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Brian Gracely07/02/14
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The Cloudcast #151 - Continuous Security Responsibilities on AWS

Brian talks with Tim Prendergast (@Auxome, Founder/CEO of about recent security problems for AWS customers, the evolution of Continuous Security Monitoring and the best practices that companies need to understand as they leverage public cloud for more business applications.

Omri Erel07/02/14
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Creating a SaaS Marketing Plan That Rocks

When creating your Software as a Service marketing plan, it is paramount to understand that the business model you have chosen is a fully integrated architecture, and all aspects of your business – product, service, marketing, and revenue model – are tightly coupled.

Lisa Schultz07/01/14
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DBaaS: Solving the Cloud Business Continuity Conundrum

Today’s enterprises are expected to be “always-on”; you never know what time of day or night your customers are going to make a transaction. At the same time, these companies are increasingly turning to the cloud to improve efficiency, scalability, and reduce costs.

Topher Marie07/01/14
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Chef, Puppet, and JumpCloud Server Management Tools

We often hear how we compare to Chef and Puppet (and all of the rest of the configuration automation / management solutions). The simple answer on how we compare is that we each do something different. Chef and Puppet programmatically manage your infrastructure.

Rick Delgado06/30/14
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Service on the Cloud: A Look at the Pros and Cons of Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service is a popular cloud computing option, but it's not the only option out there. Learn the pros and cons of IaaS to see if it's the right option for you.

Brian Gracely06/28/14
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The Cloudcast at OpenStack Summit

We had the chance to record six shows at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. We also spoke with Stu Miniman (@stu) on theCUBE, talking Cloud trends, DevOps and Openstack.

Brian Gracely06/27/14
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The Cloudcast #150 - Evolving From Plumbers to Coders

Aaron and Brian talk with Jason Edelman about his continued evolution from plumber to coder. They discuss his latest projects focused on SDN, Docker, Ansible and Python. They discuss the learning curve from CLI to writing code and lessons learned in creating labs to build these new environments.

Brian Gracely06/26/14
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The Cloudcast #149 - Perspective from Cloud Foundry Summit

Aaron and Brian talk with Kenny Coleman about his experience and perspective at Cloud Foundry Summit. They discuss how different the customer stories were from traditional IT and how software impacts today’s IT professional. They also discuss why smart infrastructure professionals are moving towards development.

Tatiana Crawford06/25/14
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Feng Shui and Cloud Server Configurations

Starting a cloud server workload without proper configuration is like putting out a beacon alerting hackers to an easy mark. In fact, a CloudPassage study called The Gauntlet showed that even a novice hacker can compromise a poorly configured cloud server in a matter of hours.

Phil Whelan06/25/14
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Consul for Service Discovery - Mitchell Hashimoto Explains

I chatted with Mitchell Hashimoto about his recently released open-source project Consul for service discovery, which builds upon their previous project Serf. Many people will know Mitchell as the creator of Vagrant, but since then he has formed Hashicorp and released projects Packer, Serf and now Consul.

Chris Haddad06/24/14
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Adopting the Infrastructure Cloud Services Model

Cloud API popularity is fueling interest in creating service ecosystems across organizations, teams, and applications. By externalizing software platform functions from containers, operating systems, and on-premise data center environments, new business opportunities emerge.

Daniel Schneller06/24/14
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Ansible: Simple, Yet Powerful Automation

It is no shoot out between different automation tools, but rather a collection of Ansible basics and our experience with it so far. Soon another post will follow about dynamically generated inventories for OpenStack virtual environments.

Omri Erel06/24/14
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The Secret to Getting High ROI Through SaaS

Leading IT suppliers of software and hardware services seeking to address the needs of their customers have thoroughly evaluated and adopted a cloud-style strategy. The challenges and issues must be expressed in a language that users understand.

Topher Marie06/23/14
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Mythbusting: DevOps and Security

There is a lot of noise around DevOps right now with pundits calling it the next great IT “movement.” DevOps represents the integration of development, IT operations, security, and quality assurance (and some even saying, sales and marketing), under a single automated umbrella.

Topher Marie06/20/14
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Manually Managing Users Across Servers

Our goal is to automate the management of your servers. Managing users is one of the top items that sysadmins spend their time on. Let us help you make it more efficient and secure at the same time! Give JumpCloud a try for free and let us know what you think.

Benjamin Ball06/19/14
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Electric Cloud Launches Two Products and Brings New Attention to Continuous Delivery

Yesterday, Electric Cloud announced two new products, as well as several new industry initiatives, that show a lot about what the company has learned after 10 years of software pipeline and delivery experience. The company is coming out with a number of new focuses on DevOps in the Enterprise.

Phil Whelan06/19/14
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Two Factors to Docker's Success

I have long been convinced that Docker will be part of the revolution to engineering a better cloud, and, in effect, upgrading the internet. Join in the revolution and have fun hacking with the community. They inspire developers, and they appreciate developers, making developers want to build around Docker.

Brian Gracely06/18/14
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The Cloudcast #148 - DevOps, WebScale & BigData at Gilt

Brian talks with Eric Bowman about the evolution from monolithic apps to scaleable micro-services. They discuss how to manage scale, how they manage deployments across internal, managed and public clouds. They discuss when to open-source a project and how to engage with open-source communities.

Pritiman Panda06/18/14
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How Important is the Cloud to Business Process Management?

Business Process Management does not have any direct dependency on Cloud for its implementation or functioning. It is just yet another approach or way to implement BPM based solutions. It’s not that BPM solutions cannot be developed in the absence of Cloud Solutions.

Phil Whelan06/17/14
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Stackato and Lessons Learned with Cloud Foundry

Here are the slides from my Cloud Foundry Summit 2014 presentation: Stackato and the Lessons Learned with Cloud Foundry. Below are some of the topics I discussed.

Benjamin Ball06/16/14
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DZone Research Cloud News Update (June 16)

This research update includes Docker support for Stackato and Google Cloud, lower prices for Clever Cloud, improved performance for cloudControl from hardware improvements, Chef 10 and data bags for Engine Yard, open source HTTP API toolchain from Heroku, Jelastic V2.2 with Ruby support, and more.

Tatiana Crawford06/15/14
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Cloud Service Attacks: Consider a New Approach to Cloud Security

Attackers are constantly improving their tactics and finding new vectors to exploit. Unauthorized activity should be detected quickly and a plan should be put into play to whack these moles efficiently. But how can organizations reduce the unforeseen or unprotected paths to compromise?

Benjamin Ball06/15/14
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The Best of the Week (June 6): Cloud Zone

This week's topic include Docker getting ready for the Enterprise, distributed caching for clusters, why everybody loves Cloud Foundry, why cloud is making Windows irrelevant, and getting started with network connectivity in Microsoft Azure.

Topher Marie06/14/14
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Why Cloud Server Outages Don't Scare Me

The sky isn’t really falling, but it can feel that way when your cloud provider fails. We’ve seen some spectacular failures by cloud providers in recent years, equivalent to taking down a very large traditional data center, and having all back ups (back up network, power, and cooling) fail at the same time.

Phil Whelan06/13/14
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libswarm - Docker Orchestration Announced

A year ago Docker was announced. Thanks to our 3 plus years experience working with Linux containers, ActiveState could clearly see its potential and understand Solomon Hykes' vision for the future of containerization. We wasted no time making Docker part of Stackato.