Where is the true state of the cloud in 2017? Analysing two influential reports

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Two reports have hit this publication’s inbox around the ‘state of the cloud’ in recent days; a study from RightScale argues the market is growing at a solid clip, while the summary from Bessemer Venture Partners’ (BVP) Byron Deeter found an industry which struggled at the start of 2016 but has since roared back.

While both reports differ – RightScale focuses on the adoption and vendors, while Deeter looks almost exclusively at the financial angle –...

By James Bourne, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

What is the point of hybrid cloud – or, is it time to re-evaluate hybrid?

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Opinion There used to be a buzz around hybrid cloud. The idea was simple, host your mission critical applications in-house where they were more secure and manageable and then burst into the cloud for additional capacity.

Sounds great; but in reality, it didn't really work. Many organisations tried and while some succeeded most failed. Why? The primary issue was network latency between stacks but there was also a huge degree of complexity in orchestrating different technology platforms...

By Mike Bainbridge, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

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Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet.

The study, put together in conjunction with Vanson Bourne and polling 900 end user IT leaders across European mid-market businesses, found almost half (45%) of finance companies polled had already developed a DevOps approach. This compared favourably against other industries, such as retail, software, and...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, DevOps, Industry, Infrastructure.

The ‘torchbearer CIO’ and how hybrid IT continues to fuel digital transformation

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Information technology advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before.

So, how are savvy CIOs leading this transition?

Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market...

By David H Deans, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, DevOps, Hybrid.

DevOps still lacking definition despite big usage figures – but the cultural element is key

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The way in which DevOps is being tackled by different organisations can be defined in one of two ways. You’ve either got the ‘teenage sex’ approach – everyone’s talking about it but hardly anybody’s doing it – or you’ve got the Eric Morecambe method; ‘all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’

In other words, there is no one unified guide; companies and departments are...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Developers, DevOps, Software.

New research questions strategic importance of DevOps despite rise in usage

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Even though DevOps and automation methodologies are increasingly being used to deliver apps more frequently, only one in five respondents to a survey from F5 say DevOps has a strategic impact on their organisation.

The study, which polled almost 2,200 IT executives and industry professionals, found that among executive roles only 17% identified DevOps as key, well below software as a service (42%), big data (41%) and public cloud infrastructure as a service (39%).

VMware was the...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Turn your DevOps volume up to 11 and seize the business opportunity

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“These go to 11.” One of the great lines from the classic mockumentary – This is Spinal Tap. Spoken by fictional rock guitarist Nigel Tufnel in the wonderful scene where he proudly shows off how his amplifier has a volume range of 0 to 11. Still hilarious after 30-odd years.

With DevOps and continuous delivery, organisations can also shoot for 11 - striving to take automation to its ultimate...

By Peter Waterhouse, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

How APIs are enabling the future of IT infrastructure

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Companies are always looking for new ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining excellence in the quality of their products and services. A big part of cloud computing that IT departments and service providers increasingly look to is APIs (application programming interfaces) to enable automation, in turn driving efficiency, consistency and cost savings. How are businesses doing this, and where are the opportunities for future development?

Enabling operational...

By David Grimes, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Platform.

Larger organisations more likely to push ahead with DevOps initiatives, research argues

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Almost half of respondents in a new study from Redgate Software say they have adopted a DevOps approach to their projects – with a further third planning to join them within the next two years.

The study, the firm’s latest State of Database DevOps survey, polled 1,000 companies globally with more than half employing at least 500 people. While 47% polled overall said they are already on the road with DevOps initiatives, this number rises to 59% among companies with more...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Software.

‘Security by design’ and adding compliance to automation

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By Jason McKay, CTO and SVP of Engineering, Logicworks

Security is “job zero” for every company. If you are putting your customers or users at risk,  you will not be in business for long. And that begins with taking a more proactive approach to infrastructure security — one that does not rely on the typical protective or reactive third party security tools, but builds security into your infrastructure from the ground...

By Logicworks, 09 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

IBM launches new Bluemix continuous delivery and DevOps services

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IBM has announced the launch of new services on its Bluemix platform which are focused on continuous delivery, DevOps, and simplifying app development in the cloud.

IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery gives DevOps teams a central hub to create, manage, and scale toolchains, which are integral to the app development process, as well as providing toolchain templates designed to be provisioned enterprise-wide with minimum fuss. The templates can also be used to help build microservices,...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

Advanced cloud security: Standards and automation in a multi-vendor world

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Enterprise IT has long struggled to develop common standards for the security of cloud deployments. With multiple cloud vendors, fast-moving product teams, and a changing security landscape, it is perhaps no wonder that enterprises are left asking:

  • What is the right cloud security standard?
  • What level of security is “good enough”?
  • And most importantly — how do we apply these standards in a consistent way to existing and new cloud environments?

In July 2016, the Ponemon Institute published 

By Logicworks, 27 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: DevOps, Security, Vendors, Vulnerabilities.

How to achieve agile-DevOps-cloud superiority in your business

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Anyone who knows anything about the application economy is embracing agile, DevOps and cloud - and with good reason. Agile empowers you to more rapidly deliver code that more precisely meets the immediate needs of the business. DevOps helps you get that code into production without delay, and improve software quality through enhanced feedback loops between development and operations. And cloud safeguards your user experience by adaptively responding to fluctuations in session volume,...

By Aruna Ravichandran, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, DevOps.

DevOps and IT jobs continue to go up the pay scale – with the US best off

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Good news if you’re an IT practitioner or manager, particularly in the US, but not so good if you’re a sysadmin; the latest examination of IT salaries from automation and cloud software provider Puppet has found that more than half of IT bods in the US earn more than $100,000 per year, while manager salaries have gone ‘off the chart’.

The latest DevOps salary report, which garnered responses from more than 4,600 IT professionals, argues that the percentage of...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Economy, Research.

On a wing and a prayer: How to really make your DevOps practices soar

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All too often, the restrictions of engineering seem to us like the laws of physics. Think back to when horse-drawn carriages were the best available mode of transportation. Drivers could only get to their destinations so quickly, given the needs of the horses, the wheels of the carriages themselves, and the quality of the roads. A trip from one city to another could take several days. At the time, that didn’t seem like an opportunity for revolutionary...

By Adam Bowen, 19 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps.

What you need to know about infrastructure as code – and why now

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The new generation of infrastructure management technologies promises to transform the way we manage IT infrastructure. But many organisations today aren’t seeing any dramatic differences, and some are finding that these tools only make life messier. As we’ll see, infrastructure as code is an approach that provides principles, practices, and patterns for using these technologies effectively.

Why infrastructure as code?

Virtualisation, cloud, containers, server automation, and...

By Kief Morris, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform, Virtualisation.

Kief Morris: On DevOps, containers, and empowering end to end services

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The concept of infrastructure as code (IaC), where computing infrastructure is managed and configured by automation rather than through manual processing, has been around for a while. Mark Burgess’ work on CFEngine, an open source configuration management system dating back to 1993, laid the groundwork, while DevOps.com introduced its readers to the concept back in May 2014. But what does the landscape look like in 2016?

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Chef launches ‘flagship’ product Automate, aims for greater enterprise DevOps rollouts

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IT automation software provider Chef has announced the launch of Chef Automate, claimed to be a flagship software product which ties together all of the company’s product portfolio.

Chef Automate aims to give users comprehensive visibility across all applications and their supporting environments, providing a single dashboard with access to analytics, trending data and health status of Chef-managed resources.

Other key features include a unified workflow, essentially a shared...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, DevOps.

Why cloud and mobile bring growth – and new challenges – to the mainframe

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There is abundant evidence that prove the mainframe remains the world’s most reliable, scalable and secure computing platform today. Does the adaptability, scalability and low entry costs offered by the cloud compete for its workload?

Short answer: no. Rather, cloud has increased the mainframe workload. Cloud, mobility, and the explosion of the application economy are directly responsible for driving growth in mainframe utilization. In fact, our mainframe customers have...

By Cameron Van Orman, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Why DevOps engineer is the number one hardest tech job to fill

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DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers.

An organisation’s inability to hire – and retain – systems engineers, build automation engineers, and other titles...

By Logicworks, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure.