Private connectivity to the public Cloud

So you want to move an internally facing only workload to the public cloud?  But you don’t want to run your connectivity over the Internet for a number of reasons.  Those reasons could be anything from privacy, security, control or cost factors.  Or maybe you want to try and access public services via a private connection.

Most of the major public Cloud providers offer some sort of dedicated connectivity options, in this I’m going to outline the options for Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure which are easily the most popular choices.

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Process debt and just getting stuff done

If I had just one observation to make about the biggest barrier to just getting stuff done it would be the build up of organisational process debt.  This process debt can take many forms and can have many responses from staff who have been beaten down by it.  I have seen this in varying degrees at different places and it isn’t just something unique to IT environments.

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Not all clouds are created equal

So with many people looking to adopt cloud services, it is worth taking a look at what you currently run and how that fits into the two major cloud providers with IaaS offerings, i.e. Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.  Now most people will be running one of the editions of VMware vSphere, so this really looks at some of the basics of what you need to know if you’re coming from this as a typical environment. Continue reading

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What the heck is a DevOps?

DevOps:  Another IT industry buzzword that does the rounds, especially when someone is trying to sell you something (no surprise there), but what problem is it trying to solve?

For me there are too many conflicting definitions as to what DevOps is and isn’t and in my opinion all of them could be right or could be wrong depending on your specific circumstances.  Ultimately I would suggest that whilst in the area of development there have been big shifts towards the agile methodology and away from things such as waterfall, the barrier for this being successful can be the operations team. Continue reading

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Temporary solutions aren’t

Temporary solutions: the idea that deploying something as a short-term measure that will be fixed “properly” later.  You will find out that temporary solutions rarely are just temporary and end up being long-term solutions to a problem that either gets forgotten about in lieu of the next temporary solution or added to some backlog of technical debt for later remediation. Continue reading

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