Note: This blog is cross-posted from StackIQ.com, as will others until I get
my connections set up correctly.
For regular readers of the StackIQ blog, Hi! I'm Don MacVittie, the new
Senior Solutions Architect here at StackIQ.
For regular readers of my aggregated blog, if you have not, meet StackIQ -
Web Scale Infrastructure Management vendor that will knock your socks off.
Introductions completed, let's move on to the topic at hand, shall we?
OpenStack and Hadoop are both amazingly powerful platforms for those who need
(and recognize that they need) them. We all know what private clouds and Big
Data are, so I won't waste your time explaining them. I will point out for
those who haven't had the pleasure of installing them that they are terribly
difficult to install and manage. Not because they're poorly designed and
written, and not because Open Source doesn't care abo... (more)
The idea of DevOps is appealing, particularly in highly complex environments.
There are just so many places where a system can go wrong, let alone a
complex interconnected multi-machine system like a cluster or a cloud hosting
environment. As systems have become progressively more complex, there have
been improvements in deployment, monitoring, and management capabilities to
address those changes in complexity.
I hear frequently from current and future customers that what is appealing
about StackIQ is the idea that they could take deployment, monitoring, and
management, and rol... (more)
There is an interesting bit in high-tech that isn’t much mentioned but
happens pretty regularly – when a good idea is adapted and moved to new
uses, raising it a bit in the stack or revising it to keep up with the times.
The quintessential example of this phenomenon is the progression from
“subroutines” to “libraries” to “frameworks” to “APIs” to
“Web Services”. The progression is logical and useful, but those
assembler and C programmers that were first stuffing things into reusable
subroutines could not have foreseen the entire spectrum of what their
“useful” idea was going to... (more)
Knowing what to test is half the battle. Knowing how it was tested the other.
Knowing what that means is the third. That’s some testing, real clear
In most countries, top speed is no longer the thing that auto manufacturers
want to talk about. Top speed is great if you need it, but for the vast bulk
of us, we’ll never need it. Since the flow of traffic dictates that too
much speed is hazardous on the vast bulk of roads, automobile manufacturers
have correctly moved the conversation to other things – cup holders (did
you know there is a magic number of them for female pu... (more)
For those of you new to the Bare Metal Blog series, the entire list of posts
can be found here.
This week F5 released the 2013 Performance report. This is an important
report for the industry, because it is not marketing slideware. It is actual
tests, performed on actual gear, with not only results, but configurations
and test environment information also. By design, it is open – you can,
assuming you have the proper gear, reproduce these tests exactly in your own
environment, tweak the settings to reflect your local network, and run tests
that have meaning explicitly for your o... (more)