APM Technology Needs to Provide More Joy
By Cameron Haight
So, I've been at my new role for about a month now and I'd like to share with
you some observations that I've made with respect to the APM marketplace. In
my conversations with many of the leading APM providers, I've seen some
improvements in product integration, scale and in some cases, usability,
since my earlier foray into this market several years ago. There is some new
thinking about the need to support a broader range of users and environments.
And in a few cases, some new pricing approaches are being introduced that no
longer incorporate disincentives for wanting to use more of the product.
However, there's been something missing that candidly I was not able to put
my finger on until I came across this article. In essence, the approach that
many firms have towards to development of APM technology borde... (more)
Poll Results: Kafka Version Distribution
The results for Apache Kafka version distribution poll are in.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!
The distribution pie chart is below, but we could summarize it as follows:
Only about 5% of Kafka 0.7.x users didn't indicate they will upgrade to
0.8.2.x in the next 2 months Only about 14% of Kafka 0.8.1.x users didn't
indicate they will upgrade to 0.8.2.x in the next 2 months Over 42% of Kafka
users are already using 0.8.2.x! Over 80% of Kafka users say they will be
using 0.8.2.x within the next 2 months!
It's great to see Kafka u... (more)
Calculating Your Incident Management ROI
By Julie Arsenault
Outages are typically expensive for your business, not to mention a headache
for your team. Improving your processes and tools for responding to critical
incidents can generate a lot of business value. However, you may be wondering
how to prioritize projects and investments, or you may be asked by business
stakeholders to justify the costs of new initiatives. Return on Investment
(ROI) is one way to do that, but it can be difficult to determine. While the
answer is unique to each company, we'll share a few different appr... (more)
How to Make an App Fast with Appery.io and Instant API
Instant API is a true API-as-a-Service which makes it easy and cost-effective
to build an API. Instant API has simplified all of the key areas of an
API’s lifecycle, covering API creation, hosting, management, discovery,
monetization, and documentation.
For example, let’s say you have information and services or data and
services you want to expose through an API that can be used internally for
BYOD initiatives or externally by developers or your business partners. With
the API deployed, you still don’t have a mobile app. Tha... (more)
Five Trends That Will Shape the Future of Cloud Hosting
With $13 billion expected to be spent by American businesses alone in 2014,
the cloud should no longer be considered an alternative IT model. The demand
for hardware to run traditional infrastructures is in a nosedive. IBM is
spending $1 billion this year, matching the amount it spent in 2013, on
"workforce rebalancing" (the company's lingo for widespread layoffs). Cisco
is experiencing a similarly negative impact, with a 4% decline in revenue for
its equipment expected this year.
Despite those pieces of bad news for major t... (more)
DevOps at Enterprise: Capital One Shifts Left
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise
Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has
embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise - driven
by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and
Information Security organizations together.
Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" - Shift-Left,
Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything.
Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, Capital One now has 500+ Agile
Teams de... (more)
It’s been proven time and time again that in tech, diversity drives greater innovation, better team productivity and greater profits and market share. So what can we do in our DevOps teams to embrace diversity and help transform the culture of development and operations into a true “DevOps” team?
In her session at DevOps Summit, Stefana Muller, Director, Product Management – Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies, will answer that question citing examples, showing how to create opportunities f...
Mar. 4, 2015 11:30 AM EST Reads: 348
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services.
He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space.
Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what th...
Mar. 4, 2015 11:30 AM EST Reads: 4,402
Red Hat has launched the Red Hat Cloud Innovation Practice, a new global team of experts that will assist companies with more quickly on-ramping to the cloud. They will do this by providing solutions and services such as validated designs with reference architectures and agile methodology consulting, training, and support.
The Red Hat Cloud Innovation Practice is born out of the integration of technology and engineering expertise gained through the company’s 2014 acquisitions of leading Ceph s...
Mar. 4, 2015 11:15 AM EST Reads: 798
Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along...
Mar. 4, 2015 11:15 AM EST Reads: 796
CommVault has announced that top industry technology visionaries have joined its leadership team. The addition of leaders from companies such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, PwC and EMC signals the continuation of CommVault Next, the company's business transformation for sales, go-to-market strategies, pricing and packaging and technology innovation. The company also announced that it had realigned its structure to create business units to more directly match how customers evaluate, deploy, op...
Mar. 4, 2015 11:13 AM EST Reads: 175
SYS-CON Media announced that IBM, which offers the world’s deepest portfolio of technologies and expertise that are transforming the future of work, has launched ad campaigns on SYS-CON’s numerous online magazines such as Cloud Computing Journal, Virtualization Journal, SOA World Magazine, and IoT Journal.
IBM’s campaigns focus on vendors in the technology marketplace, the future of testing, Big Data and analytics, and mobile platforms.
Mar. 4, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,103
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, C...
Mar. 4, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,837
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform.
“Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add sc...
Mar. 4, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 4,938
Business and IT leaders today need better application delivery capabilities to support critical new innovation. But how often do you hear objections to improving application delivery like, “I can harden it against attack, but not on this timeline”; “I can make it better, but it will cost more”; “I can deliver faster, but not with these specs”; or “I can stay strong on cost control, but quality will suffer”? In the new application economy, these tradeoffs are no longer acceptable. Customers will ...
Mar. 4, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 991
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness,...
Mar. 4, 2015 09:45 AM EST Reads: 3,397
Data-intensive companies that strive to gain insights from data using Big Data analytics tools can gain tremendous competitive advantage by deploying data-centric storage. Organizations generate large volumes of data, the vast majority of which is unstructured. As the volume and velocity of this unstructured data increases, the costs, risks and usability challenges associated with managing the unstructured data (regardless of file type, size or device) increases simultaneously, including end-to-...
Mar. 4, 2015 09:45 AM EST Reads: 2,404
The excitement around the possibilities enabled by Big Data is being tempered by the daunting task of feeding the analytics engines with high quality data on a continuous basis. As the once distinct fields of data integration and data management increasingly converge, cloud-based data solutions providers have emerged that can buffer your organization from the complexities of this continuous data cleansing and management so that you’re free to focus on the end goal: actionable insight.
Mar. 4, 2015 09:30 AM EST Reads: 1,739
With several hundred implementations of IoT-enabled solutions in the past 12 months alone, this session will focus on experience over the art of the possible. Many can only imagine the most advanced telematics platform ever deployed, supporting millions of customers, producing tens of thousands events or GBs per trip, and hundreds of TBs per month.
With the ability to support a billion sensor events per second, over 30PB of warm data for analytics, and hundreds of PBs for an data analytics arc...
Mar. 4, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,426
The Internet of Things (IoT) is causing data centers to become radically decentralized and atomized within a new paradigm known as “fog computing.” To support IoT applications, such as connected cars and smart grids, data centers' core functions will be decentralized out to the network's edges and endpoints (aka “fogs”). As this trend takes hold, Big Data analytics platforms will focus on high-volume log analysis (aka “logs”) and rely heavily on cognitive-computing algorithms (aka “cogs”) to mak...
Mar. 4, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,274
The free version of KEMP Technologies' LoadMaster™ application load balancer is now available for unlimited use, making it easy for IT developers and open source technology users to benefit from all the features of a full commercial-grade product at no cost. It can be downloaded at FreeLoadBalancer.com.
Load balancing, security and traffic optimization are all key enablers for application performance and functionality. Without these, application services will not perform as expected or have the...
Mar. 4, 2015 08:00 AM EST Reads: 681
The speed of product development has increased massively in the past 10 years. At the same time our formal secure development and SDL methodologies have fallen behind. This forces product developers to choose between rapid release times and security.
In his session at DevOps Summit, Michael Murray, Director of Cyber Security Consulting and Assessment at GE Healthcare, examined the problems and presented some solutions for moving security into the DevOps lifecycle to ensure that we get fast AND ...
Mar. 4, 2015 06:00 AM EST Reads: 2,769
The Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) market will grow to $6.4B by 2018. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, will begin by walking the audience through the evolution of Workspace as-a-Service, where it is now vs. where it going.
To look beyond the desktop we must understand exactly what WaaS is, who the users are, and where it is going in the future. IT departments, ISVs and service providers must look to workflow and automation capabilities to adapt to growing ...
Mar. 4, 2015 04:00 AM EST Reads: 1,118
Docker is becoming very popular--we are seeing every major private and public cloud vendor racing to adopt it. It promises portability and interoperability, and is quickly becoming the currency of the Cloud.
In his session at DevOps Summit, Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState, discussed why Docker is so important to the future of the cloud, but will also take a step back and show that Docker is actually only one piece of the puzzle. Copeland will outline the bigger picture of where Docker fits a...
Mar. 4, 2015 04:00 AM EST Reads: 3,175
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. ...
Mar. 4, 2015 02:45 AM EST Reads: 3,840
Hadoop as a Service (as offered by handful of niche vendors now) is a cloud computing solution that makes medium and large-scale data processing accessible, easy, fast and inexpensive.
In his session at Big Data Expo, Kumar Ramamurthy, Vice President and Chief Technologist, EIM & Big Data, at Virtusa, will discuss how this is achieved by eliminating the operational challenges of running Hadoop, so one can focus on business growth. The fragmented Hadoop distribution world and various PaaS soluti...
Mar. 4, 2015 02:30 AM EST Reads: 1,216