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I have been having a great debate with one of my colleagues about the changing role of the IT operations (aka “I&O”) function in the context of PaaS. Nobody debates that I&O is responsible and accountable for infrastructure operations. Application developers (with or without the blessing of Enterprise Architecture) select platform components such as application servers, middleware, etc.  I&O keeps the servers running – probably up to the operating system.  The app owners then manage their apps and the platform components.  I&O has no SLAs on the platform, etc. In the PaaS era, I think this needs to change.  IT Operations (I&O) needs to have full accountability and responsibility for the OPERATION of the PaaS layer. PaaS is no longer a part of the application, but is now really part of the core platform operated by IT.  It’s about 24×7 monitoring, support, etc. an... (more)

Open Clouds at Red Hat

Red Hat has been making steady progress toward what is shaping up as a fairly interesting cloud strategy.  Building on their Deltacloud API abstraction layer and their CloudForms IaaS software, a hybrid cloud model is starting to emerge. Add to this their OpenShift PaaS system, and you can see that Red Hat is assembling a lot of key components. Let’s add the fact that Red Hat has gotten very involved with OpenStack, providing an interesting dynamic with CloudForms. Red Hat is the enterprise king in Linux (RHEL), strong in application servers (JBoss), and has a lot of very large ... (more)

Private (Internal) Clouds

I’ve been doing a lot of work on private (internal) clouds lately – it’s a result of my new job with Unisys.  Part of that work has been spending time with customers on their plans for cloud computing — internal and external.  There’s some very interesting work going on in the private cloud space, and the solutions available to enterprises to build their clouds are many. Note – I make the (internal) distinction for a reason.  The term “private cloud” is now starting to morph from purely internal, to internal and external clouds controlled closely by IT.  Amazon’s Virtual Priva... (more)

Reshaping IT Organizations To Fulfill a DevOps Strategy

DevOps is an exciting and far-reaching shift in IT delivery. The promises are tempting: radically higher productivity, lower cost and more reliable systems. So I guess it’s finally time for your IT organization to get on the development-operations (DevOps) bandwagon, right? Everybody’s doing it, so don’t delay. The big question isn’t whether, but how and where do you start? First, go out and hire some DevOps people. Wait, wait – DevOps isn’t a job. Okay, so you should create a DevOps group or department, right? A great team of people you can train up on DevOps led by a directo... (more)

Tap In Systems Manages the Cloud

One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly fro... (more)