Chef cooking with gas as Amazon Web Services rollout announced

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IT automation and DevOps provider Chef has announced its availability in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace, expanding its collaboration with the infrastructure giant and offering one click deployment for AWS users.

Chef, whose clients include Facebook, Splunk and GE, now enables AWS customers to migrate workloads from on premise data centres to AWS, as well as migrate, deploy, automate, and manage change in the cloud.

Ken Cheney, VP business development at Chef, said: “Chef...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, Platform.

Why enterprises need containers and Docker

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At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT.

While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, less than two years after its 1.0 release.

Why are Yelp, Goldman Sachs, and other enterprises using Docker? Because in many ways, enterprises have been unable to take...

By Logicworks, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Enterprise, Hybrid, OpenSource, Platform.

Is OpenStack ready for prime time?

OpenStack has become a force to be reckoned with in the cloud computing market. The 451 Research Group forecasts OpenStack related sales at $3.3 billion (£2.13bn) by 2018 – pretty good for an open source development project.  But is it truly ready for the big time?

A potted history

OpenStack was introduced in 2010 as a project of NASA, who dropped out in 2013, and Rackspace. In 2011 Ubuntu adopted OpenStack and became the first “vendor” to integrate with the platform. In 2012 Red...

By David Auslander, 07 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, Platform.

CIO survey reveals importance of mainframe – but also the skills gap with it

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IBM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mainframe last year – and new research from Compuware reveals the technology is still as important as ever for CIOs.

The research, which polled 350 enterprise CIOs, found almost nine in 10 (88%) see the mainframe as a “key business asset over the next decade”, while a similar number (89%) see mainframe code as “valuable corporate intellectual property” and four in five (78%) believe it is a “key enabler of...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Why the cloud wars are good for you: Google’s NoSQL database and the battle with Microsoft and Amazon

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Google is creeping up your data stack. In response to Microsoft’s recent Azure DocumentDB announcement Google has released Cloud BigTable into the wild. Cloud BigTable is a managed NoSQL database service based on a version of BigTable used internally for more than decade. Last week Google announced the database would be...

By Kelly Stirman, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Google.

Docker raises $95m in series D funding: Analyst describes “huge gamble” ahead

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Open container platform Docker has announced $95m (£64.3m) in series D funding, in a move to “address the needs of the millions of ecosystem users and thousands of enterprises that have standardised on Docker’s technology.”

The funding round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with eight other firms putting their change in the bowl, including new investors Coatue, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust. Docker’s last funding round, in September 2014, was $40m...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Containers, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

Microsoft unveils Azure App Service, digs into cloud first mantra again

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With everything Microsoft releases, it’s a “mobile first, cloud first” mantra which accompanies it. This is no different; the tech giant has announced the launch of the Azure App Service, a cloud service which enables developers to built web and mobile apps for any platform and any device.

The service brings together the capabilities from Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services. Microsoft aims to provide an integrated solution that streamlines...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Microsoft.

Severalnines: Mixing DevOps with database management and going its own way

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Sweden-based database management provider Severalnines is an interesting company. Its name would suggest SLAs but the firm, with approximately 7000 users, supports MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB among others and enables businesses to support both SQL and NoSQL open source databases in the cloud or on-premise.

Yet the way Severalnines has built its success is of most interest. Instead of going cap in hand to VCs and building up cash without going near making a profit, Severalnines has...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, OpenSource, SLA.

DevOps adoption rises and hybrid cloud strategy deepens in new study

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The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud report has found DevOps adoption increase year on year in enterprises, as well as a continued push towards a hybrid cloud strategy.

The survey, of 930 respondents, found 82% of enterprises want a multi-cloud strategy; 55% want to pursue hybrid cloud, compared to 13% multiple public cloud and 14% multiple private. This is up from 74% and 48% respectively the previous year. “Hybrid cloud is (even more) the strategy of choice for...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research.

Google launches PerfKit, open source benchmarking tool for cloud performance

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Google has announced the launch of PerfKit, an open source cloud benchmarking tool aimed at aiding developers evaluating performance features.

The search giant claims it has worked with over 30 leading researchers, companies and customers in developing this tool, as well as educational institutes: Stanford and MIT will be having quarterly discussions on default benchmarks and settings on the back of this development.

Google claims PerfKit is unique because not only does it report on...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Platform, SLA.

Keeping up with generation cloud: Choose your technology wisely

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By Martin Cooper, Technical Director, SolidFire

As enterprises turn to public cloud services and managed service providers to meet their IT needs, colocation providers have seen their customer base gradually diminish. Infact, managed service providers now bring in five-times more revenue.

Colo providers are aware their traditional business models are no longer relevant and that they need to give enterprises what they want: the cloud. But incorporating cloud into their provision in such a...

By Martin Cooper, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Storage, Vendors.

IBM launches cloud-based technology Identity Mixer to protect personal data

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IBM has announced the launch of Identity Mixer, a cloud-based technology which aims to protect personal data by only revealing the bare minimum for transactions, on its BlueMix developer platform.

The release, which has not coincidentally been pegged for Data Privacy Day, uses a cryptographic algorithm to only reveal selected pieces of a user’s information, such as date of birth, home address, and credit card number, to third parties.

An example given of how this service works...

By James Bourne, 28 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Developers, PaaS, Platform.

DevOps automation: Financial implication and benefits with AWS

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Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. This article is about how DevOps automation in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment has tangible financial implications and benefits.

It is no surprise that cloud computing brings with it monetary advantages, which are realised when an organisation trades fixed capital expenditure (CAPEX) for variable operational expenditure (OPEX) on a pay-as-you-go usage model...

By Logicworks, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, DevOps, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Google announces Cloud Monitoring in beta for Cloud Platform and AWS customers

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Google has announced its Cloud Monitoring service, which tracks usage and uptime for Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services customers, is now in beta availability.

The announcement comes just days after the search giant released Cloud Trace, which allows developers to create reports on their app’s performance issues by finding traces of slow requests.

First announced at Google I/O last year,...

By James Bourne, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

Why APIs matter in the world of virtualisation

The All Things API series is tailored to capture thought-provoking ideas and commentary from today’s visionaries, tech leaders, geeks, evangelists and the like. Day-in and -out, we have the pleasure of meeting with subject-matter experts within the community, ranging from developers at Fortune 100 companies to API & developer evangelists writing their own path.

On November 7th, I sat down and chatted with an interesting expert in the realm of APIs: John Kirby, ViaWest API expert and Director of Software Architecture. Kirby has been in the software development field for over 25 years, and when he’s not on the slopes skiing beautiful Colorado or riding his bike, he helps his team focus on the big picture of how the enterprise’s next generation of virtualization can become more agile and responsive to customer needs.

Q: In your own words, how would you describe ViaWest? ViaWest provides...

By Hannah Shain, 09 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers.

Heroku delivers Performance Dynos to Europe, shows relevance of PaaS market

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Heroku, the Salesforce-owned developer platform, has announced the availability of its Performance Dynos toolset for its European customers, signalling a greater intent for expansion on the continent.

Performance Dynos enables companies to build and run large scale apps, as it contains 12 times the memory of a single Heroku Dyno. The move for European expansion was a natural one; in 2014 the number of apps built on Heroku in Europe went up by nearly 180%.

As a result, it gives companies...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, PaaS, Platform.

How DevOps can improve reliability when deploying with AWS

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Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology Laboratories (ITL) bulletin published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on cloud computing, reliability in cloud environments is composed of the following:

  • The hardware and software services offered by the cloud service provider
  • The...

By Logicworks, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

IBM rolls out dedicated BlueMix platform, gives customers more DevOps options

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IBM has announced the rollout of new cloud-based DevOps services to enable enterprises to develop software faster, as well as launching a single-tenant version of its platform as a service (PaaS) Bluemix.

The aim with DevOps is to apply agile development principles to the larger, slower-moving enterprise market. With the cloud-based offering from IBM, organisations can now utilise collaborative lifecycle management either on-premise or as a managed service, as well as reduce time...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

Yes, we’re all in the cloud - but use it to develop enterprise apps? Not yet

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A report from CipherCloud and Gigaom Research has revealed while most companies are in the cloud, they’re still reticent about using it to develop enterprise applications.

According to the research, just less than half (44%) of respondents had already made cloud deployments, with only 14% saying it would take them more than a year to deploy. 83% of respondents said they had adopted public cloud. Yet only 21% of those surveyed said they were using the cloud as a platform to...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: CIO, Developers, Enterprise.

Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink: On change for telcos as they move to the cloud

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Feature CenturyLink is a cloud provider on a mission. With nearly fifty years’ experience in the traditional telecommunications space, it’s looking to challenge the main storage and infrastructure players.

The Louisiana-based firm is going about it in all the right ways. The company launched CenturyLink Private Cloud back in August, offering the...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Interview, PaaS, Platform.