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We’ve been having quite a few discussions with analysts over the past few months on the subject of “cloud”. The interesting thing about these discussions is the vast array of points of view from which those analysts are viewing “cloud”. Some are focused on the network aspects, others on pricing/differentiation, and some are even very focused on what “cloud” means to applications – and the organizations that will, allegedly, take advantage of the cloud as a means of application deployment. One such analyst is Daryl Plummer of Gartner. Daryl has always been very application focused so it’s always a pleasure to speak with him and, of late, read what he has to say via his blog. (Daryl is also a cartoonist, and has turned his interests in that area on the cloud, resulting in “G-Men”. If you haven’t yet, take a gander. He’s quite talented.) The last time we spoke to Daryl... (more)

Gating the IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #Security

Your car. My toaster. Our lights. The neighbor’s thermostat. With an average of 7.8 connected devices per home, according to recent surveys, there are twice as many “things” in the house as the average 3.14 people per household in the US in 2015. And all of them are “talking.” Not all talk to each other, yet, though the foundation for that is clearly laid out. But all of them talk to apps which talk to them over the Internet. When you or I interact with that app, we do so via HTTP (hopefully secured). Whether it’s via a native mobile app that uses APIs or a modern web app is irr... (more)

A Formula for Quantifying Productivity of Web Applications

We often talk in abstract terms about the affects of application performance on productivity. It seems to make sense that if an application is performing poorly – or unavailable – that it will certainly affect the productivity of those who rely upon that application. But it’s hard enough to justify the investment in application acceleration or optimization without being able to demonstrate a real impact on the organization. And right now justification is more of an issue than it’s ever been.  So let’s take the example of a call center to begin with. Could be customer service sup... (more)

Ops, APIs and Compression | @DevOpsSummit #API #APM #DevOps

I've been reading up on APIs cause, coolness. And in particular I really enjoyed reading Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API because it had a lot of really good information and advice. And then I got to the part about compressing your APIs. Before we go too far let me first say I'm not saying you shouldn't compress your API or app responses. You probably should. What I am saying is that where you compress data and when are important considerations. That's because generally speaking no one has put their web server (which is ultimately what tends to serve up respons... (more)

Dev and Production | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #SDN #ContinuousDelivery

The Importance of Licensing to Equalize Dev and Production We’re all aware that dev/test != production environments. While the software stacks upon which applications are deployed may be (and hopefully are) the same, there still remains a whole lot of “infrastructure” (that’s everything else) that isn’t the same. Routers, switches, security devices, load balancers, caches, and other devices dedicated to ensuring the secure delivery of applications to hungry consumer and corporate users simply don’t exist in the dev/test environment. That’s particularly true as organizations cont... (more)