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1024 Words: The Devops Butterfly Effect

#devops A single configuration error can have far flung impact across IT and the business Chaos theory claims a butterfly flapping its wings in one area of the world can result in a hurricane elsewhere. The impact of devops – or the lack thereof... Read more
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The Secret to Doing Cloud Scalability Right

Hint: The answer lies in being aware of the entire application context and a little pre-planning Thanks to the maturity of load balancing services and technology, dynamically scaling applications in pre-cloud and cloud computing environments is... Read more
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Aligning IT with the Business by Decreasing Efficiency

Here’s the conundrum: utilizing every last drop of network, storage, and compute resources can impede performance and, through it, the business’ bottom line. So which do you choose?   There are a few vertical industries for which... Read more
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WILS: Three Ways To Better Utilize Resources In Any Data Center

Cloud computing is, at its core, about using resources in the most operational and financially efficient manner possible. It’s about spreading resources around and sharing them to achieve greater scalability with fewer investments in hardware and... Read more
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Study Says Economics Not A Driving Factor in Cloud Computing Adoption

Paul Miller, who pens Cloud of Data, had an interesting perspective during a chat this week on what effect infrastructure upgrade cycles might have on cloud computing adoption. Paul postulated that as these servers fail and organizations have to... Read more
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Web Application Security at the Edge is More Efficient Than In the Application

If one of the drivers for moving to cloud-based applications is reducing costs, you should think twice about the placement of application security solutions. There’s almost no way to avoid an argument on this subject so I won’t tiptoe around it:... Read more
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IT Myths and Legends: Sharing Servers

Sharing is core to a successful cloud implementation but not something every organization does well. How do you encourage business stakeholders to play well with others? In most definitions of “cloud computing” there lies a central, key... Read more
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The Myth of 100% IT Efficiency

Idle resources will always need to exist, especially in a cloud architecture With IT focused on efficiency – for reduction in operating expenses and in the interests of creating a greener computing center – there’s a danger that we’ll attempt to... Read more
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How do you get the benefits of shared resources in a private cloud?

I was recording a podcast last week on the subject of cloud with an emphasis on security and of course we talked in general about cloud and definitions. During the discussion the subject of “private cloud” computing was raised and one of the... Read more
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Putting the Cloud Before the Horse

Without processes the cloud is not a cloud   So you’ve virtualized your application infrastructure using VMware or Microsoft or the “virtualization solution de jour.” You probably also virtualized the application access via an application... Read more
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Two Different Sock(et)s

The importance of a full-proxy architecture to application delivery, security, cloud computing, and virtualization People often describe the act of changing focus from one related but distinct task to another as “wearing two different hats.”... Read more
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Virtual Reality

You can’t afford not to invest in technologies that leverage virtualization to improve data center efficiency There’s an old adage that says you have to spend money to make money. In the data center these days this is more true than ever. You... Read more
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Have a can of Duh! It’s on me

This whole Web 2.0-sucking-the-life-out-of-servers problem? Yeah, it’s nothing new if you’ve been paying attention. I am not one prone to fits of smug arrogance. I don’t generally ever say “I told you so” (even if I did) or tsk-tsk when you... Read more
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Architects Need to Better Leverage Virtualization

Leveraging virtualization as a means to create a specialized architecture can realize significant gains in performance and IT efficiency With all the talk about “packaging up applications” in a virtual machine and shipping them off to the cloud,... Read more
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The Revolution Begins: The IT Bill of Rights

First Amendment Vendors shall make no law respecting an establishment of architecture, or prohibiting the free design thereof; or constraining the flow of data, or of packets; or the right of the administrators easily to configure, and to ensur... Read more
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The Data Center Declaration of Independence

When in the course of deploying applications, it becomes necessary for administrators to dissolve the technical shackles which have connected them to products, and to assume among the powers of IT, the separate and equal station to which... Read more
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Cloud Strategy: Apathy or Architecture?

What’s driving your organizational interest in cloud? Is it apathy or is it architecture? The whole debate surrounding the existence, or non-existence as it were, of “private” clouds seems to revolve around the definition of cloud. Yes, we’re... Read more
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WAN Optimization is not Application Acceleration

Increasingly WAN optimization solutions are adopting the application acceleration moniker, implying a focus that just does not exist. WAN optimization solutions are designed to improve the performance of the network, not applications, and while... Read more
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True or False: Application acceleration solutions teach developers to write inefficient code

It has been suggested that the use of application acceleration solutions as a means to improve application performance would result in programmers writing less efficient code. In a comment on “The House that Load Balancing Built” a reader... Read more
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Twitter's API limit: Static control in a dynamic world

Twitter is, once again, feeling growing pains. This time the microblogging darling of the social networking world is proactively addressing the problem - by further rate limiting its APIs. Alex Payne, API Lead for Twitter, explained on the Twitter... Read more
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Infrastructure 2.0: The Diseconomy of Scale Virus

The diseconomy of scale so adversely affecting the IP address management space isn't limited to network infrastructure; it's crawling up the stack steadily and infecting all layers of the data center like some kind of unstoppable... Read more
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Amazing Application Acceleration: Simultaneously improve productivity, efficiency, and performance

As a general rule, we spend far more time worrying about external appearances than we do internal. We are more concerned with our external web applications and how they look - and perform - than we are likely to regarding our intranet or internal... Read more
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3 Really good reasons you should use TCP multiplexing

AJAX. SOA. Social network API integration. What is TCP Multiplexing? All of aforementioned technologies have one thing in common. Okay, they have more than that in common,  but for the purposes of this discussion... Read more
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All your control are belong to us

Abhik, in a reply to "Why can't clouds be inside (the data center)?" says that "the whole point (and primary benefit) of cloud computing is that someone else manages the computing resources. That set of resources is drawn as a... Read more
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The Unpossible Task of Eliminating Risk

An ant named Archimedes is in a hole 6' deep. He climbs half the distance to the top every hour. How long does it take for him to escape the hole? Trick question. He can never, mathematically, escape. Realistically, we know that when... Read more
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