The key cloud skills you need in 2016: AWS, Azure, Docker and more

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Jobs relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) have gone up 53% over the past year while job postings requiring Microsoft Azure experience have increased by 75%, according to new data from managed cloud provider Rackspace.

The research figures are not quite as marked as last year’s analysis, when job postings including Docker went up 991% year on year, but it’s still more of the same; Docker postings went up 341% over the past 12 months. DevOps skill sets went up a modest 53% in...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Containers, Developers, DevOps.

Why the PaaS market is not quite what it seems

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According to research from Gartner, the platform as a service (PaaS) market crossed the $4 billion mark in 2015. Clearly, the growing maturity of PaaS offerings is reflected in its continuing double-digit annual growth with more than 130 vendors across 15 different categories of specialised PaaS services now vying for a piece of the action.

Of course, PaaS was always going to be the next big thing. In 2013, Gartner boldly predicted that by 2017, “75% of new SaaS offerings will be...

By Jeff Drazan, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

How to enable the ISV community with cloud computing

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Access to computing resources has been democratised through access to low cost cloud platforms. Network access is now high-speed, low-cost and almost ubiquitous. Together, this means that cloud provides a perfect platform for the development and scalable delivery of applications. And the ISV community has a significant opportunity to take advantage.

Delivering value for customers

The SaaS model creates new opportunities for both ISVs and their customers. Consumption-based charging...

By Sean McAvan, 20 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, IaaS, Infrastructure, SaaS , Software.

Ford invests $182.2 million in cloud-based software company Pivotal

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With a view to improve its software development capabilities and fast track innovations to customers, Ford has invested $182.2 million in cloud-based software company Pivotal. The automaker is working towards becoming an auto and a mobility company. Along with a focus on its core automotive business, Ford is looking to boost its Ford Smart Mobility initiative by...

By Cloud Tech, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry, Mobility.

Docker security: How to monitor and patch containers in the cloud

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Nearly a quarter of enterprises are already using Docker and an additional 35% plan to use it. Even sceptical IT executives are calling it the future. One of the first questions enterprises ask about containers is: What is the security model? What is the fallout from containerisation on your existing infrastructure security tools and processes?

The truth is that many of your current tools and...

By Logicworks, 21 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Containers, Developers, Platform.

Conducting containers in the cloud: Evaluating orchestration options

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The standard has been set for containerisation. It’s Docker. Need an identical copy of your application stack in multiple environments? Package it once for Docker and away you go. It’s simple, and it’s why we love containers. That was all you needed back in 2015 – but things are changing fast.

Now that containers have proved their viability, it’s on to the next big area for innovation: orchestration. This is where there’s even more competition and the...

By Mat Keep, 18 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, OpenSource, Platform.

Research argues IT hasn’t shrugged off cost cutting reputation yet

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The divide between the IT and line of business departments, and the role of the IT department today, has frequently come in for scrutiny. Yet according to new research from Claranet, the role of IT continues to be one of cost cutting.

The survey, which polled 900 IT leaders across Europe, found almost half (46%) identify cost reduction as a core function for IT today, a number which has risen sharply from 34% the previous year. In terms of other priorities, revenue generation as...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Developers, Infrastructure.

Why the resiliency of the mainframe is not a surprise in the cloud computing age

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Cynics have been foretelling the imminent demise of the mainframe since the early 1990s, but all the evidence continues to point to the contrary. Today, 96% of the world’s banks and 71% of Fortune 500 companies continue to run mainframes, generating 30 billion transactions every single day. If these figures weren’t convincing enough, the latest earnings from IBM clearly show the mainframe is still booming, with sales from its...

By Chris O'Malley, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

A guide to continuous development and the cloud: Software’s solution for today

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Many organisations are taking a DIY approach to their hosting needs and even some of their development needs. It’s worthwhile to note though that hosting software can be a complicated and costly affair, and organisations that attempt to take on the task often find a number of hidden costs buried beneath the surface that are ultimately unexpected or surprising to them.

Before taking on this challenge, it may be a good idea to stop and ponder where those hidden costs are and...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 21 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure.

The five key traits your burgeoning DevOps team needs to have

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It’s the buzzword of the moment. It’s growing so fast in popularity according to Gartner that a quarter of Global 2000 organisations will deploy it by the end of this year. So what exactly is DevOps?

At the heart of DevOps are four crucial elements: speed, quality, control and cost. Speed is fundamental to competitive execution and market positioning. Quality is vital to successful implementation and long-term viability. Control, the command of data use, security, access and...

By Ash Ashutosh, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Developers, DevOps.

The top five in-demand cloud skills for 2016

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Now acting as the technological cornerstone for businesses across the globe, the growth of cloud computing continues at a phenomenal rate – and as a result, the employer demand for cloud professionals has exploded.

In 2015, there were an estimated 18 million cloud computing jobs globally, according to WANTED Analytics, and it’s a number that is only set to increase with LinkedIn reporting ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one

By Ed Jones, 16 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise.

How to cross the DevOps chasm in a safe and reliable manner

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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,...

By Dr. Chris Boorman, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Enterprise SDN: Harnessing ‘containers as a service’

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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...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Developers, Enterprise.

Datical: Why DevOps is right for every organisation

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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...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps.

Culture over technology: The key to DevOps success

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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...

By David Auslander, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Is there a DevOps skills gap?

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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...

By Jason DuMars, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps.

The three keys to DevOps success – and why most businesses aren’t doing it

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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...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Enterprise IT in 2016: Why it is no longer enough to just be the best in your industry

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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...

By Sean McAvan, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Developers, Enterprise, Security.

Why the cloud does not just “work”

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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...

By Logicworks, 05 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.