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This is the final installment of the six-part series Microservices and PaaS. It seems like forever since I attended Adrian Cockroft's meetup focusing on microservices. It's actually only been a couple of months, but much has happened since then: countless articles, meetups, and confer...
Finance experts say the continued profits from Compuware’s mainframe business will be key to paying off the debt from the company’s $2.4-billion buyout. A business plan based on giant mainframes might seem precarious and antiquated in today’s era of cloud computing and wearable devi...
For many of us in the enterprise software industry, modernizing IT while maintaining legacy systems is a tightrope walk where it pays to look ahead, stay balanced, and be nimble. As 2014 races to a close, those of us focused on terminal emulation software solutions have a responsibil...
This article argues the validity of why consistent communication is essential for effective architecture. A two-phase process highlights the need of standardisation and collaboration as steps to a maturing architecture description process. It then introduces Infrastructure Modelling L...
One of the questions I've been asked from the beginning of the Federal Cloud First initiative, is, "If my data is in The answer is not as clear-cut as the question. In theory, most cloud services offer extremely resilient platforms and a modicum of disaster recovery is built in. In ...
Consumer VCs like to make light of the Founders Fund mantra ‘We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.' For those of us working in the enterprise, it's actually the reverse, "They promised us 140 characters, instead we got Workday." Since 2010, SaaS applications were sup...
While the initial usage of the Cloud Platform was clearly for the IaaS offerings, the trend is shifting and the PaaS delivery model is gaining a lot of attention. Most of the analysts like IDC and Gartner have predicted huge growth for PaaS in the coming years. IDC predicts Platform as...
Over the past year we've published some great posts on the ActiveState blog, all worth a read (if you haven't already). Phil Whelan (@philwhln), Bernard Golden (@bernardgolden), John Wetherill (@bcferrycoder), and Troy Topnik (@troytop) have contributed some excellent articles on Platf...
It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2014 blog entries. If you missed any of the 96 attempts including 57 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somew...
SaaS and cloud computing continue to gain real traction in the enterprise – and that trend is sure to continue for a long time to come. But the reality is that, to date, those gaining real benefit from cloud at the enterprise level have been limited largely to isolated pockets; e.g., s...
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for p...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the d...
Companies in all industries have been moving some aspects of their operations away from traditional IT and data center functions to the cloud – but usually not everything. Doing so can be somewhat scary, for a myriad of reasons, especially if a company’s cloud strategy isn’t locked up,...
At the onset of 2015 it seems that Business Intelligence software has become a nearly consensual part of any data-driven organization. Today companies large and small are realizing, more than ever, that "data is power", and that harnessing this power requires the right tools for the jo...
The 15th International Cloud Expo and 2nd ThingsExpo finished up last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There were many exhibitors, many attendees, and many great sessions. Discussions were lively throughout, continuing after hours after each of the three days of the show. ...
"The year ahead brings accelerated disruption, as those technologies which we spoke about last year as being emergent -- have now begun to evolve to practical application," stated Puneet Gupta, Brillio's Chief Technology Officer. "We are seeing the industry's rapid adoption of next-gen...
When the Tsunami of system failures paralyzes your organization from a coordinated cyber-attack, it’s too late for the CEO to think your organization can “get through this event.” It’s too late. Too many top executives and futurists are giddy about what the future holds with the “Int...
The concept of Internet of Things (IoT) is not exactly new, but when it intersects with other buzzworthy technologies such as Cloud and Big Data, combined they reach fever pitch. The Internet of Things was first coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton who co-founded the Auto-ID Center at the ...
"Appcore has been around since January 2008. We exclusively built clouds for service providers. We've been working with CloudStack since about that same time and our software sits on top of CloudStack," stated Jeff Tegethoff, CEO of Appcore, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud E...
'Tis the season of light. With Diwali recently concluded, we've now entered the days of the Hannukah Festival, the Advent Season, the Nativity Fast, and in the Philippines, the onset of Simbang Gabi (“Night Mass”), a series of evening services as Christmas approaches. The Yule log is a...
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in the EU Member States. Eurostat’s “finding” centered on the “fact...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Conventi...

Following many conversations with clients, partners and prospects, Rosslyn Analytics has published its annual predictions for data analytics in 2015.

The follow up article to Welcome to the Age of the Consumer: No Opinion Matters More Now we go into how to take advantage of those essential first few days or even minutes that you have your potential customer’s attention in order to follow through on heightened expectations of ste...
In the first four parts of this series I presented an introduction to microservices along with a handful of emerging microservices patterns, and a discussion of some of the downsides and challenges to using microservices. The most recent installment of this series looked at ten ways th...
Why do companies now trust sending log data to a cloud based service? I'd like to share some of the reasons we have found our customers are using secure, cloud-based logging.
Already, in the few short years that cloud has been in the mainstream IT conversation, we've seen the rise of "bare metal" cloud (thus ending the illusion of cloud's infinite capacity to users), the substitution of virtualized machines by Docker containers, and most recently, the poten...
Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and...
Now that cloud services have become part of IT’s “new normal,” commonly referred to as “hybrid,” it seems obvious that the approaches and tools we use to manage IT would also evolve and mature, though the pace of evolution varies amongst companies, of course. According to a Website Mag...
PaaS has been such a great innovation for developers. They can develop and deploy applications from their desktop to the cloud, all in a consistent environment. They can deploy to production themselves, bypassing the IT middleman and speeding up the application delivery process. And th...
NoSQL databases are highly scalable and capable of solving a wide range of data problems, which make them great for supporting complex, unpredictable, and large volumes of data. While still considered relatively young in the enterprise software market--the current industry adoption is ...
It's generally a good practice to minify and combine your assets (JS & CSS) when deploying to production. This process reduces the size of your assets and dramatically improves your website's load time. Source maps create a map from these compressed asset files back to the source file...
Today we speak of digital transformation, representing customer-driven technology choices upending traditional business models and associated processes. But perhaps this period is better thought of as the big data revolution, or the age of cloud computing, or maybe the rise of the Inte...
The time of year that crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others are expecting to happen.
Below is my review of the first edition of this book. I have included it in its entirety and because it is rather short. This book does a great job of putting architecture into a view that .NET developers and architects can relate to. The book covers design principles and patterns, a...

The SMB market opportunity is huge. Currently, SMBs represent 44% of the total IT spend worldwide, a figure that Gartner predicts will cross the trillion dollar mark by 2015. That's some serious cash -- yet a market that  traditional storage and virtualization players have ...

DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was we...
Over the past year I reckon I have spoken to more than a thousand Developers/IT Os/DevOps folk through customer calls, demos of Logentries, at conferences such as Velocity, DevOpsDays, AWS re:Invent as well as a bunch of other more low key meetups across US and Europe. Naturally, on...
Data centers have matured immensely over the past decade with today’s data centers being greener than ever. Pike Research mentions that the green data center market was worth $17.1 billion in 2012. The green data center economy is expected to grow rapidly throughout this decade. Pike R...
Today’s web-based applications are highly demanding, so the databases that hold their vast stores of information are not only expected to be very flexible in nature (supporting various data formats), but also to manage extreme performance and scaling. In this article I compare NoSQL to...