How to thrive in a cloud-native culture – outside the cloud

It is no contradiction to say that being ‘cloud-native’ has not much to do with cloud computing. There is an idea that cloud is a place, a suite of technologies or services that run somewhere in data centres. But the cloud is not a place; it is a way of working. A culture. 

But what does culture really mean in the context of cloud? American sociologist Ron Westrum defined organisational culture as “the organisation’s pattern of response to the problems and...

How cloud automation is key to building a successful DevOps function

Many businesses today are accelerating digital transformation strategies to increase efficiency and agility. For organisations where the IT department and development teams work separately and often at odds with one another, however, this undertaking is quite the challenge.

Traditionally, tension has existed between IT operations and developers because IT had to take time to build infrastructure by obtaining hardware, developing servers, and ensuring security before developers...

Do techies need financial skills to avoid overspend in the cloud? Introducing… DevSecFinOps

An angry CFO with an unexpected $50,000 invoice on their desk may not be one of the intended outcomes of a cloud migration project. After all, isn’t the move supposed to save you money?

However, this scenario isn’t uncommon among enterprises that move from the on-premise environment that they have become accustomed to.

It goes without saying that organisations running their systems in a data centre are typically concerned with network and infrastructure issues such...

Breaking the top five myths around chaos engineering

If the only exposure you’ve had to chaos engineering is Chaos Monkey and some flashy blog headlines, it’s easy to paint the whole endeavour as reckless. After all, testing in production is an internet meme, and arguing for it makes for an attractive story. It turns out, however, to be a double-edged sword since a lot of people still associate chaos engineering with extra risk - yet  the premise of the practice is, in fact, all about understanding and mitigating risk.

Myth #1:...

IBM continues to look to the hybrid cloud: Learn more about IBM Cloud Native Day

Sponsored The past month has seen a series of interesting updates with regard to IBM's cloud native strategy - and if there are two key areas to concentrate on especially, it is open and hybrid.

This has influenced decisions to the point of significant structural change at the Armonk giant. October saw IBM spin off its infrastructure unit. CEO Arvind Krishna said at the time the decision was the "logical next step in [IBM's] pursuit of the $1 trillion hybrid cloud...

Seven trends influencing DevOps and DevSecOps adoption in 2021

While many trends are both influencing and restraining enterprise technology adoption, they can all be broadly categorised under three pillars: infrastructure, architecture and technology. What are these trends and how can they influence DevOps and DevSecOps adoption in tech corporations worldwide?

Trends in architecture

In computing, architecture is a collection of protocols encompassing the utility, structure, and execution of software applications. Architecture outlines the...

IBM study shows 40% of IT orgs don’t have skills to match ambitions: What is needed for an open, multi-cloud 2021

If 2020 was the year where demand and deployment of cloud services ramped up - primarily as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic - 2021 will be the year where more sophisticated strategies will have to be developed.

The reason: to avoid security snafus, vendor lock-in fears, and costly compliance concerns. In other words, these are the same issues which have plagued cloud migration since the first EC2 instances were launched almost a decade and a half ago....

IATA utilises Rackspace Technology as airlines look to the clouds to modernise post-Covid

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with Rackspace Technology to utilise Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies as well as DevOps best practices for its members.

A review of the IATA's stack saw 'legacy applications [that] were hindering [its] digital transformation', but noting that by using containers and serverless technologies from AWS could 'achieve its goal to becoming leaner, greener, and use meaningful data.'

Alongside this, the...

Squaring the SaaS triangle: Execs and engineers see their cloud investments differently

For any project, the triangle of good, fast, and cheap usually applies - where you can only pick two of the three options.

When moving to a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solution, this means application performance, code delivery and iteration, and budget. Yet according to a new study from cloud optimisation provider Opsani, business leaders and DevOps engineers maintain differing views on the success of their cloud rollouts.

The study compared research from a...

Why building your own AIOps platform is a bad idea

In the wake of the economic downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, investments in digital business transformation have accelerated. The applications that drive those processes are not only highly distributed, they also operate at a level of scale that no IT team can manage using legacy approaches to managing IT. It can take weeks to discover the root cause of any issue.

Enter AIOps. Machine learning algorithms make it possible to not only reduce the time it takes to resolve...