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 roll them into easy to use bundles, while still maintaining
adaptability. This struck me as a powerful proposition.
Only a month into the job as an evangelist of the product, I thought I'd
share some insight with you on how it is done, and why it is done that way.
There will be more detail in th... (more)
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 c... (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)
InformationWeek has been out and about talking up their most recent CIO
survey and keeps calling attention to the fact that one in three CIOs see
creating a new business or business model as a driver in 2011. This is not a
new phenomenon, but one in three is more CIOs than I would have intuitively
thought, so I started to think about it.
There has always been a drive, at least in every company I’ve worked for,
that if you want to grow your ivory tower you need to generate revenue.
Because IT is a support function – it was infrastructure as a service long
before cloud computing c... (more)
The ongoing saga of everything cloud is entertaining, if nothing else. I have
a couple of areas of interest that aren’t really burning up the electrons,
one of them is cloud databases. Let’s face it, while “the cloud” is
interesting in an application sense, for IT it is relatively useless without
the ability to access databases. Normally databases housed in your internal
IT department. Of course internal “private” clouds will address much of
this issue, until they are readily available, we are faced with the reality
that we have to find a solution we can trust to house data that... (more)