All your streaming data are belong to Kafka

Apache Kafka is on a roll. Last year it registered a 260 percent jump in developer popularity, as Redmonk’s Fintan Ryan highlights, a number that has only ballooned since then as IoT and other enterprise demands for real-time, streaming data become common. Hatched at LinkedIn, Kafka’s founding engineering team spun out to form Confluent, which… Continue reading All your streaming data are belong to Kafka

Should ‘Made in America’ apply to cloud providers?

Let’s start by acknowledging the elephant in the room: The top three public cloud computing providers are all U.S.-based, so enterprises in the United States, and even in most other countries, are facing a natural U.S.-based monopoly on public cloud computing technology. So, there is a de facto “buy American” cloud provider policy due to… Continue reading Should ‘Made in America’ apply to cloud providers?

Data is eating the software that is eating the world

No one doubts that software engineering shapes every last facet of our 21st century existence. Given his vested interest in companies whose fortunes were built on software engineering, it was no surprise when Marc Andreessen declared that “software is eating the world.” But what does that actually mean, and, just as important, does it still… Continue reading Data is eating the software that is eating the world

Azure Container Instances: No Kubernetes required

Microsoft has introduced a new container service, Azure Container Instances (ACI), that is intended to provide a more lightweight and granular way to run containerized applications than its Azure Container Service (ACS). ACI runs individual containers that you can configure with specific amounts of virtual CPU and memory, and that are billed by the second.… Continue reading Azure Container Instances: No Kubernetes required

Best practices for migrating data to the cloud

Enterprises that are embracing a cloud deployment need cost-effective and practical ways to migrate their corporate data into the cloud. This is sometimes referred to as “hydrating the cloud.” Given the challenge of moving massive enterprise data sets anywhere non-disruptively and accurately, the task can be a lengthy, complicated, and risky process. Not every organization has… Continue reading Best practices for migrating data to the cloud

Architect has a better blueprint for AWS Lambda deployments

The JS Foundation is taking jurisdiction over Architect, an open source software project for provisioning and maintaining cloud infrastructure from a simple text file, with a focus on AWS Lambda and eventually other serverless computing implementations. The Architect project proposes a file format referred to as .arc. It is intended to be a simpler way… Continue reading Architect has a better blueprint for AWS Lambda deployments

Ease into Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure

Managing containerized applications at scale is a new kind of challenge, especially if you’re planning on automating as much of the operations as possible. There is a fundamental disconnect between containers and the underlying infrastructure of our datacenters, one that makes it difficult to map containers onto the available physical and virtual resources. That’s where… Continue reading Ease into Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure