Cloud backup is not the same as standard datacenter backup

Backup is just good policy. You need the ability to back up data and applications someplace, so they can be restored somehow, to keep the business running in case of some natural or manmade disaster that takes the primary business-critical systems down. We have whole industries that provide backup sites and backup technology. They can… Continue reading Cloud backup is not the same as standard datacenter backup

How to work with Azure Functions in C#

Azure Functions is the serverless compute offering in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Essentially, you don’t even need a virtual machine (VM) to run an Azure Function. Azure Functions are just an implementation of platform as a service (PaaS), one that is based on an event-driven programming model. This article presents an introduction to Azure Functions,… Continue reading How to work with Azure Functions in C#

Why use Chef for automation and orchestration

Chef has been a leading open source tool for automating the provisioning and configuration of servers for the better part of a decade. In recent years the company added InSpec and Habitat to the portfolio, open source projects that automate policy compliance testing and the deployment and configuration of applications, respectively. The company’s flagship commercial… Continue reading Why use Chef for automation and orchestration

IDG Contributor Network: How to waste $5M on containerized infrastructure

“We’ve built a 70,000-node Mesos cluster for our developers, but they won’t use it. Can you help?” This was the beginning of a conversation with the VP of infrastructure operations in a very large and famous company. While an impressive feat to accomplish, it was also by far the largest containerized infrastructure setup I had… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: How to waste $5M on containerized infrastructure

Database shift: Start with open source but finish with AWS

The cloud was supposed to kill open source. Instead, savvy cloud operators appear to be using open source as an on-ramp to proprietary services, giving them reason to increase investments in complementary open source projects. Google is the obvious example, spinning out TensorFlow and Kubernetes as a way to raise a generation of developers anxious… Continue reading Database shift: Start with open source but finish with AWS

What is cloud-native? The modern way to develop software

The term “cloud-native” gets thrown around a lot, especially by cloud providers. Not only that, but it even has its own foundation: the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), launched in 2015 by the Linux Foundation. ‘Cloud-native’ defined In general usage, “cloud-native” is an approach to building and running applications that exploits the advantages of the… Continue reading What is cloud-native? The modern way to develop software