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3 common mistakes companies make when adopting cloud

May 24, 2018

Cloud computing is mainstream. That’s a fact. Chances are if your company isn’t already extensively using the cloud, it is planning on doing so in the very near future. But be careful. There are many mistakes that companies new to the cloud make when they begin looking into cloud adoption. Here are three of the main ones.


The Future of Kubernetes is not Lambda, it's Containers

Apr 30, 2018

I wrote not that long ago (see article in Diginomica) that the future of serverless is not Lambda, but is technologies such as AWS Fargate. I truly believe this is. Lambda is very useful for some kinds of computing needs, but it is not suitable as a general serverless solution to replace standard programming methodologies for building services and systems.


Building A Cloud Roadmap - An O'Reilly Online Class By Lee Atchison

Apr 24, 2018

I'd like to invite you all to join me in my new online training course with O'Reilly Media called "Building a Cloud Roadmap". It's part of the new O'Reilly Media live online training series and is delivered as part of their Safari program. The first time the course will be given is 10:00am PT on May 1, 2018. Here is the course description:


Forget AWS Lambda, so long Kubernetes – this is the future of serverless

Apr 23, 2018

Last year I wrote an article on what serverless computing is all about. In that article, I described that while serverless computing doesn’t remove servers, it moves the management of servers to the cloud computing provider, away from your development and IT organization. It removes complexity from application management and enables easier and more significant scaling by sharing server resources across a larger set of consumers. But last year, when you said ‘serverless computing’, you were almost exclusively referring to Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) technologies such as AWS Lambda, Microsoft Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions. While there are other serverless technologies – such as serverless data stores and databases – these functional computing services were usually what you meant when you were referring to ‘serverless computing’.


DevOps Reading List: Top 30 Best DevOps Books You Should Read In 2018

Apr 3, 2018

The #1 book on their list is “Architecting for Scale” book by Lee Atchison. As the article says:

"The first one on our DevOps reading list is Architecting for Scale. It is an excellent book to understand real-world paradigms for scaling and managing critical applications. This book covers 5 different elements: availability, risk management, services and microservices, scaling applications and cloud services. This book can be called a practical guide as well, it shows how to prevent an application from becoming slow, inconsistent, or downright unavailable as it grows. Also, in this book the word “Scaling” is explained very well as it is not just about handling more users; it’s also about managing risk and ensuring availability."


Multi-Tenant Cloud vs. Single-Tenant Cloud: An Important Choice

Feb 28, 2018

Whenever we discuss cloud adoption with enterprise companies curious about making the move, one of the first questions is, which is better: public cloud or private cloud? Cloud adopters want to know which approach is most likely to give them better performance, greater flexibility, stronger security, and lowest cost to operate. While these are important requirements,  they miss a critical issue: So you want to share your cloud with others? If you’re working towards an effective cloud adoption strategy, you’d be wise to consider whether you want a multi-tenant or single-tenant cloud offering.


Modern Software Podcast - Multi-Cloud Adoption

Feb 26, 2018

If you still think multi-cloud is all about deliberately choosing several cloud providers to avoid vendor lock-in, you may be missing the point. That’s just one key takeaway from the latest episode of the New Relic Modern Software Podcast, which delves into the complex world of running—and monitoring—applications in multi-cloud environments.


The 2018 Pivot For Dynamic Apps, DevOps: Live Deployment Monitoring Takes Center Stage Away From Container Orchestration

Feb 12, 2018

“The yin-yang of dynamic apps and DevOps may come into a new balance in 2018. Container orchestration will be less important, while monitoring live deployments will become the crucial focus. This shift comes in large part due to big steps in Amazon Web Services, says Lee Atchison, senior director of strategic architecture at New Relic. IDN explores. “ Read this interview with Lee Atchison on idevnews.


Five Revealing Differences In Cloud Adoption Around The World

Feb 9, 2018

I recently went on a global tour covering eleven cities, seven countries, and three continents. During this roadshow I had the opportunity to meet in a variety of public and private forums with a broad array of companies. The common theme among all the individuals I spoke with was a desire to use the cloud within their organization, and how they could measure the effectiveness of their cloud operations.


The Dynamic Cloud: Availability And Scalability For Your Biggest Days

Feb 4, 2018

Does this story sound familiar? It’s the day of the big game. You invite a bunch of your friends over to watch on your brand-new 75-inch Ultra-HD Super Deluxe TV. You’ve got the beer. You’ve got your snacks laid out. Everything’s ready to go. The game is about to start. When, all of a sudden, the power goes out, the lights flicker off, and the TV goes dark. For you and your friends, it’s game over.


The 6 Levels Of Cloud Maturity

Jan 29, 2018

For many enterprises, finding success in the cloud is still a daunting challenge. Too often, organizations set overly high expectations for the benefits while underestimating the amount of work required. An unfortunate result can be a vicious cycle of blame, finger pointing, and grasping for something—anything—that could be considered a victory.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #8: Zürich, Switzerland

Nov 17, 2017

Last public stop on the world tour was Zürich, Switzerland. At this event, we had the opportunity to listen to Pasi Katajainen, CTO Germany of Nordcloud, one of our partners. He continued on from my presentation on migration maturity, and added his take on how cloud migration is as much a cultural transformation as a technical transformation. He further talked about issues around security and system architecture patterns to enable a secure cloud infrastructure.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #7: München, Germany

Nov 16, 2017

Last public stop on the world tour was Zürich, Switzerland. At this event, we had the opportunity to listen to Pasi Katajainen, CTO Germany of Nordcloud, one of our partners. He continued on from my presentation on migration maturity, and added his take on how cloud migration is as much a cultural transformation as a technical transformation. He further talked about issues around security and system architecture patterns to enable a secure cloud infrastructure.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #6: Düsseldorf, Germany (Via Frankfurt, Germany)

Nov 15, 2017

After a quick stop for an important customer visit in Frankfurt, I headed to Düsseldorf for the next leg in our cloud roadshow.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #5: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nov 10, 2017

After a quick stop for an important customer visit in Frankfurt, I headed to Düsseldorf for the next leg in our cloud roadshow.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #4: London, UK

Nov 9, 2017

Wednesday was stop #4 on my world tour in London, UK. I gave one of my dynamic cloud presentations to a room full of customers. Our friends at Sumo Logic were also there to talk about our integration with them, and customer Direct Line Group gave us a case study review of their use of New Relic.


Cloud Migration & Monitoring Roadshow

Nov 3, 2017

Come see me on my European leg of my trip and the world during the Cloud Migration & Monitoring Roadshow. This starts next week Wednesday (Nov 8) in London and goes thru the following Friday (Nov 17).


World Tour 2017 - Stop #3: Auckland, New Zealand

Nov 2, 2017

I love Auckland. I arrived in Auckland Friday night after finishing my meetings in Melbourne, Australia earlier in the day. I’ve spent the whole weekend here island hopping, wine tasting, and picture taking. New Zealand is as beautiful as you imagine it to be.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #2: Melbourne, Australia

Oct 25, 2017

Just arrived in Melbourne. Had a full day of customer visits in Sydney, including an executive lunch with our CEO Lew Cirne and some of our top Sydney customers. Lew talked about the New Relic culture and how we thrive as a company and what motivates our strategy and direction.


World Tour 2017 - Stop #1: Sydney, Australia

Oct 23, 2017

Sydney is the home for our fourth and final FutureStack of 2017. I arrived early Sunday morning and spent the day walking along the beach and cliffside of Bondi Beach. The water was crystal clear and beautiful, the weather was warm but not hot, and the sun was bright and shiny. A great way to adjust my internal clock to local time. Last night we went out to a delicious local Chinese restaurant, then ended the evening in a local 1920’s-style Speakeasy.



Lee Atchison