Now that I’m back in the UK the next main phase of the CBPN will be to launch and grow the UK chapter.
The first regional program I developed was the Canada Cloud Network, and it will look and be structured something similar to this.
If you would like to participate join in the new Linkedin group I have started for this purpose.
Hand in hand with an Enterprise PaaS architecture approach (such as Apprenda) will be ‘Multi-Cloud Orchestration’ suites, essentially the backbone of an enterprise cloud computing strategy.
Most large enterprises are still concentrated internally, running virtualized applications on platforms like VMware, and have fringe expansion into a new world of additional environments like public Cloud, or alternatives to VMware like Openstack.
The major transformation of IT by the Cloud wave won’t come from IaaS, although it has started the revolution, instead it will be ‘PaaS’ (Platform as a Service) that has the more dramatic and visible impact.
Encouraging reuse of common building blocks and standardized developer methods, it enables them to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’, taking advantage of new enterprise models like internal SaaS, without building from scratch.
Most enterprise organizations are not short of the IT infrastructure, skilled teams or even money that makes IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) such a compelling value proposition for smaller companies.
However as we move further up the stack into PaaS (Platform as a Service), then the value becomes less about commoditzing enterprise scale web hosting, and more about enabling their bigger need: Faster time to market for innovative new e-services, through transformational platform architecture.
Migrating legacy applications to new Cloud environments is probably the main technical challenge most CIO’s face today, and thus it is a hugely fertile area for new services, technology innovations and best practices.
There will also be specializations around particular Cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft Azure and Google.
For example as Fedr8 describes here some of the types of challenges that an enterprise will face with this migration process to the Azure Cloud is the dependencies within the software, on other software in the underlying operating system layers.
They offer three questions to ponder:
- Is your code base supported in Azure?
- Which of your application dependencies are natively available in Azure?
- Does your application hold state?
The upcoming End-of-life for Windows 2003 is the perfect example – This code will no longer be supported thus presenting a crisis situation for any software that runs on it. If any bugs or errors arise you on your own!
This prompts further decision-making such as ‘well if you’re updating the software why not entirely migrate it to a new platform all together, the Cloud.
Having assessed and identified applications that need modernized off of W2003, can be migrated right through to Azure, using tools like Fedr8.
Our TRANSFORM program is intended as the core resource for driving business transformation through enterprise cloud computing, and in this section we explore the benefits specifically for ‘Agile DevOps’.
In their white paper ‘State of DevOps report Puppet Labs introduce the broad aspects of DevOps, such as the organizational and personnel aspects, and how they can be improved through the right tools that encourage ‘high performance’ workflow patterns.
Elevate Cloud Computing From Amateur to Professional Status
As the noted writer and futurist William Gibson stated: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” And in no field is this more true than cloud computing. From its very start, cloud computing has been avidly adopted by startups, mavericks and rogues, drawn by its easy access, high scalability, and, critically, its pay-per-use model obviating the need for significant capital investment.
Over the past few years, enterprises have also adopted cloud computing — and today, major cloud providers can each point to large enterprises making significant use of their cloud computing offerings.
What is less appreciated, however, is the inconsistent level of cloud adoption throughout these enterprise customers. Within each enterprise, some groups are running large applications that represent two or more year’s experience in the environment, while other groups in the same company may just be starting to experiment with the same provider. And, in that same enterprise, there may be other groups that are completely inexperienced with cloud computing and just beginning to learn the ins and outs of the cloud.
One of our headline Cloud best practice themes is PaaS & Agile DevOps, refering to the combination of the Platform as a Service model with new modes of software development that unite Agile practices with ‘DevOps‘, the integration of Development and Operations.
DevOps with WordPress – Case study: Metro Newspaper
With the media sector and WordPress in mind, a great case study example of this is the Metro Newspaper.
Summary: “Assured Identity” hinges on “Shared Secrets” in cyberspace. The text password has been the shared secrets for many decades. We now need a successor to the text password.
There exists a promising candidate, an Expanded Password System which accepts images as well as characters and which generates a high-entropy password from a hard-to-forget password .
A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Continue reading