It’s come down to AWS vs. Microsoft Azure—too bad

Have you watched the recent earnings reports lately? Amazon posted total revenue across all segments of $43.7 billion for the quarter. Amazon Web Services contributed just over 10 percent of that at $4.6 billion. If you’re keeping track, AWS’s revenue increased 41 percent from this time last year. That’s impressive growth, and right in line… Continue reading It’s come down to AWS vs. Microsoft Azure—too bad

Review: The best Linux distros for Docker and containers

Over the past six months I have reviewed five minimal Linux distributions that are optimized for running containers: Alpine Linux, CoreOS Container Linux, RancherOS, Red Hat Atomic Host, and VMware Photon OS. Generically known as “container operating systems,” these stripped down, purpose built Linux distributions are not the only way to run containers in production,… Continue reading Review: The best Linux distros for Docker and containers

NoSQL standouts: The best key-value databases compared

Most applications need some form of persistence—a way to store the data outside the application for safekeeping. The most basic way is to write data to the file system, but that can quickly become a slow and unwieldy way to solve the problem. A full-blown database provides a powerful way to index and retrieve data,… Continue reading NoSQL standouts: The best key-value databases compared

Moving to the cloud? Don’t make these 3 big mistakes

Most of the success with your cloud deployments comes from avoiding the errors that have cratered several cloud projects. I don’t want those of you reading this blog to repeat the same mistakes.  Here are three common mistakes in cloud deployments that you can, and should, avoid making. [ What is cloud computing? Everything you need… Continue reading Moving to the cloud? Don’t make these 3 big mistakes

Apache PredictionIO: Easier machine learning with Spark

The Apache Foundation has added a new machine learning project to its roster, Apache PredictionIO, an open-sourced version of a project originally devised by a subsidiary of Salesforce. What PredictionIO does for machine learning and Spark Apache PredictionIO is built atop Spark and Hadoop, and serves Spark-powered predictions from data using customizable templates for common tasks.… Continue reading Apache PredictionIO: Easier machine learning with Spark

R tutorial: Learn to crunch big data with R

A few years ago, I was the CTO and cofounder of a startup in the medical practice management software space. One of the problems we were trying to solve was how medical office visit schedules can optimize everyone’s time. Too often, office visits are scheduled to optimize the physician’s time, and patients have to wait… Continue reading R tutorial: Learn to crunch big data with R

Cloud lockin is here to stay, so learn to love it

With all the gleeful finger-pointing over which cloud provider is the least (or most) generous with open source code, it’s worth remembering that all cloud providers essentially fail when it comes to open source. Why? Because the very nature of their platforms means that their best code remains closed even when openly licensed. All of… Continue reading Cloud lockin is here to stay, so learn to love it

4 extra-strength container security tools for Docker and Kubernetes

Docker-style containers aren’t just a way to deploy software more quickly or flexibly. They can also be a way to make software more secure. Automatic analysis of the software components that go into containers, behavioral policies that span container clusters and multiple application versions, and innovative new developments in tracking and managing vulnerability data are… Continue reading 4 extra-strength container security tools for Docker and Kubernetes

Get started with Microsoft’s Azure IoT DevKit

A key use case for Azure is as a place for working with the internet of things. A selection of IoT-focused services handle working with streams of data from any number of devices, adding machine learning and stream analytics. Most of the features you’ll need come as part of Azure’s IoT Suite, or through Cortana… Continue reading Get started with Microsoft’s Azure IoT DevKit

3 emerging cloud technologies for enterprise

Enterprises are paying a lot more attention to the cloud these days—particularly to Amazon Web Services, which still leads the thinking in the public cloud. AWS’s Re:Invent conference is next month, and I expect to see three new types of cloud offerings emerge that will be of strong interest to enterprise. Policy-based cloud resource governance Policy-based… Continue reading 3 emerging cloud technologies for enterprise