JANUARY 8, 2014 02:00 PM EST
When we talk about the impact of BYOD and BYOA and the Internet of Things, we
often focus on the impact on data center architectures. That's because there
will be an increasing need for authentication, for access control, for
security, for application delivery as the number of potential endpoints
(clients, devices, things) increases. That means scale in the data center.
What we gloss over, what we skip, is that before any of these "things" ever
makes a request to access an application it had to execute a DNS query.
Every. Single. Thing.
Maybe that's because we assume DNS can handle the load. So far it's done
well. You rarely, if ever, hear of disruptions or outages due directly to the
execution of DNS. Oh, there has been some issues with misconfiguration of DNS
and of exploitation of DNS (hijacking, illicit use in reflection attacks,
DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype
around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it
is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development
just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT
performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be
quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will
come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps
model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps
Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project.
Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the
walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a
misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)
This is a no-hype, pragmatic post about why I think you should consider
architecting your next project the way SOA and/or microservices suggest. No
matter if it’s a greenfield approach or if you’re in dire need of
refactoring. Please note: considering still keeps open the option of not
taking that approach. After reading this, you will have a better idea about
whether building multiple small components instead of a single, large
component makes sense for your project.
This post assumes that you have experience with software architecture and
services (you’ll find some words about my experience on the bottom of this
post). I won’t go into the details of Wikipedia’s or Martin Fowler’s
definitions per se. Much more I will talk about what microservices and/or SOA
could and should do for your project.
Microservices? SOA? Both? None?
I’ll leave it up to you if they are bot... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
Red Hat is a trusted open source provider. Red Hat offers enterprise
customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures on the quality and
innovation of open source. Combining open source operating system platform,
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management, and
Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss
Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training, and
consulting services worldwide to help enterprises take full advantage of the
value of open source technology. For more information, please visit
Red Hat CTO Delivers Virtualization Keynote
Brian Stevens, the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering
of Red Hat, delivered his Virtualization Keynote entitled "The Future of
the Virtual Enterprise" at SYS-CON's Virtualization Conferenc... (more)
At its core DevOps is all about collaboration. The lines of communication
must be opened and it takes some effort to ensure that they stay that way.
It's easy to pay lip service to trends and talk about implementing new
methodologies, but without action, real benefits cannot be realized. Success
requires planning, advocates empowered to effect change, and, of course, the
To bring about a cultural shift it's important to share challenges. In simple
terms, ensuring that everyone knows what everyone else is doing can create a
real team spirit and social cohesion that will drive DevOps forward. Here are
six tips that can be implemented to help you get there.
A daily team meeting where people get an opportunity to review their progress
by addressing three simple questions:
What did I do yesterday? What will I do today? What might block me fro... (more)
DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real
time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors,
log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of
vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D.
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541
"Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies,
Industry Verticals & Forecasts"
In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware,
software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further
expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually
accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for
acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between
IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)
Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and
resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers
resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven
predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalization.
The Internet of Things turns into the Internet of Agents. M2M connections and
multi-agent systems will result in an increasing number of highly
personalized, value-added branded services. The latest Gartner forecast for
the Internet of Things (IoT) predicts that by 2020, there will be $309
billion in incremental revenue opportunity for IoT suppliers, mostly in
services. Everything-as-a service (XaaS) will lead us toward more complex
services, more bundles and more options. Individual users will use agents
whose sole job is to create functional services for individuals, out of
PowerBuilder 12.5 introduced a number of significant enhancements to web
services support, both for creation and consumption. In particular, the
following were introduced as new features in PowerBuilder.NET:
WCF client proxy WCF service target REST client proxy
We're going to look at what those new features provide and how to use them.
We're also going to look at how we can package some of that functionality so
that it can be used from PowerBuilder Classic applications as well.
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
First though, some background. When support for a web service client was
first introduced in PowerBuilder 9, it was done based on an open source
library called EasySOAP. There were some limitations with that
implementation, primarily because the EasySOAP library only supported SOAP
1.1, was limited to XML over HTTP transport, and provided no support for
Here at AppNeta, we get to see a lot about how people build their web
applications. From simple PHP scripts to heavily service-oriented Java clouds
to monolithic Django apps, everybody’s product is architected a little
differently. We’re still out to trace everything, and today I want to talk
how to get visibility into an important component of any complex system: the
messaging queue. Specifically, let’s look at how to trace a job from Rails
If you haven’t used a messaging queue in your app, the idea is simple.
Instead of forcing all the work to happen during the request, while the user
is waiting, you can delay some of the more time-consuming tasks. You can do
anything in these tasks, ranging from a simple insert to kicking off a series
of user analytics that touch all parts of your infrastructure. The advantage
is that you can retur... (more)