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I recently saw an unusual post online that caught my eye. It was a standard weather radar picture from a Wisconsin TV Station (WFRV-TV Ch. 5). In the image you can see a large green area that normally denotes rain. What particularly caught my eye was that this image labeled the large green swatch over Lake Winnebago as "Lake Flies!" My first reaction was that clearly this had to be a joke, but a quick internet search on ‘lake flies radar' proved me wrong - there was even a great article last year from Wired discussing it. Each "lake fly" by itself is small (less than 1/2 inch), but have a mass hatching in May every year. The sheer volume of the hatching can fill the sky, as well as show up on weather radar, looking like a storm stretching for miles in all directions. Fortunately for all living in the area, the life cycle of these flies is measured in weeks and the ... (more)

Containers and Cloud and Security By @EFeatherston | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Dorothy the CIO was walking the yellow brick road of planning. She was on her way to the Emerald City to ask the great wizard of the agile data center for advice. Along the way she met two other CIOs who joined her on the journey, nicknamed Tin Man and Scarecrow. Their travels brought them to the edge of the dark forest of datacenter hype and fear. ‘‘Do you think we'll meet any wild technologies and fears in there?'' she asked her companions. ‘‘We might.'' responded Tin Man. ‘One's that devour IT projects?'' whispered Scarecrow. ‘‘Possibly.' said the Tin Man, ‘‘but mostly contain... (more)

It’s 11 PM – Do You Know Where Your Data Is? By @EFeatherston [#Cloud]

I was recently on a business trip out to Wausau, WI. The purpose was to conduct a training session on web application development for a new batch of associates at our onshore development center. When I picked up my rental car at the airport, I was very happy to discover it had built in Bluetooth integration for my phone. I have this feature on both cars at home. I love the convenience of having the car become an accessory for my mobile device. I immediately bound my phone with the car's Bluetooth. Then something unusual happened. My phone prompted me with a question: ‘Chevy/Malib... (more)

Are the Barbarians at the Gate? By @EFeatherston | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Cloud, Security and Breaches – Are the Barbarians at the Gate? Target. Home Depot. Community Health Systems. Nieman Marcus. Their names have been all in the news over the past year, though probably not in a way they would like. All have had very public data breaches affecting anywhere from 350,000 (Nieman Marcus) to 4.5 million (Community Health Systems) customers. Add the recent high-profile celebrity nude photo hacking scandal and cloud security has become the trending topic in all the news and social media. Some of the discussions reminded me of a line from a short-lived TV... (more)

How Are You Architecting for the Cloud – Science, Art or by Accident?

When was the last time you had a technology conversation that did not include the word ‘cloud' in it? Gartner predicts that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. Gartner also believes that ‘nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.' Cloud technology continues to evolve at breakneck speeds and business wants to move to the cloud equally as fast. This presents significant challenges for technologists who need ensure the business doesn't go crashing into a brick wall while moving at these speeds. Don't Let It Be by Accide... (more)