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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)

In Control... at Every Layer By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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)

Like “API” Is “Storage Tier” Redefining Itself?

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)

Bare Metal Blog: Throughput Sometimes Has Meaning

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 numbers. 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)

Bare Metal Blog 2013 Performance Report

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)