Getting the balance right in microservices development

Choices, choices, choices. User requirements and non-functional requirements are just the beginning of the balancing act of services development. New development paradigms usually take a few years before their practitioners get a handle of the factors that they need to balance.

In the case of microservices, this balancing act comes down to three things: granularity, data consistency, and performance. The most usable and best-performing services built on the microservices architecture will find a balance of...

By David Auslander, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, Data & Analytics, Developers, Microservices, Platform.

How cloud robotics will generate new value chains and business models – with 5G the enabler

Cloud robotics is set to generate new value chains, technologies, architectures and business models, according to a new paper.

The report, put together by GTI, a body focusing on the TD-LTE (time division long term evolution) ecosystem alongside SoftBank, CloudMinds, China Mobile, Huawei and Skymind, argues the advantages of cloud robots, with the same common network, are threefold; information sharing, offloaded computation, and collaboration.

One of the examples the report looks at – or gives an image of...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Collaboration, Infrastructure.

The changing face of security in the age of the cloud

The computing world just keeps on progressing but as we all know with progress comes additional challenges. This is especially true of challenges around security. Every advance in computing has given rise to the same question: “how do we secure this new toy?”

When client/server architecture was all the rage in the late 1990s there was great excitement about the advantages it brought about but also a concern for the security implications of distributed clients and centralised servers. When server...

By David Auslander, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Security, Vulnerabilities.

How Travis Perkins put cloud at the heart of its five-year roadmap – and reaped dividends

In 2013, building and construction firm Travis Perkins developed a five-year roadmap for its IT. Technology would be seen as a ‘key enabler of strategic change’ rather than a support function, with investments amounting to more than double the IT budget, enhancing infrastructure and getting to grips with open source and cloud architecture in the process.

Four years into the plan, things seem to be going swimmingly. The IT budget has been duly doubled, and the company’s self-service portal...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Case Studies, Infrastructure.

Do you have the data agility your business needs?

Data is the new battleground. For companies, the situation is clear – their future depends on how quickly and efficiently they can turn data into accurate insights. This challenge has put immense pressure on CIOs to not only manage ever-growing data volumes, sources, and types, but to also support more and more data users as well as new and increasingly complex use cases.

Fortunately, CIOs can look for support in their plight from unprecedented levels of technological innovation. New cloud platforms,...

By Mike Tuchen, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

A comparison of Azure and AWS microservices solutions

Updated Amazon Web Services introduced their Lambda microservices engine in 2014; and since that time AWS Lambda has been the standard microservices engine for the public cloud. As Microsoft’s Azure cloud has gained in popularity the question on my mind was: will Microsoft also create a Microservices solution?

I recently attended a Town Hall hosted by Microsoft presenting their solution for microservices in the Azure cloud. The session provided a view into Microsoft’s...

By David Auslander, 15 June 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Architecture, Containers, DevOps, Microservices.

Cloud native architecture ‘default’ for customer-facing apps by 2020, says Capgemini

Cloud native architectures will become the ‘default’ option for customer-facing applications by 2020, according to a new study from Capgemini.

The research, which surveyed more than 900 senior professionals across 11 countries, found that 15% of new enterprise applications are cloud native today, set to jump to 32% by 2020.

The study also outlined the different stages organisations are currently at in deployments. ‘Leader’ organisations, those which are already committed to...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Infrastructure.

The 15 highest paying IT certifications in 2017

  • Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
  • Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.

These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge’s latest research on...

By Louis Columbus, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Security.

The key cloud certifications needed to boost your career in 2017

The cloud skills gap is widening and almost 40% of businesses are now struggling to find the qualified employees they need, according to Microsoft’s recent Cloud Skills Report. This is an incredible opportunity for professionals who can prove their cloud knowledge.

Determined professionals validate their knowledge and set themselves apart from the competition with training and certifications. The same report from Microsoft also found that tech leaders believe professionals with formal qualifications in cloud...

By Alex Bennett, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Developers, Microsoft.

How the IoT and mobility has made cloud more than a ‘nice to have’

In its Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Hardware Spending Forecast, 2016–2020, IDC forecast that the spending on cloud IT infrastructure would grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent and reach $54.6 billion by 2019. As the move to the cloud becomes inexorable for organisations, they are faced with the important task of properly managing this significant architectural change.

Perhaps the most critical facet of digital transformation...

By Carl Levine, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Mobility, SaaS , SLA, Software.