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Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Implementing a Well-Behaved Network for Your Cloud As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: implement always-vigilant DNS security Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, David Veneski, Product Marketing Manager at Infoblox, reviewed common challenges, the proper objectives, and several options to achieve "better practices" for evolving data cente... (more)

Embracing Software Defined | @CloudExpo @BHIvanov #Serverless #DevOps #SDN #SDDC

Embracing Software Defined: From Theory to Practice As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined - from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, will provide some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacenter. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Boyan Ivanov is CEO and co-founder of StorPool. He started programming at the age of 10. At the same age, he started his first venture and the latter stuck. Boyan has versatile experience in the enterprise and SMB worlds and has also been part of several startups in the IT spa... (more)

HPC Visualization Cluster | @CloudExpo #CloudNative #Containers

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Efficient Access to a Cloud-based HPC Visualization Cluster Data scientists must access high-performance computing resources across a wide-area network. To achieve cloud-based HPC visualization, researchers must transfer datasets and visualization results efficiently. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here HPC clusters now compute GPU-accelerated visualization in the cloud cluster. To efficiently display results remotely, a high-performance, low-latency protocol transfers the display from the cluster to a remote desktop. Further, tools to easily mount remote datasets and efficiently transfer that data into the HPC cluster are described, including performance characterization results. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Fromme, a solutions engineer at Penguin Computing, discussed how together, high-performance data ... (more)

Java Virtual Machine | @CloudExpo @Stackify #DX #JVM #Java #Virtualization

A Deep Dive into the Core Metrics of the Java Virtual Machine By Eugen Paraschiv Overview of JVM Metrics In this article, we'll cover how you can monitor an application that runs on the Java Virtual Machine by going over some of the critical metrics you need to track. And, as a monitoring tool, we'll use Stackify Retrace, a full APM solution. The application we'll monitor to exemplify these metrics is a real-world Java web application built using the Spring framework. Users can register, login, connect their Reddit account and schedule their posts to Reddit. How JVM Memory Works There are two important types of JVM memory to watch: heap and non-heap memory, each of these with its own purpose. The heap memory is where the JVM stores runtime data represented by allocated instances. This is where memory for new objects comes from, and is released when the Garbage Colle... (more)

Federal Big Data Community Convenes 6 Feb at Apache Hadoop Forum

By Bob Gourley If you are an analyst or executive or architect engaged in the analysis of big data, this is a “must attend” event. We will be there engaging with the community and hope to see you there. Registration is now open for the third annual Federal Big Data Apache Hadoop Forum! Register here. Join us on Thurs., Feb. 6, as leaders from government and industry convene to share Big Data best practices. This is a must attend event for any organization or agency looking to be information-driven and give access to more data to more resources and applications. During this informative event you will learn: > Key trends in government today and the role Big Data plays in driving transformation; > How leading agencies are putting data to good use to uncover new insight, streamline costs, and manage threats; > The role of an Enterprise Data Hub, and how it is a game... (more)

Cloud Computing and Virtualization Resources

I have been a little bit stubborn on my concession that cloud computing is really going to be the wave of the future. Though lately I have been playing with a lot of cloud related technologies and am hooked. Spin up 10 (or 100) Linux servers in a minute from a web page with no real systems management skills and then you start seeing the power of cloud computing. As I try to get smarter on cloud computing I compiled the following list of resources that I have found helpful.  If you have a great cloud resource please feel free to let me know what I am missing on. Cloud and Virtualization Guides and Whitepapers Ars Technica Guide to Virtualization: Part I – From 2008 but still a decent primer on virtualizaton The Ars Technica Guide to I/O Virtualization – From February 2010 very nice thorough intro to I/O virutalizaiton A Guide to Getting Started with Cloud Computing... (more)

NFV and SDN: Key Considerations | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #Virtualization

Evaluating NFV and SDN: Key Considerations Making informed network investment decisions about emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help evolve the network to keep pace with the innovations of the devices and people it's connecting. As you work with business leaders to make decisions about upgrading your infrastructure with these networking developments, it's important to understand the similarities, differences, and benefits of dual NFV and SDN implementation. With their ability to offer a new way to design, deploy, and manage the network and its services, NFV and SDN should be incorporated into modern enterprise networks and carrier infrastructures. However, lack of knowledge about these technologies can result in poor networking investments and missed opportunities to experience the benefits... (more)

Serverless Is Here | @CloudExpo #FaaS #CloudNative #Serverless #DevOps

What Is Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Architectures Are Here By Matt Watson It has never been a better time to be a developer. Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. What Is Function-as-a-Service (FaaS)? FaaS is the concept of serverless computing via serverless architectures. Software developers can leverage this to deploy an individual "function", action, or piece of business logic. They are expected to start within milliseconds and process individual requests and then the process ends. Principles of FaaS: Complete abstraction of servers away from the developer Billing based on consumption and executions, not server instance sizes Services that are event-driven and instantaneously scala... (more)

A Tool Is About What You Need It For | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #CloudNative #Serverless

We seem to run this cycle with every new technology that comes along. A good idea with practical applications is born, then both marketers and over-excited users start to declare it is the solution for all or our problems. Compliments of Gartner, we know it generally as “The Hype Cycle”, but each iteration is a little different. 2018’s flavor will be serverless computing, and by 2018, I mean starting now, but going most of next year, you’ll be sick of it. We are already seeing people write such sweeping statements as “The purpose of serverless is no-ops”. And that type of declaratory language is going to get worse. One time, very slowly: Right now, in the case of public cloud vendors, the purpose of serverless is to lock you in. It is that simple. They want to add value that will keep your dollars flowing into their coffers. And they do not at all mind if the proce... (more)

Three Ways to Utilize Virtual Reality in Marketing Campaign | @CloudExpo #VR #Cloud #Virtualization

The impact of emerging technologies has taken the business by storm. Everyone is familiar with Virtual Reality and 360-degree virtual reality. The immersive experience offered by these emerging technologies have replaced the way people shopped, interact and have fun. Though, the virtual reality and 360-degree virtual reality are new in the marketing arena. Therefore, most of the marketers are not familiar with how to incorporate into marketing and sale strategy. The survival of any business in today’s world is only possible by integrating emerging technologies within the organization. In this article, we are going to discuss how to incorporate VR in your marketing campaigns. Create Compelling Stories Virtual reality is all about the immersive and mesmerizing experience that instigates the users. The big giants like YouTube and Facebook are already into 360-degree VR ... (more)

[video] @Docker and #Kubernetes | @CloudExpo @Rancher_Labs #DevOps

How Containers Will Usher in a New Era of Cloud Computing View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker containers gain prominence. He explored these challenges and how to address them, while considering how containers will influence the direction of cloud computing. View Keynote ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio... (more)