How to Scale Using Kubernetes: From Startup to Superstar

Michael Handa Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Containerization, Kubernetes, Microservices, Microsoft Azure

Kubernetes adoption has skyrocketed during the last few years. No matter which statistics you look at, you’re bound to see high rates of adoption. Sysdig’s 2019 Container Usage Report states that 77 percent of containers are now run on Kubernetes. That figure doesn’t include Red Hat OpenShift and Rancher, which are also built on Kubernetes — they take the figure …

High Availability Explained: Why AWS Beats Azure in Redundancy

Kenneth Johnson Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, High Performance Applications, Managed Service Provider, Microsoft Azure

I am often asked about High Availability on AWS.  And we see a great deal of opportunity for users of AWS to improve in this area—so much so that it is a formal theme among our seven themes in the Cloud Maturity Index.  It has become a major area of focus for Blue Sentry, because we have seen so many AWS …

“Containing” our Enthusiasm about DockerCon 2017

James Strong Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Transformation, Microsoft Azure

Before we dive into some of my highlights from DockerCon 2017, let’s do a quick overview of what Docker is. Quite simply, a “docker” is the software that generates a portable container, of sorts, that allows a collection of apps to run on any operating system. How is it possible, you ask, for a docker container to allow any app to …

Forrester Completes Its Wave Study of Cloud IaaS Security

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Microsoft Azure, Newsroom, Security & Compliance

Forrester Research recently completed its WAVE study of cloud IaaS providers’ security. Although many IaaS providers were invited only 4 agreed to participate—AWS, Azure, IBM and CenturyLink. The study was thorough and discloses specific factors and how they were weighted when evaluating a provider’s security. The study (as it should) takes a very skeptical position as evidenced in the follow …

The IaaS Provider With Highest Up Time: The Other Half Of The Story

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Featured, Microsoft Azure

Brandon Butler of Network World is one of my favorite bloggers on cloud topics. His post comparing up time of the major cloud providers in 2014, highlights the CloudHarmony statistics comparing nearly every major provider.  He gives a great non-biased presentation of the numbers, which speak for themselves. CloudHarmony maintains a single web server in each region or availability zone …

Was Gordon Moore Arguing for Cloud IaaS in 1965?

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Microsoft Azure

The other day over lunch a client and I were discussing Cloud IT and he observed that Moore’s Law demanded that his company adopt cloud IaaS.  I had never thought of Moore’s Law in this context, but after that lunch I see it in a new light.  Most people know that Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel proposed his now …

Microsoft Azure announces most powerful instances to date

Lee Hylton All Firms, Cloud Technology, Featured, Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure has announced the general availability of their new G instances. These are their most powerful cloud instances to date. The new G-series instances go up to 32 cores, 448 GiB of RAM, and 6,596 GB of local SSD storage.  At the lower end these G instances may be suitable for running Remote Desktop Session Hosts all the way …