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What is an API? Application programming interfaces explained

What is an API? Application programming interfaces explained

API stands for application programming interface, a theory that applies everywhere from command-line tools to enterprise Java code into Ruby on Rails web apps. An API is a way to programmatically interact using a separate software component or resource. Unless you write every single line of code from scratch, you're going to be interacting with...
Why open source has never been stronger

Why open source has never been stronger

There has perhaps never been so much angst over whether open source software development is sustainable, and yet there has never been better signs that we're in the golden age of open source. Or about the cusp. Here and there a open source company may struggle to earn a buck, but as a community of...
Taking enterprise databases to your cloud

Taking enterprise databases to your cloud

Databases are like automobiles. You have the classic cars that everyone looks back on fondly, and now they cost 20 times what they did back in the 1970s. Also, you have the newest cars that don't have the exact same sex appeal but function far better than cars built 30 years ago; they are faster,...
HPE plus MapR: Too much Hadoop, not enough cloud

HPE plus MapR: Too much Hadoop, not enough cloud

Cloud murdered the fortunes of the Hadoop trinity--Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR--and that same cloud likely won't rain victory down on HPE, which recently acquired the business assets of MapR. Though the deal promises to marry"MapR's technology, intellectual property, and domain expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) and analytics data direction" with HPE's"Intelligent Data...
More reasons to put secure data in the public cloud

More reasons to put secure data in the public cloud

The worldwide market for Cloud intrusion protection applications is projected to rise by $1.8 billion and have a compounded growth of 24.8 percent. This should surprise nobody, considering the amount of core business assets that are being pushed to the cloud now, in addition to the amount which security suppliers are spending cloud. This is...
What is IaaS? Your data center in the cloud

What is IaaS? Your data center in the cloud

Cloud computing is not one monolithic type of offering, but an range of services aimed at fulfilling the different IT requirements of a company. 1 such service provided via the cloud is infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which delivers virtualized computing resources to organizations typically through the internet. IaaS is one of main types of cloud services, together...
Where in the cloud is IT headed?

Where in the cloud is IT headed?

The new hot topic in the technology industry has been around because -- and this is a conservative estimate -- the early 2000s. It's taken us some time to get where we are today, but these days the cloud illuminates all aspects of an IT environment -- from applications to platforms to infrastructure. A fast...
Where did all the cloud computing thought leaders go?

Where did all the cloud computing thought leaders go?

I'm not citing studies which demonstrate a diminished number of thought leaders at the cloud computing area --that is only my opinion. However, if you're honest with yourselves, the majority of you may notice a big difference between the quantity of new thinking about cloud computing these days compared to the amount in 2010. What...
CloudBees readies software delivery management, Jenkins X via SaaS

CloudBees readies software delivery management, Jenkins X via SaaS

Software delivery platform provider CloudBees is seeking to establish the category of applications delivery direction, to tackle siloed development processes, and to make the available source Jenkins CI/CD system available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. Software delivery management via SaaS CloudBees's planned SaaS-based SDM platform would tie together all artifacts, information, and events across a...
Microsoft buys jClarity to boost Java on Azure

Microsoft buys jClarity to boost Java on Azure

With its acquisition of Java support services company jClarity, Microsoft is making a play to maximize Java workloads on its Azure cloud platform. Microsoft calls jClarity the top contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK undertaking, which provides free, open source OpenJDK binaries. Microsoft has been a host of AdoptOpenJDK, that has supplied binaries for both Windows and...
How to stop people from causing bad cloud architectures

How to stop people from causing bad cloud architectures

I've been in some knock-down, drag-out battles over both the setup and using technology. On one side, you have somebody with a very different opinion regarding what technology ought to be used and how. On the opposing side, you are aware that you are right. These days the battles are about which cloud supplier to...
Machine learning operations don’t belong with cloudops

Machine learning operations don’t belong with cloudops

It is Monday morning, and after a very long weekend of system trouble the cloud operations team is discussing what happened. It appears that many systems which were correlated with a very innovative, new inventory management system enabled with machine learning had issues over the weekend. The postmortem concluded the following: The batch process that...
VMware vSphere goes Kubernetes native

VMware vSphere goes Kubernetes native

As much as businesses might want to update IT and proceed cloud, it's still a stubborn actuality that 95 percent of IT spending remains firmly on-premises. That's changing, and fast, but CIOs have fought to upgrade their information technology to the cloud age. In a bid to ease that struggle, VMware today announced Project Pacific,...
Learn to love legacy systems

Learn to love legacy systems

I've been corrected over once. I've used the word"legacy system" in meetings and been quickly taken to the woodshed by the language police for saying something that was a clear pejorative. Even here I have started saying"conventional system" instead. I've gotten less crap about that, but it's the exact same thing. I have worked on...
What multicloud really costs

What multicloud really costs

Multicloud is becoming the de facto standard. Really, a strong 84 percent of the respondents in the RightScale report use more than four cloud providers, including both public and private clouds. (Notice, RightScale is now part of Flexera.) However, not only are companies changing to multicloud, but to more than one public cloud too. That...
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