How to cross the DevOps chasm in a safe and reliable manner
If you read IT blogs regularly, you would assume DevOps is already the status quo, that everyone has ‘crossed the chasm’, and are practicing continuous delivery on a daily basis. We read about all these amazing companies releasing hundreds of times a day using a mature DevOps model and release automation. Well, the reality is these exceptional companies are just that – the exceptions. Most companies are just setting out on their DevOps journey,...
Enterprise SDN: Harnessing ‘containers as a service’
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Hyper-scale SDDC and enterprise SDN use cases
A major market for telcos will be the enterprise adoption of SDN. They will be able to harness the SDN/NFV innovations from the telco industry, and apply the technologies within their data centres, as well as using new telco services that they enable.
As SearchDataCenter describes, NFV offers the potential to unify the...
Datical: Why DevOps is right for every organisation
For a concept which merges different stakeholders within a business, it is perhaps not surprising that recent research concerning DevOps shows a fractured landscape. 84% of respondents surveyed by Gleanster Research in August defined DevOps in a multiple choice poll as “developers and system administrators collaborating to ease the transition between development and production”, while 69% opted for “using infrastructure automation to facilitate self-service...
Culture over technology: The key to DevOps success
Don’t take this the wrong way. As anyone who has been reading my articles can tell, I am all about the technology that enables DevOps but sometimes the greatest change in the enterprise comes from non-technical places.
To many of you reading this statement, that might be a radical concept – but when it comes to overarching changes such as implementing a DevOps program, culture is much more important than what code repository to use. DevOps in particular not only...
Is there a DevOps skills gap?
I have been seeing job ads more and more frequently that heavily emphasise the requirement for ‘current skill sets’. The fact that these ads are putting such emphasis on the importance of skill sets being current signals to me a trend within the DevOps landscape: the ever-widening gulf between technological innovation and those who have exposure to it.
There are two core reasons why this problem exists and is growing. Firstly, maintaining employees with ‘cutting...
The three keys to DevOps success – and why most businesses aren’t doing it
A business-led approach, collaborative IT resources and adopting key controls are the three main factors to DevOps success – but many UK businesses are still struggling with it, according to a new study from CA Technologies.
The report, entitled ‘Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw’ which polled more than 500 respondents from Europe, found only one in 10 (11%) UK organisations are in the category of ‘advanced DevOps adopters’, defined as organisations who have...
Enterprise IT in 2016: Why it is no longer enough to just be the best in your industry
Over the course of 2015, we’ve seen many of the trends we predicted last year come to fruition. As cloud adoption in the UK soared past 84% in May, it was evident that we had been right that the technology would become even more mainstream. With enterprises aiming to become more mobile, 2015 has also seen the normalisation of “anytime, anywhere working” and the increased dependency on...
Why the cloud does not just “work”
Everyone knows that migrating workloads to the cloud is challenging. But many assume that after you get to the cloud, all you have to worry about is maintaining your applications.
After all, you have outsourced infrastructure management to AWS, right? No more racking and stacking servers, no more switches and hypervisors.
While AWS will maintain the physical infrastructure that supports your virtual environment, it is not initially set-up to help you configure those virtual instances...
A trillion tiny robots in the cloud: The future of AI in an algorithm world
It’s not words, but how we say them that speaks volumes. By analysing your tone of voice, a new computer algorithm can predict whether your relationship will last, and it arguably does so more accurately than professional therapists.
Now, I’m not here to advise you on couples therapy. What I’m interested in is how algorithms like this one are going to change the way we live and provide a massive opportunity for the cloud...
Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in
Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.
It is no wonder that cost monitoring tools have proliferated in the last two years. And while these tools help, they are only half the battle.
IT turnover: How to keep cloud and DevOps projects on track
It is no secret that it is difficult to recruit and retain IT talent. Millennial disloyalty, boredom, stressful workplaces, and the ubiquitous advice that job-switching leads to higher salaries are some of the many reasons employee tenure is reaching all-time lows across multiple industries. Low employee retention in the enterprise always means expense and disruption.
DevOps skills continue to be in high demand, survey shows
A survey from Puppet Labs shows DevOps engineers earn “noticeably higher” salaries than the majority of other job titles.
More than half (55%) of those polled in the 2015 DevOps Salary Report earn $100,000 per year or more, according to the research. The only job role which is more likely to provide greater remuneration is architect, which includes cloud or infrastructure architect and systems architect.
“Now that organisations are learning the benefits of DevOps,...
A quick refresher: DevOps
The DevOps Enterprise Summit last month had a record number of attendees and speakers, all of whom were there to discuss the tremendous positive impact DevOps is having within the enterprise.
When representatives of financial services companies (not the usual industry of early adoption) such as ING, CapitalOne and Bank of America are listed among the speakers, it’s time to pay attention. This and the preponderance of articles presenting evidence, that enterprises of all...
DevOps gaining ground in businesses, but data security fears linger
The DevOps movement is gaining ground in the UK with spending topping £1 million for one in three UK organisations, according to latest research published by Delphix.
More than three quarters (77%) of organisations surveyed said they had introduced dedicated budgets and support teams for DevOps. Companies have on average introduced seven DevOps initiatives over the past 24 months, with this figure expected to rise to nine in the next two years.
The influences for DevOps are evident....
Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud
Advances in software architecture over the last eight to 10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Despite this progress, today’s software applications, web-based or not, continue to still either provide a slower response or become completely non-responsive too often.
Utilising software like Chaos Monkey, which challenges a software application’s distributed systems by taking random instances offline, allows...
Why cloud MSPs are software companies
By Jason Deck, vice president of strategic development, Logicworks
When your infrastructure is code, the art of developing great software applications and building great infrastructure systems start to look similar.
Many of the best practices of software development — continuous integration, versioning, integration testing — are now the best practices of systems engineers. In enterprises that have aggressively virtualised data centres or moved to the public cloud, servers, switches,...
The state of DevOps in 2015: It’s strongly defined...but not the same definition
A curious finding appears in the latest DevOps market assessment from Gleanster Research and Delphix: stakeholders have a strong definition of what DevOps comprises, but each definition varies wildly.
75% of the more than 2000 survey respondents agreed DevOps was either ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ defined, yet when asked to pick an option, the consensus was less than unanimous.
The most popular definition (84%) for DevOps was “developers and system...
Want to get ahead in the cloud? Docker and DevOps skills are what you need
According to recent IT Jobs Watch figures, job roles involving container technology Docker have risen 317 places to number two in the 500 most sought after IT skills. With this in mind, recent research from Rackspace has shown a similar spike in Docker and DevOps-related skills in the UK technology industry.
An analysis of job adverts has shown an almost tenfold (991%) increase in posts seeking Docker skills over the past 12 months, while DevOps expertise continues to rise, with...
Research sheds light on changing role of IT admin through cloud
IT administrators in organisations which have migrated to Google Apps or Office 365 argue they spend much less time doing mundane activities – but it’s not exactly ‘put your feet up’ time either.
That’s the key finding from the latest study by BetterCloud on the state of the cloud office. Back in July, the first set of results was...