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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)

Truth Is, IT Is Currently Driven by Speed By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

For all the buzz-words and high-flying markets out there today, the truth of the matter is that at this point in time, IT is driven by speed. How fast can I spin up an image? How fast can I integrate the changes in my app? How fast can I test prior to deployment? How fast can I go from nothing deployed to functional app? The list goes on and on. There are a lot of ancillary questions, but I would argue that at this point in time they are just that – ancillary. There are also a good number of catch-phrases that hide the reality of speed fueling everything. Let’s look at a few of ... (more)

For CIO's Sake! Clarity in the Cloud

Those who love to hear themselves talk about the growth of cloud computing just seem to keep barraging us with numbers, and it is time that those of us with a desire to understand what is really going on demand some clarity into those numbers, because many are obviously questionable, some are even obviously bunk spewn by those who want you to believe everyone else is rushing to the cloud and you must too. First of the issues is defining what is “enterprise computing”. It amazes me to see some of the numbers thrown about for how much enterprise usage of the cloud there is, then f... (more)