May 31

SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust IT industrialization – allowing customers to provide amazing user experiences with optimized IT performance, cost, compliance, and productivity. BMC believes that technology is the heart of every business, and that IT drives business to the digital age.

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May 31

Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
New tools, technologies, and frameworks have evolved recently to help manage rapid shifts in the technology landscape, but they’re only as good as the underlying processes that exist within the organization. As lines of business change or add requirements, developers must be able to release new features and functionality quickly. And IT operations must be able to support products and services in production.

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May 31

I read an insightful article this morning from Bernard Golden on DZone discussing the DevOps conundrum facing many enterprises today – is it better to build your own DevOps tools or go commercial? For Golden, the question arose from his observations at a number of DevOps Days events he has attended, where typically the audience is composed of startup professionals:
“I have to say, though, that a typical feature of most presentations is a recitation of the various open source products and components and how they integrated them to implement their solution. In a word, how they created their home-grown solution. Given that many of these speakers hail from startups with small teams and a focus on conserving cash, this approach makes sense. Moreover, given that these are typically small teams working at companies following the Lean Startup approach, using open source that allows rapid change as circumstances dictate makes sense as well. And, in any case, startups need to solve problems today because who knows what the future will bring?”

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May 31

In the first four parts of this series I presented an introduction to microservices along with a handful of emerging microservices patterns, and a discussion of some of the downsides and challenges to using microservices. The most recent installment of this series looked at ten ways that PaaS facilitates microservices development and adoption.
In this post I’ll cover some words of wisdom, advice intended for individuals, teams, and organizations considering a move to microservices. I’ve gleaned this advice from the various articles and meetups mentioned above, from dozens of discussions with architects and developers at a handful of organizations who are moving forward with microservices, as well as from my experience building a couple microservices-based systems before microservices was a thing.

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May 31

A huge theme we encounter with businesses attempting DevOps transformations is that they rarely know where to start. Our advice, start by figuring out your goals. The most common goal we find is that companies want to ship faster without breaking everything. But where do you go from there? Here is our take:

We’ve all heard about the principles/philosophies/tools etc. behind successful DevOps, but in the beginning start by just enacting the changes that move you towards your goals
Make your focus practicing improvement not just practicing “DevOps”

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May 31

Software development can be an arduous endeavor with numerous steps spanning a few programmers to a couple hundred developers. And keeping that software running smoothly can be even more costly and time-consuming as a few features are added, bug fixes applied, or third party tools integrated. A recent post from Gartner estimated the cost of downtime could be as high as $5,600 per minute which translates to over $300K per hour! Of course this figure varies based on the industry, size of the organization, and other factors but no organization can afford extended downtime in today’s competitive marketplace.

Your Dev/Ops team needs the right application monitoring tools, processes, and culture to avoid downtime and support aggressive revenue and customer retention targets.

So how can you simplify your development process to deliver tangible savings and minimize downtime? Here are 15 simple steps you can implement to save time and money for your Dev/Ops teams.

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May 31

Containers Expo Blog covers the world of containers, as this lightweight alternative to virtual machines enables developers to work with identical dev environments and stacks. Containers Expo Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world’s well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. Bookmark Containers Expo Blog ▸ Here Follow new article posts on Twitter at @ContainersExpo

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May 30

The OpenStack cloud operating system includes Trove, a database abstraction layer. Rather than applications connecting directly to a specific type of database, they connect to Trove, which in turn connects to one or more specific databases. One target database is Postgres Plus Cloud Database, which includes its own RESTful API. Trove was originally developed around MySQL, whose interfaces are significantly less complicated than those of the Postgres cloud database.
In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Fred Dalrymple, product manager for EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus Cloud Database, will address the issues encountered in using Trove to abstract a complicated cloud database, including gaining access to database functionality not native in the standard abstraction, providing portability for the database interface into non-OpenStack contexts, and preventing the database from being commoditized by abstraction.

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May 30

SYS-CON Events announced today that SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, will exhibit at SYS-CON’s DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SUSE provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed - today and tomorrow.

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May 30

In “Thinking Like a Data Scientist – Part I”, we examined the challenges for getting the business users to think like data scientists when contemplating where and how to leverage big data to drive business value. We introduced a “Thinking Like a Data Scientist” process that starts with identifying and understanding the organization’s top-level strategic business initiatives, then uses a “Strategic Nouns” technique to create potential business questions that were descriptive, predictive or in nature.

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