This month we’ll look at several examples of low-level performance analysis related to Oracle and other toolsets common in Operations. First is a nearly invisible change that impacted performance by a factor of ten. That’s the “incredible behavior” Oracle Certified Master Laurent Schneider reported in a recent posting: two straightforward Oracle SQL queries differed inRead More
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How do you choose where to enter the Cloud? You recognize that “utility computing” is part of your future: you’re ready to outsource some portion of your computing load to outside providers. You spend money, and they assume daily headaches of maintenance, backups, and so on: that’s a fair deal. While you know there areRead More
Amazon was “out” for many hours last Friday. So were several of its high-profile customers, including Netflix and Instagram. Isn’t this exactly the kind of breakdown from which The Cloud is supposed to protect us? Is there any way to look at this as other than evidence that “off-premises on-demand computing” is fundamentally broken? “SortRead More
It’s time to develop a new “mission-critical” application. How does a modern IT (information technology) department do so? Here are most of the technologies that deserve consideration: Client-server to conventional desktop. Based on .NET or Java or another enterprise-class application framework, this seems to be the default choice for most IT departments. Client-server to aRead More
Nobody knows. But there’s plenty you can do about it. In the wake of recent outages at Amazon and Salesforce whose consequences cascaded to scores of other companies and sites, it’s instinctive and largely healthy to wonder who’s to blame, what mistakes were made, exactly how reliable The Cloud is, whether your own business should build, buy, or rent, and so on. NotRead More
After the US arrested 24 hackers this week, it left me wondering if we were any safer, and the answer is we’re not because that was just a drop in the bucket. You’re not going to solve network security issues through law enforcement.
Netflix offers another sophisticated cloud management tool to open source. This time its Asgard, which you can use to deploy massive code projects to Amazon Web Services.
If rumors of Google and Microsoft going after a piece of Amazon’s infrastructure service business are true, the competition could result in dramatically lower prices and IT could be a big winner.
Adam Pisoni from Yammer describes traditional enterprise software as being forced to eat soup with a fork when you know very well there are spoons are out there somewhere. He says, consumerization is forcing IT to give out spoons.
Facebook has joined Netflix in offering edge servers to ISPs to help break content delivery bottlenecks around its growing photo collection. And your company could learn from Facebook’s highly efficient approach.