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Ubergeek and expert technologist, Andi Mann, breaks down containers, microservices, and unikernals | Cloud Era Institute

Ubergeek and expert technologist, Andi Mann, breaks down containers, microservices, and unikernals | Cloud Era Institute

I was recently privileged to hear from Kristin Zhivago, who reached out to me from the Cloud Era Institute, a really interesting group who (among other things) publish an excellent online journal with loads of educational content on business technology. In part 2 of a 2 part series, we talked about microservices, containers, and unikernels:  Microservices, unikernels, and containers. In some ways, these are not new ideas.The basic concept of microservices is that you simply break large, monolithic clumps of code into smaller clumps – microservices – that can be more easily built, managed, and integrated. These smaller clumps are designed from the start to be integrated. This model is changing the way we write software. It’s a positive trend, but very disruptive. There is a lot more at the source, Ubergeek and expert technologist, Andi Mann, breaks down containers, microservices, and unikernals | Cloud Era Institute. While you’re there, check out some…

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Übergeek, Andi Mann, on mending fences between IT and business leaders | Cloud Era Institute

Übergeek, Andi Mann, on mending fences between IT and business leaders | Cloud Era Institute

IT projects often fail to come in on time, fail to come in on budget, and fail to live up to what’s promised. These are areas that can be improved. Cloud computing can play a big part in those improvements. The cloud lets you get experimental projects out faster and cheaper, so you can say, “This is what we have already done. Do you want us to do more?” rather than saying, “In twelve months, we might be able to put that into our backlog.” Part of the solution is Agile development and DevOps, which help the IT team focus on business ideas. The Agile model prescribes continual engagement with the business people who are stakeholders in the application. That is an important development in our industry. There is a lot more at the source, Übergeek, Andi Mann, on mending fences between IT and business leaders | Cloud Era Institute. While…

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#CloudMinds huddle recap: Hybrid cloud and the transition to next — Medium

#CloudMinds huddle recap: Hybrid cloud and the transition to next — Medium

I was  excited to be recently invited to join the CloudMinds, a fantastic gathering of sharp minds in cloud and adjacent areas, at one of their semi-regular thinktanks. After the event, the awesome Kevin Allen put together some notes and lo and behold included a small part of my contribution: The word legacy has developed a bad reputation in IT. As Andi Mann, chief technology advocate for Splunk, points out, “The word legacy is really positive in every circle outside of IT. If you leave a legacy for your children, for the next generation — that’s actually a good thing.” There is a lot more at the original post #CloudMinds huddle recap: Hybrid cloud and the transition to next — Medium. You should follow Kevin on Medium too, as there is loads of wisdom in this group, and Kevin is one of its regular superscribes.

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Why Your Big Data Needs Good Algorithms – Datamation

Why Your Big Data Needs Good Algorithms – Datamation

I was interviewed last week for a new article by my mate, the most excellent Andy Patrizio, writing for one of my favourite journals, Datamation. We talked about algorithms and more, and he also talked with Gartner and others too. This is a really interesting piece, you should read the whole thing over at Datamation; but here is a short preview… “Data will tell you everything, and data is absolutely growing. The problem is people can’t deal with the volumes of data. Data scientists can do amazing things but it’s only that top level data that’s valuable,” said Andi Mann, chief technology advocate for Splunk, a platform provider of operational intelligence. He added that the problem with algorithms is they can be static, doing the same thing over and over with the data. “Which is fine, in some cases. But if you are trying to disrupt a market, build a business…

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As interest grows, container management features still missing

As interest grows, container management features still missing

I had a great chat recently with a fantastic journo and a good mate, Alex Barrett over at Tech Target, about one of the hottest areas in virtualization, cloud, and DevOps. Yep, that big! Enterprise IT shops are interested in containers, but there’s a lot that needs to happen before they adopt them whole-hog, said Andi Mann, business technology strategist at Sageable, an independent technology consulting firm. “I’m hearing a lot of enterprises talk about whether they should or shouldn’t adopt containers, which usually means that they will,” said Mann. We’re already seeing a lot of traction in agile development environments, where there are strong processes in place for open source tools, but enterprise-wide adoption is a different story, and “the difference is the management layer.” “Sure, there are a lot of orchestration tools, for example, but we’re still missing a lot of the more mundane management features such as…

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VDI wrangles rogue Windows 10 upgrades

VDI wrangles rogue Windows 10 upgrades

I recently had a conversation with a great journo and good mate, Bridget Botelho over at TechTarget’s VDI and desktop virtualization site, SearchVirtualDesktop.com, about some of the key risks in Windows 10 upgrades, and how VDI and cloud can help mitigate the risks: When Windows 10 becomes available on July 29, it’s likely employees will take advantage of the free upgrade — whether IT is ready to support Microsoft’s new OS or not. The culture of consumerization and the low barrier to Windows 10 upgrades will add another complexity to the multiple OS versions most enterprises already have. Some applications will be incompatible with Windows 10 and require rewriting, said Andi Mann, business technology strategist and head of Sageable LLC, a technology strategy and analysis firm in Boulder, Colo. Please check the whole article over at Tech Target, via VDI wrangles rogue Windows 10 upgrades.

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12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today – CloudAlly

12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today – CloudAlly

I was recently named to a list of 12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today by CloudAlly. With only 12 people listed it misses many great cloud-focused thought leaders, but I am thrilled to be listed alongside some really impressive cloud commentators. Thanks CloudAlly! Please check the whole list over at CloudAlly at http://www.cloudally.com/12-cloud-bloggers-you-must-follow-today/.

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Highlights from Interop 2015 | Network World Video

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I am super excited that I finally met Brandon Butler from Network World (@BButlerNWW on Twitter) in the flesh recently at Interop 2015. He hit me up in the hallway for a video vox pop, which he posted as part of a great short roundup of some of the hot topics for Interop – including cloud computing, DevOps, and Software-Defined Networks (SDN).

Check out what I had to say over at the original video via Network World.

Digital Enterprises Face DevOps Dilemma – Forbes

Digital Enterprises Face DevOps Dilemma – Forbes

Today I was privileged to be featured in Forbes, since being interviewed at Interop 2015 on DevOps in the enterprise by the excellent David F Carr (@davidFcarr on Twitter). Here is a taste of what I had to say: Andi Mann, VP Strategy in the Office of the CTO at CA Technologies, said a common theme he hears from customers such as AutoTrader who have worked with CA on their DevOps strategy is that “shared goals” between the developer and operations teams make a difference. When developers feel more responsible for making sure their software performs well in production, better performance tends to be the result, he said. Both groups of employees “start to care about the other team and what they do,” he said. “The more you measure the results, the better the results are.” It is a great article, so please support David and Forbes by reading the…

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Big Data, Big Risk – My Upcoming Session at Data360

Big Data, Big Risk – My Upcoming Session at Data360

I am excited to be a panelist at a great session for the upcoming Data 360 Conference, co-located with the HealthTech Conference, to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California April 2-3, 2014. The session itself is called “Big Data Big Risk : Protecting PII From Penetration, Prying, and Proliferation”, and will be held April 2 at 9am-10am. The session addresses the increase in risk that comes with big data collection and storage; the greater likelihood of allowing some of that data (especially Personally Identifiable Information – PII) to leak or be penetrated; and how to secure and protect big data from these new risks and attacks, especially in Healthcare & Financial industry. I have some important areas to cover, and some customer stories to tell. Especially in finance and healthcare, the move to cloud and collaborative approaches like DevOps pose major risks for data protection,…

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Consumer-Driven Development Creates a Governance Black Hole

Consumer-Driven Development Creates a Governance Black Hole

Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is rapidly giving way to Consumer-driven IT (CDIT), as tech-savvy consumers drive businesses to deliver increasingly innovative and satisfying technology experiences. As a result, consumer-driven development is focused heavily on delivering convenience, ease of use, mobility, low cost, rapid updates, and cool interfaces. This disruptive approach is enabling exciting innovations, from mobile apps for securely sharing personal photos with friends, to cloud services that let developers rapidly build and deploy environments. However, it also causes these same businesses to neglect some essential back-end requirements – like governance, security, and compliance.

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