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Cloud and DevOps: A Marriage Made in Heaven

IT organizations need pliable infrastructure all the way from development to production. Centralized, shared development and test environments generate tremendous waste through polluted test data and contention for resources. IT organizations needn’t wait for the ability to use cloud in production, whether private or public. They can use tools like Vagrant and Docker to improve productivity on top of desktops and shared test infrastructure.

Organizations that manage commercial software still need to coordinate function and operations. They also need to reliably, frequently deliver change, even if that change consists of business rules configurations. Production support needs to understand the totality of change, from business rules at the top down to infrastructure at the bottom. These kinds of organizations can benefit from cross-functional collaboration, comprehensive version control, and automation just like any other. Continue reading this article at InfoQ

Dos and don’ts: 9 effective best practices for DevOps in the cloud

Performance testing should be a large part of the automated testing in your DevOps stream. First, you must prevent poor-performing applications from making it into production. Second, public cloud providers may attempt to account for performance issues by automatically adding more resources. If that happens, you could find a large cloud computing bill at the end of the month.

Automated performance testing should enable the application to provide good performance as well as efficient use of resources. These tests should mesh with existing stability and accuracy testing, as well as with existing testing for the APIs and user interfaces. Continue reading this article at TechBeacon

DevOps dictates new approach to cloud development

While enterprise development shops are quick to pick a cloud platform, often before they establish a DevOps process and DevOps organization, the reality is that DevOps and public and private cloud solutions should evolve at the same time. We must automate our agile processes using cloud and non-cloud DevOps automation tools. At the same time, we must consider how to extend those DevOps processes and automation into public and/or private clouds. Continue reading this article at TechBeacon

DevOps and Cloud: Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Cloud providers are more than happy to support their customers’ DevOps needs. Nearly every major cloud provider offers a set of platform as a service (PaaS) tools that are fine-tuned to their environment. Their motives aren’t entirely altruistic, of course; tools provide a level of lock-in that can be difficult for customers to break. But if a company is happy with its cloud provider, then PaaS is a powerful addition to its development arsenal. Continue reading this article at CIO

3 reasons DevOps and the cloud need each other

What to do about it: Cloud agility enhances Internet speed and flexibility, which consequently enables IT and Operations to transition from cumbersome machine-based functions to a greater focus on software as a service. From the DevOps perspective, eliminating the divide between support and development assimilates the software user experience into smoothly-coordinated interactions. Continue reading this article at Atlassian Blog

Cloud Orchestration Vs. DevOps Automation

Cloud automation. Discrete automation tasks or objects that perform needed aspects of deploying cloud resources. These tasks could be things like spinning up a bare metal server or a VM, installing an OS image, and deploying an application or network function. Cloud automation tasks can be performed by a variety of automation tools such as homegrown scripts, configuration management tools. Continue reading this article at Network Computing

Why cloud makes agile and DevOps more important

The new application lifecycle starts with business objectives and presumes a close collaboration between application owners and development groups, all with the goal of accelerating innovation. One common practice is to co-locate product managers and developers to ensure information sharing and rapid decision-making. Within the development group itself, agile practices rule. Groups gather each day in a “stand-up”—brief meetings with no sitting allowed—so that members can share progress and surface issues. Development teams implement frequent releases based on two-week development cycles (commonly called sprints, which gives a sense of their pace). Continuous integration (CI) is critical to meeting this. Continue reading this article at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Devops and cloud: Great together, great apart

Devops strongly benefits many enterprises by encouraging more continuous development and deployment by bringing some operations capabilities to in-house programmers. The business case for continuous everything is easy to make, although these benefits vary from organization to organization. Continue reading this article at InfoWorld

DevOps in the cloud

Quality assurance (QA) and testing are full-lifecycle endeavors that need to include all stakeholders. The cloud presents some challenges for QA and testing, but it also provides some excellent capabilities. With the DevOps best practices of automated provisioning and continuous deployment, developers, QA professionals, and other stakeholders can test in low-cost, production-like test environments that were previously not available. In the cloud, verification of the environment is of paramount importance, especially when it is controlled by the service provider. But even private clouds that are used to provision virtual machines (VMs) might present with some special challenges. Systems professionals know that a virtual machine might not behave exactly like a physical computer. These risks need to be understood and mitigated. The capabilities of DevOps to provision test environments using cloud-based resources delivers new capabilities that enhance both productivity and quality, if you have the DevOps best practices in place to provision and maintain these environments using automated procedures. Continue reading this article at IBM

DevOps and the Cloud

In the DevOps approach, the developers own the code at all times, even when the application or service is running in production. The job of IT operations now shifts to creating the tools needed for automating provisioning and maintenance tasks. The overall goal is to accelerate release cycles to allow customers to rapidly adapt to changing business needs in a rapidly changing world. By automating IT infrastructure lifecycle processes like this, businesses can also drive down their IT costs. And while the trend towards DevOps is already happening in cloud computing, it’s now beginning to filter down into enterprise datacenter environments as well. Continue reading this article at Cloud Computing Admin

How Enterprise IT Can Save $$Millions With DevOps and Cloud Computing

Once you’ve improved your structure and processes, the next stage is to move to a public cloud.

Your cloud provider provider picks up responsibility for managing infrastructure and many middleware services on your behalf and provides them as a service to be consumed on a pay-per-use basis.

Your cloud provider has huge economies of scale, modern virtualised infrastructure and the engineering prowess to fully automate your infrastructure through APIs. Continue reading this post at Contino

Understanding the cloud and ‘devops’

Cloud computing, however, is an application centric operations model. The unit of deployment is quickly shifting from the server (even the VM image) to the application itself. What evidence is there of this? Well, note that most production server images are now being built to support a single application or application component. Look at the most popular recipes on the Chef cookbook site. Look at the list of applications available as commercial Amazon Machine Images on EC2. Continue reading this article at CNET

New Research Shows Cloud Computing, DevOps and Machine Data Analytics Dominate the Modern Application Era

“We continue to see enterprises tackling the shift to digital transformation, leveraging software as a primary driver for innovation and growth to satisfy the changing customer demand. Modern applications are at the heart of this disruption,” said Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for Sumo Logic. “The survey data suggests that management tooling hasn’t kept up with the pace of the other changes occurring in enterprise IT. Adopting a secure, cloud-native, unified solution can significantly help organizations streamline their optimization and troubleshooting efforts while providing the level of availability and performance their customers require.” Continue reading this article at SumoLogic

Why DevOps Drives Cloud Success

That shouldn’t be a surprise, as DevOps is often discussion in the context of cloud computing — both on-premise and off. But what is surprising is that this isn’t a discussion regarding the merits of automation and orchestration and the ways in which cloud and its API-driven paradigm is eminently well-suited to a DevOps approach to continuous integration and delivery. What’s surprising is this is purely about the organizational (cultural) change required to effect transformation via cloud computing. It’s not just about dev and ops, or net and ops, or sec and ops, but about IT and the business. Biz and Ops (where ops is defined as all four ops in IT). BizOps. Continue reading this article at Talkin’ Cloud

DevOps & Cloud Computing: Interview with Ian Moyse

“Personally I use the cloud for a mix of reasons. I utilize mobile access to data and files using a mix of Box.net, Dropbox and Microsoft Skydrive. Why not, I get a lot more free storage and no inconvenience; as it’s all simple and widely accessible, I use cloud email and access it from multiple devices, I have a home private cloud storage using Pogoplug and I use Google Apps to share personal documents when needed.

Often, in fact, I find I am using a system or application without realizing it’s cloud, or caring until I stop and think how they are doing that. It’s becoming second nature to just use what works and makes your daily life easier, and with so many software as a service offerings being immediately accessible through an entry level freemium model. I think we shall see an increase in this just do it thought pattern as this type of offering becomes more predominant. Continue reading this article at Stackify

Cloud Computing, DevOps and Machine Data Analytics Dominate the Modern Application Era

Survey Methodology: The UBM Tech report, sponsored by Sumo Logic, was conducted in December 2016 and included over 230 IT operations, application development and information security professionals at companies with 500 or more employees in order to assess the current state of IT operations and modern app tools. The responses provided more detail about how cloud computing, DevOps, management tooling, security and customization are transforming enterprise IT, as well as a look at where these trends might be heading in the future. Continue reading this article at DevOps Digest

Australia leads world on cloud and DevOps, survey suggests

When it came to choosing a platform for new business applications, 69 per cent of local respondents said they would choose cloud-based software-as-a-service or platform-as-a-service over on-premise data centres, compared to 52 per cent globally. Continue reading this article at CIO

DevOps in the Cloud: The Perfect Recipe for Continuous Delivery

Third, the cloud can make or break a DevOps strategy. Most companies are looking to deploy applications in hybrid cloud environments. To support this, a DevOps package needs an interface with the cloud provider’s management system. DevOps in the cloud gives you standardized and transparent access to resources via APIs, which in turn breaks down the walls between different applications and back-end services. Look at it this way: Your virtual platform must be as adaptable and scalable as the applications you are deploying, otherwise you won’t keep up with the demanding delivery requirements. Continue reading this article at Enterprise Tech

The Biggest Challenge in Hiring for Cloud and DevOps

The glaring challenge, once again, is the lack of professionals available to fill the overwhelming demand. In fact, Cisco estimates that worldwide there are over one million cybersecurity jobs that remain unfilled. Cisco suggests that all companies are in need of holistic cybersecurity strategies, but that requires a unique collaboration of roles; from design and implementation to analytics and testing, as well as, not least, competent cloud architects and talented DevOps professionals. Security in the current tech ecosystem requires something so much greater than myopic business practices and pigeon-holed security professionals. Continue reading this article at CyberSearch

Now, Wipro launches DevOps platform on Microsoft cloud computing

The Wipro AgileBase platform has been published on Azure Marketplace that can potentially reduce the DevOps set-up time by up to 90 per cent, while eliminating manual efforts vis-a-vis traditional deployments. Continue reading this article at IndiaTimes

Cloud comes first, driven by DevOps: ServiceNow survey

Skills Wanted: The survey found that 89 per cent of companies who have completed the shift to a cloud-first model said their current IT staff lacked the required skill sets to be successful in the new cloud world, while nearly the same amount feel cloud could be a replacement for a formal IT department at least some of the time. Continue reading this article at IT World Canada

Sumo Logic Takes Pulse of Cloud Adoption, DevOps in New Report

Microsoft Azure is the most popular cloud vendor among those surveyed, used by 66 percent, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is used by 55 percent. Salesforce App Cloud is used by 28 percent, ahead of IBM Cloud (23 percent), Google Cloud (20 percent), and Rackspace (14 percent), while 13 percent use an “other” provider. Continue reading this post at Whir

Cloud, DevOps and software-defined networking: how Paddy Power Betfair evolved

But scaling all of the firm’s infrastructure for those points in time is inefficient, so the decision was made to adopt a hybrid strategy, renting capacity in the public cloud rather than having a large data centre consuming power and needing cooling all year round.

Lowe and his teams came up with four principal reasons to build a cloud environment: more stability, better testing, faster delivery and better scalability. He also wanted to give the dev team more control over infrastructure.

“If the dev team could control the bits they need, they can make the changes they require without bothering the network team. So we decided to make everything code. You can check in a firewall change as a piece of code, then use continuous delivery processes,” he said. Continue reading this article at V3

How devops and cloud can remake your IT department

It’s an environment that’s becoming more common across organizations willing to be on the leading edge of IT movements. Rafter uses a combination of tools to power its devops shop: Open source private cloud platform Eucalyptus for automating the creation and termination of virtual machines and Chef recipes from Opscode for configuring the VMs with whatever template resources the developers need. Continue reading this article at Network World

DevOps: Keeping your cloud transformation under control

Virtual server and cloud environments fix this with software-based virtual machines (VMs) that can be started within minutes from a template, copied en masse and decommissioned at will.

Developers were early adopters of this technology – which has since become the basis of virtually all enterprise applications – exactly because it made their everyday activities considerably easier.

Availability of VM platforms has facilitated the broad adoption of ‘Agile’ project-management methodologies, in which developers work together in functional teams and build software iteratively to increase flexibility and responsiveness, and hasten ROI. Continue reading this article at Computer World

The rise of DevOps: how cloud computing is changing IT application delivery

Every developer should have access to application development tools that fit right into modern QA/test platforms. Those tools can be used to test the exact same rules and scenarios as would be used to deploy into global production environments.Every developer and test team should have a software ADC in their development environment, and every developer should have a rich, familiar scripting language and an ADC that can re-use programmes or code from other languages. Continue reading this article at ITProPortal

How to mix cloud computing and DevOps to maximize productivity

The operations side of things might seem to be getting less critical with the cloud and new tooling taking on a major workload. But qualified Ops personnel are actually becoming more difficult to find as the cloud adds complexity. Ongoing application management in the real world is where the rubber meets the road, and finding the right big picture people is critical. Helping your developers learn as much as they can about operations will ease the pain since they can make smarter choices in their programming to avoid common errors. Continue reading this post at The Server Side

Agile, DevOps, Cloud: IT’s New Trinity

Likewise, DevOps, though seemingly a set of technology methodologies and disciplines, is more like yet another belief system. Rackspace CTO John Engates, in a column for InformationWeek, noted how DevOps “holds certain truths to be self-evident.” They are: “Shipping code faster and more error free is inherently good. Automated testing at scale makes for a better, more secure product. The real value of engineering talent is not the manual orchestration of tasks, but the insight and creativity to solve interesting, real-world problems.” In other words, the highest calling of an engineer is in getting the software to reflect the realities of the business and respond with an answer to the challenge of the world as we find it. It’s another expression of how survival depends on software. Continue reading this article at InformationWeek

Cloud Computing Trends: Fueling DevOps AppSec Integration

It’s easiest to think of them as two sides of the same coin: Cloud technology provides the infrastructure for agility, while DevOps provides necessary thought leadership and human oversight. This partnership has already led to changes in the DevOps space, with many firms now choosing object- and model-based tools like Chef or Puppet over more traditional script-based alternatives. Simply put, cloud computing trends toward broader adoption and simpler use make it an easy fit for DevOps. But that’s just the beginning. Continue reading this article at VeraCode

5 Ways to Get More Out of Cloud Computing

With cloud computing, you can leverage scriptable infrastructure, and no longer need to rely on manual processes to initiate changes to your infrastructure. By embracing automation within your organisation, you’ll save time, reduce the potential for errors, and create a digital footprint that makes it fast and easy to identify and fix any deployment issues.

To implement effective automated processes, you’ll need cloud infrastructure, configuration management, and deployment scripts at the core of your applications. These should be written by the same team of developers, which ideally is made up of internal IT staff working together with specialised DevOps engineers. This team is responsible for the code and versioned subfolders of the application’s root folder in your control system. Once you’re set up for automation, every configuration and change to your system will be easily trackable, which provides you with valuable information moving forward. Continue reading this article at Base2

DevOps and the Cloud: A Beautiful Relationship Begins

So as developers and IT operations staff team up to accelerate the development and deployment processes, they have a great tool at their disposal: the cloud. And, as their comfort levels with the practice of DevOps increase, it’s likely they will start teaming up to explore new uses of the cloud to up their agility and efficiency. Application development may well be only the beginning. Continue reading this article at Peak 10

How DevOps Affects Cloud Computing

The emergence of DevOps, which is nothing but a collaboration of the development and operations processes, has made life easier for IT companies. The DevOps culture emphasized the fact that the operational capabilities, which were erstwhile restricted to the realm of the operations processes, are required even in the development process. In other words, it stressed on the need of collaboration and integration of development and operations processes that become extremely essential to create an application centric environment. Continue reading this article at GetCloud

Why MultiCloud?

These system are an efficient alternative for creating and operating Multi-Clouds environments, an integrated tool that provide access and management across multiple options (private and public clouds) of cloud services from a range of providers.

CMPs suites are now starting to embrace more advanced features such as Cloud Governance (Multi-Cloud Management, policy implementation and resource tracking); cost and performance management/optimization; Monitoring, Meetering & Billing (SLA auditing), and Cloud Brokering; instead of becoming independent products. Continue reading this article at MultiClouds Alliance

SERVICE TRANSITION IN THE ERA OF CLOUD COMPUTING

The frequency dimension: We are not talking about the frequency of operational changes to existing cloud services. What is more likely to become an issue, is the increasing number of service transition activities due to much more frequent onboardings and integrations of complete new cloud services reacting on business demand. In addition, after the implementation of an initial cloud, the lifetime of contracts for enterprise cloud services will shorten dramatically. Continue reading this article at Disruptive Agile Service Management

AgilePath Corporation Cloud Computing Practice

One of the most exciting developments in the age of Cloud computing is the move toward Big Data and Cloud analytics. Cloud analytics offers compelling new approaches to analytics at Web scale, which remove the traditional constraints on the type and size of the data and what information can be learned from the data.

New approaches to data analytics have evolved to exploit new sources of data and new approaches to analyzing that data. Unstructured and semi-structured data offer great troves of information when analyzed using contemporary tools developed for large data sets of new data, based on cloud computing technologies, distributed storage models, and parallelized data analytics. This is precisely how Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Facebook and other organizations are leveraging Cloud computing applied to big data and cloud-enabled analytics. Continue reading this article at AgilePath

What Is DevOps? Is It Cloud Computing Related?

Jenkins instead is the leading platform in the approach of continuous delivery, at a glance the timing of the various steps that characterize the development of an application (writing code, testing, and building code delivery) – the old model saw the separation of the phases in various stages and at set time intervals. Consequently, the continuous integration, eliminating the barriers between different teams, makes the programming process more efficient. Continue reading this article at The Customize Windows

From DevOps to NoOps: 10 Cloud Services You Should Be Using

MongoHQ is the cloud-based hosted version of MongoDB. The great thing about MongoHQ is that you can set up an account and add a database in seconds and then continue writing your application. MongoHQ is fully managed and features high availability, auto scaling, as well as built-in management tools. It is also code compatible with MongoDB and offers a MongoDB client API. You can find similar database services from Couchbase. Continue reading this article at ReadWrite

Open source cloud drives Volkswagen’s DevOps culture transformation

That’s no longer the case. While there have been recent recoveries in car sales following the economic slump, there are still bumps in the road. The arrival of taxi-like companies, such as Uber and Lyft, car club companies, like Zipcar, and car-sharing firms, like BlaBlaCar, has meant that it’s now become economically viable to ditch car ownership.

If you throw in the attempts by various cities to limit driving, the arrival of Tesla’s electric model and the appearance of Google’s driverless car, then these are uncertain times for automotive manufacturers. Continue reading this article at Diginomica

Ask DevOps: Nine Top DevOps Tools for Management of Cloud Applications

Chef is available since 2009. The configuration management tool was influenced by the Puppet and CFEngine. Chef offers support for multiple platforms, including Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL/CentOS, Fedora, Mac OS X, Windows 7, 8 and Windows Server.

It is often described as easier to use – especially for Ruby developers because everything at Chef is defined as a Ruby script and follows a model with which developers are used to.

Chef works by writing the instructions for which packages should be installed in Chef server, nodes and Chef workstation order. The Chef server contains configuration data to manage multiple nodes. Files and configuration resources stored on the Chef server are pulled when requested. There is a wide variety of plug-ins ready to install many common packages. Continue reading this article at Silicon Angle

Architecting a DevOps Roadmap for Multi-Cloud App Deployment

An enterprise can become the master of using multi-cloud, and then, automatically its associated management tools become better; the model is only going to become more compelling. However, what motivates the growth will be the capability to leverage the evolving DevOps automation practices with any type of targeted platform, which includes multi cloud. Continue reading this article at Motivity Labs

DevOps and the cloud: Everything you need to know

Under operations, are numbered systems engineers, system administrators, network managers, network architects, database administrators, security officers and storage specialists. The same process applies when it comes to developers: there will be hard-core coders, UI specialists, QA testers all coming under the category of developers.

That’s confusing enough, but this mix of roles show hard it is to define the word. There’s no overarching body acting as an arbiter of these things; no single organisation looking at the term in the same way as NIST did for cloud computing. This has led to DevOps becoming somewhat of a catch-all term, prone to marketing hype and meaning what a company wants it to mean. Continue reading this article at CloudPro

IBM pushes DevOps to the cloud

The new DevOps tools on IBM’s Bluemix developer platform enables dev teams to better control code, helping businesses reduce unexpected app downtime and increase functionality. This, in turn, looks to support developers on the rapid implementation of new features. Continue reading this article at CBR

DevOps Firm Specializing in AWS Gets Bought by Cloud Services Provider

Founded in 2007, Stelligent is an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Consulting Partner that has focused exclusively on AWS solutions since 2013. Its bread-and-butter is providing DevOps automation services that provide AWS developers with continuous and “one-click deployment” capabilities. Continue reading this article at Virtualization and Cloud Review

What The Rise Of Cloud Computing Means For IT Pros

A top priority should be developing and applying more agile cloud management policies. Recall McKinsey’s conclusion that more companies are moving from a “build to consume” IT model. While IT is highly experienced in managing traditional data center vendors, they must shift from being a builder of computing infrastructure to a broker of cloud services. This requires IT to now manage consumption-model solutions with varying pricing options, discounts and service-level guarantees. Continue reading this article at Forbes

DevOps and Cloud

Deployment is a classic duty of system administrators. In many organizations, only the IT department can implement changes in the production environment. Reaping the benefits of an IaaS environment requires deploying through an API, and therefore deployment requires development. While it is already common practice for system administrators to develop tools for automating deployment, and tools like Puppet and Chef are gaining momentum, IaaS makes this a necessity, and raises the bar in terms of sophistication. Doing this well requires skills and knowledge from both sides of the “fence” between development and operations, and can accelerate development as well as promote stability in production. Continue reading this article at Matt Zimmerman

This Year in Modern Software: Cloud, Mobile, Containers, DevOps, and More

What happened: In June, Fast Company published an in-depth profile of a super-important stealth startup that had largely stayed out of the tech limelight. But it wasn’t a hot new app backed by VC billions. It was President Obama’s fledgling but rapidly growing “geek squad,” a team of technologists and Silicon Valley veterans with a goal far bigger than optimizing pet food delivery: remaking the digital infrastructure, services, and processes of the entire federal government. It’s an exceedingly tall order with challenges to match, from suffocating red tape (it is the federal government, after all) to budgets (tech companies pay better). But as we wrote back then, “Its mission is both noble and necessary, and the appeal of working on major problems with enormous public impacts appears to be working.” Indeed, the government’s tech transformation has continued to grow and evolve, from the military to Data.gov to the U.S. Digital Service’s teams embedded in a wide array of federal agencies. Continue reading this article at New Relic

Critical analysis of vendor lock-in and its impact on cloud computing migration: a business perspective

In summary, as applications evolve to function in the cloud, organizations must reconsider how they develop, deploy, and manage them. While cloud computing is heavily used to provide the underlying resource, our review shows that DevOps tools and artefacts can be used to configure and manage these resources. As a result, end-to-end deployment automation is efficiently enabled by employing DevOps approaches in cloud environments. But, cloud providers such as Amazon and cloud frameworks such as OpenStack provide cost-effective and fast ways to deploy and run applications. However, there is a large variety of deployment tools and techniques available [76]. They differ in various dimensions, most importantly in the metamodels behind the different approaches. Some use application stacks (e.g., AWS OpsWorks2 or Ubuntu Juju) or infrastructure, others use lists of scripts (e.g., Chef run) or even PaaS-centric application package descriptions such as Cloud Foundry manifests. This makes it challenging to combine different approaches and especially to orchestrate artefacts published by communities affiliated with the different tools, techniques, and providers. Nevertheless, these solutions are highly desirable because some communities share a lot of reusable artefacts such as portable scripts or container images as open-source software [77]. Prominent examples are Chef Cookbooks, Puppet modules, Juju charms, or Docker images. Adopting a configuration management tool implies a significant investment in time and/or money [78]. Nevertheless, before making such an investment, an informed choice based on objective criteria is the best insurance that an enterprise has picked the right tool for its environment, as the focus is on deploying predefined application stacks across several (virtual or physical) machines. Continue reading this article at Springer Open

TOP 25 CLOUD COMPUTING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Google Apps Certification Program provides valuable certification options for IT professionals who wish to widen their career opportunities, thanks to the popularity and widespread adoption of the Google Apps platform. Certifications include Google Apps Certified Administrator, Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist and Google Apps Certified Sales Specialist. The Administrator and Deployment Specialist certification programs are most relevant to IT professionals interested in cloud computing, whereas the Sales Specialist certification is targeted to sales professionals with Google partner organizations who wish to sell Google Apps for Business. The Administrator Certification prepares candidates to manage a Google Apps domain, while the Deployment Specialist Certification is awarded to IT professionals who demonstrate the skills and expertise required to “deploy, configure, and migrate to Google Apps for Business and Education.” Continue reading this article at Docurated

5 Key Steps to Becoming a Highly Valued Cloud Computing Expert

Your first step towards becoming an expert is to learn the key concepts of cloud computing. It’s first important to understand the elastic nature of the on-demand cloud environment—the fact you can dynamically scale out your infrastructure as code (IAC) to meet demand. This is important both to prospective cloud developers and operators, who’ll be concerned with the logistics of managing their workloads, and to cloud financial managers, who’ll primarily be concerned with balancing costs.

Another concept that’s central to the cloud is DevOps. DevOps brings the roles of development and operations closer together, largely through agile methodologies and automation tools. To properly understand DevOps, you’ll need to get to grips with other important aspects to the cloud, such as virtualization, containers, continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD).

Start by learning the basics. Then develop your knowledge by focusing on specialist areas, such as specific vendor platforms or cloud-oriented technologies, as this will give you a competitive advantage. You can learn more by reading the Cloudyn blog or one of the many other information technology blogs that cover the cloud. Continue reading this article at Cloudyn

3 Benefits of DevOps in the Cloud

A DevOps strategy can be more successful within the cloud. Hybrid cloud environments are an attractive option for most companies. In order to support this, DevOps must interface with the cloud’s management system. In the cloud, DevOps provides transparent and standardized access to resources with application programming interfaces (APIs), which can then allow communication between applications and back-end services. Continue reading this article at Coda

3 Analogies for Cloud/DevOps Transformation That Can Turn Your Resisters into Champions

Increases in both automation and market demand lead to sweeping changes in the farming “workplace”. Many traditional jobs and activities became less relevant or obsolete (eg laborers with horse and carts). New, specialized jobs developed , or became significantly more visible: traders, operations managers (for processing factories). In general, there was a shift from labor-intensive production to sales, marketing, distribution, quality control and standardized, automated production.

It’s worth noting, the path from production to consumers became considerably extended. Consumers have very little awareness of where their food is grown (unless specific labeling shows this sourcing information). Although the system required to deliver the product became more complex, the consumption aspects of the product were simplified. Continue reading this article at VMWare

Web-scale IT, Open-Source cloud and DevOps: Taking enterprise IT back to the future

All three are intrinsically linked in their roles to help companies become more agile, effective and innovative. Web-scale IT has already proven its mettle at large cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Netflix, Facebook and others and is now making its way into enterprises. OpenStack, meanwhile, is an open source platform that companies are already using to build IaaS clouds, including Walmart, Best Buy, The Walt Disney Co., Paypal, Cigna, Wells Fargo and many more. And DevOps, a software development method that increases communication, collaboration and integration between development and operations, is taking hold in IT organizations that want to be nimble and effective. Continue reading this article at Vertical Industries Blog

DEVOPS – CLOUD = NO DEVOPS!

In short, for DevOps to be successful, you have to platforms that development teams can self provision as and when needed, and that can scale when required – i.e. you need just in time infrastructure, or in other words, cloud, to do DevOps. Continue reading this article at The Fourth Act

ProfitBricks Positions for Cloud DevOps. Has it Found its Niche?

ProfitBrick’s data center footprint isn’t as extensive as the big players. In the U.S. it’s within the premium Tier IV Switch facility in Las Vegas, with two availability zones within the facility. All customer data is replicated by default. Toll said the company is in late-stage negotiations for an east coast data center, which would add key options and geo-redundancy capabilities in-country. Continue reading this article at DataCenter Knowledge

The Growing Imperative for Cloud and DevOps Training

As traditional sources of training, information and support dry up, demand for new training venues has skyrocketed. Amazon’s re:invent conference nearly doubles in size each year and sells out within a month. The same is true of Google’s i/o conference. Chef, the provider of a leading cloud computing configuration management tool, says there is incessant demand for its technical content, training and hands-on labs. The biggest cloud conferences and news sources are from the vendors themselves, evidenced by the size of Amazon Web Services re:invent and Google i/o. Continue reading this article at InnovationInsights

How Agile, MVP, Cloud and DevOps are Transforming Performance Testing Practices

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) emphasizes things like keeping the feature list short/simple, build products in an iterative cycles, and keeping in close touch with consumers even at the very early stages of product development. QA processes need to be aligned with agile methodology to be successful with MVP strategy. Continue reading this article at Appvance

Managing DevOps Across Multiple Clouds

No matter the path to hybrid cloud it’s certain that IT organizations will be coping with multiple clouds made up of virtual machines from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and other running on a range of clouds that span everything from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure to private clouds that may be running a half a world away. The challenge now is put the processes and tools in place today that will make managing DevOps across all those cloud computing environments a lot simpler tomorrow. Continue reading this article at Logentries

These 9 Cloud Computing Skills Could Give You The Next Career Jump

Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Python, Perl, JavaScript, and Java are the most common languages used for building cloud-based applications and services. While Java is a relatively traditional programming language, the others are high-level, efficient languages that are often recommended for beginners, making this a good first step in improving your cloud computing skills.

While some jobs only require one of these languages, you’ll increase your employability by being familiar with more than one. Yes, familiarize yourself with the many interactive coding lessons available online. Pick one of the languages and start learning! Continue reading this article at Make Use Of

3 Ways to Plug Your DevOps Cloud Into Your ITSM CAB

DevOps and IT service management (ITSM) don’t mix, right? Wrong! DevOps and ITSM practices are part of the same spectrum of business and technology activities, with them connected by a continuous delivery pipeline. And it’s possible to integrate a DevOps pipeline and the ITSM change advisory board (CAB) without them getting in the way of each other. Continue reading this article at Business 2 Community

Cloud Computing helps to accelerate DevOps

Cloud Computing is already impacting traditional business technology spending patterns. According to a global market study by Gartner, worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.7 trillion in 2014, which is a 2.1 percent increase from last year. This is in comparison to a 0.4 percent flat growth experienced in 2013. This forecast indicates major technology trends across the hardware, software, IT services and telecom markets. For more than a decade, global IT and business executives have based their business decisions on these quarterly reports to recognise market opportunities and challenges and according to Richard Gordon, (Managing Vice President at Gartner) this rise is down to a number of factors, including the growth of wireless customer spending and competiton for service providers to retain customers and also attract new ones. Continue reading this article at Bob’s Guide

Accelerate DevOps with Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud enables the enterprise to provision—and release—resources in minutes, and benefit from a pay-for-usage model that accelerates software development by allowing developers, testers, and operations personnel to gain quick access to the resources they need to perform their jobs. Continue reading this article at Skytap

DevOps: Cloud catalyst and Sys Admin game-changer

Our conversation was especially timely, since earlier this month IBM announced their official backing of Open Stack Foundation. IBM pledged USD $150 million over 3 years to the project, launched by cloud hosting company Rackspace and NASA. The initiative consists of projects that aim to create freely available code, standards and norms for cloud providers and customers. In fact, Open Stack has even been called the first “Open DevOps project.” Continue reading this article at GDR

Best Practices for DevOps in the Cloud

The easily manageable and portable nature of containers makes their integration one of the best practices for DevOps in the cloud. Containers provide a way to ‘componentize’ applications, simplifying every step from development to deployment. However, it is prudent to consider cluster management, governance, security and orchestration tools for applications that leverage containers. Continue reading this article at FileCloud

The Four Cs of Extending DevOps with Cloud Automation

Combining DevOps with a hybrid cloud architecture breaks down the traditional barriers between development, QA, and IT operations organizations and removes the silos that constrain enterprise development. Companies can change their software development paradigms and rapidly increase software delivery timeframes by adapting enterprise IT architectures to include cloud computing resources that enable agile development, empower software development teams with self service, and support DevOps. Continue reading this article at Techwell

Enterprise cloud computing enabling DevOps environment

Service level agreements, high availability and response time are being applied to the development environment to improve time to market. This is where open hybrid cloud can serve as a platform of choice for developers to drive the “new production” process. Continue reading this article at BCN

Net3 Technology’s PvDC adds Cloud ValetTM to enhance DevOps teams nationwide

Palmetto Virtual Data Center (PvDC) is one of the most advanced data center platforms available. It enables companies to reallocate resources to a hybrid or private cloud via a unified platform that ensures performance, scalability, and security at a reduced cost to most solutions on the market. Unlike larger data center suppliers that rely on commodity hardware, PvDC was built with scalability, flexibility, and ease of use in mind. Customers also have the ability to provision and control their own environments or to allow Net3 to manage them. Continue reading this article at N3T

10 Cloud Computing Trends I Expect to See this Yearwide

Flexible networking connectivity – Cloud and network are codependent. A cloud implementation can’t be successful without reliable networking. However, network services should be fluid, like cloud services. Enterprises should be able to scale up and down network services to meet workload demand, usage and risk. The richness of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) stack, with multiple protocols and implementations of these protocols, requires this level of flexibility. Moreover, the ability to control these configurations requires the long promised value of network function virtualization (NFV) be recognized as a first class citizen in the cloud environment virtual stack. Continue reading this article at Verizon

Cloud Computing, DevOps and Business Velocity

Cloud computing and DevOps are certainly taking the world by storm with promises of transforming the way that business will access and use technology. Cloud computing represents the consolidation of compute resources inside the data center and the use of all applications and infrastructure outside the data center. DevOps is transforming the processes around delivery of applications and data to its user base by instituting more automation and collaboration between the parties responsible for building and deploying. Continue reading this article at The Tech Evangelist

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