Articles providing techniques, guidance, and best practices for how to build web applications that scale to significant traffic volumes.
I’ve published two articles in ComputerWorld this month, both on the topic of serverless. They are:
Let’s have an honest debate about on-premise versus cloud app monitoring! Application monitoring is a modern necessity for technology-based businesses across every vertical. No matter whether you’re serving end customers or enterprise clients, a complete view of your applications and operating environment will help identify any problems before they escalate into serious customer service issues. This has become especially true as more and more organisations have migrated to the cloud or adopted new working methods like DevOps. However, there’s still a significant number of businesses who operate an on-premise technology environment. This could be for several reasons, from legacy systems from which they aren’t ready to move from yet, or long-term business plans that require an on-premise solution. Read the entire article today in DevOpsOnline.co.uk.
Bringing down an entire application is easy. All it takes is the failure of a single service and the entire set of services that make up the application can come crashing down like a house of cards. Just one minor error from a non-critical service can be disastrous to the entire application. There are, of course, many ways to prevent dependent services from failing. However, adding extra resiliency in non-critical services also adds complexity and cost, and sometimes it is not needed. Read the entire article today in The New Stack.
It’s past time to debunk an idea that’s somehow still kicking around in application performance monitoring circles. Put simply, just because you have an on-premise technology environment does not mean you need an on-premise monitoring solution. In fact, an on-premise monitoring solution has many disadvantages, even when dealing with purely on-premise environments. Read the entire article today in Diginomica.
By: Ken Gavranovic and Lee Atchison Want to reduce MTTR, reduce incidents and have a data driven discussion on investment allocation? Try what many modern software development and operations companies have implemented, an Enterprise Risk Matrix. We have seen implementing this process on a quarterly, bi-annual or annual basic can reduce MTTR by as much as 70%, incident count by 90% within 6-12 months. Most importantly, the risk matrix can introduce a data driven discussion about investment in products (hopefully you have already migrated away from funding projects).
Joining us this week is Lee Atchison, Sr. Director of Strategic Architecture, New Relic. Author of Architecting for Scale on O’Reilly and recent speaker at AWS ReInvent ’19 — Cloud Computing in an Edge World.
DEVOPSdigest invited DevOps experts — analysts and consultants, users and the top vendors — for their predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2019. This was presented in a 9 part series, and contained predictions from many experts in the area. I contributed two predictions that were published in the series.
Diginomica published their top six articles for 2018. This was based on reader’s enjoyment and them coming back and enjoying the articles throughout the year. Number one on the list is my article, "Forget AWS Lambda, so long Kubernetes — this is the future of Serverless" article. This article discusses Fargate and my views on the future of Serverless.
The speed at which businesses are able to adopt cloud, and how they use it, can be impacted by where they’re based in the world. Some markets are much more proactive than others when it comes to new technology, and there are clear differences in which solutions are preferred. In spending time in Australia and New Zealand, I’ve made the following observations about local cloud adoption trends.
What does edge computing and IoT mean to you? Temperature probes monitoring crops? Micro drones monitoring wind speed in the atmosphere? Electronic GPS trackers embedded within your boxed shipments? Refrigerators that tell you when you need a gallon of milk? Fully automated homes with magical lighting and security systems? When we hear about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the whole field of edge computing, many people think of these novel and rather futurist use cases. But we don’t have to look that far in order to see our world already full of interconnected devices on the ‘edge’ of the cloud. It’s a reality today:
Join me at the xMatter’s Flow 18 conference on October 22-24 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, where I will be giving one of the keynotes for the conference. I will be giving my newly created “Keeping Modern Applications Performing – Driving Insights to Action within the Enterprise” talk, where it will make its North American debut. This will be hot on the trail after giving it down under in Sydney and Melbourne Australia the week before.
Join me in Australia on October 17th and October 19th for our annual FutureStack conference in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. I will be giving a new talk for the first time, “Keeping Modern Applications Performing – Driving Insights to Action within the Enterprise”. This is continuing my long standing tradition working “down under” with local customers on cloud computing and DevOps with both New Relic and AWS. Once again, I’ll be available before and after the conferences for customer meetings and chats.
Microservices is a hot topic in software development circles these days. And for some very good reasons. Put simply, the traditional way of building enterprise applications—using a monolithic approach—has become problematic as applications get larger and more complex. So developers are turning to a microservices software development architecture, in which applications are structured as collections of loosely coupled services. This makes them easier to build, and—more importantly—much easier to expand and scale. Let’s take a closer look at how a microservices approach differs from a monolithic one, and examine their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Join me in New York on Nov 13 for the 10th annual Cloud Expo at the Javits Center where I will be giving my talk “Dynamic Infrastructure and The Cloud
Adventures in Keeping Your Application Running…at Scale”. This will be my second appearance and third presentation at this conference. To register for the conference and my presentation, please click here.
On July 17th, I was fortunate enough to take part in a podcast jointly sponsored by Electric Cloud and DZone titled “Continuous Discussions: The DevOps Toolchain”. The podcast was a panel discussion with a variety of DevOps experts from around the industry. I was fortunate enough to be included on this panel.
Migrating to the cloud is easy, right? What could possibly go wrong? There are at least four things I can think of. Often, when we begin a cloud migration, we come in with lofty expectations. As the migration progresses, however, we often find that moving to the cloud isn’t necessarily as easy as we would like it to be - or as easy as we were led to believe it would be. Sometimes, the cloud doesn’t meet our expectations. Promises we’ve been given may not hold true. Promises we’ve made to our stakeholders can turn out to be impossible to keep. Migrating to the cloud is not necessarily the slam dunk we expected it to be.
The concept of “serverless” is on the minds of many developers and operations teams these days. The technology is definitely hot, but is serverless really ready for prime time in production environments? To find out, we invited a pair of New Relic experts, senior director of strategic architecture Lee Atchison and developer advocate Clay Smith, back to the show to debate the issue. Listen in to the podcast on New Relic’s Modern Software Podcast, below or on iTunes: You can also read an edited transcript of the discussion on the New Relic Blog.
Traditionally, cloud has been positioned as a cost-effective method of hosting applications. While this mindset has led to some positive cloud migration cases and effective cloud-native application development, the opportunities go much further for ambitious businesses wanting to make the most of the move to the cloud. A cloud-initiated transformation within a business can be the mechanism for providing consistent customer experiences on a global scale.
Having been involved in cloud computing for more than a decade, I’ve heard from many IT executives working to move key enterprise applications to the public cloud. In several cases, their teams have struggled or had only limited success in their cloud migrations. But they never gave up and they used the lessons they learned to improve their results in subsequent attempts.