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The ins and outs of application compatibility on Microsoft Azure

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Many of our customers want to move their existing applications to the public cloud but are concerned about potential compatibility issues. This is a complex topic so I will attempt to address it by focusing on an application’s execution model and using Microsoft Azure to illustrate my points. Leading public clouds like Microsoft Azure provide […]

2018, el año de la “re-plataformación”

Con este terrible palabro (“replatform” en inglés americano) al proceso que vive la empresa actual, de adaptarse a los cambios del mercado a gran velocidad, y que va a llegar a su punto álgido en este 2018 que comienza. Responde a la necesidad de ganar productividad y tomar mejores decisiones, gracias a la información que […]

Why you need Service Integration and Management (SIAM)

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Smart companies understand that the cloud has changed the business paradigm. Businesses working on their digital transformations tend to use multiple cloud providers to reduce costs and become more agile while continuing to manage traditional services. Some may provision Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for testing or running workloads and infrastructure more efficiently; and […]

Meltdown and Spectre bring a world of hurt to the cloud

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Meltdown and Spectre represent a new class of security problem and the cloud — based as it is  on virtual machines — is uniquely vulnerable. The good news is patches are either already in place or coming soon to all major cloud platforms and server operating systems. The bad news is that your data may […]

Kubernetes is the number one container orchestration program, but still faces challenges

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Kubernetes is the top cloud container orchestration program, but that doesn’t mean it’s home free. A Platform 9 survey at the most recent KubeCon in Austin identified both strong and weak points for the program. First, the good news: Kubernetes is gaining new users and developers rapidly. KubeCon attendance grew 400% from 2016 to 2017. […]

Kubeflow: Machine learning comes to Kubernetes

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As you probably know, Kubernetes has become the default container cloud orchestration system. What you may not know is that developers have been using Kubernetes as the foundation for other software stacks. With the newest of these, Kubeflow, machine learning (ML) has come to Kubernetes. David Aronchick and Jeremy Lewi, engineers on the Kubeflow project, […]

Cloud seeding your data: When the internet isn’t fast enough for your migration

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“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.”–Andrew Tanenbaum, 1981 That was true then, and it’s true now. Moving data within a cloud is easy — that’s what 40 Gigabit Ethernet is for — but getting that data there in the first place… not so much. Sneakernet may […]

Enterprise virtualization vs. public cloud in 2018

Enterprise virtualization prediction for 2018 tl:dr — no drastic changes from 2017. There are some interesting possibilities, though, and I’ve used Simon Wardley mapping to diagram them. As shown in the enterprise virtualization map on the left, we can now argue that the consumption of virtual machines has trended all the way into commodity consumption (with […]

GPUs in the cloud

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I hadn’t realized just how important graphic-processing units (GPU), graphic chips, have become over the last few years in the cloud. Today, almost all cloud services offer GPUs for demanding users. When I think about services in the cloud, I think about storage and file-sharing, infrastructure as a service; cloud-based applications such as Office 365 […]

Amazon joins the rush to Kubernetes

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Was it really only just over a month ago that I wrote, “The only real question is not if AWS will also fully invest in Kubernetes now that Docker has taken the plunge but when? Why, yes, yes it was. And guess what? As predicted by yours truly, AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced the launch […]