Ben Newton

Conquering the vast Cloud Unknown with Akamai EdgeConnect

Running business-critical applications on the internet is very different than it was even just a few short years ago, and business have to work hard to keep up. User expectations for speed and functionality are higher than they have ever been. Users expect response times in 2 seconds or less, versus 4 seconds in 2006. In particular, about 2 out of … [Read more...]

Is the DevOps community setting the bar too low for automation tools?

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I have been in the automation, particularly configuration and application automation, business for a while now. It is very good to see how the current trend of DevOps is pushing IT departments to really and truly embrace automation - and not just for the server. All that said, I am feeling a little like the mainframe guys do about cloud when I see … [Read more...]

Navigating the Turbulent Clouds for your Applications

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  I don't know about you, but I find it hard to sort through all of the noise around Cloud Management to get to the real heart of the matter. Between cheesy slogans like "To the Cloud" and impenetrable marketing, it is very hard to peel away the nonsense and fluff to understand the real solutions. The situation isn't much better in the world of … [Read more...]

Security as Code? – Automating Rugged DevOps – Part 1

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As the discussion around DevOps has been advancing forward, most of the discussions have been about pushing code faster, more reliability, etc. Security remains a dirty word for many organizations, and DevOps doesn't necessarily change that. In their presentation at the 2012 RSA conference - "Security is Dead. Long Live Rugged DevOps […]", Gene … [Read more...]

IT as a Service – The Unified Theory of IT

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It seems that every couple of months I read another article about the search for the Higgs Boson, and how that will either confirm or call into question various all-encompassing "theory of everything" in particle physics. While that story of particle-colliding is interesting in its own science-geeky way, I also think that the drive towards the … [Read more...]

What is Automation? – Part 2 – IT Orchestration

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In my first post, we talked about the first layer of the automation stack. We discussed how Embedded Automation (e.g Server or Database Automation), provides the domain knowledge to accurately provision and manage the devices and applications in the data center. Enterprise Job Scheduling provides the business-driven automation for scheduling tasks … [Read more...]

The missing link in the virtualized world – Automation

I just got back from VMWorld 2010 last week, and it was an impressive gathering. At 17,000 attendees, hundreds of vendors, and dozens of breakout sessions, it was an intense* experience.   Of course there are lots of vendors playing in cloud computing, but what was encouraging was that automation seems to be getting the spotlight again. There … [Read more...]