I could cite various studies, pundits, and research to prove that automation improves the overall success rates of continuous deployment efforts, mitigates outages caused by human error and misconfiguration, and generally makes the data center smell minty fresh, but we already know all of that. It's generally understood that there is a general need for devops, for continuous deployment and lifecycle management systems enabled by frameworks like Puppet.
What we don't often consider is that the process of "puppetizing" production (and pre-production) environments affords organizations the opportunity to re-evaluate existing network and application architecture and eliminate inefficiencies that exist there, as well. Many an architecture has been built upon legacy application network infrastructure, for example, that cannot be – easily or otherwise – puppetized and thus serves as an impediment to realizing the full benefits of operational automation.
Sure, you could automate everything but those components that can't be integrated, but that leaves open the possibility for misconfiguration, for fat-finger errors, for fragmentation of ownership that is often the source of delays in moving releases through various environments and into production. RedHat, for example, maintains 4-7 pre-production environments through which it used to take 2-6 weeks to cycle a new release. Part of that time was caused by what RedHat veteran Bret McMillan called the "Project Gauntlet of Doom", which required collaboration across an increasingly fragmented set of groups responsible for managing the manual configuration of various infrastructure components – both hardware and software.
What the fine folks at RedHat discovered when they decided to puppetize their environments to eliminate the fragmentation was a great deal of inefficiency in the existing architecture. Multiple tiers of proxies performing fairly standard application networking functions: SSL termination, header manipulation, compression, URL rewrites and redirects and, of course, load balancing. Approximately 10% of the virtual machines in the infrastructure were performing what RedHat considered "low business value" functions – primarily because business (and end-users) don't directly realize the impact of such services, only the end-result of performance, security and availability.
What they found was that they could (1) consolidate 3 layers of services, (2) puppetize their entire environment, and (3) eliminate service-ip sprawl caused by the growing demands on IP addresses required to scale out its proxy layers. In other words, the desire for process automation through DevOps led to a streamlined, more efficient delivery architecture that benefitted operations, customers, and the business.
Because BIG-IP could provide an integrated service platform upon which multiple application-layer services could be deployed, the need for multiple layers of proxies and load balancers was eliminated, reducing the number of devices through which traffic had to traverse. Performance improved, as did the consistency of operations both by providing a common, integrated platform management interface at the BIG-IP for all application network layer services as well as through Puppet for configuration and continuous deployment management.
It's a win-win that effectively eliminates the need to run the Project Gauntlet of Doom during release cycles because Puppet automates the processes and eliminates the manual collaboration previously required. The end result is faster … everything, across the board.
About Lori MacVittie Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.
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Cloud Expo 2013 East Opening Keynote by IBM
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In the old world of IT, if you didn't have hardware capacity or the budget to buy more, your project was dead in the water. Budget constraints can leave some of the best, most creative and most ingenious innovations on the cutting room floor. It's a true dilemma for developers and innovators – why spend the time creating, when a project could be abandoned in a blink? That was the old world. In the new world of IT, developers rule. They have access to resources they can spin up instantly. A hybrid cloud ignites innovation and empowers developers to focus on what they need. A hybrid cloud blends the best of all worlds, public cloud, private cloud and dedicated servers to fit the needs of developers and offer the ideal environment for each app and workload without the constraints of a one-size-fits-all cloud.
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In this Big Data Power Panel at the 10th International Cloud Expo, moderated
by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, Govind Rangasamy, Director of
Product Management at Eucalyptus Systems; Kevin Brown; CEO of Coraid, Inc.;
Christos Tryfonas, CTO and Co-Founder of Cetas; and Max Riggsbee, CMO and VP
of Products for WhipTail, discussed such topics as: Big Data has existed
since the early days of computing; why, then, do you think there is such an
industry buzz around it right now? How is Big Data impacting storage and
networking architecture in data centers? How about the intersection of Big
Data Analytics and Cloud Computing - how big a sector is that and why? What's
the difference between Big Data and Fast Data?
The Arlington, Virginia-based National Science Foundation has just released its "Report on Support for Cloud Computing" - in response to the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010, Section 524.
It is an absolute must-read for all concerned with current and future research projects in Cloud Computing.
"The volume of data we're generating now from machines pales in comparison to the volume of data we'll soon generate from our own bodies," says data security expert Dave Asprey. Writing in a Trend Micro blog, Asprey - who is one of the leaders in the emerging Quantified Self movement - explains his vision of a world in which personal biometrical data is shared via the cloud.
Cloud computing has caught the attention of business leaders around the world in every
industry because of its enormous transformative potential. Visionary companies know that
the value of the cloud is far greater than the current focus solely on technology and operating
costs: when combined with a collaborative approach to designing processes, cloud computing
will change how we do business.
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Cloud computing is a technology that has rapidly evolving peppered with a lot of hype along the way. Customers find it hard to navigate through this and make sense of what aspects of this technology will give them real business benefit.
Cloud Computing Bootcamp, led by our 2013 Bootcamp Instructor Larry Carvalho, is a great way to get a practical understanding of this technology. We offer multiple days of actionable insight into what vendor offerings are currently available and help you comprehend their strategy.
The ever-popular Bootcamp, which is now held regularly around the world, is being held in conjunction with the 12th Cloud Expo, June 10-13, 2013, at the Javits Center, New York, NY.
Did you know that ninety percent of the data in the world has been created in the last two years? Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion (or 2.518) bytes of data, according to IBM.
As corporations across all industries globally are struggling with how to retain, aggregate and analyze this mounting volume of what the industry refers to as Big Data, it also provides a unique opportunity for innovative startups that recognize the business prospects Big Data presents. Big Data is not just unlocking new information but new sources of economic and business value.
Interactivity is driving Big Data, with people and machines both consuming and creating it. Digital companies focused on becoming good at aggregating and analyzing the data created by the end users of their product, who then provide their customers with solid insights taken from that data are at a distinct competitive advantage over others in the marketplace.
Industry-specific clouds are those PaaS, IaaS, and PaaS services that are tailored for a specific vertical, such as transportation, retail, finance, and health care. IDC sees a $65 billion market in these industry solutions for 2013, rising to $100 billion in 2016.
The value of industry-specific clouds is that businesses within a vertical can connect to applications, processes, and databases that are pre-defined for that vertical within a public or private cloud. They can extend processes and databases into the business domain, versus defining the data and processes within a generic cloud-based platform.
So, are industry specific clouds right for your business? What options are out there? How do you figure out the ROI?
SYS-CON Events announced today that Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10-13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York.
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The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service.
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Ulitzer.com announced "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo, which drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend.
Cloud computing is becoming one of the next industry buzz words. It joins the ranks of terms including: grid computing, utility computing, virtualization, clustering, etc.
Cloud computing overlaps some of the concepts of distributed, grid and utility computing, however it does have its own meaning if contextually used correctly. The conceptual overlap is partly due to technology changes, usages and implementations over the years.
Trends in usage of the terms from Google searches shows Cloud Computing is a relatively new term introduced in the past year. There has also been a decline in general interest of Grid, Utility and Distributed computing.
Likely they will be around in usage for quit a while to come. But Cloud computing has become the new buzz word driven largely by marketing and service offerings from big corporate players like Google, IBM and Amazon.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dell Inc. has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10-13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York.
For more than 28 years, Dell has empowered countries, communities, customers and people everywhere to use technology to realize their dreams. Customers trust Dell to deliver technology solutions that help them do and achieve more, whether they're at home, work, school or anywhere in their world. Learn more about Dell's story, purpose and people behind its customer-centric approach.
One of the most compelling promises of the cloud is that you can pull out a credit card and be working in minutes. No purchase orders to fill out, no equipment to wait for on the loading dock. Just instant access to the resources you need, when you need them. But accessibility comes at a price, and an unintentional consequence may be that you create yet another orphaned identity silo. Enterprise IT has spent years consolidating its mishmash of directories, only to discover that cloud now threatens to turn back their hard-won victories.
In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, Scott Morrison, CTO and Chief Architect at Layer 7 Technologies, will look at strategies to incorporate identity into cloud applications. Enterprise identity or social login can both be a part of your go-to-cloud strategy, but you must plan for this upfront, rather than try to retrofit identity and access control at a later date.
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