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Eliminating toil in the cloud with NoOps automation

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A wildlife videographer typically returns from a shoot with hundreds of gigabytes of raw video files on 512GB memory cards. It takes about 40 minutes to import the files into a desktop device, including various prompts from the computer for saving, copying or replacing files. Then the videographer must create a new project in a […]

Developing for autoscaling in Azure

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The public cloud (i.e. AWS, Azure, etc.) is often portrayed as a panacea for all that ails on-premises solutions. And along with this “cure-all” impression are a few misconceptions about the benefits of using the public cloud. One common misconception pertains to autoscaling, the ability to automatically scale up or down the number of compute […]

Overcoming barriers to business transformation – reflections on our enterprise survey

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About that business transformation journey that companies are on … what’s really happening? Are companies making real progress toward their transformation goals or are they stuck in a holding pattern? Are they believers or doubters? Leaders or followers? Our recent global survey of business leaders, “Connecting digital islands: Bridging the business transformation gap,” would suggest […]

What is Helm? A look at software package management for Kubernetes

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So, you’re using Kubernetes to manage your cloud’s containers. Good for you for jumping on the Kubernetes bandwagon.  But, how do you load programs into those containers in the first place? There are several answers, but the one which has the blessing of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the parent organization of Kubernetes, is Helm. […]

A very brief history of cloud computing

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You can argue over when cloud computing really began, but one good starting point is 2006 when then Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at a conference: “I don’t think people have really understood how big this opportunity really is. It starts with the premise that the data services and architecture should be on servers. We call […]

Why you don’t want to run a roll-your-own cloud

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Thanks to my job, I have accounts on many public clouds. I also have production private clouds — open-source OpenStack and NextCloud spring to mind. But, but, as someone who cut his teeth on Unix system administration back in the 80s, I also run my own smaller private clouds using a homebrew of programs. Self-hosting […]

DreamWorks Animation embraces “transformation as lifestyle”

By Neil Ward-Dutton, IDC As the CG animation studio responsible for the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Trolls and How to Train Your Dragon franchises, DreamWorks Animation (DWA) is an enormously respected business. In part it has achieved this status by wholeheartedly embracing the need to transform its core processes and operations – over and over […]

What is AWS Outposts? AWS in your house.

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The public cloud is great, but there are still some jobs you need to keep close to home. That’s why hybrid clouds, where you use both the public and private clouds to get your work done, are so popular. Lately, most of our attention has been focused on using Kubernetes container orchestration. But, for all […]

Bringing a bang to your serverless processes: Firecracker

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda‘s growing popularity is proof positive that serverless computing is for real. But wouldn’t it be nice if you had a better view of how Lamba’s function-as-a-service actually works? Or, better still, if Lambda’s inner workers were open-sourced so you could use them in your own serverless projects? Guess what? AWS […]

Things to consider before spending on multi-cloud

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The concept of multi-cloud is simple. You’re running multiple business processes using more than one cloud. This isn’t the same thing as hybrid cloud. With that model, you’re coordinating business processes across multiple clouds.  So, for example, if your office program is Office 365, but you’re running line of business programs on Amazon Web Services, […]