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Cloud and Things and Big Operational Data Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of technologies and architectures designed to address emerging challenges with scaling data centers. Whether considering the operational aspects (devops) or technical components (SDN, SDDC, Cloud), software-defined architectures are the future enabler of business, fueled by the increasing demand for applications. The Internet of Things is only going to make that even more challenging as businesses turn to new business models and services fueled by a converging digital-physical world. Applications, whether focused on licensing, provisioning, managin... (more)

The MacVittie-Roberts Wall of DOOM | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

The MacVittie-Roberts Wall of DOOM Performance. Speed. Velocity. Quality of experience. No matter what particular turn of phrase we use to describe it, the reality is that we'll try a whole lot of things if it promises to improve application performance. Entire markets have been dedicated to this overriding unqualified principle: faster is better. That implies, however, that we know what faster means. Faster is relative to some baseline; some measurement that's been taken either on our applications or our competitors. Faster means improving existing performance, which necessaril... (more)

The Operational Amplifier | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

DevOps: The Operational Amplifier When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspectives is DevOps. Now to be fair, Instagram (like many other web monster properties today) has it easier than most other businesses because it supported only one application. One. That's in stark contrast to large enterprises which are, by most analyst firms, said to m... (more)

The Service Provider Path to NFV Nirvana | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

The Service Provider Path to NFV Nirvana Starts with Consolidation Certainly, enterprises feel the pressure to transition their networks to next generation architectures like SDN to brace the coming storm that is an app economy. Service providers could provide valuable advice to them on how to do that, if they could yell loud enough over the thunderous roar of millions of devices being activated and apps being downloaded that continues to put pressure on them to scale out their networks. And scale out they must if they are going to continue to keep up with all those apps (they're... (more)

Changing App Delivery Strategy? by @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

One of the more popular methods of dealing with not just with the explosion of devices but the growing challenge of dealing with growth of compute devices under management in general is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While VDI has been overshadowed of late by newer and shinier TLAs like SDN and IoT, it remains nonetheless a critical component of most organizations growth strategy. As the technology behind VDI has matured, many organizations have begun to reconsider their initial, early decisions to go with one technology over another. That's natural, as it often takes tim... (more)