DevOps – Virtualizing on an Ancient Concept

The concept of combined Development & Operations, DevOps has emerged from Agile approaches as the preferred method for enterprise application development. It’s a time-to-market accelerator, and it’s clearly shown improved innovation results over previous sequential practices. It’s also a model with historical precedence. For more than four millennia, a flexible "design-build" project delivery system has been used in building construction. "Master builders" have used it to save expenses, accelerate schedules and encourage innovation through a flexible construction process. So, if you’re adopting a DevOps building framework, there’s a few thousand years of validation to back you up.

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Language and Lifecycles

Languages are rich in the ways they help us to understand our world. But even with a precise dictionary definition, context is everything. The Inuits have a hundred words for snow. But if you lived in the tropics, why would you care?

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Essential Data Mobility – people, devices, data, business

There are some very good reasons that businesses want their data to be mobile and free of infrastructure constraints. Start with mobile users, remote offices, business partners, or dispersed manufacturing locations. Application data needs to be accessible everywhere, whenever required. But it doesn’t have to live everywhere. It just needs to be effortlessly and seamlessly accessible between data centers, among field locations, and to individual users at the edge. True data mobility means edge to core, to and from mobile devices, and to and from the cloud, as well as recovery / sharing to and from remote sites. All of this pushes us past data management based on the old constraints. The way we’ve always done it will no longer cut it. To quote Gartner, we must “manage the data not the infrastructure.”

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Cloud Brokers – Cloud Sommeliers

If you love wine, you know about making decisions. Narrowing down. Red, white or sparkling? California, Italian or French? Ahh, monsieur prefers Bordeaux? Medoc or St. Emilion? Chateau Figeac ou Clous Fourtet? Le 2001 ou 2005? What goes best with duck? How about the house wine? Where is that Sommelier?

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Actifio And The Cloud

So, we’ve been spending time here talking about cloud benefits and cautions in a general sense. Now, how about more specifically outlining how Actifio helps businesses use the cloud to transform? More than a blatant Actifio pitch, we’d like to highlight how cloud has the potential to move IT from a cost center to a value creator – reshaping possibilities, accelerating delivery and creating new business opportunity. We’ve already seen many traditional IT operations make the strategic decision to implement their own cloud. They’re becoming internal Service Providers with service catalogs aligned with their own business plans. They’re also selectively partnering with external Service Providers to integrate private, hybrid and public cloud capabilities.

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Cloud Transitions – People First

The first step in cloud adoption isn’t about the technology. It’s about the people. It may seem a bit obvious, but when most cloud discussion centers on technology, it’s a point worth repeating. At our eCloud Summit the emphasis on the people proposition was made with persistent emphasis.

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The ECloud Summit Virtual Conference Videos

Ever since we returned from the ECloud Summit in Austin, our team has been hard at work pulling together video footage from the conference to create something special. Today we are proud to announce the "Virtual Conference" for ECloud Summit 2015. We have produced full length videos of all of the keynotes and panel sessions at the conference and assembled them in one place. If you didn't have a chance to attend the summit, now is your chance to listen to industry leaders discuss the current state of the enterprise cloud.

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Going to the Cloud: Technical Challenges

The Actifio eCloud Summit took place mid-February in Austin Texas. For those of us living around Boston, it was more than an intellectual event. We were escaping from eight feet of snow and below zero temperatures. If only for a few days, we enjoyed warmer weather and some fascinating insights into the current state of Cloud Computing. One of the clearest messages was that cloud isn’t as easy as it may at first appear, especially at enterprise scale.

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Going to the Cloud: Business Challenges

During the recent Actifio eCloud Summit the point brought home from nearly every presenter and panel was that enterprise cloud deployments aren’t necessarily simple. Of course individuals or small project initiatives can take advantage of easy access to Amazon or Microsoft or any number of other cloud service offerings. But that won’t satisfy complex enterprise application requirements. Not without a good deal of planning.

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