Category IT Operations

Operating OpenStack Clouds at Scale

As anyone who’s ever tried to move a technology from development to production knows, operations and scaling are two of the most difficult elements to do well. Nowhere is that more true than when you are talking about a cloud platform such as OpenStack. Deploying an OpenStack cloud with 10s of servers to support a […]

Some New OpenStack Content

One of the things I enjoy most about being part of the OpenStack community is the amount of content available (sometime too much content) about the technology and the ecosystem.  I’ve had the privilege to contribute some of that content myself, particularly in the past month.  So, I thought it might be helpful to at […]

The Cloud Doesn’t Answer The Why Or The How

Where Vendors Go Wrong If you are an end-user, I am sure you’ve dealt with technology vendors that reminded you more of pushy used car salesmen than trusted advisors.  They seem to only care about your concerns long enough to use them as a springboard for delivering their latest product pitches.  And it doesn’t seem […]

Next Stop… The Open Cloud

Most of my conversation partners on Twitter know that this past Friday was my last day of employment, after 2+ years, at VCE.  I am grateful for and humbled by the number of now former colleagues who expressed their well-wishes and thanked me for the contributions I made to the VCE community.  There were also a […]

Go Public (Cloud)!

Back in January 2013, Silicon Angle posted an article highlighting security challenges that Amazon Web Services (AWS) faces as it tries to make inroads into the Enterprise. In particular, the article highlighted the lack of visibility and control over the physical infrastructure when an enterprise decides to move to AWS.  Two weeks later, David Linthicum, […]

Book Review: The Phoenix Project Aka. Karate Kid Meets DevOps

I just finished reading The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford and it is one of the most thought-provoking IT books I’ve read in recent years.  For those who are not familiar with the authors, Kim, Behr, and Spafford are well-regarded luminaries in the DevOps world and co-authors of another book, […]