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We seem to run this cycle with every new technology that comes along. A good idea with practical applications is born, then both marketers and over-excited users start to declare it is the solution for all or our problems. Compliments of Gartner, we know it generally as “The Hype Cycle”, but each iteration is a little different. 2018’s flavor will be serverless computing, and by 2018, I mean starting now, but going most of next year, you’ll be sick of it. We are already seeing people write such sweeping statements as “The purpose of serverless is no-ops”. And that type of declaratory language is going to get worse. One time, very slowly: Right now, in the case of public cloud vendors, the purpose of serverless is to lock you in. It is that simple. They want to add value that will keep your dollars flowing into their coffers. And they do not at all mind if the proce... (more)

Compliance in the Cloud | @CloudExpo @DMacVittie #DevOps #Compliance

Our work, both with clients and with tools, has lead us to wonder how it is that organizations are handling compliance issues in the cloud. The big cloud vendors offer compliance for their infrastructure, but the shared responsibility model requires that you take certain steps to meet compliance requirements. Which lead us to start poking around a little more. We wanted to get a picture of what was available, and how it was being used. There is a lot of fluidity in this space, as in all things cloud. The fact that DevOps Security plays into the cloud compliance model – particula... (more)

Containers, or Container Management? | @DevOpsSummit @DMacVittie #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes

We just came off of a review of a product that handles both containers and virtual machines in the same interface. Under the covers, implementation of containers defaults to LXC, though recently Docker support was added. When reading online, or searching for information, increasingly we see “Container Management” products listed as competitors to Docker, when in reality things like Rocket, LXC/LXD, and Virtualization are Dockers competitors. After doing some looking around, we have decided that this shift in how Docker is perceived in the market is due largely to the fact that i... (more)

Complete Install Automation By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Microservices

The Power of Complete Install Automation It used to take months to travel across the U.S. Or any sizable landmass for that matter. One of the few really well documented wagon trains took four months to travel from Iowa to Montana… A trip that takes an airplane about four hours today. And that airplane trip is a ton safer too. That’s the power of automation, and recent advances in IT have enabled a similar curve of improvement in deployment times. The days of weeks or months to spinning up new applications are long past. We’re all living it, so we know that Lines of Business expec... (more)

All Applications Are NOT Created Equal

It is an interesting twist in the IT world that with the increased usage of purchased packages and the growth of on-demand IT, we increasingly find ourselves talking about “Applications”. This is a good reference point, it addresses all of the things running on our servers with one fell swoop, but much like when you talk about “vehicles”, the phrase has little meaning beyond discussing similarities. In the IT sense of the word, Application can be defined as a program running on hardware. In the datacenter sense of the word, it can be a program running on one of our servers, or an... (more)