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Background Here at Ingrained Tech, we spend a lot of time researching trends and data. Since more than half of our business is in technical writing and technical marketing, solid research data to back up our conclusions is pretty essential. The thing is, we’re not a huge org that...
Those who are regular readers know that I’ve spent the better part of the last two years at Provisioning/DevOps startup StackIQ. Last week that engagement came to an end. I was knee deep in building Ingrained Tech when someone I trust called and told me “You have to check out my new gi...
We in IT live in a complex world. While complexity is rapidly increasing, we are working hard on simplifying it. The two things occurring at the same time certainly do not make for a smooth or even linear transition, but at a minimum we are keeping complexity from overwhelming the numb...
I, like many of you, attended the LiveStream of Chef unveiling Habitat. I find the system super-intriguing, and the disruption it potentially causes to be.
Recently I switched my cell phone service from Verizon to AT&T. Taking advantage of modern day conveniences, I made the switch online with a call.
If you’ve ever stood in the ruins of what was once your datacenter and pondered how much work you had to do and how little.
The world of datacenter automation is a complex one. We all knew that going into it, but faced with the reality of varying hardware, operating.
The world of automated provisioning has come a long way in a short time. From hand deploying everything from temporary VMs to complex clustered systems, we have reached the point where the entire operations stack can be provisioned with the click of a button – provided the infrastructu...
Full Datacenter Automation – minus the AI (for now) In Arthur C Clark’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 was the AI. Everyone knows that. But more relevant to todays’ automation efforts in the datacenter, HAL also controlled all the systems on the space ship. That, in the long run, i...
Every technology market has a set of questions that is good to have on hand when you look at the products that serve the market. This is true of every space I’ve worked in, and true with every vendor I’ve worked for. The key is that there are not golden answers to most of these questio...
Every technology market has a set of questions that is good to have on hand when you look at the products that serve the market..
We are rapidly approaching a world where the bulk of datacenter day-to-day operations are automated. The major application provisioning tools are integrating with infrastructure vendor APIs to give operations the power to control and monitor the datacenter – including things like SAN a...
Taking a break from being non-salesy to tell you about something that I think is really cool, and happens to be sponsored by my employer. Since I don’t write blogs dedicated to all the other really cool events going on, thought I’d warn you about the employer part. Though with the warn...
Taking a break from being non-salesy to tell you about something that I think is really cool, and happens to be sponsored by my employer..
Many years ago, I wrote a blog that aimed to help organizations evaluate open source projects in terms of enterprise suitability. That blog was lost when the employer took the publication off-line, and my Google-fu has been unable to recover a copy (if you happen to have it, ping me, I...
Many years ago, I wrote a blog that aimed to help organizations evaluate open source projects in terms of enterprise suitability. That blog was lost.
Increasingly, a feature of open source projects is gatherings to talk about the project, use cases, and issues that users face. These birds-of-a-feather gatherings work.
In the currently high-flying world of DevOps, automation is the king. We are "automating all of the things" at a pretty astounding rate, and it is increasing productivity by reducing the man-hours invested in repetitive work. All very cool, but there is a dark side to automation, and t...
Today. StackIQ announced the release of Stacki 3.0. While there are new features that support both enterprise and web-scale deployments, the big news is that.
Today. StackIQ announced the release of Stacki 3.0. While there are new features that support both enterprise and web-scale deployments, the big news is that StackIQ’s product line has been reorganized to be compatible with Stacki. From the free Stacki Community through the advanced St...
If you think of automated provisioning as a formal written language definition, it does have some value in illuminating issues with partial automation or portions of the overall data center that are not automated. The path to automation is not a straight one at most organizations. It ...
If you think of automated provisioning as a formal written language definition, it does have some value in illuminating issues with partial automation or portions.
While we were busy throwing parts of our organizations into the cloud, and (for those who don’t count it as cloud) SaaS, while we were moving parts of our organization over to Python, or Node, or Swift, while we were looking into Software Defined Everything, and containers started soun...
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...
Since the first release of the Stacki Open Source project, it has seen the type of growth that one would expect of a cutting edge tool that makes operations lives easier. The number of active users continues to increase, as does the breadth of things they’re achieving with the world’s ...
The evolution of IT operations is upon us. There has been a lot of change in both direction and momentum over the last several years, and at this point, it is not hard to see the future of Ops. Perhaps, having worked for a networking firm and a server automation firm, it is easier to ...
It is interesting to me, how quickly the hype cycle of a good thing can turn it into a monster that will inevitably eat itself, leaving a much smaller – and much more useful – concept or toolset behind. It has happened over and over in high tech, one need only say “XML” to understand w...
It’s here. While we were sweating VM bloat, and throwing barbs at each other about VMs versus containers, it snuck up on us. While some were decrying that cloud would end the datacenter, while others laughed and said public cloud was a non-starter, and still more scoffed at hybrid clou...
Funny thing about the never-ending discussions of cloud, virtualization, and containers out here in pundit-land… Most writers blithely ignore the one truth that all of us need to be reminded of on occasion. Your cloud is built on hardware. Yes indeed, I did say that out loud. Tal...
Teaching young children about electronics is difficult. If you are a parent that isn't knowledgeable about electronic circuits, you feel like you have to study before teaching, and if you are a parent that is knowledgeable about circuits, you have to try and balance all that you know a...
I’ve worked in just about every job in tech. For this blog, I’ll mention the two roles likely to come up again later – Manager of Enterprise Systems, and Enterprise Architect. Both pretty cool in their own realm, but vastly different roles. Before we go any further, let’s take a mome...
  This week, Lori was on the road, so our youngest – a seven year old – and I were on our own. Since he’s not in school, we tend to do a little teaching with him on a daily basis. Over the weekend, he and I put together the Genius Light from EEME – … Read More Systems Admins...
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....
June 1, 2015, Don MacVittie, Sr. Solutions Architect. We at StackIQ have been burning the midnight oil in order to meet all of our commitments and still make this day come for the community. Today, we released the first iteration of Stacki, the fastest open source bare metal installer....
We have been using scripting tools and even bare metal install tools to automate the installation process of datacenter servers for a very long time. If you trace server automation back to the advent of tools like Chef and Puppet, we’ve been at it for years. If you trace it back to the...
The idea of DevOps is appealing, particularly in highly complex environments. There are just so many places where a system can go wrong, let alone a complex interconnected multi-machine system like a cluster or a cloud hosting environment. As systems have become progressively more comp...
The idea of DevOps is appealing, particularly in highly complex environments. There are just so many places where a system can go wrong, let alone a complex interconnected multi-machine system like a cluster or a cloud hosting environment. As systems have become progressively more comp...
OpenStack and Hadoop are both amazingly powerful platforms for those who need (and recognize that they need) them. We all know what private clouds and Big Data are, so I won't waste your time explaining them. I will point out for those who haven't had the pleasure of installing them th...
For regular readers of the StackIQ blog, Hi! I’m Don MacVittie, the new Senior Solutions Architect here at StackIQ. For regular readers of my aggregated blog, if you have not, meet StackIQ – Web Scale Infrastructure Management vendor that will knock your socks off. Introductions comple...
One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant, on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, fo...