Getting A Header On Recruiting Engineers

    As every successful CEO (and VP) will tell you, recruiting great people is their top priority. Sure, they need revenue, and deliverables, and to manage funds, and a million other things. But great people are how you get these things done. In a …   continue reading

    05 Apr 2017

    I Have Given You a Service, If You Can Keep it

    In my world of technology operations, two major themes recur again and again (redundantly): Incentives Litmus Tests I have written about incentives extensively on this blog. In short, as the saying goes, "you get what you measure." Don't expect …   continue reading

    24 Feb 2017

    Amazon: Speed and Ease vs Vendor Lock-In

    A few weeks ago, Amazon Web Services held its annual AWS re:Invent conference. Unsurprisingly, they announced, yet again, a slew of new services, all meant to ease adoption and management of technology services. Yet, something felt a little amiss: …   continue reading

    20 Dec 2016

    On to Nano-Services

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Pini Reznik, CTO of container consulting firm Container Solutions, in Berlin. It may appear strange that an independent consultant who spends a lot of time helping companies with development and …   continue reading

    25 Oct 2016

    Why Networking is Critical to Serverless

    As readers know, I have been thinking a lot about serverless lately (along with all other forms of technology deployment and management, since it is what I do professionally). Recently, I came at it from another angle: network latency. Two weeks ago, …   continue reading

    18 Oct 2016

    Can rkt+kubernetes provide a real alternative to Docker?

    Last week in LinuxCon/ContainerCon Berlin, I attended a presentation by Luca Bruno of CoreOS, where he described how kubernetes, the most popular container orchestration and scheduling service, and rkt integrate. As part of the presentation, Luca …   continue reading

    14 Oct 2016

    DevOps in the 1990s

    Last week, I had the pleasure of attending LinuxCon/ContainerCon Europe 2016 in Berlin. Besides visiting a fascinating historical capital - there is great irony, and victory, in seeing "Ben-Gurion-Strasse" - or "Ben Gurion Street" - named after the …   continue reading

    10 Oct 2016

    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 …   continue reading

    27 Sep 2016

    Is the Real Uber Threat to Hertz?

    It has become commonplace to forecast that Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services are a strategic threat to car manufacturers. After all, if "everyone" uses Uber, why would they bother owning cars? The problem with that argument is that it assumes …   continue reading

    21 Sep 2016

    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 enterprises. Let's …   continue reading

    20 Sep 2016