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One of the neat things about microservices is the ability to segment functional actions into scalability domains. Login, browsing, and checkout are separate functional domains that can each be scaled according to demand. While one hopes that checkout is similarly in demand, it is unlik...
Whenever people discuss DevOps they always speak of a "Wall of Confusion" between development and operations, and while there is certainly a barrier to understanding it's more than just a "wall." I see it more as a "canyon of distrust" or a "gulf of miscommunication." These are all ju...
An operations group tasked with accepting and supporting a software release. This group wants a predictable process, they view releases as incidents to be managed, and they answer to a business that wants predictability and accountability. One or more development groups tasked with ...
With Dell’s acquisition of Quest and all the IT reorganization that followed, it is actually not that easy to find these two popular free PowerShell tools any longer. So here are the links that work today (January 30, 2015)
If you’re an avid Solr user you’ll want to check out these Lucene / Solr Revolution videos from two of Sematext’s Solr experts: Rafal Kuc and Radu Gheorghe. Radu talked about Solr performance tuning, which is always nice for keeping your applications snappy and your costs down. This i...
Over the past year, Datical has had amazing success with our flagship product, Datical DB. We’ve seen multiple visionary, sector-leading companies select Datical DB to drive their Application Schema changes. Now that the number has grown rapidly over the past year, we can begin to se...
Ask yourself, is either side pleased with the situation at present? I’ve seen companies invest in roles within IT to foster improved collaboration with the business (e.g. what ITIL calls Service Managers or what Gartner and others call Business Relationship Managers). This is a useful ...
Whether it is JMeter, SoapUI, Load Runner, SilkTest, Neotys or one of the cloud-based load testing solutions such as Keynote, Dynatrace (formerly Gomez) or others, breaking an application under heavy load is easy these days. Finding the problem based on automatically generated load tes...
When a CIO or a CTO thinks of the applications they support it is almost always in terms of a "portfolio" When a research company named Gleanster poll executives about agile data management they discovered an interesting trend. Companies are reporting an increase in portfolio sizes wi...
‘tis that time of year to look back on all that’s been accomplished and look forward to what’s in store for the next year. As we reflect on 2014, there are quite a few achievements we are proud of. On the recognition front, ITinvolve was selected as the best-in-class solution for ch...
This is Part Four in a four-part series. In Part One, I focused on the critical first step of defining DevOps with a purpose by thinking about DevOps in the context of your organization’s applications. In Part Two, I provided four tips to fostering a DevOps culture in your organization...
About 10 days ago we ran a a poll about which languages/APIs people use when writing their Apache Kafka Producers and Consumers. See Kafka Poll: Producer & Consumer Client. We collected 130 votes so far. The results were actually somewhat surprising! Let’s share the numbers f...
When it comes to testing and quality assurance, providing the right incentives and metrics is critical. Your release plan shouldn't reward quality assurance and quality engineering teams for rushing systems through the QA process, and you shouldn't create systems that penalize anyone f...
In the spirit of the holidays, we present to you: The Twelve Days of DevOps On the first day of DevOps I finally achieved: Collab’rative IT On the second day of DevOps I finally achieved: 2 Git commits and Collab’rative IT On the third day of DevOps I finally achieved: 3 Jenkins Builds...
This is Part Three in a four-part series. In Part One, I focused on the critical first step of defining DevOps with a purpose by thinking about DevOps in the context of your organization’s applications. In Part Two, I provided four tips to fostering a DevOps culture in your organizatio...
Today, we find more and more businesses putting pressure on IT to move faster, and, if their IT department struggles to keep up, they are often willing to “go around them” and invest in a cloud or other third-party solution on their own to get what they want, when they want it (aka “sh...
Let’s be real. Nobody wants more email, conference calls, spreadsheets, document sharing sites, outdated visio diagrams, or knowledge bases to search IT teams struggle to effectively collaborate because they don’t have a shared workspace to connect them with each other and the infor...
Does your DevOps tool chain look like the picture below with lots of disconnected tools and different team members having to bridge the gaps between them? If you are like most DevOps early adopters, this is probably the case. And that’s been accepted as okay because each of these tool...
Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock these days you have no doubt heard about DevOps and the groundswell building around it. Today DevOps is being defined, promoted, touted and discussed as the next game changer in IT. Rather than argue about the best way to define DevOp...
A breakthrough approach for Change, Config, and Release Today, we were thrilled to find out the ITinvolve has been awarded the best-in-class designation for Change, Configuration, and Release Management by the independent ITSM Review. This award acknowledges what our customers alread...
Tickets are useful as a status tracking mechanism, but when did our industry decide chasing tickets was the best way to manage IT support and operations work? We think it’s time to evolve to an ITSM 2.0 approach that puts the focus on ensuring IT support and operations teams have th...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Logentries, a log management and a...
Last week I was able to catch up with Chris Tranter, Technical Lead at Hallmark UK. Hallmark’s engineering team runs on tight deadlines, and like all popular websites, places a huge importance on customer experience. As you can imagine, their site has abnormal and inconsistent load ti...

Smart watches, which pioneered the wearable technology sector, earned collective revenue of US$700 million in 2013 with the sale of 3.1 million units. The sheer magnanimity of these watches can be inferred from quick sale they made and acceptance they received. Smart watches are not...

It’d be nice if we could fix outages faster simply by working faster, but we all know this isn’t true. To make sustainable, measurable improvements to your MTTR, you need to do a deep investigation into what happens during an outage. True – there will always be variability in your reso...
Whether you are a release manager, a release engineer, or a someone just supporting a release you understand that the intersection of software releases and instant messaging can be frustrating. Whether you use Skype, Jabber, Slack, or any other group-based instant messaging applicatio...
We provide the software that you need to manage a busy release schedule. Without Plutora you are forced to use manual methods to orchestrate releases and manage resources, and the analogy that connects with most of our customers is that Plutora is the necessary "Air Traffic Control" f...
The goal of any organization should be to have clearly defined release phases, where all parties are aware of the phase activities and key gates/milestones. The absence of purpose built collaboration tools has caused barriers in communication, information sharing and tracking of these ...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Traditionally log management and a...
Remote work in ops is divisive. The perks of working from home, your local coffee shop, wherever, can be quite obvious to engineers and contributors. But some team leaders and company execs aren't buying it. One faction sees it as a way to do better quality work. Another has watched de...
Here’s a short anecdote: a QA team maintained a test environment separate from their production environment, but they had gone through great lengths to ensure it matched what was in production in every respect. It was filled with the same hardware, and all the software was identical do...
No, it’s not an endless loop waiting to happen, the plan here is to use Logstash to parse Elasticsearch logs and send them to another Elasticsearch cluster or to a log analytics service like Logsene (which conveniently exposes the Elasticsearch API, so you can use it without having to ...
Enterprise Initiatives Episode: Our guest on the podcast this week is John Willis, Founder and VP of Customer Enablement at SocketPlane. We discuss the effort needed to implement a grassroots DevOps initiative. Listen in to find out how to gain the essential support of leaders for y...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Mike Kavis’s blog has exceeded 40,000 reads. Launched in March 2014, his popular blog feed on DevOps Journal covers IT with a focus on cloud computing, DevOps and the Internet of Things. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic ...
I began my journey in the Application Performance Management (APM) space a little over two years ago. Transitioning from a security background, the biggest thing I was concerned about was picking up the technology quickly. Somewhere between JVMs, CLRs, JMX, IIS, and APIs I was a little...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Gene Kim, DevOps expert and author of The Phoenix Project.We get a sneak peek into Gene’s latest project, the DevOps Cookbook. By studying over 14,000 IT professionals, he observed that high-performing organizations are 2.5 times more likely than t...
Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Da...
TiP is not something to be afraid of. The more you understand what may go wrong and how to take the proper precautions to prevent that, the more successful and efficient your overall app development process will be. Today’s post is about the major risks of Testing in Production, how to...
Email is a mission critical application that is relied on to power business communication and collaboration capabilities on a day-to-day basis. It is a vital component of modern business and being able to send and receive email is of paramount importance. If you were to make a list of ...
Developing, say, the next generation computer chip is enormously expensive, both in terms of money as well as the time that researches must devote. If there were any question as to whether people would buy that faster chip, then the will to invest would drop, and with it the exponentia...


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