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Bart Copeland

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It used to be so easy. The company needed more IT infrastructure, so you bought more components, built more technology, and scrambled to keep it all well oiled. Then along came the cloud and the world shifted under your feet - or perhaps more accurately, over your head. Suddenly they wanted you out of the server room and (instead) in the boardroom, assessing the services of cloud computing vendors and discussing the cost benefits of the new technology. And then it's all "strategy this, planning that." But you keep thinking to yourself: What was wrong with the old stuff? And do things really have to change? If "Internal Trembling" is all that comes to mind at the mention of "IT" nowadays, you're not alone. For the past few years, CIOs have developed an inferiority complex, questioning the very skills that got them where they are now and assessing how they can be use... (more)

Forget About PaaS By @ActiveState | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Forget About PaaS. It's About Enabling Applications Over the last couple of years I have talked to numerous enterprise customers, analysts, industry pundits, and others interested in cloud technologies, and one thing is abundantly clear - Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems to mean different things to different people. But the term PaaS is irrelevant - it's just noise. What is relevant, and what is important, is what PaaS does: enable applications. That's what enterprises care about. They want to accelerate application development to get products to market faster and into users' ... (more)

The Right Cloud for the Growing Enterprise: Take Your Company Private

Remember the early days of the cloud? Outsourced application hosting seemed so...alluring. Public-cloud providers like Google, Heroku, EngineYard and DotCloud seduced us with promises of cost-efficiency, scalability and convenience. Early adopters spun off a few VMs, connected the users and prepared for growth. And when that corporate growth arrived, the public cloud would grow too. At least that was the vision; yet the reality is more complicated. Public cloud deployment entails hidden costs. Enterprise growth introduces new challenges - challenges like data privacy, security a... (more)

Why Docker Is Not Enough By @Bart_Copeland | @DevOpsSummit @ActiveState #DevOps #Docker #Containers #Microservices

Why Docker Is Not Enough for Enterprise IT I want to start by saying that, at ActiveState, we absolutely love Docker. We think it's phenomenal technology that is really becoming the global currency of the cloud. We've written about Docker a lot on the ActiveState blog - we've celebrated its birthday, discussed evolving technologies surrounding it, and shown how we've integrated Docker into Stackato. But, I wanted to share with you why we feel Docker alone is not enough for the enterprise. Two Major Issues Faced by Enterprise IT First, I'm going to discuss two underlying problems th... (more)

What Customers Want in 2015 By @Bart_Copeland | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

What Customers Want in 2015: Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, Docker and AWS I've always believed that tech companies only last in the market by listening to their customers. You can get carried away and add the coolest technology to your product, but if it doesn't provide real business value to the customer, it's useless. Based on discussions with our customers, their focus is on building a solid foundation. They want the cloud technologies they choose to be supported by a robust ecosystem, but at the same time be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever new technology emerges in t... (more)