Category Archives: cloud

Why Aren’t Desktops Managed Like Containers?

Containers, the management and packaging technology for applications, are useful for many reasons: Packaging is simpler and self-contained Underlying operating system distribution becomes irrelevant Performance, therefore density, and therefore cost, is much better when working without a hypervisor layer To my mind, though, one of the … Continue reading

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Amazon Pricing Should Be Customer-Centric

Today, I had a very interesting discussion with Rich Miller, a consulting colleague who has been around the block more than a few times. One of the interesting points he raised is that Amazon’s AWS pricing doesn’t quite work for … Continue reading

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The Problem with Serverless Is Packaging

Serverless. Framework-as-a-Service. Function-as-a-Service. Lambda. Compute Functions. Whatever you call it, serverless is, to some degree, a natural evolution of application management. In the 90s, we had our own server rooms, managed our own servers and power and cooling and security, … Continue reading

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Pilots In Habitats: Basic Unit of Application Deployment

What is the basic unit of application deployment? Two related trends have changed the answer to this question: DevOps Containers For many years, the tasks between engineer and operator were cleanly, if painfully, split: Engineer builds and delivers a package of … Continue reading

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SSL Is Broken, Time to Fix It

For a long time, I have felt that SSL/TLS – the protocol that secures your communications with Web sites, mail servers and most everything across the Internet –  is broken. It is broken to the point that it is fundamentally insecure, except … Continue reading

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Does Open-Source Increase the Value of Talent?

For the last few weeks, I have been trying to unravel the connection between the value of talent and open-source. Inevitably, some products have a high level of importance but few people who truly understand it. This creates high demand with low … Continue reading

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Why Customers Agree to Open-Source

Why do customers agree to open-source work I do? In the past, we have discussed the benefits of open-sourcing your own software: Reputation Recruiting Contributions Recently, I had the pleasure of walking half an hour from a Tokyo train station … Continue reading

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Continuous Everything

Earlier this week, a really smart architect and I were evaluating various methods for managing software code changes, bug fixes, releases and major features. We both were in agreement with the primary direction, a popular one in nimble companies. Have a primary … Continue reading

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Open Source Business Models

Sometimes I am amazed by open source software… even as I contribute to it. The largest repository of public open-source projects, GitHub, has over 35MM repositories in it. Granted, some large percentage of those are private, and therefore closed-source, but … Continue reading

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Why the Internet of Things Is So Vulnerable

It seems every day there is another article about how “vulnerable” the Internet of Things (IoT) is. Here are two choice excerpts from the last year: “Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway,” Wired, 21st July 2015 “Security Researcher … Continue reading

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