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How can you compare one technology or tool to its competitors? Usually, there is no objective comparison available. So how do you know which is better? Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA? Java EE or Spring? C# or Java? All you can usually find is a holy war and biased comparisons on vendor sites...
The last decade was about virtual machines, but the next one is about containers. Containers enable a service to run on any host at any time. Traditional tools are starting to show cracks because they were not designed for this level of application portability. Now is the time to look ...
Application metrics, logs, and business KPIs are a goldmine. It’s easy to get started with the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana) – you can see lots of people coming up with impressive dashboards, in less than a day, with no previous experience. Going from proof-of-concept ...
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has become an essential tool for assessing IT initiatives. Originally developed to assess the capabilities of government subcontractors in the 1990s, the CMM is now used by IT management to define best practices in a particular practice area. From ...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jon Baier, container expert and Senior Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss why containers have risen in popularity and what advantages they bring to cloud computing. Platforms, like Docker and Kubernetes, maximize resource usag...
2015 is the 10th birthday of Ruby on Rails (or simply called Rails), the popular open source web application framework that uses the Ruby programming language. Ever since Rails burst on the scene a decade ago it has continued to scale up as an elegant way to build dynamic websites quic...
For those of you using Cassandra or considering it, we’ve got another Sematext user’s Planet Cassandra case study for your reading pleasure. In this Q&A/use case, Alain Rodriguez, main Data Architect for Teads.tv, talks about the business and technical needs that drove their decision ...
With DevOps now "eating the world", as Intellyx principal analyst Jason Bloomberg described in a recent Forbes article, a number of companies are beginning their own DevOps initiatives, and are now looking for "DevOps engineers" to help them get off the ground. This likely isn't a t...
Community is an area of great interest to me. As the evangelist for VictorOps, I’m tapped with many challenges and responsibilities. Not only do I try to provide useful guidance and feedback regarding VictorOps and DevOps best practices, but also bring together customers and partners w...
The primary objective of a platform should be to provide a high-level of automation. This provides easy management of applications and services, while delivering consistent and error-free deployment of applications. While this high level automation provides a critical foundation, addit...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Mark Hinkle’s Citrix blog has exceeded 2.7 million page views. Mark Hinkle, Senior Director of Open Source Solutions at Citrix, has surpassed 2.7 million page views on the SYS-CON family of online magazines, which includes Cloud Computing Journal, I...
I recently wrote an article for OpenSource.com – Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival. This article is part of the Easy DevOps column coordinated by Greg Dekoenigsberg, VP of Community at Ansible. Share your stories and advice that helps to make DevOps prac...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Open source projects allow us to a...
If you’ve spent any time at leading cloud computing conferences, you may have come across the meme “pets vs cattle.” (Here is a lengthy slideshare presentation by Randy Bias of EMC/Cloudscaling discussing the difference between pets and cattle in a cloud computing world.) The message a...
Many of the well-known examples of DevOps success we read in blogs on the Internet paint an idyllic picture of DevOps productivity. A team was facing a stodgy, slow-moving operations department, teams weren’t delivering software on time. Those teams moved to DevOps, became proactive ab...
Everyone in the OpenStack community has a vested interested in making it work. Without a strong guiding hand, the open source community runs the risk of becoming so fragmented that compatibility and integration suffer. This is a bigger challenge than most people realize because the li...
Forget the funnel. Your customers no longer adhere to that nice, neat linear purchase model. But don't worry, Communications Service Providers have the most important tool necessary to communicate effectively with customers: Big Data. Don't plan on following them around like a heartbr...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. In August 2012 Splunk released Spl...
Life may be like a box of chocolates , but Database as a Service is like a stack of pancakes. Let us count the ways… Variety is the spice of life - The last time I looked at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) menu, there were 16 different kinds of pancakes to choose from. Open...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Containerization and micro-service...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Logentries has announced a new int...
Prior to implementing the Transmogrifier, I would get woken up for an alert and have no idea what it was, or what was needed to solve the problem. I would have to open 3 or 4 different tabs to try and wrap my head around the situation. Now with the Transmogrifier’s annotations, I save ...
With many organizations incorporating open source code into their software, business managers should have a basic understanding of what open source is all about. After all, Gartner and Accenture report open source adoption rates nearing 100% so it’s likely that your development team is...
Your #monitoringlife is about to get better! Next week’s release introduces support for asynchronous I/O in Java through Netty. This enables you to monitor any application that’s built on top of Netty-based technology. Netty is an asynchronous event-driven network application fra...
I'm super excited to announce RxMule, my latest open source project. RxMule provides reactive extensions for Mule ESB, via a set of specific bindings for RxJava. For several years, I've been mulling over the idea of creating a DSL for configuring Mule. Indeed, there is a treasure tr...
But is DevOps really a significant trend, or merely a fad? International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that DevOps will be adopted -- in either practice or discipline -- by 80% of Global 1000 organizations by 2019. IDC released a summary the findings from their "2014 DevOps Benchm...
It's an exciting time in technology! The role of IT Ops is undergoing a seismic shift in meeting the ever increasing and pressurized demands from the business they serve. It seems only yesterday that client-server computing was being adopted by business users as a new-world alternative...
A common pattern in the past few years is the creation of centralized Release Engineering groups. These professionals apply common patterns for automating releases, they have a solid understanding of build and testing frameworks, and they help a large organization standardize software ...
I’ve spent the past few years looking at clouds on the ground and in the air. On the ground, I’m immersed in OpenStack’s global innovation and momentum. Doing so involves lots of time in the air, looking at literal clouds as I fly around the world talking with OpenStack developers, com...
Traditionally if a critical customer has an issue in the middle of your night, it wouldn’t be answered until the next business day. With the Desk.com and PagerDuty integration, your team can immediately get notified about top-tier support issues as they happen, and can then handle the ...
I've always believed that tech companies only last in the market by listening to their customers. You can get carried away and add the coolest technology to your product, but if it doesn't provide real business value to the customer, it's useless. Based on discussions with our customer...
On the server side we always use Java and have no plans to switch to any other technology. After spending many years developing the front end with Adobe Flex framework and ActionScript programming language we got spoiled by this super-productive environment. After the mankind led by Ap...
Apache Hadoop is an open source big data processing platform that comes with its own extensive ecosystem to support various business and technical needs. Hadoop’s specialty is large-scale processing and analytics over volumes of data that cannot be efficiently handled by traditional te...
This past week the Appcore team got the opportunity to attend one of the industry’s leading cloud events, Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA. We spent a lot of time interacting with attendees at the exhibit portion of the event. As a software company with a sole commitment to CloudStack, we...
It is almost two years ago now when Dmitriy and I stood in front of the white board at the old GridGain office thinking: “How can we deliver all the real-time performance of GridGain’s in-memory technology to Hadoop customers without asking them rip and replace their systems and withou...
HashiCorp, a San Francisco-based start-up founded in 2012, has recently released its first commercial product, called Atlas. HashiCorp is known by many people as the creator of a number of open-source tools that assist in developing, deploying, and maintaining applications. One major c...
Few companies are able to implement Agile Development across the organization because there exists a chasm between the Application Development team and the Database Administrators. All too often, database development is an afterthought in Agile Development. Developers perfect how be...
AppDynamics role with Cloud Foundry is two-fold. First, as a member of the foundation, we’ll offer our unparalleled performance monitoring and cloud experience to help define the standards for the initiative, dedicating resources and contributing code in the true open-source spirit. Se...
The Log Shipper Poll results are in! We run Logsene here at Sematext, so we wanted to know what people like to use to ship their logs. Before we share the results, a few words about the poll: We published it here on our blog on September 22, 2014 We automatically tweeted it and p...
Apache Spark is an open-source, large-scale data processing engine built on top of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and enables applications in Hadoop clusters to run up to 100x faster in memory, and 10x faster even when running on disk.  So it’s not surprising the usage of Sp...