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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new hot buzzword and like most buzzwords, its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood. When some people hear the term IoT they immediately associate it with a refrigerator reminding us to order milk or our Fitbit wearable device tweeting how we just “crushed a 4.1 mile run”. Neither of those use cases are very compelling to most of us which makes it hard to fathom how experts can predict that by 2020 there will be greater than a one trillion dollar market that vendors will be trying to claim a piece of. Check out my latest post of Forbes that discussed real use cases with real business value. You won’t want to underestimate the future of IoT. ... (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)

Security and the Cloud

My colleague @kacyclarke and I were interviewed at the Cloud Expo in NYC a few weeks back. A lot of the questions were focused on security and the cloud. Enjoy. ... (more)

The Results Are In. Enterprise DevOps Is Real

PuppetLabs just released the 2014 State of DevOps Report. The research team interviewed companies from multiple industries and various sizes, from startups to global firms with over 10,000 employees. The report shows us that not only is DevOps working within the enterprise, but it is also driving higher employee satisfaction. Checkout my latest post on Forbes that discusses the findings in the DevOps report. ... (more)

Complexity Will Drive Demand For Managed Services Providers

We live in the world where everything can be delivered as a service and is available online, all the time.  In order to support the “always on” and auto scaling requirements that users have come to expect, the underlying architectures have become extremely complex. This begs the question should IT figure out how to build these complex underlying architectures themselves or should they leverage solutions that exist in the market place? I give my thoughts on my latest post on Forbes and add some commentary in the video below.   ... (more)