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Containers to the left of me, PaaS to the right...

Containers

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17 Aug 2016

... Here I am stuck in the middle with you (with apologies to Stealers Wheel).

I started thinking recently that cloud might be forking, into 1) Containers, with their ultimate portability, and 2) PaaS with its built-in vendor value. But it turns out that it’s not quite that simple.

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How can you establish a digital enterprise for the future?

SDDC, IT Infrastructure

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16 Aug 2016

The face of business has undergone marked change in recent times and this rapid shift continues to challenge organisations across the globe, including New Zealand. Every conceivable industry is being confronted with customer-facing digitisation, as new technology arises and traditional barriers are broken down. Companies such as Netflix, Uber, and Spotify have stamped their mark of disruption on their respective markets and left the old services scrambling to keep up.

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Welcoming our new automation overlords

SDDC, IT Infrastructure

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09 Aug 2016

It occurred to me the other day while looking for some cool videos of robots for my son, that there are many parallels between IT automation and robots. Both share properties that really highlight the critical importance of automating your IT infrastructure. By automation, I mean taking tedious, manual, and often repetitive tasks and using some type of scripting or tool to do the hard work. This could be system deployment, infrastructure management, or even code testing.

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vCenter Server Appliance? Sure, why not?

For all you Sys Admins out there that manage vSphere you know how critical it is to have a reliable and easy to use management interface. VMware vCenter Server is the heart of a vSphere deployment, and provides a centralised platform for managing all the components of your vSphere deployment. These days vSphere administrators are presented with a number of supported deployment models for running vCenter Server, but there’s really only one that I prefer now, which is the vCenter Server Appliance. I know it wasn’t that flash in the early days, but it’s certainly matured. Read on for a little background and comparison.

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The new twisted definition of DevOps

This blog is inspired directly from this podcast from notable industry luminaries at Cloud Technology Partners and CSC. In synopsis, it talks about how DevOps, as a way of working and engaging with the business is able to support digital strategies and movements towards the cloud.

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New Zealand Cloud Priorities Report 2016 [Infographic]

As far as cloud reports and surveys go, there’s certainly no shortage of information out there. However, as it relates to cloud usage and challenges in the adoption of cloud services, and in New Zealand in particular, we felt there was a lack of material with a local flavour. This inspired us to run our inaugural New Zealand Cloud Priorities Survey.

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The importance of a good lab setup

IT Infrastructure

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12 Jul 2016

One thing that most IT professionals will often need to do in the modern IT era is have the ability to test things before we use them in the real world. The thought of deploying software for the first time into a production environment sends shivers down my spine and in my opinion should never be done.

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When to use Docker vs Virtual Servers

Containers

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05 Jul 2016

The use case for Docker is quite different from Virtual Servers (which includes IaaS/VMs/VPC), and if you were to start using Docker containers thinking they were functionally similar to Virtual Servers, then you'd be having problems.

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