The Curious Case of the WordPress Docker Container and the Devious XML-RPC Denial of Service Attack

Republished from 04/29 as it was lost due to a Docker Container crash… Irony! I have an article in the recently released “DZone Guide to Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud” entitled “Fullstack Engineering in the Age of Hybrid Cloud”. In this article I discuss the need and skills of a Fullstack Engineer with… Read More »

Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model

When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications & Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, which tells us a… Read More »

A Reality Check on “Everyone’s Moving Everything To The Cloud”

A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significant experience guiding senior IT executives transition to modern architectures, so I decided I’d… Read More »

Modernization or Transformation: Which Is The Right IT Fix For Your Business?

Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even though they mean different things and have very different connotations. Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus,… Read More »

If Everything is DevOps, Then Nothing is DevOps

Tom Healy of Jama Software published a blog entry entitled, “DevOps is Dead, Long Live DevOps” as did Andrey Akselrod and also Nir Cohen. Interestingly, I find these pieces to have related concerns but different reasoning. Clearly, there are naysayers within the IT community that don’t buy into the DevOps fanboi messaging; and that’s okay! Personally, I… Read More »

DevOps Is the Future of Service Integration & Management (SIAM)

Enterprises with internally sourced IT operations typically struggle with typical tensions associated with siloed application and infrastructure organizations. They are characterized by finger pointing and an inability to restore operational capabilities under complex conditions that span both application and infrastructure configurations. These tensions often are used to characterize the need for a DevOps movement, which… Read More »

Cloud Native: The Next Major Developer Paradigm Shift

Every decade for the past forty years we’ve seen a major paradigm shift in software development. The next major paradigm shift for software developers—cloud native application development—is occurring now and it will require developers to once again re-think and modify their approach to developing software. In the seventies we saw the transition from assembler to… Read More »

Making Financial Sense of PaaS, Part Deux

In my blog, “Making Financial Sense of PaaS,” I provided an analysis of delivering a newly-developed mobile application using a variety of platforms. Subsequent to my posting I had some great conversations about the content with Brent Smithurst (@brentsmi) from ActiveState and Mark Thiele (@mthiele10) from Switch. Brent is from a PaaS software provider and… Read More »