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The Dos and Don'ts of SLA Management By Craig Lowell The past few years have seen a huge increase in the amount of critical IT services that companies outsource to SaaS/IaaS/PaaS providers, be it security, storage, monitoring, or operations. Of course, along with any outsourcing to a service provider comes a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to ensure that the vendor is held financially responsible for any lapses in their service which affect the customer’s end users, and ultimately, their bottom line. SLAs can be very tricky to manage for a number of different reasons: discrepancies over the time period being addressed, the source of the performance metrics, and the accuracy of the data can lead to legal disputes between vendor and customer. However, there are several things that both sides can do to get accurate and verifiable performance data as it pertains to thei... (more)

Organically DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Serverless #Monitoring

Some people are directors, managers, and administrators. Others are disrupters. Eddie Webb (@edwardawebb) is an IT Disrupter for Software Development Platforms at Liberty Mutual and was a presenter at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference. His talk, Organically DevOps: Building Quality and Security into the Software Supply Chain at Liberty Mutual, looked at Liberty Mutual's transformation to Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and DevOps. For a large, heavily regulated industry, this task can not only be daunting, but viewed by many as impossible. Eddie's talk looks at the origins of DevOps at Liberty Mutual, the challenges of centralizing DevOps, and how to make it easy for developers and operations to do the right thing. He noted that DevOps is not their goal; Continuous Delivery is their goal, and DevOps is the enabler. It all started at Liberty Mutual in ... (more)

[slides] #Docker Container Pipeline | @DevOpsSummit @KontenaInc #Serverless

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here The Automated Docker Container Deployment Pipeline Docker containers have brought great opportunities to shorten the deployment process through continuous integration and delivery of applications and microservices. This applies equally to enterprise datacenters as well as the cloud. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jari Kolehmainen, founder and CTO of Kontena, discussed solutions and benefits of a deeply integrated deployment pipeline using technologies such as container management platforms, Docker containers, and the drone.io Cl tool. He also demonstrated the deployment of a CI/CD pipeline using container management, as well as show how to deploy a containerized application through a continuous delivery pipeline. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Jari Kolehmainen is fo... (more)

The Future of Automation | @DevOpsSummit #AI #ML #DX #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

Automating Progress: The Future of Automation By Chris Boorman We've all read the dystopian fiction, watched those apocalyptic movies and heard a myriad of prophetic warnings heralding our obsolescence. Surely now we're just a couple of years from flipping the switch on a Skynet of our own making and condemning mankind to the annals of history. Actually, we're not entirely sure what the future holds, but it's probably not fire and brimstone. For detractors and naysayers of technology, could there be a more fitting image than Terminator 2's opening shot? A hulking, skeletal, humanoid machine crushing a human skull beneath its foot. Listening to ‘techno-skeptics' can sure make it feel as though that's the end which inevitably awaits us. If we continue down our current path of imbuing machines with increasing levels of autonomy, learning abilities and artificial intelli... (more)

Keisoku to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #DevOps #APM #DX #AI #ML #Monitoring

SYS-CON Events announced today that Keisoku Research Consultant Co. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Keisoku Research Consultant, Co. offers research and consulting in a wide range of civil engineering-related fields from information construction to preservation of cultural properties.  For more information, visit http://www.krcnet.co.jp/eng_site/e_index.htm. JETRO and prefectures of Japan (Nagano, Shizuoka, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Oita) will present more than twenty cutting-edge technology companies for partnership opportunity with U.S. businesses. For more information, visit https://www.jetro.go.jp/en. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017,... (more)

Release Orchestration | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #ContinuousDelivery

Who Needs Release Orchestration and Why? By Jason J. Lenny IT organizations are relying more and more on using release orchestration tools instead of tracking their software releases using programs like Excel, Google Docs, and PowerPoint. Much of the popularity of release orchestrators can be attributed to their versatility-they're extremely useful to different people doing a variety of work across the delivery pipeline. Today we're going to explore a few of the different technology roles that can benefit the most from release orchestration. Release Managers As the primary users of release orchestrators, Release Managers get a number of benefits. Taking releases out of Excel and putting them in a unified place lessens some of the burdens of providing visibility and status updates, freeing release managers to focus on tracking risks, dependencies, and the overall pl... (more)

Glue Records and Why They Are Crucial | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #WebPerf

Glue Records and Why They Are Crucial By Nilabh Mishra A lot has been written and discussed about Domain Name System (DNS) in the past few days. The DDoS attacks on one of the major managed DNS Providers a while ago just made us all take DNS issues seriously once again. So why so much emphasis on getting DNS Right? Like a lot of other people in this Ecosystem, we believe that DNS is not just a metric but a lifeline; a backbone for our online systems. It is extremely important to the Internet as it lays the foundation for the WWW (World Wide Web). DNS, in simple terms, translates Host names to IP Addresses. The objective of DNS seems straight forward and simple, yet in real life, it has grown to become one of the most complex systems we have today. All these add more complexity to an already complex system. Domain Registries Global Top Level Domains (gTLDs) Numerous Cou... (more)

Cloud Computing Tips to Put Time (and Money) on Your Side | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring

Five Cloud Computing Tips to Put Time (and Money) on Your Side By Kristen Ramos As your business grows, your technology requirements - and likely your physical footprint - will grow along with it. Improving infrastructure often means increased expenses due to additional physical data centers, expanded network capacity and improved server efficiency. Many organizations turn to the cloud as a less costly way to get better technology. Whether you've already made the leap to the cloud or you're still considering your options, you're probably wondering how to control cloud-related costs and save money over the long haul. When it comes to doing business in the cloud, everything from data migration to resource sprawl can strain a business's budget. Take control of your technology expenses with these cloud computing tips: 1.  Optimize Your Migration Plan with Mapping Unexpect... (more)

[video] #DevOps and #DigitalTransformation | @DevOpsSummit @AndiMann #Serverless #DX

View Power Panel: ▸ Here The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation' demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques - including DevOps. View Power Panel: ▸ Here In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, Thomas Hooker, Vice President of Marketing at CollabNet, Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate at NetApp, Don Demcsak, DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal at Dell EMC, and Lev Lesokhin, EVP ... (more)

Using Prefetch | @DevOpsSummit @Catchpoint #DevOps #APM #AI #Monitoring

Using Prefetch as a Proactive Approach By Ashish Kumar Paul The Octopus was known as an animal oracle who could predict the result of a football match. He made accurate predictions for the matches played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. What if a browser could do the same thing? What if it anticipated the next page that the user was going to visit and downloaded it in advance? If that happened, it would help download critical resources ahead of time and significantly affect its performance. One might say, ‘isn’t that what cache is for?’ Well yes, it is. Caching helps browsers avoid making expensive HTTP calls and delivers needed resources from the disk cache. However, it presents many challenges on modern websites and situations, where caching may not help: First-time visitors: Cache only helps if the site is visited for a second or third time by a user. If you visit a s... (more)

[video] The #DevOps Journey with @Addteq | @DevOpsSummit #DX #ChatOps

"I will be talking about ChatOps and ChatOps as a way to solve some problems in the DevOps space," explained Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here DevOps at Cloud Expo taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Must Watch Video: Recap of @DevOpsSummit New York Javits Center The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce sof... (more)