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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:15:00 EDTWe're in an era of maturing cloud computing services, with lines beginning to blur among formerly discrete segments. Among the things we're witnessing is a fuller integration of DevOps into the mix. Rackspace is one company in this discussion, having just launched its DevOps Advisory Service. So we had a few questions for Prashanth Chandrasekar, GM of Rackspace's DevOps Business Segment. Cloud Computing Journal: What are the two or three key reasons your cloud customers are taking a DevOps approach these days? Prashanth Chandarasekar: They are consuming DevOps Automation for several reasons. The first is to shorten the time to market for their products and features and reduce bug fixes, that is, realize internal goals of deploying into production multiple times a day or week relative to where they are today. The only way to achieve this goal is to move to a DevOps model. Second, they are experiencing high growth and need to automatically scale out their technology infrastructure. Third, planning and preparing for future growth and ensuring that their technology infrastructure is agile and flexible, based on this future expected increase in their own user base, usage of their product, etc. Fourth, they require deep , constant, and proactive monitoring of their application environment using tools like New Relic, StatsD/Graphite and Logstash, because they cannot tolerate any downtime or latency. Finally, they want to fully exploit the cloud and cannot do so with a traditional SysOps/Sys Admin server-by-server management model. CCJ: To what degree has cloud computing triggered a realization among your customers that they should move toward DevOps? And what are the key drivers: complexity, agility, striving to maintain competitive advantage? Prashanth: It’s very organic for our customers to move from first utilizing the cloud, experiencing all the on-demand, elastic properties of the form-factor to realizing that they need DevOps and Automation to fully exploit the full power of the cloud and meet their business objectives with respect to revenue and developer productivity. Oftentimes, our cloud customers have already dabbled with DevOps tools to manage the complexity of their environments efficiently and realize they can leverage the expertise we provide through Rackspace DevOps Automation Service level to execute on the same DevOps-focused activities at scale on a 24/7 basis. In other cases, customers have realized that they need to be more advanced internally—through enablement, organizational culture, etc.—to utilize DevOps tools. We launched DevOps Advisory Service to address this audience and to bridge them to utilizing DevOps tools as a defacto way to manage their cloud. CCJ: Can you explain the expansion in stack environments a bit for our audience? That is, what was offered before, what's being offered now, and what is driving your expansion? Prashanth: Based on the feedback from our earliest customers, they wanted to spin up their DevOps automation-enabled environments almost immediately on our cloud, and wanted to do the same on Windows based environments. We took this feedback and built fundamental Linux and Windows stacks that represented our best-of-breed/best practice advice on Ruby, Python, PHP, Node, Tomcat and ASP and .Net (for Windows) that customers could access within an hour of working with us. This allows our customers to have a working application that is completely automated up and running in remarkable speed.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:00:00 EDT“You need two groups when dealing with cloud compliance,” explained Rob LaMear IV, CEO and Founder of Fpweb.net, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “First,” LaMear continued, “you need a provider that is willing to operate transparently and work with you and your auditors. Most seasoned providers are well aware of this symbiotic relationship and are open to getting it out in the open early.” Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time. – Agree or disagree? Rob LaMear: Agree. Time is money. Focusing your team on strategic initiatives gives you a competitive advantage. You get to market faster and can deliver something truly special before your competitors. First one to market typically owns 70–80% of the market share. Think Apple.
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:00:00 EDT“In some segments, the price of cloud computing will go up as providers offer higher-end solutions designed to cater to complex enterprise requirements,” observed John A. De Goes, CEO & Founder of Precog, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “However,” De Goes continued, “in most segments, and for any fixed set of features, the price of computing, bandwidth, storage will go down in inflation-adjusted dollars, concurrent with advances in hardware, software, and efficiency, all driven by competitive pressures.” Cloud Computing Journal: Just having the enterprise data is good. Extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless. Agree or disagree? John A. De Goes: Far too many companies pat themselves on the back for having terabytes or petabytes of data. But data has no intrinsic value, and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to capture and warehouse data has very real costs. Data by itself doesn't give you any competitive advantage. It's only if you act on that data that you can drive more revenue and secure competitive advantages.
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:30:00 EDT“The basic premise for any central computing system optimized for mass consumption is the 80/20 rule. It can be built only to serve 80% of the needs in an economized and optimized fashion,” noted Chetan Patwardhan, CEO of Stratogent, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “Having said that,” Patwardhan continued, “the so-called cloud economics work only for a certain type of system and is outright prohibitively expensive for most enterprise setups where a typical three-year timeframe cost view is more dependent on human labor than on the infrastructure.” Cloud Computing Journal: Just having the enterprise data is good. Extracting meaningful information out of this data is priceless. Agree or disagree? Chetan Patwardhan: Agree 100%. Let's look at the value creation process: data is nothing but innumerable floating points of reference. The gathering of data is the very first step. Creating useful information out of data is truly a daunting task because it's not based on the complexity of data, but the simplicity of information that leads to the creation of knowledge. For the CEO of a large company, a dozen key information sets presented in up/down or chart format can create knowledge of how the company is performing. Knowledge leads to a change in thinking, sometimes creating paradigm shifts in how companies approach challenges. Changes in thinking bring about decision making and changes in the behavior of the organization. This chain reaction finally leads to success.
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 08:00:00 EDT"Atmos is EMC's cloud storage solution. It's a distributed object storer that enables Enterprise IT and service providers to offer their own storage as a service offerings," noted Brian Olson, Cloud Business Development Manager at EMC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 10th International Cloud Expo, held June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley, November 5-8, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:48:00 EDT"We secure virtual servers running in public and private clouds. We are building all the security technologies that people need for their public cloud servers which they don't have access to since they moved outside their own private data center," explained Rand Wacker, Vice President of Product Management for CloudPassage, in this SYS-CON.tv interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 10th International Cloud Expo, held June 11-14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley, November 5–8, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT“A lot of people are using cloud computing now, and appzero has this new product out that extracts applications that are already installed, sucks them out of the data center and moves them into the cloud,” explained Greg O'Connor, CEO of appzero, in this SYS-CON.tv interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 10th International Cloud Expo, held June 11–14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley, November 5–8, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 06:00:00 EDT“Big Data eliminates the data silos that formerly existed, improving the depth and quality of analysis that can take place,” observed Scott Kinka, Chief Technology Officer at Evolve IP, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “Without these barriers, Kinka continued, “we gain access to information that was never before available. We can see where there are underserved markets, opportunities, problems that need to be addressed.” Agree or disagree? – "While the IT savings aspect is compelling, the strongest benefit of cloud computing is how it enhances business agility." Scott Kinka: Agree and disagree. You can’t really separate the two. Here’s why: agility is the ability to not buy more than you need. It is the ability to add resources when you need them rather than having to overspend and overbuy upfront on the idea that one day you might need more.
Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:15:00 ESTIn our premier issue, back in October 2002, we ran a full-length interview with Anders Hejlsberg, the Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft responsible for the creation of the C# programming language. Then, in March 2005, we presented a follow-up interview conducted by .NETDJ's editor-in-chief, Derek Ferguson, at Microsoft's Tech Ed 2004 conference in San Diego, California.
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 15:15:00 ESTIn this interview with the editor-in-chief of .NET Developer's Journal, Microsoft's Anders Hejlsberg discusses the origins and the future of C#. The interview appeared in .NET Developer's Journal, Vol 1 issue 1 - in October 2002.
Sat, 02 Jun 2007 19:30:00 EDTHanselminutes is a weekly audio talk show with noted Web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman and hosted by Carl Franklin. Scott discusses utilities and tools, gives practical how-to advice, and discusses ASP.NET or Windows issues and workarounds (www.hanselminutes.com/).
Sat, 10 Mar 2007 14:15:00 ESTScott and Carl talk about digital identity and related technologies. Hanselminutes is a weekly audio talk show with noted Web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman hosted by Carl Franklin. Scott discusses utilities and tools, gives practical how-to advice, and discusses ASP.NET or Windows issues and workarounds.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 12:00:00 ESTHanselminutes is a weekly 30-minute podcast with Web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman and hosted by Carl Franklin. The following is a transcript from show number 29, entitled 'Dynamic vs. Compiled Languages'. You can listen online at www.hanselminutes.com.
Mon, 12 Jun 2006 10:00:00 EDTHanselminutes is a weekly 30-minute podcast with Web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman hosted by Carl Franklin. What follows is a transcript from show number 12 entitled 'Top 10 Utilities You Didn't Know You Had.' You can listen online at www.hanselminutes.com.
Mon, 08 May 2006 09:45:00 EDTHanselminutes is a weekly 30-minute podcast with Web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman hosted by Carl Franklin. The following is a transcript from show number 4 on Continuous Integration. You can listen online at www.hanselminutes.com.
Thu, 20 Oct 2005 21:00:00 EDTMono is the leading non-Microsoft implementation of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) specification. The CLI is the foundation of .NET. Because Mono runs on a number of platforms, it is the main choice today for people who want to run .NET applications on non-Microsoft platforms such as Linux.
Tue, 23 Nov 2004 00:00:00 ESTWho Is David Litwack? Litwack is responsible for the development and advancement of Novell's secure Web services strategy, a position he assumed in July 2002 following Novell's acquisition of SilverStream Software, a company for which he'd served as president and CEO since 1997. He is also a member of Novell's Worldwide Management Committee. JDJ spoke with him on May 21, 2004 exclusively about a range of contemporary computing issues.
Wed, 10 Nov 2004 00:00:00 EST.NET Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson and Don Box, a leading authority on COM and architect in the Microsoft .NET Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, recently sat down to talk with Brad Abrams, Lead Program Manager for the .NET Framework, about that framework.
Mon, 13 Sep 2004 00:00:00 EDT.NETDJ: How did you come to work for Microsoft on the ASP.NET team? RH: I was originally on what was then known as the Developer Relations group at Microsoft. I was a technical evangelist. I was part of a team of folks that Microsoft would send to the top 100 'media metrics,' which was a ranking tool that ranked the top Web sites and destinations during the dot-com boom.
Tue, 10 Aug 2004 00:00:00 EDTI am an architect in the Distributed Systems Group. I am responsible for the protocols and the plumbing that we do in that group. I'm on an architecture team, so the responsibility is distributed, but basically five other architects and I work on the WS-* protocols, Indigo, and the stuff that leads up to Indigo, such as work on ASMX and Web Services Enhancements (WSE).
Tue, 06 Jul 2004 00:00:00 EDT.NET Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson caught up with Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics. In this exclusive interview, Guida talks about how Infragistics adds value to Microsoft products, competition with offshore ISVs, and the importance of the user experience.
Tue, 18 May 2004 00:00:00 EDT.NET Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson sat down to talk with Microsoft's S. 'Soma' Somasegar in Chicago recently. In this exclusive interview, Somasegar talks about Microsoft's new Partner program; the future of the .NET platform, in both the short and long term; and how Microsoft has learned from the open source community.
Tue, 18 May 2004 00:00:00 EDT.NET Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson recently chatted with John Gomez, CTO of Eclipsys. In this exclusive interview, Gomez talks about the role of .NET in mission-critical software for the health-care industry, and how he merged his love of technology with his interest in health care.
Tue, 06 Apr 2004 00:00:00 EDT.NET editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson sat down to talk with Microsoft Software Legend Chris Sells at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003. In this exclusive interview, Sells talks about how he became involved with teaching and writing about Microsoft technologies, how he came to work for Microsoft, and what it's like to have a hand in the development of the .NET Framework.
Thu, 11 Mar 2004 00:00:00 EST.NETDJ Guest Editor Jame Healy recently interviewed Microsoft's Scott Woodgate, lead product manager for Microsoft's E-Business Servers group. In this exclusive interview, Woodgate talks about the history of BizTalk Server, the process of developing a new BizTalk Server version, and bridging the gap between developers and business analysts.
Fri, 13 Feb 2004 00:00:00 EST.NETDJ Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson chatted with Microsoft Software Legend Jeffrey Richter at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003. In this exclusive interview, Richter talks about sharing his working life between Wintellect and Microsoft, and what it's like to help shape Microsoft products.
Mon, 12 Jan 2004 00:00:00 EST.NET Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson sat down to chat with Microsoft Software Legend David Chappell at the recent Professional Developers Conference 2003. In this exclusive interview, Chappell talks about how he came to focus on Microsoft technologies, and why he enjoys teaching and speaking about new technologies.
Wed, 10 Dec 2003 09:18:14 ESTAt PDC 2003 Alex Homer and David Sussman, Microsoft Software Legends and authors, talked about how they came to be writers, the rate of adoption of .NET technology, and, of course, Whidbey, Yukon, and Longhorn. -Interviewed by Derek Ferguson, .NETDJ Editor-in-Chief
Tue, 11 Nov 2003 08:00:00 EST.NET Developer's JournalMobility Editor Jon Box recently chatted with Ingo Rammer, consultant, instructor, and best-selling author of books on .NET. In this exclusive interview, Rammer discusses .NET Remoting, his programming roots, and the book he wishes he had when he was starting out.
Tue, 07 Oct 2003 11:12:25 EDTJuval Löwy is a Microsoft 'Software Legend' and RD, and architect for IDesign, a consulting and architectural services company. In an exclusive interview with .NET Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson, Löwy discusses the need for an inherently extensible architecture, the importance of a commitment to quality, and the bright future of .NET.
Mon, 28 Apr 2003 00:00:00 EDT.NET Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson recently had the opportunity to chat with a few of the major players - Microsoft aside - in the .NET space. In this exclusive interview, high-profile executives from Computer Associates, Borland, Infragistics, and Unisys discuss what their companies are doing to support the .NET initiative, the future of Web services, J2EE versus .NET issues, success stories, and their relationships with Microsoft.
Wed, 26 Feb 2003 00:00:00 EST.NETDJ: How did you come to your current role at Microsoft? SG: I run our Web Platforms and Tools team, which includes ASP.NET as well as Visual Studio .NET. I cofounded the ASP.NET team with Mark Anders in November of '97, right after we shipped IIS 4. Mark and I started the next generation Web application model project and spent a couple of months just prototyping things. I wrote the prototype of ASP.NET over the New Year's holiday of '97/'98. We showed off the prototype, got a lot of good feedback, and wound up creating a new team and staffing it from scratch.
Sat, 30 Nov 2002 00:00:00 ESTWeb services are the beginnings of the next generation of expansion in computing power, says Larry Mittag. Speaking exclusively to SYS-CON.com/webservices, Larry Mittag - VP and chief technologist of Stellcom, Inc., the premier San Diego-based systems integrator - says: 'As far as most people know, .NET and SunONE have something to do with the whole software-as-a-service thing and involve XML in some fashion.
Sat, 01 Jan 2000 00:00:00 EST.NETDJ: What can you share with us about the current state of developing and licensing the .NET Compact Framework? It's currently in beta, and people who are interested can download it from our device developer site: