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The Devils of DevOps stick it to YOU

DevOps can solve anything, can’t it? Well, no. In fact, if you don’t implement DevOps correctly, you’ll find that not only do you carry over the problems of the old world but that birth a few brand new ones, too. Application Performance Management (APM) firm Dynatrace has consulted a bunch of industry nerds and experts …
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Pusher's purist: Five steps to reaching your DevOps zen

Pusher describes itself as a hosted real-time messaging service, sporting as it does a selection of APIs, developer tools and open source libraries. The firm’s claim is that it simplifies the integration of real-time functionality into web and mobile applications. Developers are supposed to be attracted to Pusher for its …

Software automation and AI in DevOps aren't the fast track to Skynet

Software automation is becoming intelligent, going deep into systems and is even going "autonomic" and helping create self-healing systems. If we engineer too much automation into our new notion of intelligently provisioned DevOps, then are we at risk of breaking the Internet and causing global nuclear meltdown? Maybe it’s …
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Webby DevOps? We're not in Kansas any more, Dorothy

Software applications and their development, management, orchestration, administration, maintenance and general wellbeing have moved to the web. Okay don’t write in just yet, those are just the opening credits. Obviously then, we have started to apply web-centric technologies to these applications in order to push them towards …

Microsoft's Red Hat Ansible love-in gives birth to DevNetCLOps

As we know, Hell froze over a while ago: Red Hat and Microsoft are now friends. The latest chapter saw Red Hat point its newly acquired Ansible IT automation technologies towards networks, clouds and Windows environments, because who wouldn’t want a slice of the Azure pie now that Microsoft loves Linux? Red Hat’s penchant for …
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Become an Andre Previn in your time: DevOps for star conductors

When we talk about "full stack" software, we are most commonly talking about the disciplines and elements (and their associated competencies) that span the complete smokestack of software application development as we typically define it. Laurence Gellert's well-composed piece in 2012 nicely clarified this stack as the strata …
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Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure

Comment If you are a data centre provider with a new DevOps division that is actually just two blokes sat in a call centre who kind of know what DevOps is, then you're probably not doing DevOps. Also, if your DevOps toolset doesn’t include quantifiable tasks metrics and call stack analysis technology, then that's probably not DevOps, …
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Microservices are not the same thing as components

Mention cloud, mention DevOps and it won’t be long before microservices enters the discussion. But what is, or are, microservices? The name implies something small – but what? Is it a part of a bigger thing or a piece of discrete functionality? And how are microservices different to application components? And why should we …
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Bringing discipline to development, without causing pain

There’s that question you’ve always wanted to ask in an interview when the dialogue has gone really well and you know you’re about to get offered the job, but you don’t want it anyway. Interviewer: “Great, so do you have any questions that you would like to ask me?” Candidate: “Well, if I’m traveling in a car at the speed of …
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The container-cloud myth: We're not in Legoland anymore

Everything is being decoupled, disaggregated and deconstructed. Cloud computing is breaking apart our notions of desktop and server, mobile is decoupling the accepted concept of wired technology, and virtualisation is deconstructing our understanding of what a network was supposed to be. Inside this maelstrom of disconnection …
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Don't touch this! Seven types of open source to dance away from

Comment In a world where even Microsoft gets the open source religion, the planet’s overall quota for positivity and good karma must be increasing, right? Of course this is not the case, there are bad eggs in every basket and open source has had its share of so-called “openwashing” from time to time. For the record, it’s not Microsoft …
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Docker death blow to PaaS? The fat lady isn’t singing just yet folks

Logically nestled just above Infrastructure-as-a-Service and just beneath the Software-as-a-Service applications it seeks to support, we find Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). As you would hope from any notion of a platform, PaaS comes with all the operating system, middleware, storage and networking intelligence we would want — …
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Zend and Microsoft smoke out the real cloud devs' tools

Goodness, doesn’t everyone want to show they're a "cloud developer’ company these days? If it’s not migration tools to the cloud for the data centre, then it’s native cloud tools that exist in the cloud, for the cloud and of the cloud. The trouble is, we’re not quite sure yet that the cloud is fully into overdrive in terms of …

The hyper-collapsed data centre: Vapor IO's all-in-one info chamber

Hyper-modular data centre Vapor IO exited stealth mode recently to publicly push its vision for the hyper-collapsed data centre. The start-up’s mission is to improve management of data centres while delivering greater intelligence at the network edge. So what is involved in Vapor IO’s vision of the hyper-collapsed data centre …

50 BILLION devices: The future that Juniper Networks wants to tap

Juniper Networks wants to produce products capable of transforming networks to capitalise on new growth opportunities brought on by the connected world. That is, essentially, its raison d'être. The firm says that with new devices we get new content and therefore new network traffic flows. This is a logical enough supposition …
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So you've been told to build a cloud. No one was fired for buying HP hardware, er, right?

HP loves a big box with a few lights on it and the latest is HP's Cloudline range of servers, launched in March. The products are unsurprisingly (the clue is in the name) said to be particularly well-suited for deployment in cloud-centric data centres. HP Cloudline is actually a family of products, so these machines share …
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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

The problem with data centres is that you have to plug them in. Or to put it another way, the problem with data centres is that they draw their power from a national grid and this ultimately narrows the cost efficiency structure under which they can operate. Conspicuously creaky and ageing grid networks in (even) advanced …

Fujitsu's cloud settles over latest Singapore data centre

Fujitsu has opened a new data centre location in Western Singapore to feed the appetite for cloud services in Asia. Operators have flicked the power switch already and cloud services are available as of now. As distinct divisions, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Asia now operate three data centres in Singapore. The Fujitsu Group already …

Docker: Networking's new twist on micro services

We know that data centres operate with a high proportion of abstraction technologies. This should come as no surprise – the cloud services they house are in and of themselves physically “abstracted” (or, perhaps, even “conceptualised”) chunks of computing and storage power. We also know that Docker, as an open-source …

One API to rule them all: The great network switch silicon heist

Microsoft, Dell and Facebook are among a group of vendors who have come together with data centre operators to develop software intended to abstract chunks of network silicon (switches, typically) from the network operating system that runs on them. The first implementations of the specification for this Switch Abstraction …
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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

Finland isn’t just known as the country with the highest number of saunas and heavy metal bands per capita, it also counts Linus Torvalds as its most famed technology son and has a growing data centre development culture. Of course, all Scandinavian countries have the potential to grow their data centre businesses, but Finland …
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Devs don't care about cloud-specific coding, right? Er, not so

Opinion Software developers don’t care about the guts of the backend systems that feed their apps, right? No, wrong. Programmers are aware of the data centre and the servers that power it, and probably refer to it all as the cloud. Even Microsoft is trying to shift people to Visual Studio Online to get developers using cloud-based …
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Managing BYOD starts with asset management

The prevalence of BYOD (bring your own device) activity across the enterprise landscape has seen every IT vendor worth its salt try to offer a solution to the problem of keeping employees' mobile devices under control. There are several worthy options, such as CYOD (choose your own device) and managed virtualised desktop …
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How mobile device management is taking on the BYOD challenge

Every IT manager worth his or her salt would really like to get hold of users’ physical devices to lock down security and manage privileges, protocols and permissions in the perpetual quest for control. This is not always possible. The situation has given rise to industry terminology such as mobile device management (MDM) and …
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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

A recent survey has suggested that young people would be willing to accept lower pay as long as they could use their own mobile devices in the workplace Really? Would and should an employer be happy to take somebody on who values personal data access over and above core compensation for a job well done? If this trend is real …

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