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
Efficient resource use: One of the problems confronting IT organizations is
how to get the most benefit from computing resources; this translates as to
how to raise utilization of servers to ensure that their cost and power use
is actually applied to computing rather than b... (more)
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)
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 acc... (more)
Through the magic of cloud computing, infrastructure is no longer the long
pole in the IT process. Organizations can now set up the infrastructure they
require within minutes instead of weeks. However, removing this bottleneck
has exposed another; application delivery is the next issue to be resolved.
With the ongoing move to digital-first enterprises, companies are now faced
with a software-intensive business environment. Simply put, IT needs to
figure out how to accelerate the application deployment process. Here are the
new rules for enterprises to solve this new bottleneck.
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)