Introducing App Deployment in 25 Seconds By @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:45:00 EDT Hosted PaaS providers have given independent developers and startups huge advantages in efficiency and reduced time-to-market over their more process-bound counterparts in enterprises. Software frameworks are now available that allow enterprise IT departments to provide these same advantages for developers in their own organization.
In his workshop session at DevOps Summit, Troy Topnik, ActiveState’s Technical Product Manager, will show how on-prem or cloud-hosted Private PaaS can enable organizations to use this technology on their own infrastructure, and introduce efficient development workflows for deploying applications.
Internet of Things Becomes High Fashion By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:00:00 EDT Wearable technology was dominant at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and MWC was no exception to this trend. New versions of favorites, such as the Samsung Gear (three new products were released: the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit), shared the limelight with new wearables like Pebble Time Steel (the new premium version of the company’s previously released smartwatch) and the LG Watch Urbane.
The most dramatic difference at MWC was an emphasis on presenting wearables as fashion accessories and moving away from the original clunky technology associated with the industry. Along with more pleasing aesthetics, software updates and more capabilities also target early adopters.
New Technology Enables DevOps for Legacy Apps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:00 EDT Modern Systems announced completion of a successful project with its new Rapid Program Modernization (eavRPMa"c) software. The eavRPMa"c technology architecturally transforms legacy applications, enabling faster feature development and reducing time-to-market for critical software updates.
Working with Modern Systems, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) leveraged eavRPMa"c to transform its Student Information System from Software AG's Natural syntax to a modern application leveraging C# and SQL Server. The newly modernized system enabled UCSB to leverage agile development methods and more extensive application integration.
Evaluating Private PaaS By @ActiveState | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:00 EDT In comparison to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has experienced a slower rate of adoption. However, PaaS is coming into its own as evidenced by increased usage and top technology companies such as HP and IBM supporting open source projects like Cloud Foundry by bringing their own PaaS to market.
PaaS is important because apps are an important part of our lives. With this relatively new dependency on web and mobile applications, organizations need to find a way to automate their app deployment and management process just to stay in the game. If you are not looking for a way to speed up your pipeline, you can bet that your competition is. And PaaS is a critical component to achieving this.
Marc Hornbeek Joins @DevOpsSummit Faculty | @Spirent [#DevOps]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:00:00 EDT The speed of software changes in growing and large scale rapid-paced DevOps environments presents a challenge for continuous testing. Many organizations struggle to get this right. Practices that work for small scale continuous testing may not be sufficient as the requirements grow.
In his session at DevOps Summit, Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect of DevOps continuous test solutions at Spirent Communications, will explain the best practices of continuous testing at high scale, which is relevant to small scale DevOps, and if there is an expectation of growth as the number of build targets, test topologies and delivery topologies that need to be orchestrated rapidly grow.
MTA Awards @VicomComputer Long Term Technology Agreement | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:30:00 EDT Vicom Computer Services, Inc. was awarded an 11 year contract with the MTA.
The MTA launched a request for proposal in September 2013 for a project encompassing and creating a fully redundant core data network across the three core data centers and upgrade user access to applications and facilities throughout NYC Transit.
Vicom will design, install and maintain data communications hardware, software and a comprehensive enterprise management system for a network infrastructure upgrade at three NYC Transit core data center locations, six concentrator locations, 58 major facilities and approximately 250 smaller remote network locations throughout NYC Transit.
WebRTC, un standard du Web, pas un produit By @Louisnaug | @ThingsExpo [#IoT #WebRTC]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EDT WebRTC? Si vous n’en avez pas encore entendu parlé, il est important que vous découvriez une technologie qui va profondément changer les modes de communication de tous vos collaborateurs.
Je vais m’intéresser en priorité aux potentiels à moyen terme de cette technologie ; il existe encore des limites techniques importantes, mais elles vont sauter dans les mois qui viennent.
Les entreprises peuvent et doivent, aujourd’hui, prendre en compte WebRTC dans leurs choix de solutions de communications synchrones.
Lost in Translation…in Italy By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo [#IoT #M2M]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:30:00 EDT I’ve been travelling recently. To places and fields that have limited to no mobile connectivity and this can be a challenge when a challenge arises.
Immediately following Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this month, my family embarked on a multi-week European vacation. After spending a couple more days in Spain, we jumped on the rail to Paris for a couple days and then on to Rome for 10 days. The Eiffel Tower along with ‘I see London, I see France, I see Daddy’s….’ request was our daughter’s and Italy was something we’ve wanted to do for a while. During the train ride – which was fantastic – we saw vineyards, castles, the Alps, old bunkers and tons of scenery you never get on an airplane. It’s almost like eavesdropping on these remote lives as you pass by at 187 mph while they hang their clothes to dry or tend to their fields. Yes, mobile connectivity was very spotty but it was not a big deal since we were enjoying the views and had no reason to ‘connect.’ I even turned the phone off at various times just for the peace.
Technology Hype Lifecycle: Google Glass By @KyleSamani | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:15:00 EDT Recent announcements from Google about the future of Glass naturally ignited an explosion of commentary in the tech media. For those of us in the Glass at Work world, the news that Glass has “graduated” from Google[x] into a true business unit headed by Tony Fadell is very promising. Yet many outlets’ coverage focused on the end of the Glass Explorer program for consumers, characterizing it as the final death knell for the technology.
What Ops Needs to Know about HTTP/2 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:00:00 EDT So HTTP/2 is official. That means all the talking is (finally) done and after 16 years of waiting, we've got ourselves a new lingua franca of the web.
Okay, maybe that's pushing it, but we do have a new standard to move to that offers some improvements in the areas of resource management and performance that make it definitely worth taking a look at.
For example, HTTP/2 is largely based on SPDY (that's Google's SPDY, for those who might have been heads down in the data center since 2009 and missed its introduction) which has proven, in the field, to offer some nice performance benefits. Since its introduction in 2009, SPDY has moved through several versions, resulting in the current (and according to Google, last) version of 3.1, has shown real improvements in page load times mostly due to a combination of reduction in round trip times (RTT) and use of header compression.
SOA Software Is Now @AkanaInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud #DevOps]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:30:00 EDT SOA Software has changed its name to Akana. With roots in Web Services and SOA Governance, Akana has established itself as a leader in API Management and is expanding into cloud integration as an alternative to the traditional heavyweight enterprise service bus (ESB). The company recently announced that it achieved more than 90% year-over-year growth. As Akana, the company now addresses the evolution and diversification of SOA, unifying security, management, and DevOps across SOA, APIs, microservices, and more.
Containers and Microservices On the Agenda at @CloudExpo By @IoT2040 [#DevOps]Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:00:00 EDT The 16th Cloud Expo has added coverage containers and microservices to its program for New York, to be held June 9-11 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Cloud Expo has long been the single, independent show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discuss the entire world of the cloud. This year will be no different.
Containers are an old concept that saw renewed life with the emergence of Docker in 2013. Then late in 2014, CoreOS shook up the cloud-computing world by announcing its own container strategy called Rocket. Meanwhile, enterprise IT heavyweight Red Hat continues its support of Linux containers in general.
Simultaneously, a new focus on microservices—as opposed to monolithic architectures—is being discussed, designed, and deployed. The beauty—some would say, problem--of containers is that developers can stuff anything into them.
But rather than simply pour old applications, operating systems, and other resources into new containers, others argue that a renewed use of them presents a golden opportunity to develop, orchestrate, and deploy loosely coupled microservices into truly breakthrough cloud environments.
The debate should be spirited and valuable in New York, as Cloud Expo devotes a complete track to Containers, Microservices, and the Hot Topics that go with them.
These debates are occurring against a backdrop of growing hybrid cloud in the enterprise. Public-cloud providers are investing billions of dollars annually into their infrastructure, and organizations are allocating increasing amounts of their IT budgets to the cloud.
Cloud Expo thus brings together all this in a single location:
Big Data | Analytics
Internet of Things
With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to learn about the latest technology developments and solutions. Recent research has shown other key trends:
The growth of Big Data reinforces the need for cloud solutions to handle exponentially more information flow – we are entering the Age of the Zettabyte
The Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 30 to 50 billion connected devices within five years, according to London-based research company Ovum.
Containers are not only back in style, but there is serious debate about the best container strategy and best providers.
The importance of DevOps is now being realized throughout the industry, and learning about best practices is more important than ever
WebRTC is removing the difficulties and bottleneck of video and web communications
Cloud Expo offers a vast selection technical and strategic Industry Keynotes, General Sessions, Breakout Sessions, and signature Power Panels. The exhibition floor features 100+ exhibitors offering specific solutions and comprehensive strategies. The floor also features a Demo Theater that give delegates the opportunity to get even closer to the technology they want to see and the people who offer it.
I look forward to seeing everyone in New York in June.
Am I Still a Java Developer? By @YFain | @ThingsExpo [#IoT] Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:46:00 EST This morning I got the following email from a Java developer: “It seems you are doing less Java and more web development every year.” This got me thinking, and I decided to write this blog.
Am I still a Java developer after 17 years of using this language? I certainly am. But in today’s world using just one programming language is almost impossible unless you’re willing to limit yourself to the server-side development. I’m not saying this is bad – it’s a huge field for never ending self-education and research. Even from the career perspective becoming an expert in a specific Java field can put bread and butter on your table for years to come. For example, Java experts specializing in performance tuning can charge several times more than a typical Java developer. Some people become experts in security or concurrent programming, which allows them to eat an omelet with truffles for breakfast daily.
NodeSource Raises $3MMon, 09 Feb 2015 09:00:00 EST NodeSource, an enterprise-focused software company created to build a robust product ecosystem around Node.js, has announced a $3M in first round seed funding from Crosslink Capital and Resolute Ventures. This funding exemplifies the pent-up demand for Node.js solutions as enterprises abandon their monolithic applications in favor of modern, scalable service oriented architectures.
NodeSource's portfolio of clients includes Uber, PayPal, Fitbit, and Netflix. The company delivers powerful Node.js tooling to enterprise customers. The company will use funding to continue expansion with the release of upcoming products and partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. Early on, NodeSource recognized the massive opportunity for Node.js to transform IT organizations worldwide. With current funding, a new generation of products from NodeSource will roll out to better build, monitor, tune, and deploy Node.js applications effectively.
A Guide to the CIO’s Toolbox By @Vormetric | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:00:00 EST In my blog from September 2014, I wrote “encryption and access controls are your front-line defenses for defending data-at-rest. Given today’s threat environment, encrypt everything possible, everywhere possible.” While lots of things change in 6 months – the projected World Series Champion, the Super Bowl front-runner, Taylor Swift going from tweeting about dating to tweeting about hacking – this recommendation remains constant.
Data-at-rest is susceptible to many forces, not least of which are malicious and non-malicious insiders. As we noted in our recent 2015 Insider Threat Report, the insider threat landscape is becoming more difficult to deal with as the range of miscreant’s moves beyond employees and privileged IT staff. It now includes outsiders who have stolen valid user credentials; business partners, suppliers, and contractors with inappropriate access rights; and third-party service providers with excessive admin privileges. Unless properly controlled, all of these groups have the opportunity to reach inside corporate networks and steal unprotected data.