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Snowflakes are beautiful, unique creations. But, let's keep them in nature. They don't belong in our server infrastructure. Snowflake servers, where every configuration is just a little different, can introduce unnecessary security vulnerabilities and complications. While common in IT infrastructure, in the DevOps realm, they are gradually becoming ancient history. At the recent All Day DevOps conference, Erlend Oftedal (@webtonull), with Blank and head of the OWASP Norway chapter, discussed the benefits of immutable infrastructure practices within serverless architectures. Erland walked us through the positive effects on security as well as offered insight on potential problems. Erlend outlined the progress from physical servers to immutable servers, discussing the benefits of each step and the concerns that lead to the next phase, ending with immutable servers ... (more)

You Are the Network | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #DX #AI

First there was the Stone Age. Then we learned how to manipulate and smelt metals, which led to an Agrarian age. From there, machines helped bring about the Industrial age, then the Space Age. So where are we now? Shall We Call It the Network Age? Metcalfe's Law holds that the value of a connected network, telecommunications in the parlance of his day, is proportional to the square of the number of connected users. Or stated more simply, the utility of a connected ‘thing' increases as more and more ‘things' are connected. The telephone acts as an easy example. One phone by itself is a paperweight, but one million connected to the same network is immeasurably powerful. We live in a day of increasing connectivity. Think back to just a few years before the ubiquitousness of the Internet. How did we look up information? A phonebook for a phone number? An encyclopedia for ... (more)

[session] Composable Infrastructure | @CloudExpo @HTBase @Azure #AWS

Composable Infrastructure and Multi-Cloud Imagine having the ability to leverage all of your current technology and to be able to compose it into one resource pool. Now imagine, as your business grows, not having to deploy a complete new appliance to scale your infrastructure. Also imagine a true multi-cloud capability that allows live migration without any modification between cloud environments regardless of whether that cloud is your private cloud or your public AWS, Azure or Google instance. Now think of a world that is not locked into that rigid appliance vendor or specific public cloud provider, where all silos are now unified into one. No longer do you have to imagine as that is Composable Infrastructure. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, will discuss Composable Infrastructure, the next evolution of hyper-convergen... (more)

A New DNS for #IoT and #DevOps | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #RTC #DNS #M2M

Goodbye, Open Source: A New DNS for a New Internet BYOD. IoT. Cloud computing. DevOps. IT professionals today have more demands (and more acronyms) on their time than ever. Application development and delivery are changing rapidly and increasing in complexity, revealing the limitations of traditional DNS approaches in achieving modern network goals. The IT department has made use of open source platforms for decades to provide DNS and traffic management in their internal networks and for their public, internet-facing services. The majority of DNS servers, both on the internet and in enterprise intranets, are open source-based solutions such as BIND, djbdns, PowerDNS, gdnsd and NSD. It can feel like shoving a square peg into a round hole to try to adapt these solutions to perform the functions needed in today's environments. In addition, even with complex customizatio... (more)

Five Network Metrics | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #APM #SaaS #AI #DataCenter

Five Network Metrics for a Cloud World By Christine Cignoli As the network has moved from a physical entity to a more abstract one, IT has valiantly kept pace by researching and deploying new network devices and functionality. IT teams have had to shift workloads and mindsets to the cloud and to SaaS providers, while remaining responsible for end-user experience-which is ever more important. It's a tangled web in the networking world today, but all is not lost. We recommend these five metrics as the building blocks to measuring end-user experience and network performance in the cloud. They'll likely look pretty familiar: They're the same old metrics as were useful in the pre-cloud world, and can offer valuable insights now, too (though you'll need to be able to see into the cloud to get them - AppNeta can help with this). 1. Latency. This metric measures the time it ... (more)

[video] Managed Network Systems with Infranics | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M

"This is specifically designed to accommodate some of the needs for high availability and failover in a network managed system for the major Korean corporations," stated Thomas Masters, Managing Director at InfranicsUSA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA) Full Conference Registration Gold Pass and Exhibit Hall ▸ Here Register For @CloudExpo ▸ Here via EventBrite Register For @ThingsExpo ▸ Here via EventBrite Register For @DevOpsSummit ▸ Here via EventBrite Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsors of Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo will benefit fro... (more)

The Titanic and Your Network: 37 Seconds from Disaster? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Cybersecurity

The Titanic and Your Network: 37 Seconds from Disaster? Put yourself in the shoes of Captain Edward Smith of the RMS Titanic, seconds after the iceberg was reported to him and seconds (there were 37 of them, reportedly) before he reacted. In this critical timeframe - this brief space of time when the inevitability of disaster became clear - was the great ship's fate decided? Like the maritime world before marine radar, there are times in IT security when the iceberg of an attack remains shrouded in fog and invisible. Yet there are also times when disaster is clearly right in front of us. It is these times - when we can see the data breach coming and need to steer the ship around it - that truly test our foresight. When Can You See It Coming? There are many clear indicators of impending attacks and scenarios in which attacks are likely. The question is whether we're a... (more)

Understanding Virtualization | @CloudExpo #VM #AI #DX #Virtualization

A Look at How Virtualization Is Setting Business Free from Physical Constraints Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business? The floodgates have officially opened. Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants, looking for any opportunity to reduce their dependence on physical assets and environments. But is it worth the cost? This is a question that many businesses find themselves wondering and the answer isn't always clear. Four Trends in Virtualization For the purposes of this article, the term virtualization will be used to describe any activity that involves digitizing processes that were otherwise physical and/or manual in nature. In other words, virtualization is the process of mo... (more)

[session] @Intel to Present #Kubernetes at @DevOpsSummit NY | #DevOps #AI

Advanced Network Scheduling and Isolation in Kubernetes Using a Containerized Telco Solution Given the popularity of the containers, further investment in the telco/cable industry is needed to transition existing VM-based solutions to containerized cloud native deployments. The networking architecture of the solution isolates the network traffic into different network planes (e.g., management, control, and media). This naturally makes support for multiple interfaces in container orchestration engines an indispensable requirement. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Kuralamudhan Ramakrishnan, a Senior Network Software Engineer at Intel, will discuss a solution that aims to provide advanced scheduling and discovery of network features in Kubernetes. Through a CNI plugin we support accelerations (sr-iov/vt-d/ebpf/xdp), multi-tenancy/network and network... (more)

Your #IoT Network Needs Saving | @CloudExpo @128Technology #SDN #SDS

Four Signs Your Network Needs Saving The network is at the core of every business, yet the majority of today's networks were not designed to handle the next generation of business requirements. More than two decades ago the world standardized on the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) / Internet Protocol (IP) stack and little innovation has taken place in routing since. Modern networks are built upon the same fundamental protocols established before anyone could envision current demands. This has given rise to an entire industry surrounding routers aimed at delivering bolt-on functionality such as firewalls and load balancers. This approach has resulted in outages and data breaches for businesses as these jerry-rigged networks continue to grow too complex, too fragile and too expensive to deliver the security, control and agility needed for cloud, mobile and IoT ap... (more)

Network Device Management | @CloudExpo #BigData #SDN #IoT #M2M #API

Network Device Management for Today and Tomorrow - a Do and Don't Guide Today, "network device management" means different things to different people, and the reality is that IT organizations do it, or at least do what they consider network device management to be, to vastly varying degrees, including some who do none at all (hopefully this isn't you). At least part of the reason network device management has become such an ambiguous thing is because what we consider to be a network device is constantly evolving. At one point, network devices were largely just routers and switches. Back then, even if one added end-user workstations into the mix, things were fairly simple. Then things started to get interesting. Wireless introduced a few more devices and, when BYOD started springing up, all you-know-what seemed to break loose. Now the Internet of Things (IoT) and othe... (more)