Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of
the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer
filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they
believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simply see
things in the manner their background and experiences tell them is right.
We definitely live in interesting times. Server virtualization has just about
reached saturation, application development is going through a wide range of
changes from the return of automated testing to continuous integration and
the other facets of DevOps, SDN is the next wonder of the world, once we
agree what exactly it is capable of and where it fits best, cloud didn’t
conquer the world, and people are still building physical datacenters, yet
cloud offers solutions to some problems. And all of this is c... (more)
Thought I’d take a moment to drop a bit of an idea out there for making the
most of vendor relationships.
You see, product roadmaps in the tech space are simply a sales and marketing
tool. They are designed so that whomever you are talking to can point at them
and say “those fifteen must have items? Look! They are coming!”
How most of us really view roadmaps…
But there is wealth in products roadmaps. We all view them with skepticism
because we all know plenty of cases where the roadmap and reality didn’t
So the other day when I was telling a friend how to get more out of ... (more)
July 31, 2014
Continuous Integration or Continuous Improvement?
One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant,
on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps
enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations
are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, for the
enterprise, we strongly question that premise.
While it is really very cool to think about moving an entire web server from
a farm to the cloud with just a script, upgrading a system while it’s hot,
or spinning up more instances ... (more)
It is Not All About Changing Your World
A funny thing has happened in the technology world, the hype cycle has become
far more than a cycle that you watch and smile at. It has become a sales
frenzy, while people try to make a name and/or sell you stuff before the idea
or product category has even solidified. You can see it all around you, and
as has been going on for years, the trend seems to be worsening.
I call it a funny thing because the truly revolutionary technologies – like
server virtualization – really didn’t need a full-on hype cycle at all.
Virtualization just kept gro... (more)
February 5, 2013
BareMetalBlog talking about quality testing of hardware, in all its forms. F5
does a great job in this space.
For those of you new to the Bare Metal Blog series, find them all right here.
In all critical systems – from home heating units to military firearms –
the failure of even one piece can have catastrophic results for the user.
While it is unlikely that the failure of an ADC is going to be quite so
catastrophic, it can certainly make IT staff’s day(s) terrible and cost the
organization a fortune in lost revenue. That’s not to mention the problems
that downt... (more)