Welcome!

From the Author of "Architecting the Cloud"

Mike Kavis

Subscribe to Mike Kavis: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Mike Kavis via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Latest Articles from Mike Kavis
Our guest on the podcast this week is Preeti Somal, VP of Engineering at Yahoo. We discuss the cloud challenges that come with supporting over a billion consumers per day at Yahoo. One way the Yahoo team simplifies this is through automation and smarter monitoring. Yahoo also leverages...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jason Parsons, Senior Architect and Big Data expert at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss the benefits of real-time, big data processing in the cloud and why some companies are hesitant to migrate from their traditional data centers. Jason expla...
Our guest on the podcast this week is JP Morgenthal, Global Solutions Executive at CSC. We discuss the architecture of microservices and how to overcome the challenge of making different tools work together. We learn about the importance of hiring engineers who can compose services int...
Success in the public cloud requires a complete mind shift change. Are you thinking about cloud the right way? Most large enterprises have spent millions of dollars on their public cloud initiatives over the past few years but have made little progress towards achieving their goals of...
I was a guest on Scriptrock's podcast series. We discussed cloud security and DevOps. We even talked about my all time favorite album.
In the 1970s, a psychologist named Noel Burch created a learning model to describe how humans go through four stages of learning when introduced to a new skill. This model is known as “The Four Stages of Competence”. In my latest post on Forbes I use this model to describe how organ...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Helen Beal, Head of DevOps at Ranger4 Limited. We discuss how successful DevOps transitions depend on culture, so to start companies must identify their current problem areas. Helen describes the most successful DevOps culture as a place where each...
The Tutum platform features a workflow, backed by a fully integrated set of operational tooling, which enables development teams to move applications from build to production in minutes. More importantly, operations uses the same common framework as development to change, scale and ma...
I have been following containers for quite some time now. A year ago it was safe to say that container technologies like Docker were far from production ready when it came to security. What I have seen over the past year is a ton of development towards closing that gap. Check ...
Containers are a hot topic these days. I have run a few workshops with clients, and one of the questions I get asked most frequently is “what are companies using containers for?” After answering this question a number of times, I thought I would share some common use cases with my r...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jason Bloomberg, President at Intellyx. When we build services we want them to be lightweight, stateless and scalable while doing one thing really well. In today's cloud world, we're revisiting what to takes to make a good service in the first p...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Paul Duvall, Chairman and CTO at Stelligent, and author of “Continuous Integration” and “DevOps in AWS”. We discuss continuous integration and the cultural changes that must occur for an organization to make the switch to continuous delivery and in...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO of Bluebox. We discuss Walmart’s recent OpenStack success story and the expanding capabilities of DIY private clouds. While DIY private clouds require large investments in configuring open source software to meet bus...
It was just two years ago, in March of 2013, that the PaaS company dotCloud decided to open-source its container technology under the name "Docker." Docker quickly became a hit, with Docker Meetups spawning weekly worldwide and downloads occurring at record-breaking rates. The dotCloud...
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 vulner...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jim Haughwout, Chief Technology Architect at Savi Technologies. We discuss Internet of Things sensors and the growing demand for data driven architectures to support the sheer volume of data being collected. It’s clear that many businesses adopting...
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 ...
I read a thought provoking article called The Happy Demise of the 10X Engineer. In this piece the author points out how software has evolved to the point where engineers can quickly assemble different components and build solutions in days for a minimal investment where as previously t...
If you're not using the Internet of Things to engage your customers, you should be. Earlier this week Jessica Groopman from Altimeter published a thought provoking white paper that recommends 5 consumer facing use cases for IoT. For each use case she highlights the value proposition...
Last week I explored how small data, rather than big data, can be a critical component of the Internet of Things. To drive the point home I went looking for more examples of companies using both small and big data to improve decision-making. I stumbled across an innovative startu...
In a previous post I discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) will radically change your big data strategy. Massive amounts of data from sensors, wearable devices, and other technologies are creating new and exciting opportunities to make better business decisions in real time. Howev...
Some companies are still hanging on to the belief that they can manage their own data centers better than the various cloud providers out there.This state of denial should all but go away when the influx of petabyte scale data becomes a reality for enterprises. Enterprises are going to...
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 w...
I recently wrote two articles about DevOps that I have combined into a power point presentation which I gave last night at our monthly Tampa Bay Cloud Computing meetup
Last week, I interviewed Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker.
What we are seeing is that everyone wants DevOps, but not everyone knows why or exactly what DevOps means.
Let’s get one thing straight. DevOps is not a person; it is not a job; it is not a role.
Agility should be measured in the eyes of the customer, not the scrum master.
I did a podcast with Dave Linthicum this morning.
Want o know why I wrote "Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Service Models (SaaS, PaaS, PaaS)" which has officially published as of yesterday (1/28/2014)?
He we go again. Enterprises are making the same mistakes in the cloud that they have been making for years.
Is PaaS dying, is it dead, or is it just not mature enough for the enterprise yet?
What I have not seen discussed enough is how we should be abstracting the different types of server farms away from each other to eliminate tightly coupled dependencies between compute resources.
A Visual Guide to the Fall of General Motors (INFOGRAPHIC) In recent weeks, GM has been making a last-ditch effort to deal with its mounting problems and somehow escape bankruptcy. The final outcome of remains to be seen, but any bailout efforts or even the most drastic of moves at ...
10 awesome .htaccess hacks for WordPress .htaccess, the file which control the Apache webserver, is very useful and allows you to do a lot of things. In this article, let’s see how .htaccess can help you with your WordPress blog, for both security,functionnality and usability....
Being Anti-Linux is bad for your business' health Today, Microsoft is announcing its biggest layoff ever and Sun is quietly laying off the first of what may turn out to be an additional 6,000 employees. Red Hat? Total year-over-year up 17%. Novell? Its Linux sales in 2008 were up by...
The Rumors of SOA's Demise... More on Dead SOA, or is it really dead?