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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.
Join me in learning best practices and understanding key challenges you face when moving a modern software application to the cloud.
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.
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.
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:
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’.
The #1 book on their list is “Architecting for Scale” book by Lee Atchison. As the article says:
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.
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.