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Azure container instances arrive

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I love containers. You love containers. We all love containers. But, if you ever tried to run your programs on Microsoft Azure, you had a problem. It wasn’t easy to run Docker-style containers, a native Linux technology, on Azure. Oh, it could be done, but it was work. Now, with Azure Container Instances (ACI), it’s […]

Cloud migration: Making the right choices up front stacks the odds in your favour

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IT leaders are looking before they leap Bring up the topic of cloud migration with a C-Suite executive and you’ll usually get a positive reaction. Viewed through a business lens, the prospect of cost savings, quicker time to market, and transparent consumption models are all compelling benefits. Have the same discussion with an IT leader, […]

Thoughts from the AWS Summit London

Last week, the 10th May, the AWS Summit rolled into town at the Excel conference center in London. I’ve been to every one of these since they started, indeed, as I used to work for AWS. I remember the first of these was me with three other AWS folk, in a room with Werner Vogels, […]

How containers can speed up digital transformation

As part of their digital transformation initiatives, just about all of our enterprise IT customers aim to replace traditional, manually-based IT tasks with software that automates test, configuration and runtime processes, and containers have emerged as a critical enabling technology. By offering IT organizations a way to break down applications into smaller, more digestible modules, […]

Everything old is new again: Microservices

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If I told you about a software architecture in which components of an application provided services to other components via a communications protocol over a network you would say it was… Well, it depends. If you got your start programming in the 90s, you’d say I just defined a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). But, if you’re […]

Creating an IoT ecosystem of sustainable business value

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A truck loaded with produce is traveling long distance. On-board IoT sensors are sending in real-time data that keeps stakeholders informed about arrival times, delay detection and rescheduling notices. The truck is part of a digital convoy, a network of connected vehicles that are crowdsourcing data used to help plan routes more efficiently, ensure the […]

Docker embraces Kubernetes with Docker Enterprise 2.0

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It turns out Docker was serious about adopting Kubernetes. Docker has its own container orchestration program, Docker Swarm mode, but the company saw the wind was blowing towards Kubernetes so it added Kubernetes to its selection of orchestration tools in October 2017. But, there’s adoption and then there’s “Adoption.” With the first you announce you’ll […]

How SIAM enables digital transformation in the banking industry

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Retail banks and other financial institutions face many of the same challenges other mature industries confront in the digital era, including the three truths of digital disruption: Consumers are in charge. Many customers are already thinking and acting “digital” and will force financial institutions into the next market-facing move. The customer experience (CX) for digital […]

Taking a leap into quantum – Hello World with Q#

Back in December 2017, Microsoft announced a Quantum Development Kit which uses Q# (Q Sharp) as its language. It is designed to be used with Visual Studio 2017. I decided to install the development kit and have a go at the usual “Hello World” example. The development kit is explained as being capable of developing […]

What are cloud regions and availability zones?

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If you use a public cloud, you’ve used availability zones (AZ), but what are they really? How do they fit into regions anyway? Let’s go over the basics. First, a region is not an AZ. No, I know what you’ve been told, but it’s not. A region must have at least one AZ within it, […]