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@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the wor...
Most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes a lot of work to become a r...
"With Digital Experience Monitoring what used to be a simple visit to a web page has exploded into app on phones, data from social media feeds, competitive benchmarking - these are all components that are only available because of some type of digital asset," explained Leo Vasiliou, Di...
In Michael Lewis’s 2013 best-seller Flash Boys, in which he takes a deep dive into the world of high-speed trading, he reveals how certain financial insiders had managed to game the system by reducing latency as much as possible in order to get an advantage over their competitors. Lewi...
Docker containers have brought great opportunities to shorten the deployment process through continuous integration and the delivery of applications and microservices. This applies equally to enterprise data centers as well as the cloud. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jari Kolehmai...
This is the second blog in a series of three in which I expand on some of the points raised in O’Reilly Media’s DevOps for Media & Entertainment report. The first post covered the two essential aspects of DevOps that are often overlooked: communication and empathy. Today, we dive into ...
These days, change is the only constant. In order to adapt and thrive in an ever-advancing and sometimes chaotic workforce, companies must leverage intelligent tools to streamline operations. While we're only at the dawn of machine intelligence, using a workflow manager will benefit yo...
Docker is sweeping across startups and enterprises alike, changing the way we build and ship applications. It's the most prominent and widely known software container platform, and it's particularly useful for eliminating common challenges when collaborating on code (like the "it works...
Given the popularity of the containers, further investment in the telco/cable industry is needed to transition existing VM-based solutions to containerized cloud native deployments. The networking architecture of the solution isolates the network traffic into different network planes (...
Imagine a world where your Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment environment is 100% automated, including the passing of credentials. Andrey started by stating what we all know - security needs to be at the forefront. Additionally, a message we heard over and over at the All D...
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. A...
My wife and I have a fun dynamic: she approaches situations with surgical precision, while I tend to be more of an imprecise paintbrush. One day, she chastised me for cutting something with a butter knife and insisted that I should be using a paring knife instead. I argued that it wasn...
Does your team have a testing strategy? In 2017, I have a hard time imagining that wouldn't at least have some strategy, however rudimentary. Unlike a couple of decades ago, you hear less and less about people just changing code on the production server and hoping for the best. At t...
Mark Burgess (@markburgess_osl) is a theoretical physicist, but in his keynote at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference, he talked more about economics and human interactives than physics. What does either have to do as the keynote for a conference on DevOps? Well, for a little more back...
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 d...
Containers are things for your things. That is true in the development world too - containers are things for your software, and, like containers for your things, software containers can help you be organized, efficient, and secure. Chris Morgan (@cmorgan_cloud), the Technical Director,...
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...
IT leaders have always had their hands full with ghost issues on-premises. But for businesses that rely on remote and branch offices, monitoring a sprawling network of on-premises equipment introduces even more challenges. That's why we move to the cloud, right? To help us eliminate...
A Man in the Middle attack, or MITM, is a situation wherein a malicious entity can read/write data that is being transmitted between two or more systems (in most cases, between you and the website that you are surfing). MITMs are common in China, thanks to the “Great Cannon.” The “Gre...
Quickly find the root cause of complex database problems slowing down your applications. Up to 88% of all application performance issues are related to the database. DPA’s unique response time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing - in four clicks or less. Optimize performance a...
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 peo...
In the run up to our latest release of capabilities for developers, I sat down with David Yang, a senior engineer here at PagerDuty who’s seen our internal architecture evolve from a single monolithic codebase to dozens of microservices. He’s the technical lead for our Incident Managem...
Developing code, without considering either the current or future needs of the end user, can cause frustration and result in customer churn, which ultimately means lower revenues. In this blog, I'd like to describe something simple I came across that demonstrates how to avoid these pit...
After 15+ years of software development, I still use the words error and exception interchangeably. But is there a difference between exceptions and errors? I think it is best to make the distinction with some examples of errors vs exceptions. Let's use this example of a dishwasher....
One hour before March Madness is about to begin, the CBS Sports app crashes. Per Twitter, college basketball fans across the country are freaking out, trying to get their last minute bracket changes completed before the first game begins. Millions of fans around the world are expected...
If technical debt were like monetary debt, it would be hard to keep track of it unless you checked in manually. The only way many people find out their checking account is running out of funds is by logging in and checking the balance — or, worse, having a check bounce or a debit card ...
Functional monitoring is the process of looking at the functionality offered by a single application or by a distributed system. It aims at the process of assessing the availability and functionality of the use cases of the system. It checks that the system is capable of giving desired...
We’ve all been there. Some unexpected error pops up, and we’re frantically filling out a support ticket to figure out what went wrong as quickly as possible. As software delivery continues to increase in complexity, the role of technical support is becoming increasingly important to an...
Can a better UX simultaneously deliver a worse user experience? It sounds like a paradox, but it may be more common than you think. It describes a category of UX design practices that have little to do with improving the actual experience and everything to do with suggesting that the e...
DevOps has grown exponentially especially during the past 3 years, in facts its tentacles spreads beyond Dev and Ops but some organization's still see DevOps as an extension of Agile practice. It's because how as an organization perceive DevOps, while the scrum master's objective is t...
Functional testing is a type of software testing that evaluates the performance of individual functions of a software application. The purpose of functional testing is to ensure that the application and all of its individual functions work as they should in the real world and meet all ...
Here at PagerDuty, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help the DevOps community and IT professionals succeed. We’re particularly interested in the “hows and whys” of evolving DevOps practices, how to deliver value to our practitioners, and how to better serve the communit...
So you've decided to take the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) approach to cloud migration. That's great-you're on your way to realizing the cost savings and flexibility of cloud computing. But the decisions don't stop when you choose between SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Choosing your pu...
Smart devices require smart monitoring. That’s not a platitude. It’s an imperative. In fact, the smarter the device, the smarter you need to be about monitoring it. As headlines have shown, unmonitored, unprotected smart devices may be a disaster (or a DDoS attack) just waiting to hap...
Thanks to the DevOps movement, we now understand why software delivery chains that consist of a series of silos are bad. They complicate communication between different teams, leading to delivery delays, backtracking, and bugs. When it comes to incident management, there is another ty...
How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your project’s control? How often is an environment unavailable due to external factors? Are the software and hardware in an environment up to date with the target Production systems? How often do you have to resort to manua...
What do I think of when I’m told a company wants to adopt DevOps? The first thing that comes to mind is the size of the organization, and how far they want to take DevOps best practices. I really want to know what DevOps adoption will mean for the company. In my experience, it gets esp...
DevOps, and Ops in general, is one of the most important components of a company’s production machine. Investing in building a winning DevOps team should be a priority for every company and will pay off quickly. As organizations and operations grow (products, features, number of custo...
Last week, I tried to book a hotel for an upcoming business trip. I logged into the travel portal entered the city and dates of travel and clicked search. Then, I waited and waited and waited and waited, yet nothing happened. I tried again; same results. At this point, I gave up and mo...
One thing I have learned so far this holiday season is that a 15 pound turkey is too big for only 4 people! I love this time of year as it’s a chance for me to take time and read a number of the predictions articles that have come out in recent weeks. Here are some that have caught my ...