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Taking DevOps to the Next Level I have seen many DevOps initiatives at various levels of maturity. One common pattern in successful ones is that they have made progress in automating the build process or the provisioning of environments. Both of these accomplishments are necessary and worthy of focus, but the efforts don’t stop there. Check out my post on the Virtualization Practice that discusses 6  ways to take DevOps to the next level. Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on the speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace rapid and constant change to both applications and their infrastructure, and find a way to deliver speed and agility of development without sacrificing reliability or efficiency of ... (more)

An Interview with Mark Thiele By @MadGreek65 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Episode #8: Should You Avoid DIY Private Clouds? Our guest on the podcast this week is Mark Thiele, EVP of Data Center Technology at Switch. We discuss the idea that private clouds are often equated with do-it-yourself and why that should be changed. Taking sure you are receiving the private environment you need at a cost that can support your business. Listen in to learn the different ways to own and manage a private cloud. Check out this episode! Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves... (more)

IoT Security Gets Personal By @MadGreek65 | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Internet of Things: Security Gets Personal Every new advancement in technology brings security challenges. When the Internet became popular, many people had serious concerns about exposing the enterprise to the outside world. For companies to adopt Internet technologies, they had to accept a tradeoff: taking on new vulnerabilities in return for game-changing business value creation. With the emergence of cloud computing, history is repeating itself. It no longer is feasible to resist the movement to the cloud because of security fears. There must be some acceptance of risk and an... (more)

LeanUX and DevOps with @MadGreek65 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

LeanUX and DevOps: A Match Made In Heaven Our guest on the podcast this week is Jeff Sussna, Founder of Ingineering.IT. We discuss the parallels between LeanUX and DevOps, identifying how each can benefit from the other's methodologies. LeanUX uses nimble processes to create a digital experience designed for the end user, while DevOps uses three ways to integrate feedback between development and operations teams. Listen in to learn how to successfully create a digital service offering by incorporating LeanUX and DevOps processes. Check out this episode! ... (more)

Nagios Is Not a Monitoring Strategy

When I visit clients to talk about DevOps, I usually ask them what their monitoring strategy is. Too often, the answer I hear is "We use Nagios". I think Nagios is a great tool, but it sure is not a strategy. Nagios does a good job of monitoring infrastructure. It will alert you when you are running out of disk, CPU, or memory. I call this reactive monitoring. In other words, Nagios is telling you that your resources are getting maxed out and you are about to have issues. Proactive monitoring focuses more on the behavior of the applications and attempts to detect when metrics are... (more)