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I just read through "The New Kingmakers," a thought-provoking book by Stephen O'Grady of the small, but influential, analyst firm Redmonk. The thesis of the book is straightforward: technology changes have moved developers, previously of little importance within the world of IT, to a central direction-setting role within companies. O'Grady attributes this change to four factors: Open source, which democratizes both creation and access to software components, enabling developers direct access to useful software without having to obtain budget or endure sales interactions. This accounts for the move to PHP, MySQL, Cassandra, and Cloud Foundry rather than their proprietary equivalents. Cloud computing, which makes infrastructure to run software (especially the just-mentioned open source) available for pennies. Amazon Web Services kicked off this revolution and it is co... (more)

PaaS Is the Future of IT by @BernardGolden | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Why PaaS Represents the Future of IT - for Both Users and Providers Cloud computing in the form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has revolutionized the expectations of IT. Infrastructure that used to take weeks to months to provision is now available in minutes. Moreover, most of the traditional drawbacks associated with infrastructure have disappeared as IaaS has become more widely used. The lengthy timeframes to add infrastructure resources to existing applications, which led to wildly over-provisioned environments, have disappeared. The heavy upfront capital investment th... (more)

Cloud: Pets, Cattle and...Chickens? By @BernardGolden | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Cloud Computing: Pets, Cattle and ... Chickens? 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 associated with this meme is that we should have different attitudes about traditional infrastructure versus today's cloud infrastructure. Traditional infrastructure is expensive and individuated - we give servers names, we lavish attention on them, and... (more)

Amazon Dash Embodies the #Stackato Vision | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Last week we announced the release of "Enabling the Future of Applications: The Stackato Vision." This video describes how the nature of information technology is changing - from automating business-supporting processes to being the business offering itself. Using IDC's Third Platform concept as a framework, we identify the critical success factors necessary to be a Third Platform company and present examples like Uber and Airbnb. If you're not familiar with IDC's Third Platform, it represents the confluence of four technology trends - social, mobile, Big Data, and cloud computi... (more)

Moving Beyond the Linux Beachhead

What began as a small movement based in a Finnish student's apartment has mushroomed far beyond his or anyone else's expectations. Linux, sprung from Linus Torvalds' imagination, has alighted in countless data centers and now stands tall as the software strategy centerpiece of technology giants like Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Despite bad-mouthing and the sowing of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, Linux has successfully established a beachhead in IT organizations. Cost savings and control have made it an acceptable choice in a variety of organizations, from Google to Sabre Holdings (c... (more)