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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)

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)

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: Part 2 By @BernardGolden | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

I recently wrote about how Amazon's new Dash service embodies the Stackato vision; in that post I discussed how Dash reflects the Business Agility portion of our vision. As the image to the left shows, Dash is a service that offers a small button; when pressed, magic happens and an order is placed for the product (in this example, Tide detergent), which is eventually delivered to the customer. Dash presents a very different model of retailing, changing the purchase execution from a physical retail outlet or an online website to the very location of product consumption. With this... (more)

Docker + Stackato: The Perfect Workload Portability Solution

Looking to ease application development and deployment and also retain the maximum flexibility in terms of deployment location? If you work in technology, you'd have to have been under a rock to have not heard about Docker. In a nutshell, Docker provides a lightweight container for code that can be installed onto a Linux system, providing both an execution environment for applications and partitioning to securely segregate sets of application code from one another. While this high-level description doesn't sound that exciting, Docker addresses three key issues confronting applic... (more)