AWS launches per-second billing for EC2 and EBS services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to move to a per-second billing model for its EC2 and EBS services from October 2.

The move aims to go one step ahead of its competitors, Microsoft, Google et al, who have been since 2013 been utilising per-minute billing for its services.

Given the developments of products such as AWS Lambda, among others in the serverless realm, it makes sense to make the shift. AWS said many of its customers had been ‘dreaming up applications’ for EC2 that utilised a larger number...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Storage.

Two in three DevOps engineers in US make $100k, argues new Puppet survey

If you want to get ahead – and get better paid – in the cloud game, then chuck in the sysadmin role and become a DevOps engineer instead.

That’s the primary finding from Puppet’s 2017 DevOps Salary Report, which finds that 66% of DevOps engineers and 69% of software engineers in the US take home pay packets of more than $100,000 per year – up 2% and 3% respectively from the year before – while sysadmins on six figures were only at 31%.

Naturally, this disparity lent itself...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy.

Enterprise container adoption remains slow despite the hype, research argues

Enterprise interest in container technologies continue to grow, but adoption has not gone up with it, according to a report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

The Global Perception Study report, which polled more than 540 enterprise developers across different industries, found that only 25% of organisations polled were using containers in 2017, up only 3% from 22% in 2016. There was, however, a greater uptick in companies evaluating options, at 42% from 31% in 2016.

Perhaps this is somewhat to be expected;...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Platform, Research.

How cloud and DevOps combine for software delivery success

Throughout the global economy and across all industries, companies are re-inventing themselves to become better at sensing the next big thing their customers need, and finding ways to deliver it to get ahead of the competition.

The concept of DevOps dates back nearly 10 years now. During this time, a lot has changed. As DevOps has matured, we have seen many successful implementations, lessons learnt and copious amounts of data gathered. One thing that remains unchanged to this day – DevOps is...

By Mike Adcock, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure, Security.

New York Times moves gaming and crossword platform to Google App Engine from AWS

“Cloud computing platform as a service, recently adopted by the New York Times (6, 3, 6)”

The New York Times has announced it has moved its games platform to Google App Engine from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Having first published its daily crossword in 1942, the NYTimes built its first website in 1996, with the digital daily crossword starting life as a web-based Java applet. Since then, the publisher has overseen growth into a suite of mobile apps and a website with more than 300,000 paid...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Case Studies, Developers, Google, Platform.

Lack of specialist server skills hampering organisations, finds 451 Research

More organisations are looking to hire server-based IT staff; but finding employees who can work across both traditional servers and converged infrastructure is increasingly tough.

That is the verdict of analyst firm 451 Research in its latest Voice of the Enterprise study, which finds that for two thirds of the more than 500 firms surveyed, recruiting for roles across both sectors is difficult. A similar number (67%) say the primary driver for more server-related employees is business growth, with 42% citing...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Research.

Why analytics and good identity hygiene are key to cloud security

As cloud computing has matured, the benefits it delivers to organisations of all sizes are undeniable. Companies are enjoying agility, scale and speed like never before.

And cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing. Gartner earlier this year forecasted that the worldwide public cloud services market would grow 18 percent in 2017, and Forrester said global cloud services revenues totalled £100 billion in 2016, up from £50 billion just two years ago — that’s annual growth of 30...

By Don Shin, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Security, Vulnerabilities.

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.

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.

Why serverless cloud solutions will reduce IT costs

The public cloud computing sector is in a constant state of evolution, as vendors design new IT infrastructure architectures and service providers deploy them in their own unique hyperscale data centre facilities.

According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers.

Severless cloud market development

When analyzing serverless offerings from the...

By David H Deans, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Developers, Hybrid, Research.

When to hire software testers in your organisation

Software testers are often viewed as the “last mile” investment in a tech startup. A young, early-stage software company is undeniably focused on feature development that will drive sales. There is real pressure to develop the product quickly and spin out new features to beat the competition, especially if you have outside investors tapping their fingers.

Before long, things can take off and you’ve got a couple dozen developers churning out code. Suddenly, you aren’t prepared when...

By Kevin Dunne, 21 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Software.

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.

Puppet DevOps report shows wide gap between higher and lower performing firms

A new report from Puppet on the DevOps landscape has found a significant gap in productivity and results between the highest and lowest rating organisations.

The study, put together in conjunction with DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) and which polled 3,200 respondents across multiple industries and with organisations of all sizes, found the highest performing organisations have automated 72% of all configuration management processes, spending 28% of their time in manual configuration processes. In...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

API management: Seven ways to an effective strategy

Whether using an app to check-in for a flight, finding out when the Uber will arrive, or messaging a friend, an API will have connected the individual to this data.

APIs—application programming interfaces—are the unsung heroes of the application economy. Indeed, the applications wouldn’t exist without them. APIs are sets of defined rules that govern how one application can talk to another, providing ready-made, universal access to whatever functionality an organisation needs to deliver.

On...

By Ian Clark, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Scalability.

Cloud education struggling at US universities – meaning an even wider skills gap

Cloud computing skills are certainly in demand, whether it is microservices, containers, or DevOps. Yet according to a new US study, colleges and universities are struggling to adapt.

A new report from B2B research company Clutch says that despite LinkedIn naming ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one global skill of 2016, spiralling costs of course resources, limited expertise on-campus and the pace of innovation in the industry were contributing factors to the struggle.

“I do...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research, Trends.

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.

Why APIs are key to successful digital transformation

Digital transformation continues to dominate boardroom discussions as businesses increasingly realise the organisational and cost efficiencies that digitisation can provide.

The concept reflects technology’s role in both shaping and stimulating strategic decision-making, with its ability to automate and simplify business processes, improve customer relationships, enhance productivity, and reap cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that by the end of 2017,

By Monica Brink, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, 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.