Defining On-Prem

Sometimes, the meaning of a word or a phrase changes so quickly that you don’t even notice that it’s changed; at some point, you just realize that you’ve been using it differently.  Take “on-prem,” for example. Not too long ago, if you said that a component of your IT system was on-prem, you meant that it was physically located at your facility. If it was hardware, the hardware was in the IT room down the hall. If it was software, it was running on a server in the IT room. But today it means something entirely different. ...

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Q&A with Mark Carrizosa of Soha Systems on secure transition to DevOps and cloud computing

We recently spoke with Mark Carrizosa, vice president of security at secure application delivery service provider Soha Systems about the trends he sees with enterprises moving to cloud services. Prior to recently joining Soha Systems, Carrizosa held the position of principal security architect at Walmart where he developed and implemented the company’s global e-commerce security architecture framework. Prior to Walmart, Carrizosa held security positions at companies including Wells Fargo, where he analyzed the company’s infrastructure and application compliance to improve the security of both customer-facing and internal systems. Before that, Carrizosa held positions at Freeport-McMoran and PetSmart. This interview has been edited for brevity. DevOps.com: With the rapid move to DevOps and cloud, are there opportunities to improve automation and for enterprises to do more with less? Or is DevOps moving so fast that there are additional challenges being created that outweigh some of the benefits? Carrizosa: In my opinion, ...

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Librato Seeks to Unlock DevOps Application Monitoring

As wider adoption of DevOps methodologies continues to foster demand for new tooling to help streamline evolving workflows, at least one vendor is attempting to address the growing need for related monitoring capabilities. Librato, a San Francisco-based provider of Amazon AWS applications performance monitoring (APM) services, claims that it is finding favor among the rapidly expanding DevOps community driven by its ability to inject critical visibility into the engineering lifecycle. Acquired by Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds in January for a lofty $40 million and renamed Librato SolarWinds Cloud, the company is touting its recent adoption by well-known providers such as Slack for monitoring of DevOps-centric applications performance and health metrics. “At its core, DevOps is destroying conventional wisdom around ritualized processes and the need to perform them, mostly in the domain of scale,” said Dave Josephsen, Developer Evangelist at Librato. “By attempting to include monitoring as a key element of the ...

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How to “hear” OpenStack silent failures earlier and remediate faster

Troubleshooting “silent failures” in an OpenStack cloud environment has been a tough problem to solve for many production users. eBay’s chief engineer of cloud, Subbu Allamaraju, whose team has been operating PayPal on an OpenStack-based private cloud since March 2015, has publicly defined one of his ongoing challenges as: “Too much noise, too many alerts, and still working on how to detect troubles before customers find out.” For enterprises and service providers in various stages of rolling out OpenStack, tackling silent failures invariably starts with two questions: Why and where do silent failures occur? Can my Ops team receive push notifications of warnings earlier and proactively remediate them before silent failures materialize? Silent failures happen because OpenStack Ops teams often don’t know which service domains to tune into for early-stage warnings. Even if they do, the warnings get drowned out by noise. For instance, your metrics and logs for the ...

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Webinar: Build, test and deploy mobile apps with back-end mainframe services securely in a hybrid cloud

You may already have a good understanding of the hybrid cloud and its benefits. But how do you get the value of the last three decades of investment in your backend infrastructure into the hands of your end users faster? In this webcast we will demonstrate how you can take advantage of the latest IBM technologies to quickly and easily incorporate your backend services into your mobile applications running on IBM Bluemix. We will also highlight the latest capabilities of IBM DevOps Services (IDS) and IBM Bluemix that support the end-to-end mobile development lifecycle. Join Kristal York, Executive Mobile Strategist, PointSource an IBM Business Partner and Rosalind Radcliffe, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect for CLM and DevOps as they take you on an in-depth tour of the IBM DevOps Services and Bluemix, an open-standard, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running mobile apps that connect with your back-end services securely.   ...

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Survey: Fed gov cloud success hinges on DevOps

A new survey out last week by MeriTalk and Accenture Federal Services shows that the federal government is on the cusp of finally putting its money where its mouth is with regard to cloud and that DevOps will play a big role in the transformation. In fact the government’s cloud success may hinge on DevOps. The survey looked at perceptions of federal IT managers familiar with their agencies’ cloud progress. Many of them report difficulty in gaining cloud momentum, in spite of the fact that 66 percent believe that their agency needs to move IT services to the cloud faster to meet mission and constituent needs. Fewer than half of Federal agencies have made process or policy changes to facilitate successful transitions to the cloud, only 30 percent have made necessary cultural changes and just 28 percent have made organizational changes. What’s more just 12 percent of Feds report their departments ...

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4 Ways the Cloud Has Influenced Applications Troubleshooting

The rise of cloud computing has ushered in an era of unprecedented productivity for developers over the past several years. For those who have embraced this new world order, gone are the days of long lead times for hardware procurement and installation, architecture defined by slow-moving hardware upgrades, hardware-constrained scalability and flexibility, and a world where only sys admins have access to the infrastructure. But, as the barriers between development and delivery disappear, new challenges have emerged that can disrupt the lives of developers and slow down delivery of new products and features, giving back some of the efficiency gains that the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) created. Whether you’re new to the cloud, or you’ve been around since before cloud was cool, you are likely to see four common challenges emerge that can make troubleshooting your applications in the cloud more difficult. Let’s take a closer look at these common ...

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Cyber-Ranges, Cloud Automation and DevOps

Cyber-security testing typifies some of the challenges of converting from traditional to DevOps ways of doing IT.  While cyber security labs and cyber-ranges are often mission-critical investments for organizations that find themselves to be high-value targets for cyber-attacks, too many times cyber-security testing processes are siloed and highly manual.  It’s time for cyber-ranges to move towards DevOps. Cyber-ranges are essentially lab infrastructures that are used for a variety of security-related activities including point product testing, network topology-level testing, and training such as red team/blue team exercises.  While cyber-ranges have typically been used by government and military organizations, increasing numbers of business organizations such as financial institutions and utilities are building these infrastructures to ensure that they are as equipped as possible to anticipate, respond and thwart attacks.  Particularly when the running assumption is that increasingly mobile and porous IT boundaries will inevitably be compromised, the ability to respond rapidly effectively ...

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The 8 “why’s” of Cloud

Myself and the gang have been talking about Cloud a lot recently as we are embarking on a multi-year journey. Cloud is fashionable but is this another cool toy for the techies? As an architect I think the most powerful question in my toolbox is “why”. Why are we doing this? Does it add business value? What are we trying to achieve? As IT folk it’s instinctive to go straight into the “how” but its the “why” that is the really important question. Get that right and how to do it should be relatively easy.  A solution is much easier to put in place if you’ve really captured and understood what it is you are trying to accomplish. I think there are 8 reasons why companies commonly move the Cloud – I’m specifically thinking about IaaS and PaaS here but I guess this also could apply to SaaS in parts. Scale  ...

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Cloud or In-house with Chris Kinsman, Part 2

I sat down last week with Chris Kinsman, Chief Architect at PushSpring and a 20+ year veteran of software development, to talk about the factors that go into deciding when to migrate to the cloud. In Part 2 of our conversation we talked about the resistance and arguments against moving to the cloud. Once again I’ll let Chris do most of the talking: “What I struggle with is those companies who are trying to decide whether they go to the cloud or not even attempt it. For someone starting out, I don’t think there’s any choice – unless there is one specific requirement that pushes you out of the cloud. Or, and this is a little different, they may be evaluating a new project in an existing company. If you’re an existing company that has in-house already – whether it’s co-location or your own data center and you’re already invested ...

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