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Cloud Expo Silicon Valley 'Call for Papers' Open | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Java Developer's Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 06:15
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!

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Virtusa to Present "Hadoop as a Service" at @CloudExpo New York | @VirtusaCorp [#BigData]

Java Developer's Journal - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 05:30
Hadoop as a Service (as offered by handful of niche vendors now) is a cloud computing solution that makes medium and large-scale data processing accessible, easy, fast and inexpensive. In his session at Big Data Expo, Kumar Ramamurthy, Vice President and Chief Technologist, EIM & Big Data, at Virtusa, will discuss how this is achieved by eliminating the operational challenges of running Hadoop, so one can focus on business growth. The fragmented Hadoop distribution world and various PaaS solutions that provide a Hadoop flavor either make choices for customers very flexible in the name of options or restrictive in the name of abstraction provided.

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Taking Back Cloud Control By @tShawnMills | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 17:00
With SaaS use rampant across organizations, how can IT departments track company data and maintain security? More and more departments are commissioning their own solutions and bypassing IT. A cloud environment is amorphous and powerful, allowing you to set up solutions for all of your user needs: document sharing and collaboration, mobile access, e-mail, even industry-specific applications. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Shawn Mills, President and a founder of Green House Data, will discuss how to get users to stay in compliance with corporate guidelines and actually use the tools provided for them rather than turning to outside, unsanctioned resources and potentially putting security at risk.

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SmartBear Simplifies Continuous Delivery | @SmartBear @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 17:00
SmartBear Software has released a TestComplete plugin for Jenkins, a popular open source continuous integration tool. The new TestComplete Jenkins plugin helps simplify and streamline continuous delivery process by making it easy for anyone to automatically execute and report on TestComplete tests through Jenkins. Customers deploying the new TestComplete Jenkins plugin are able to balance speed of application delivery with quality. While implementing continuous delivery, organizations often simplify the release process by prioritizing product backlog and releasing requirements in small increments frequently. This helps minimize cycle time between teams and accelerate application delivery schedules. Testing, many times, however can act as a bottleneck to such faster application delivery processes.

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Cloud: Datacenters, Meet Software! By @IoT2040 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 13:00
The PC revolution has redefined the notion of a computer over the past four decades. Now it might be time to redefine the notion of a collection of computers, that is, to redefine the notion of a datacenter. Datacenters are thought of as big places. Some of the more recent plants used by mega-users like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook have acres of land under roof, with many tens of thousands of individual systems and power requirements that would support a small city. Even your friendly local, on-site enterprise datacenter is likely to be a big room with a big budget commitment and a lot of people hired to manage it. But what if a datacenter could fit in the corner of a room, or under a desk, or in the palm of your hand? This seems to be the direction we're headed, as data loads simultaneously grow exponentially and become ever more distributed. This is also part of the vision I saw and heard outlined at the recent Open Compute Summit in San Jose. Transparency as a Service The summit was sponsored by The Open Compute Project Foundation, with a goal “to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing,” according to its mission statement. Members strive to share ideas, specs, and intellectual property in an open environment. The foundation is keyed by Facebook and the company's commitment to transparency in how it builds out the massive datacenter infrastructure it requires. One significant announcement at the summit was made by Vapor.io and company CEO Cole Crawford. The company aims for nothing less than utter transformation of the datacenter, starting with a programmable, open-source based management solution at the top of the stack. Crawford and Chief Architect Steven White envision a modern, data-driven datacenter in which servers are “cattle, not pets,” following the still-new concept of software-defined servers and centers. “The Open Data Center Runtime Environment is the first accepted contribution to the Open Compute Foundation using the reciprocal license thus ensuring that forks and branches won’t exist,” according to Vapor.io. “We did this to ensure that when you are interacting with your data center, you’re communicating over a community owned, community standard.” The company's ultimate vision is a modern hardware configuration that brings new levels of efficiency and output to datacenters of all sizes. Mobility & Then the IoT The fast-growing global dataflow has mobility as today's primary driver. The proliferation of tablets and especially smartphones on a worldwide basis will cause the total amount of data being processed by the Internet to exceed a zettabyte (1 billion terabytes) annually this year or next. That's more than 30 terabytes per second. Smartphone ownership will reach into the billions soon enough, and even in many developing countries, such as the Philippines, there are now more mobile phones than people. But we ain't seen nuttin' yet—the Internet of Things (IoT) will be adding billions of new devices to the global Internet soon enough. Though much of the traffic it generates will be hyper-local (via Bluetooth and other short-range technologies), enough of it will be traveling along the Internet to increase global bandwidth to the dozens of zettabytes by the year 2020, according to Gartner and others. Think of it as cloud computing to the nth degree in all dimensions. Think of the phrase made famous by Sun Microsystems—“the network is the computer”--extending out to “the edge of the network is your computer.” The edge of the network seems to me to be much like the edge of the universe, that is, there is no such thing to the single observer. One person's edge is another's center. Cyberspace expands outward from wherever you are, and you will expect the same performance (some day) for your single device or your enterprise no matter where you are. Big, bulky, centralized data centers cannot provide this edge service ubiquitously and effectively. There is also the matter of energy consumption. Datacenters were using about 2% of all electricity consumption in the US in 2011—that number has certainly risen since then, although it did not rise as quickly as the EPA had originally estimated for the period 2007-11. Focus on Power Consumption But let's not get distracted by this particular metric. The big picture is one that features global power consumption and the aspiration of billions of people in developing nations to have better lives. As I've written about many times, and about which much of our research at the Tau Institute is focused, developing nations typically consume 3 to 5% of the electricity per-person of the developed world. We believe that an aggressive national commitment to IT is a primary indicator of sustained economic and societal growth. To achieve significant economic improvement therefore means we must achieve significant new efficiencies in power consumption. Right Direction The vision laid out by Vapor.io seems to be a positive step in this direction. Crawford says the technology, which already has its first customer in Indiana in the US, aims for a PUE of 1.1, compared to an industry average of 1.9 (PUE, or power usage effectiveness, is a simple measure of the ratio of total energy required by a datacenter divided by the amount used by the computing resources. The overhead is primarily eaten up by air-conditioning.) Crawford and team go further, asserting that a new metric needs to be put into place. The metric would be called performance per watt per dollar, or PWD. New efficiencies and new metrics are one big part of the puzzle. Another big part takes us back to the question near the beginning of this article. What if I could hold a datacenter in my hand? When will I be able to do this? For now, the direction is being set. The world will need more mega-datacenter technology in smaller urban spaces, as mobility and the IoT inexorably drive dataflows upward. It will also need as much cloud-driven technology within buildings and some day, per person, as we can imagine. The Software World The third big piece of the puzzle involves the software that's eating the world, in the phrase made notorious by Mark Andreessen in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. The world of cloud computing is a world of virtualization, containers, languages, platforms, architectures, and many things as-a-service. It is a world that is not familiar to many people in the world of datacenters. A grand conversation is beginning to take place, and will need to intensify dramatically to sync up where the world of data is going and where the world of datacenters should be going.

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GE's DevOps Lifecycle By @MMurray | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 09:15
The speed of product development has increased massively in the past 10 years. At the same time our formal secure development and SDL methodologies have fallen behind. This forces product developers to choose between rapid release times and security. In his session at DevOps Summit, Michael Murray, Director of Cyber Security Consulting and Assessment at GE Healthcare, examined the problems and presented some solutions for moving security into the DevOps lifecycle to ensure that we get fast AND secure.

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Capital One To Present at @DevOpsSummit New York By @TopoPal | [#DevOps]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 08:45
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, Capital One now has 500+ Agile Teams delivering quality software via Agile and DevOps practices.

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Monetize the 'Internet of Things' By @AriaSystemsInc | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 06:15
There's no doubt that the Internet of Things is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the Internet of Things brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now.

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New Relic's #Microservices and #Docker Platform | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:15
Announced separately, New Relic is joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation to continue the support of customers and partners investing in this leading PaaS. As a member, New Relic is contributing the New Relic tile, service broker and build pack with the goal of easing the development of applications on Cloud Foundry and enabling the success of these applications without dedicated monitoring infrastructure. Supporting Quotes "The proliferation of microservices and new technologies like Docker has transformed how modern software is built and managed today," said Patrick Lightbody, vice president of product management at New Relic. "We see these new features as another important step towards our goal for the New Relic Software Analytics Platform to help the world deliver great software and make it successful in terms of performance, customer experience, and business success." Availability Docker monitoring is in open public beta beginning today. Service Maps and Alerts are generally available today and are being rolled out across New Relic's customer base over the coming weeks.

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Death of 'On Average' By @Schmarzo | @CloudExpo [#BigData #IoT #M2M]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 21:30
People and organizations are accustomed to relying upon “on average” guidelines in order to manage their lives and businesses. But “on average” guidelines are severely flawed. In reality, you are either spending too much or spending too little on your individual customers; you are wasting money on over-served customers and leaving money on the table on under-served customers. However, big data changes that paradigm. We should reject running our businesses using “on average” rules of thumbs. We now have the detailed data and the analytic capability to understand behaviors, tendencies, propensities, characteristics, trends and patterns at the individual level – whether those individuals are humans or machines – and we can leverage these insights to make improved business decisions.

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Isomorphic Exhibitor & Featured Speaker at @DevOpsSummit | @IsomorphicHQ [#DevOps]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 21:00
SYS-CON Events announced today Isomorphic Software, the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, market, and support the SmartClient & Smart GWT HTML5/Ajax platform, combining the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simplicity and reach of the open web

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Hybrid IT – What/Where/Why/How? By @CenturyLink | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 20:30
Hybrid IT is an approach to delivering IT services that matches business requirements and application needs with different IT deployment modalities. In their session at 16th Cloud Expo, Jeff Katzen, Director of the Cloud Practice at CenturyLink, and Gary Sloper, Area Vice President, Sales Engineering and Operations, at CenturyLink, will go into more depth around those different modalities and how customers have made decisions to choose between them. They will talk to some of the challenges that organizations might face in leveraging a Hybrid IT environment, specifically with regard to cloud services and discuss different ways to solve those challenges. All the concepts introduced will be backed by real world customer implementation examples.

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Microservices Are Breaking (up) the Network By @LMacVittie | @CloudExpo [#Microservices]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:00
It's not just apps that are decomposing, it's the network, too. The network is bifurcating. On the one side is rock solid reliability founded on the premise of permanence and infrequent change. On the other is flexibility borne of transience, immutability and rapid change. There are, by virtue of this change in application architecture from the monolithic to the microservice model, changes necessary in the network. Specifically to the means by which the network delivers the application services upon which apps rely to be themselves delivered in a way that meets the performance, security and availability expectations of business and consumers alike.

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When Will Google Move to Iceland? By @WayneLam888 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:30
As the Internet continues its rapid expansion, is it high time to move the world's data centers to Iceland? A place that can offer 100% renewable energy at a fixed, long-term power cost. At first glance it may seem an unusual proposition and difficult to imagine a Silicon Valley icon like Google moving/consolidating all their data centers to such a remote area. But it's a move that may make the most strategic sense. In many ways, Iceland makes for an ideal location for the data centers of the future. The first compelling argument is Iceland's year-round cooler climate, which easily accommodates and dissipates the extreme heat generated by thousands of running servers. No need to run air-cooling systems at full blast during summer.

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Internet of Things Supply Chains By @Microsoft | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 14:15
Disruptive macro trends in technology are impacting and dramatically changing the "art of the possible" relative to supply chain management practices through the innovative use of IoT, cloud, machine learning and Big Data to enable connected ecosystems of engagement. Enterprise informatics can now move beyond point solutions that merely monitor the past and implement integrated enterprise fabrics that enable end-to-end supply chain visibility to improve customer service delivery and optimize supplier management. Learn about enterprise architecture strategies for designing connected systems that integrate physical and digital supply chains with your enterprise systems, leveraging IoT devices, hybrid cloud and network service providers to enable innovative business models while mitigating risk, managing security and increasing capacity to meet customer changing SLA requirements.

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Telecom, WebRTC and the 'Internet of Things’ By @RingPlusMobile | @ThingsExpo [#IoT #WebRTC]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 14:00
The worldwide cellular network will be the backbone of the future IoT, and the telecom industry is clamoring to get on board as more than just a data pipe. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Evan McGee, CTO of Ring Plus, Inc., discussed what service operators can offer that would benefit IoT entrepreneurs, inventors, and consumers. Evan McGee is the CTO of RingPlus, a leading innovative U.S. MVNO and wireless enabler. His focus is on combining web technologies with traditional telecom to create a new breed of unified communication that is easily accessible to the general consumer. With over a decade of experience in telecom and associated technologies, Evan is demonstrating the power of OSS to further human and machine-to-machine innovation.

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Information Storage with ISS SuperCore and Ceph | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 13:00
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In his session at DevOps Summit, Alex Gorbachev, President of Intelligent Systems Services Inc., will share foundation principles of Ceph architecture, as well as the design to deliver this storage to traditional SAN storage consumers.

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Potential of the 'Internet of Things' By @GreenwaveSys | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:30
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT opportunities and challenges, and will ensure a lively Q&A conclusion.

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Complete Visibility into #Docker By @AAkela | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps #Containers]

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 03:00
Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins of distributed applications that enables them to build, ship, and run any app anywhere. Docker allows applications to run on any platform irrespective of what tools were used to build it making it easy to distribute, test, and run software. I found this 5 Minute Docker video, which is very helpful when you want to get a quick and digestible overview. If you want to learn more, you can go to Docker’s web page and start with this Docker introduction video. Docker makes it very easy to make changes and package the software quickly for others to test without requiring a lot of resources. At AppDynamics, we embraced Docker completely in our development, testing, and demo environments. For example, as you can see in the attached screenshot from our demo environment, we are using Docker to provision various demo use cases with different application environments like jBoss, Tomcat, MongoDB, Angularjs, and so on.

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The Art of DevOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps #Containers #Microservices]

Java Developer's Journal - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 15:30
In this 4-part blog series, I am exposing DevOps best practices using a metaphor inspired by the famous 6th century Chinese manuscript: “The Art of War.” It is worth reminding that Sun Tzu, just like me, considered war as a necessary evil, which must be avoided whenever possible. What are we fighting for here? Ultimately, we’re fighting for the absolute best services and features that we can deliver to our customers as quickly as we possibly can, and to eliminate the “War Room” scenario we are all so familiar with.

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