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I was recently watching one of my favorite science fiction TV shows (I'll confess, ‘Dr. Who'). In classic dystopian fashion, there was a scene in which a young boy is running for his life across some barren ground in a war-ravaged world. One of his compatriots calls out to him to freeze, not to move another inch. The compatriot warns the young boy that he's in a field of hand mines (no, that is not a typo, he did say hand mines). Slowly, dull gray hands with eyes in the palm start emerging from the ground around the boy and the compatriot. Suddenly, one of the hands grabs the compatriot and pulls him into a whirlpool of dirt in the ground, disappearing from sight, lost forever. While the visual may sound a little silly, how many of us have experienced discussions that felt like you had walked into a field of hand mines? You may not even notice the hand mines at fir... (more)

DevOps and Hybrid Clouds By @EFeatherston | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

DevOps and Hybrid Clouds: A Match Made in Heaven? It seems today we are in a constant state of business and technology disruption. The convergence of the social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) disruptions have both forced and enabled organizations to move at breakneck speeds addressing the needs and expectations of the lines of business/end users. This speed requires the development teams to be agile. They must be able to respond quickly to changing needs and demands of the organization. The quality assurance (QA) team still needs to ensure a quality product is being sent i... (more)

Moving to the Cloud By @EFeatherston | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Moving to the Cloud – Can I Take My Security with Me? You can't have a conversation about technology today without the topic of security breaches ending up front and center as a key concern. This is understandable with all the high profile breaches that have been occurring on what seems a regularly scheduled event. Anthem, the nation's second largest health insurer is the latest in a long line of high profile breaches that have occurred recently. Given the size and severity of these breaches, security is very visible on everybody's radar. This is especially true when discussing ... (more)

Cloud Rationalization By @EFeatherston | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Moving to the Cloud - Cloud Rationalization There is no arguing the cloud is hot. In a recent blog post The Cloud - Is it your actual destination? I raise the point that the cloud itself is not the destination.  It's a vehicle, a conduit that can help you solve challenges and provide value back to the business. It is a powerful vehicle. IDC forecasts global public IT Cloud services spending to reach nearly $108B by 2017. Gartner expects that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. For all the hype, the cloud and its benefits are real. The real challenge is determining... (more)

Cloud Wars – How Many 800lb Gorillas Can Fit in the Room?

There is a common phrase, often attributed as a Chinese proverb/curse, "May you live in interesting times." For those following the cloud technology space, we are definitely living in interesting times. In their latest magic quadrant report on IaaS, Gartner describes the market as still evolving and maturing. This would imply the market leadership is in flux, yet according to Gartner "AWS is the overwhelming market share leader, with more than five times the compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other fourteen providers in this Magic Quadrant." I would say that ... (more)