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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)

It is Not All About Changing Your World

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)

Adding Value, Not Complexity By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

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)

DevOps Is Not a Black and White Endeavor

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)

The BYOD That Is Real

Not too long ago I wrote about VDI and BYOD, and how their hype cycles were impacting IT. In that article I was pretty dismissive of the corporate-wide democratization of IT through BYOD, and I stand by that. Internally, it is just not a realistic idea unless and until management toolsets converge. But that’s internally. Externally, we have a totally different world. If you run a website-heavy business like banking or sales, you’re going to have to deal with the proliferation of Internet enabled phones and tablets. Because they will hit your websites, and customers will expect the... (more)