependent components (e.g., APIs, 3rd-party s...
“Infrastructure exists only to meet the demands of applications,” said Ajay Singh, vice president of product management, Nimble Storage. “We recognize the need to bridge the gap between the application and storage owner. By taking an app-centric approach, IT teams are better positioned...
The generic customer journey is dead. One size no longer fits all – for both B2C and B2B customers. So how do you make a customer feel special when the internet has all but eliminated differentiating by product or price? According to Gartner, the delivered digital customer experience m...
An Azure platform is running on a virtualized server and hence the above container hosts may not give the same performance as an equivalent container host on a bare metal server. However, this thought process will help organizations to come up with new use cases of utilizing Windows 20...
Instead of adopting cookie-cutter solutions for release management based on static, flowchart-driven models, enterprises need purpose-built systems designed with a model that can be adapted to the needs of an individual enterprise that incorporate components from emerging DevOps-focuse...
Adopting storage innovation protects the Nebraska Medical Center from data disruption and adds operational simplicity to complex data lifecycle management. To describe how more than 150 terabytes of data remain safe and sound, we're joined by Jeff Bergholz, Manager of Technical System...
I’ve been reading up on APIs cause, coolness. And in particular I really enjoyed reading Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API because it had a lot of really good information and advice. And then I got to the part about compressing your APIs. Before we go too far let ...
As modern operations gain momentum, it is quickly becoming the new norm for business. Infrastructure has become malleable and self-service is in demand. As a result, traditional IT operations need to evolve from legacy models with outdated tools and methodologies — a thought that’s oft...
There are some enterprise applications that were born to be in the cloud. Customer relationship management (CRM) applications were an early favorite because salespeople (the primary consumers of CRM) are decentralized and mobile. Web applications and personal data storage are also idea...
Gartner’s concept of Bimodal IT argues that for successful digital transformation, IT needs to split into two parts: mode 1 for maintaining and modernizing traditional back-end IT services and mode 2 for agility in building front-end, digital apps. This allows IT to respond to the digi...
A decade ago I worked on solutions for the office of the CIO, including IT Portfolio Management and IT Financial Management. When it came to forecasting and performing cost allocation, the problem child was always IT operations. I had heard, “operations is a black hole” or that somethi...
With online viewership and sales growing rapidly, enterprises are interested in understanding how they analyze performance to positively impact business metrics. Deeper insight into the user experience is needed to understand why conversions are dropping and/or bounce rates are increas...
I’ve always wanted to be a starship pilot traveling the stars. While there is a slim chance of interstellar travel happening in my lifetime, we are starting to enter a fascinating era. We’re doing incredible things like landing on comets, testing ion engines , and even exploring EM-dri...
The general concepts of DevOps have played a central role advancing the modern software delivery industry. With the library of DevOps best practices, tips and guides expanding quickly, it can be difficult to track down the best and most accurate resources and information. In order to h...
Between the mockups and specs produced by analysts, and resulting applications built by developers, there exists a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral, and applications disappoint. Methodologies like Agile attempt to address this with intensified communication, with partial success ...
Agile development is highly iterative, and relies upon the rapid development of software and early feedback. These practices are well understood and practiced in mature application development teams. The shift to an agile software development process has helped teams accelerate time t...
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guaran...
Breqwatr has announced the general availability of its Breqwatr Cloud Appliance 2.0. This turnkey, hyper-converged cloud appliance offers scale-out infrastructure, cloud management tools and a uniquely designed user interface that empowers its clients to deploy and consume Infrastructu...
Every app developer dreams of the kind of success that Pokémon Go is enjoying right now. A month ago, it was just a rumor. Just 24 hours after it was released, it was the number one top grossing app, even though it was free to download and play. Within a single week, Pokémon Go servers...
The modern IT network encounters a lot of twists and turns on its way to high performance and user satisfaction. The humble network, which for a long time was fairly straightforward, is now a complicated infrastructure component that requires careful management and monitoring. Private ...
Data centers have seen a lot of change in a short time. It used to be possible for organizations to run their service from a single data center and house their Domain Name Service (DNS) servers within it. It wasn’t an issue to have them in the same place, since if the data center went ...
Opus Interactive adopted a software-defined storage approach to better support its thousands of customers. We'll learn how scaling of customized IT infrastructure for a hosting organization in a multi-tenant environment benefits from flexibility of modern storage, unified management, ...
I’ve been flying quite a bit lately and I started thinking about why apps should be built more like planes. This is not meant to be a deep and insightful blog but rather amusing so I hope you enjoy my perspective!
An organizational culture that prioritizes coordinated response to incidents is vital for monitoring and managing an IT infrastructure. Incident management won’t go smoothly if teams don’t want to or know how to coordinate their response to alerts. To break it down simply, a coordinat...
Application performance problems can be quite challenging to resolve and even more difficult to predict. In my role as Dynatrace Guardian Consultant - leading the implementation of APM best practices with our customers - I've experienced quite a few "head-scratcher" situations. In this...
When we talk about today's technology environments, we're mostly talking about complexity. In the past decade or so, there have been some big changes in the way IT manages its resources and responsibilities. Along with the changes in technology (virtualization, cloud computing and othe...
A very wise man in a movie once put it, “It’s good for a man to know his limitations.” When it comes to a computer system, it’s essential. Understanding your capacity is a healthy part of running a business. Any business must understand what it needs in terms of its personnel (and the...
It’s surprisingly difficult to find a concise proper definition of just what exactly DevOps entails. However, I did come across this quote that seems to do a decent job, “DevOps is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software deve...
"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." – W. Edwards Deming. How often do we see this quote used in DevOps blogs without a hint of irony? It’s as if we need to instantly complete generations of evolution to stave off extinction, like trying to grow an extra lung ov...
While API virtualization is already over a decade old, many developers, testers, and decision-makers still misunderstand it. Virtual APIs create an environment that teams can use to mimic the characteristics of the production environment and create simulated responses from all APIs th...
Traditional infrastructure purchasing plans to over-provision for growth were based on the pain of scaling-out classic infrastructure architecture. Modern infrastructure solutions like hyperconverged infrastructure take away the pain of scaling out and allow IT departments to purchase ...
You’ve submitted your favorite tools, you’ve voted on what’s Hot or Not, and finally the wait is over. Today XebiaLabs launched the second version of The Periodic Table of DevOps Tools. Since the launch of The Periodic Table of DevOps v.1 in July of 2015, the table has taken the IT wo...
This is the second in a two part series of posts pertaining to using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part I here which includes overview, background and information about the tools used and related topics.
We’re all aware that dev/test != production environments. While the software stacks upon which applications are deployed may be (and hopefully are) the same, there still remains a whole lot of “infrastructure” (that’s everything else) that isn’t the same. Routers, switches, security de...
Whether you suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder or not, many of us who are responsible for deployments become uneasy when deploying code to production. Did my tests catch everything? What if something happens during a migration and I can’t rollback? Will that small code change cr...
What do dependency resolution, situational awareness, and superheroes have in common? Meet Chris Corriere, a DevOps/Software Engineer at Autotrader, speaking on creative ways to maximize usage of all of the above. Mark Miller, Community Advocate and senior storyteller at Sonatype, cau...
So your teams want to do Agile, perhaps have even started doing so. Now your project managers run around wondering what story points are and why any number of people seem to be attributing hours to their project code. So the question is: what can you adopt easily without turning the go...
Infrastructure complexity is not unique to enterprise datacenters. Just because a business or organization is small does not mean it is exempt from the feature needs of big enterprise datacenters. Small and mid-size organizations require fault tolerance, high availability, mobility, an...