A trillion tiny robots in the cloud: The future of AI in an algorithm world

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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...

By Kelly Stirman, 21 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in

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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.

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By Logicworks, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

IT turnover: How to keep cloud and DevOps projects on track

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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.

Turnover...

By Logicworks, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

DevOps skills continue to be in high demand, survey shows

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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,...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure.

A quick refresher: DevOps

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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...

By David Auslander, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

DevOps gaining ground in businesses, but data security fears linger

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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....

By James Bourne, 13 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud

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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...

By ZapThink, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, Software.

Why cloud MSPs are software companies

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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,...

By Logicworks, 24 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Infrastructure, Software, Virtualisation.

The state of DevOps in 2015: It’s strongly defined...but not the same definition

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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...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Software.

Want to get ahead in the cloud? Docker and DevOps skills are what you need

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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...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Developers, DevOps, PaaS, Platform.

Research sheds light on changing role of IT admin through cloud

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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...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Migration.

IBM unveils developer friendly open source cloud projects

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IBM is ramping up its commitment to open source technologies by releasing a new platform which enables developers to build cloud applications.

The platform, called developerWorks Open, allows developers to not only download the code but have access to blogs and videos, comprising a global network to accelerate development projects.

IBM has had more than 20 years in the open source computing biz, becoming a main player in projects such as Apache, Linux and Eclipse. Big Blue is a platinum member of...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

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.