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2017 IIoT Prediction Series, Part 1 | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #FogComputing

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST

With cybersecurity on the everyone's mind, 2017 will be see the emergence of True Fog Computing and Programmable/Intelligent Edge Devices with the strongest security measures to-date. As 2017 kicks into full gear and a particularly interesting 2016 fades into the rearview mirror, we took a look around the IIoT landscape to see what this year might potentially have in store. We will be unveiling five IIoT-related predictions throughout this week and into next, so stay tuned and let us know what you think!

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[slides] The Speed of #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @MHExcalibur @Spirent #CD

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:45:00 EST

The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow. In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, explained the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is relevant to small scale DevOps, and if there is an expectation of growth as the number of build targets, test topologies and delivery topologies that need to be orchestrated rapidly grow.

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DevOps Trend | @CloudExpo @AppDynamics #APM #DevOps #Microservices

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:45:00 EST

Software development is a moving target. You have to keep your eye on trends in the tech space that haven’t even happened yet just to stay current. Consider what’s happened with augmented reality (AR) in this year alone. If you said you were working on an AR app in 2015, you might have gotten a lot of blank stares or jokes about Google Glass. Then Pokémon GO happened. Like AR, the trends listed below have been building steam for some time, but they’ll be taking off in surprising new directions before the end of 2016. Here’s an overview of what’s coming next and what software developers can do to prepare for it.

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[slides] #DevOps and #Agile Organization | @DevOpsSummit @MThiele10 #CD

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:15:00 EST

DevOps is all the rage these days and with good reason as it promises to reduce the time-to-market for new applications. It also promises to improve change management, allowing teams to deploy changes to their applications quickly and efficiently. However, DevOps isn’t something you buy, install, or implement; rather it is the symptom of an appropriate organizational system. In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Thiele, EVP, Data Center Technologies at SUPERNAP International, discussed how to get to the right organizational model that will allow DevOps practices to flourish.

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Building the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #AI

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:30:00 EST

It's been way too long, but the next in the series of IoT "Build-along-at-home" videos is done. In this edition I will show you the "Hello World" project for interacting with the IO ports on your Raspberry Pi. Please click here to watch the video and as always, comments and questions are appreciated and welcomed! If you are the type (like me) who just likes to figure stuff out on their own, I have heavily commented the code for you so you can get started quickly without the video, but it will help you with the hardware assemblies! Also I am already working on the next projects, using the moisture sensor (the original project), and another future project using a sound sensor to illustrate some of the "threshold" principals of IoT sensors

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[slides] @Windstream's Backup and Recovery | @CloudExpo #DRaaS #SaaS

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:00:00 EST

One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.

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[slides] Accelerating #DevOps with @Actifio | @DevOpsSummit #CD #Docker

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST

Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating the organization can lead to inconsistent masking and exposure of sensitive data. But some organizations are adopting a new method of data management for DevOps that is delivering transformational business outcomes in faster time to market, lower costs, and great control. In his session at DevOps Summit, Brian Reagan, Managing Director of Blackthorne Consulting Group, an Actifio company, reviewed the core concepts of using data virtualization to power DevOps, including Central Administration by Operations, Self-Service for developers and testers, and Automating Data Masking for enhanced control of sensitive information. He shared real life case studies and provided a practical perspective on the benefits and considerations for these projects.

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[video] #Microservices and #IoT at @DevOpsSummit | #DevOps #AI #M2M

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST

Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise and president of Intellyx, panelists peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards. Evangelist for F5 Networks

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[slides] #Microservices Extend #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #SDN #Docker

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:30:00 EST

DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.

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The In-House IT and MSP Dynamic | @CloudExpo @SolarWinds #AI #Monitoring

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:00:00 EST

In-house IT professionals and managed service providers (MSPs) have had an interesting relationship over the course of IT history. Yes, they are vastly different, but if we drew a Venn diagram of IT and the MSP, the intersection of the two is worth exploring, particularly regarding how IT professionals can best manage their MSPs and work harmoniously to advance the common goal of IT performance. For IT professionals, the very utterance of the acronym “MSP” may conjure feelings of skepticism and fearing the reaper, which doesn’t need to be the case. MSPs don’t always equal outsourcing IT in its entirety. Let’s explore common scenarios where in-house IT professionals and MSPs work together, because in these cases, in-house IT professionals need to understand how to get the most out of these relationships and up-level their careers by properly managing MSPs. It’s a lot more involved than simply passing help desk tickets back and forth.

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[session] Databases in @Docker | @DevOpsSummit @Ocean9Inc #DevOps

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST

Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.

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Capital One Presented at @DevOpsSummit New York | @TopoPal #DevOps

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:30:00 EST

In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, Capital One now has 500+ Agile Teams delivering quality software via Agile and DevOps practices.

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DevOps Loses Its Religion | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #IoT #FinTech #Blockchain

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:30:00 EST

Once again, we find ourselves at the dawn of a new year. And many would say, not a moment too soon. With a series of tumultuous elections around the world and an unusual number of celebrity passings, it's been a rough year. But there is at least one bright spot from 2016: Intellyx's digital transformation prognostications were close to spot on! As is our tradition, each year we review last year's predictions and make all new fresh ones! This year, it is my turn to review Jason's 2016 predictions and let you know what I see happening in the coming year.

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[video] @CenturyLink Cloud | @CloudExpo New York | #IoT #DevOps #AI

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST

In his General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, David Shacochis, host of The Hybrid IT Files podcast and Vice President at CenturyLink, investigated three key trends of the “gigabit economy" though the story of a Fortune 500 communications company in transformation. Narrating how multi-modal hybrid IT, service automation, and agile delivery all intersect, he will cover the role of storytelling and empathy in achieving strategic alignment between the enterprise and its information technology.

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Signaling Layer for #WebRTC and #IoT | @ThingsExpo #M2M #AI #RTC #UCaaS

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:00:00 EST

WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.

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The Chinese Cloud Market | @CloudExpo @YourSpeedyCloud #SDS #IoT

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:45:00 EST

With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.

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Data Center Agility | @CloudExpo @Gartner_Inc #Agile #SDN #DataCenter

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:15:00 EDT

Is the ongoing quest for agility in the data center forcing you to evaluate how to be a part of infrastructure automation efforts? As organizations evolve toward bimodal IT operations, they are embracing new service delivery models and leveraging virtualization to increase infrastructure agility. Therefore, the network must evolve in parallel to become equally agile. Read this essential piece of Gartner research for recommendations on achieving greater agility.

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Internap Expands OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS Footprint | @CloudExpo @Internap #Cloud

Tue, 03 May 2016 07:15:00 EDT

Internap Corporation has expanded its OpenStack-based bare-metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0, to its data centers in Amsterdam, Dallas and Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2015 out of Internap’s New York Metro data center in Secaucus, N.J., AgileSERVER 2.0 is now available in four locations globally, enabling enterprises and devops teams running mission-critical applications and big data workloads to build scale-out infrastructure environments that are higher performing and more cost-effective than commodity public cloud platforms.

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Free as in Beer By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo #Cloud #OpenSource

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:00:00 EDT

Many years ago, I wrote a blog that aimed to help organizations evaluate open source projects in terms of enterprise suitability. That blog was lost when the employer took the publication off-line, and my Google-fu has been unable to recover a copy (if you happen to have it, ping me, I’d love a copy). At the time I wrote it, I considered blogs to be dispensable, with less need to keep a copy than articles – because they were largely opinion. Turns out that precisely because blogs are opinion+insight, you have to refer to them more to update or defend than most articles. I’ve been saving them since shortly after that particular blog was published, but that was no help here.

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Does GitHub Enhance the Need for Code Review? By @daedtech | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:00:00 EST

In 1999, a man named Eric S. Raymond published a book called, "The Cathedral and the Bazaar." In this book, he introduced a pithy phrase, "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow," that he named Linus' Law after Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Raymond was calling out a dichotomy that existed in the software world of the 1990s, and he was throwing his lot in with the heavy underdog at the time, the bazaar. That dichotomy still exists today, after a fashion, but Raymond and his bazaar are no longer underdogs. They are decisive victors, thanks in no small part to a website called Github. And the only people still duking it out in this battle are those who have yet to look up and realize that it's over and they have lost.

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Defining ‘Freedom’ in the Open Source Software Space | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:15:00 EST

Recently, Forbes contributing writer and enterprise software, application development, and data management expert Adrian Bridgwater discussed how important it is to understand what freedom really means in the open source world. In open source, the word “free” refers to the liberty that users have in running, distributing, changing and improving the software, rather than its price. In fact, while “free” is an appealing word to many C-suite executives, it’s of prime importance that those who are just now considering implementing open source software in their organization understand that it’s the liberty that open source allows that benefits the enterprise, not necessarily the price tag. Open source allows for great freedom for how software is modified, used and shared within an organization, which can lead to greater creativity, innovation, and productivity free from licensing or functionality concerns.

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Join @Kintone_Global at @CloudExpo New York | #Cloud #BigData

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:00:00 EST

SYS-CON Events announced today that Kintone has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Kintone promotes cloud-based workgroup productivity, transparency and profitability with a seamless collaboration space, build your own business application (BYOA) platform, and workflow automation system. Kintone leverages a single-click Excel-to-App conversion tool, a marketplace of pre-designed business Apps, and a drag-n-drop easy App Builder platform to enable quick and inexpensive custom App creation. Kintone clients configure apps, define workflows, set permissions and notifications, all without coding; and share data, updates, conversations, and real-time analytics in one central location for optimal productivity and visibility. Common applications include all variety of custom project, program, client, sales, operations and team management solutions.

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ActiveGrid Appoints New Vice President of Engineering, Larry Abrahams

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 15:45:00 EDT

ActiveGrid, Inc., the Enterprise LAMP company, has announced that Larry Abrahams has joined the company's management team as vice president of engineering. Abrahams will apply his extensive product development and engineering background to oversee ActiveGrid's open source and commercial product development.

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Real Networks to Offer Open Source Firefox Browser

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EDT

Under a multi-year deal that presumes some undisclosed amount of money changing hands, RealNetworks is going to start offering the Firefox browser with RealPlayer, its Rhapsody music service and RealArcade game.

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OIN Acquires More Patents to Protect Open Source Linux

Tue, 19 May 2015 14:30:00 EDT

Three new patents acquired by OIN come from Instantiations Inc., an object-oriented Java/Smalltalk tools house that's tight with Eclipse, and cover an Interactive Software Development System (No. 5,764,989); an Incrementation Byte Code Compilation System (No. 5,848,274); and a Data Representation for Mixed-Language Program Development (No. 6,067,413).

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Virtual Replication By @ZertoCorp | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Wed, 06 May 2015 19:30:00 EDT

Zerto has announced the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0 (ZVR 4.0). The company’s enterprise-class business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) software is the first to protect, replicate, and migrate data between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, as well as across private, hybrid and public cloud environments including Amazon Web Services (AWS). ZVR 4.0 also allows channel partners and cloud service providers to expand their offerings to grow revenues by providing Disaster Recover as a Service (DRaaS) as part of their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings.

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Open Source Solution Built Specifically for SMBs

Fri, 01 May 2015 16:20:00 EDT

Our major challenge is conveying the fact that Untangle is an all-in-one solution to IT departments. It is a hard concept to grasp when they are used to multiple vendors providing different levels of support. Convincing them that Untangle actually does everything for a lower cost can be challenging.

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The Basics of Open Source Software By @Protecode | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:30:00 EST

With many organizations incorporating open source code into their software, business managers should have a basic understanding of what open source is all about. After all, Gartner and Accenture report open source adoption rates nearing 100% so it’s likely that your development team is already incorporating open source code into their projects. So, what is open source? When a developer chooses to make his or her project open source, it gives third party developers the right to tinker and innovate with it. Check out this comprehensive video for an in depth explanation.

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Conference Schedule Announced

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:30:00 EDT

Are you ready to put your data in the cloud? What is the future of security in the cloud? Does Docker quickly advance the development of an IoT application? What are the implications of Moore’s Law on Hadoop deployments? Get all these questions answered and hundreds more like them at 15th Cloud Expo. The Cloud Expo / Big Data Expo / Internet of @ThingsExpo program is now available for you to inspect and investigate in advance.

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Trillions for the Internet of Things?

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:00:00 EDT

One place you never want to visit is a “zero-billion dollar market.” This is the ironic term used to describe technology trends that never take off, and I've seen a few of these over the years. Looks like that won't be the case with the Internet of Things, which has been touted (again) this week as one that will generate trillions of dollars of business by the year 2020. Specifically, I've seen reports of an IoT worth $7.1 trillion and another figure of $8.9 trillion by that time. The smaller of the two would represent about 10% of the entire global economy. Both numbers are patentialy ridiculous. The global food industry is this size; the global oil industry is less than half that. It's an insult to the millions of people who've built colossal industries and markets over the last few decades to blithely equate the IoT with them. What will happen is that mobile devices and sensors—the things of the IoT—will be connected to systems worth that much. But build a $30,000 smart car with $100 worth of sensors, and you've got $30,000 worth of IoT? Connect a multi-billion dollar enterprise IT infrastructure to a real-time monitoring and analytics application, and you've just added those billions to the IoT? This sort of forecasting leads to skepticism and cynicism. Which is too bad, because the IoT does have transformational potential, as smart grids, cities, and nations emerge. Its dystopic potential is huge as well, and I hope our societies can curb our politicians, bureaucrats—and the businesses that will play ball with them—from tightening the privacy intrusion noose further. In short, the IoT is no zero-billion dollar market. But let's be careful about all that talk of trillions.

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Looking to Pull in Developer Interest? Build a Community

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:00:00 EDT

As software consumers, we’ve become spoiled with the number of choices there are when it comes to open source and freeware. There are so many technologies and vendors out there shouting for attention that you don’t often have to look long to find a usable solution. When you’re on the other side of the relationship, this means that consumers (in this case, developers) aren’t necessarily going to come running because you released new software. You have to find a way to get their attention. One solution is to build, grow and sustain a community.

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@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley First Faculty Members and Sessions Announced

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT

The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. This presentation will show you how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.

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The Key to OpenDaylight Adoption: Salespeople

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EDT

The primary indicator of success is success. That is to say that the number one thing people look to as a predictor of future performance is past performance. In the product space, this means that things like adoption are important as much for what it signals to other people as they are for bottom line revenues. And this is true even in the open source world. As SDN speeds its way towards mainstream adoption, this means that projects like OpenDaylight will need to establish early on that they are not only deployable but also deployed.

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Red Hat Launches a Comprehensive Open Source BPM Suite

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:45:00 EST

Red Hat, Inc., on Tuesday announced a comprehensive open source business process management suite, Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6, which includes the next version of its business rules platform, JBoss BRMS 6. With JBoss BPM Suite 6, Red Hat brings a combination of business process management (BPM), business rules management (BRM) and complex event processing (CEP) technologies together in a single product offering. JBoss BPM Suite is a platform for business process management that includes all the capabilities of JBoss BRMS and adds support for modeling, automation, simulation, and monitoring of business processes. JBoss BRMS is a platform for business rules management and complex event processing that is used to host an organization’s business rules and to make business decisions based on those rules, as an alternative to coding them directly in applications. The complementary technologies help organizations respond to changing market conditions faster and easier through advanced decision and process automation capabilities, and empower business users to make the necessary changes without requiring IT to manually rewrite application code.

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The Commercial Case for Open Source Software

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:00 EST

The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there’s no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds’ “just a hobby, won't be big” comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyists grew successful in domains that traditionally belonged to their proprietary relatives. Historical Note: If you do still want the history of open source, then the YouTube hosted Revolution OS is about 100 minutes of the best open development commentary you will find.

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New Version of ConVirt Open Source

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:21:00 EST

Now with ConVirt Open Source accessible in Amazon, the IT manager has a sophisticated management tool for his entire virtual infrastructure that has never been easier to access and simpler to deploy.

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Memory Monitoring and Limiting with LXC

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:00:00 EST

A tutorial about Memory Monitoring and Limiting with LXC (Linux Containers) and the importance of building a metrics infrastructure. For a long time we didn't limit the amount of memory that you can use during your build on Codeship. There was the possibility of a bad build eating up all of our memory. A few weeks ago that bad build happened, using up so much memory that it decreased performance and eventually killed the test server. Even though we measure the memory usage of the whole test server, we didn't have the data to figure out exactly which build caused the trouble.

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Drupal 8: A View into Performance

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:00:00 EDT

Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon, though, that number will go up: as of Drupal 8, Views is a core module! This effort started as a community effort and was announced as an official Drupal 8 initiative in a post by Dries explaining why this change is so exciting. One of the reasons that Views is so popular is that it provides an ‘all-in-one' answer without writing a single line of code. But there's a reason that many programmers hate WYSIWYG editors: you see the result, but not the steps taken to produce it, and what you don't know might come back to bite you. While a WYSIWYG editor will get you broken links or weird formatting, WYSIWYG data retrieval can have direct performance implications. A'straightforward' View might fetch data in unexpected ways, and even ‘small' changes like adding a node relationship can result in radically different queries. Worse, any scalability issues may only manifest when a View is run against production-like data. A View focusing on user content might start choking on a user who favorites hundreds of nodes instead of the five you tested with.

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Moore-Wilson: Efficient Digital Agency DevOps with AppNeta

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 07:00:00 EDT

Moore-Wilson is a British design and development agency, purveyors of "bespoke technology solutions". In other words, they're in charge of the full web app experience, from design and development to lifecycle maintenance. Their projects are mostly PHP-based, often using Drupal as a CMS base. High-profile clients include British National Air Traffic Services, which runs UK air space, and Chatham House, an international think tank. With many distinct projects, MW needed a way to ensure new projects got built smoothly while keeping an eye on old ones, resolving operational problems with as little effort as possible. With performance and reliability insight automated, MW's 30 developers could focus on new applications. As a dimension of this challenge, having insight into the mechanics and performance of open-source and 3rd-party software was key.

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Efficiency in Development Workflows: Deployment Pipelines

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:45:00 EDT

Having a Deployment Pipeline in place is extremely helpful! Learn how to set it up and how to deploy to production servers with Zero Downtime Deployment in this article. A deployment pipeline lays out the whole process that your code needs to go through from your repository to production. It breaks the build into several parts (e.g., build, test and deploy) and all the associated steps that need to be taken. By defining a pipeline it is always clear which step needs to happen next. Martin Fowler describes it really well in his blog post. If you want to dig deeper into Deployment Pipelines I highly recommend Jez Humble and David Farley's book: Continuous Delivery.

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Flashback: "I’m Doing a (Free) Operating System (Just a Hobby)" – Linus Torvalds

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:30:00 EDT

Twenty-two years ago today, a Finnish student by the name of Linus Torvalds sent an email that is now one of the iconic communications of the Internet era. In it, he told the comp.os.inix newsgroup – a newsgroup for all those using minix (from mini-Unix), a Unix-like computer operating system based on a microkernel architecture created by computer science professor Andy Tanenbaum – that he was "doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386 (486) AT clones."

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Information Technology: Are You Out of Business If You're Over Fifty?

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:00 EDT

Many IT professionals aged 40+ or 50+ are without a job and the task of finding a new one in IT is very difficult. There are a variety of opinions as to why this should be. Recently I participated in a popular discussion in the Linkedin Group "Israel High Tech" about high-tech veterans and work. Here is a quick summery of the arguments for and against.

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How to Pick – NewSQL or NoSQL?

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:30:00 EDT

The title was interesting enough that I drove to Santa Clara to listen to a panel discussion this last week. The companies present were: TransLattice, MemSQL, Basho, and GenieDB. Out of the four companies present, only Basho (product Riak) was … Continue reading (image)

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Citrix Founder Dies

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:30:00 EDT

Citrix founder Ed Iacobucci died at home in his own bed Friday after a 16-month fight with pancreatic cancer, the same thing that killed Steve Jobs. He was 59. Friends said his last few weeks were difficult. He didn’t deserve that. He was much too nice. He had led the design team for IBM DOS and OS/2 before IBM and Microsoft were enemies and split in 1989 to start Citrix.

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Everything You Need to Know About Software Copyright & Licensing-to-Share

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:12:00 EDT

It takes about two minutes each to read the Apache 2.0, Berkeley, and MIT licenses. Pick one. They are good enough for one of the most successful collaborations we have witnessed in the short history of software development, and for two institutions for higher learning recognized for their contributions to computer and software technology. These licenses were written by lawyers that understood software copyright law and liberally sharing software. Apache Software Foundation projects are powering the growing business ecosystems of cloud computing, and have successfully powered the rise of the web for 15 years. No lawyer you hire will do better.

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The Evolution of Professional Services and Key Lessons Learned

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:45:00 EDT

As the leader of Netuitive’s dedicated professional services team, I believe I work with some of the best and the brightest in the industry. My team is focused on enabling our IT analytics software to be delivered as a turnkey solution, and we have cut our teeth doing this at the world’s largest enterprises. So I thought I would share some of the insight we have gained over the past year. Following are four key lessons learned about what it takes to successfully deploy IT analytics software for some of the world’s largest companies.

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Join the Conversation on Platform 3.0

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EDT

The Open Group is planning a tweet jam around what it calls Platform 3.0 issues -- big data, cloud computing, the consumerization of IT and other current trends. Over recent years a number of technologies -- cloud, mobile, big data, social -- have emerged and converged to disrupt the way we engage with each other in both our personal and business lives. Most of us are familiar with the buzz words, including "the Internet of things," "machine-to-machine (M2M)," and "consumerization of IT," but what do they mean when they act in concert? How can we treat them as separate? How can we react best? Technologies have emerged and converged to disrupt the way we engage with each other in both our personal and business lives. I was early to recognize this confluence as more than the sum of its parts, back in 2010. And Gartner was early too to recognize this convergence of trends representing a number of architectural shifts which it called a "Nexus of Forces." This nexus was presented as both an opportunity in terms of innovation of new IT products and services and a threat for those who do not keep pace with evolution, rendering current business architectures obsolete.

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Dell Keeps a Toe in the OpenStack Camp

Tue, 21 May 2013 17:00:00 EDT

After trashing its public OpenStack cloud efforts Monday in favor of reselling third-party widgetry – and reportedly canning workers in the 300- man group according to TechCrunch – Dell folk who are left were anxious to say that Dell is still in the private OpenStack game, pointing to another press release put out Monday saying that Dell will enable Microsoft’s Windows Server Hyper-V as a viable hypervisor on the OpenStack cloud platform.

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Achieving Scale and Performance in the Cloud

Mon, 20 May 2013 16:00:00 EDT

New breakthroughs in cloud-based data management empower databases with the necessary elasticity they need to be truly responsive to the ebbs and tides of supply and demand. Cloud computing allows all capital assets – computing power, memory and storage for example – to be exchanged at the best price, giving everyone the best value for their money. Like any free market, it will only deliver its full benefits to buyers and sellers if the right conditions are available. There can be no barriers to entry, and assets in the cloud must be capable of free movement. Unfortunately, the unsuitability of traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS) has created such a blockage. Their lack of elasticity or liquidity demobilizes computing resources. However, new developments in cloud database technology (like database bursting and hibernating functions) show how the database component can have the necessary fluidity to bring cloud-computing closer to ‘perfect market’ conditions and begin to deliver its full benefits.

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Supporting CIO Strategies and Priorities from the Cloud

Sun, 19 May 2013 09:00:00 EDT

A recent Gartner study states that the function of the modern CIO is in flux and that his or her future focus must incorporate digital assets (aka cloud-based data and applications) to remain relevant. Towards the goal of riding the sea change a compiler of stacks to a broker of business needs, security from the cloud is used as the example of this new prioritization and strategic thinking.

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