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.

The central role of the server in open networking

Open networking is a hot topic these days. When we read about open networking products and initiatives, the emphasis is on network switches more often than not. But server-based networking has also proceeded along an increasingly open path, and in many ways it set the stage for the opening of switch technology.

Network switches like top of rack (TOR) switches have traditionally been closed – they come from specific vendors with proprietary software. Networking in commercial off the shelf (COTS) servers...

By Sujal Das, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, OpenSource, Platform.

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, launches new container service

Microsoft has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a San Francisco-based organisation aiming at sustaining containers and microservices architectures, as a platinum member.

The Redmond giant joins 14 other companies in the platinum membership category, including Docker, Google – who originally designed Kubernetes before donating it to the CNCF – and IBM.

The foundation’s mission statement is to “create and drive the adoption of a new computing paradigm that is optimised...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

How three in four organisations are using Internet of Things data to improve their business

  • According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, M2M connections will represent 46% of connected devices by 2020.
  • 95% of execs surveyed plan to launch an IoT business within three years.

These and many other insights are from the recently published Cisco Internet of Things (IoT) study, The Journey to IoT Value: Challenges, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices published on 

By Louis Columbus, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform.

Research explores containerisation drivers with hybrid cloud shift key

In the race to move to hybrid cloud, enterprises are looking at containers to increase efficiency and developer productivity, according to a new study.

Of the more than 200 enterprise IT decision makers polled by CoreOS and 451 Research, their usage of containers was relatively even across the board. A quarter (24%) said they had a broad implementation of production applications, while 17% said they were still as the discovery and evaluation stage.

When it came to the drivers of container usage, greater...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, DevOps, Hybrid, Platform, Research.

Opinion: Why ‘robotics as a service’ is on its way

It feels like everything is a cloud service these days, and it turns out that includes robotics. Robotics as a Service (RaaS) is quickly growing into a multi-billion dollar industry. An International Data Corporation report said that in 2015, global robotics spending was at $71 billion.

The report also stated that worldwide spending on robotics and related services are to hit $135.4 billion by 2019. According to research manager John Santagate at IDC...

By Rick Delgado, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Platform.

90% of firms using DevOps in some capacity – but production applications well down

More than 90% of organisations polled by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) say they are using DevOps practices in some capacity, yet they only support production applications only a third of the time.

The study, titled ‘DevOps/Continuous Delivery Tooling: Launchpad for the Digital Enterprise’, looks at the current state of software delivery and related tooling and summarises the results. The company argues that integrating and sharing metrics and data between diverse toolsets, via APIs,...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, DevOps, Infrastructure, Platform.

Microservices job postings soar over the past 12 months, argues Rackspace

If you want to get ahead, get tooled up on microservices as vacancies for job roles have gone up by 133% over the last year, according to the latest report from Rackspace.

Microservices, which enable applications to become more agile and prevent servers from being jammed, are becoming increasingly prevalent in a world of data overload. Think of the stat, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put it at BUILD

Puppet on a string of successes: New products, partners and customers announced

The DevOps landscape got something of a timely boost with a couple of recent pieces of news; open source software provider Puppet announced figures indicating ‘global momentum’ as well as product updates, while CyberArk secured the acquisition of Conjur for $42 million (£32.7m).

Puppet said Thursday that it had added more than 250 new enterprise customers over the past 12 months. The company added that more than 37,000 companies – including more than three quarters of the Fortune 100...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Platform.

IBM touts its cloud platform as quickest for AI with benchmark tests

IBM claims it has the fastest cloud for deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) after publishing benchmark tests which show NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators on the IBM Cloud can provide up to 2.8 times more performance than the previous generation in certain cases.

The tests, when fleshed out, will enable organisations to quickly create advanced AI applications on the cloud. “Deep learning techniques are a key driver behind the increased demand for and sophistication of AI applications,”...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform, Software.