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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)

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)

CIOs Should Know that IT Is Infrastructure as a Service

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)

Cloud Database – Are You Prepared?

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)