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There has certainly been no lack of punditry and controversy in the US regarding the hacking of John Podesta’s email account (along with the DNC email hack), with some claiming they were responsible for Mrs. Clinton’s loss in the election. I will leave the impact of these claims to tho...
For those unfamiliar, as a developer working in marketing for an infrastructure automation company, I have tried to clarify the different versions of DevOps by capitalizing the part that benefits in a given DevOps scenario. In this case we’re talking about operations improvements. Whil...
As we move into the world of complete datacenter automation, there is a whole new selection of issues that we are learning to resolve – from custom hardware to a variety of provisioning tools at each level of automation. These are not unexpected issues, but they certainly provide us wi...
Because of the explosive growth of DevOps, there is still a seemingly large amount of confusion on the topic. While I’ve written about this before, this article takes a shot at dividing things in a way that we naturally do as users, but vendors often fail to differentiate, simply becau...
Now, with more hardware! September 21, 2015, Don MacVittie, Sr. Solutions Architect. The “continuous” trend is continuing (get it..?), and we’ll soon reach the peek of the hype cycle, with continuous everything. At the pinnacle of the hype cycle, do not be surprised to see DDOS attacks...
We really are moving in the direction of truly commoditized hardware. Some uses will always have specific requirements that are not mainstream and thus will require specialized builds, this is true in every industry. But increasingly, who made your hardware and where they got their par...
Fast, reliable, repeatable bare metal and bare virtual metal installs. Stacki is a streamlined version of the base installer from our flagship product StackIQ Boss. It has been used on over one million servers, and has had the kinks worked out. This is not a “great idea, let’s get a fi...
I don’t make a habit of inserting myself into OSS wars, they tend to hurt everyone and benefit no one. Far too often (content management OSS projects are a great example) they result in code splitting and users with limited options moving forward. With that said, I read with some amou...
We’ve all known the person that believed they knew everything there was to know about topic X. In IT this person is so commonplace that I have wondered if there isn’t an advanced cloning device that spits them out on a daily basis. While this self confidence (or bravado, whichever) in ...
In all critical systems – from home heating units to military firearms – the failure of even one piece can have catastrophic results for the user. While it is unlikely that the failure of an ADC is going to be quite so catastrophic, it can certainly make IT staff’s day(s) terrible and ...
When moving to the cloud, the four pillars become much less manageable. The amount “much less” implies depends a lot upon your cloud provider, and how you define “cloud”. Put in simple terms, if you are suddenly struck blind, that does not change what’s in front of you, only your abil...
#fsi problems are very public, but provide warning messages for all enterprises. The recent troubles in High Frequency Trading (HFT) involving problems on the NASDAQ over the debut of Facebook, the Knight Trading $400 Million USD loss among others are a clear warning bell to High Freq...
On occasion I have talked about military force multipliers. These are things like terrain and minefields that can make your force able to do their job much more effectively if utilized correctly. In fact, a study of military history is every bit as much a study of battlefields as it is...
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 fel...
Rubik’s Cube was first patented in 1974. The first book talking about a solution algorithm was published in 1981. In 2007, computers were used to deduce the smallest number of moves to solve a cube, and in  2008 that number was further reduced. That’s 34 years after it was invented. An...
Lori, the Toddler, and I drove down to my mothers’ house in Cincinnati (about 9 hours away) for the fourth of July weekend. Our youngest daughter drove her car with her sister, the sister’s fiancé, and our grand-daughter. We stayed in touch via text message and drove through the night....
So I’m jealous that Lori works D&D references into her posts regularly and I never have… Until today! For those who aren’t gamers or literary buffs, a Hydra is a big serpent or lizard with a variable number of heads (normally five to nine in both literature and gaming). They’re very p...
It’s been a good long while since I wrote an installment of Load Balancing for Developers, but you all keep reading them, and they are still my most read blog posts on a monthly basis, so since I have an increased interest in WAN Optimization, and F5 has a great set of WAN Optimization...
In the rush to cloud, there are many tools and technologies out there that are brand new. I’ve covered a few, but that’s nowhere near a complete list, but it’s interesting to see what is going on out there from a broad-spectrum view. I have talked a bit about Cloud Storage Gateways her...
THE LITTLE GYM AND TODDLER HERD-THINK Lori and I take the Toddler to the Little Gym, a place for toddlers to go hang out with other toddlers and do some semi-directed activities designed to build confidence and muscle. We think it’s really very good for him, and he  attends with h...
There are two interesting and complimentary rules in IT: 1. When a technology takes off, vendors will keep trying to find “the next big thing” to earn more of your business; 2. Until something takes off, most IT staff doesn’t have time to worry about it. Virtualization is one of those...
And yet we never see them when we’re not interacting with them. Unless we bought really cheap ones or have gone literally years without maintaining them or put them together wrong when we first got them, we never fear that they will fall apart randomly on us, and we never fear that the...
“Web Server XYZ is out of disk space” says the voice on the other end of the line in a tone that, at 2am, could pass for Scotty screaming “Capt’n! I don’t know how much longer I can ‘old her together!” And that’s just the beginning of your nightmare, for this is exactly the scenario t...
George Crump over at Storage Switzerland has a pretty good introductory primer to File/NAS Virtualization. George and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but that’s no surprise, I’m one of those people that wants analysts to prove they’re working on solid ground, and he’s an analyst. Bot...