12 days ago

Software Defined Everything: Embracing the Cloud Native Enterprise

By Neil McEvoy Software Defined Everything: Harnessing Application Containerization On Forbes.com, Jason Bloomberg eloquently describes the broader market trend this represents, the shift to “Software Defined Everything” […]

1 month, 1 day ago

八位厂商在IBM生态系统中行驶中断 (Eight Vendors Driving Disruption In The IBM Ecosystem)

By Data Market Atman 在本周的互连会议上,提供了其生态系统的独立软件厂商(ISV)和咨询合作伙伴的机会,展示了他们的产品是如何集成或支持各产品对蓝色大的广泛产品线的影响。 由于我关注的是数字化转型,我寻求在秀场上最有颠覆性的故事。我所具备的ISV可以分为两个阵营:利用IBM沃森公司将其固有的破坏带给企业的供应商以及支持IBM客户自身中断的供应商。 Read the entire article at http://datamarket.atman360.com/89143

1 month, 2 days ago

福布斯聚焦 InterConnect大会:IBM全力押注云、人工智能与区块链

By Mandy 罗睿兰抛出筛子 IBM董事长、总裁及首席执行官罗睿兰(Ginni Rometty)在主题演讲中介绍了IBM的策略。“IBM云是新时代的业务平台,”罗睿兰讲到。 IBM云把基于开源项目云端铸造场(Cloud Foundry)的BlueMix平台即服务(PaaS)环境与IBM的公开基础设施即服务(IaaS)云SoftLayer结合了起来。 Read the entire article at http://www.gongxiangcj.com/show-22-3326-1.html

1 month, 17 days ago

Inspector Sands to Platform Nine and Three Quarters

Last week was not a good one for the platform business. Uber continues to receive bad publicity on multiple fronts, as noted in my post on Uber’s Defeat Device and Denial of Service (March 2017). And on Tuesday, a fat-fingered system admin at AWS managed to take out a significant chunk of the largest platform on the planet, seriously degrading online retail in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region. According to one estimate, performance at over half of the top internet retailers was hit by 20 percent or more, and some websites were completely down.

What have we learned from this? Yahoo Finance tells us not to worry.

“The good news: Amazon has addressed the issue, and is working to ensure nothing similar happens again. … Let’s just hope … that Amazon doesn’t experience any further issues in the near future.”

Other commentators are not so optimistic. For Computer Weekly, this incident

“highlights the risk of running critical systems in the public cloud. Even the most sophisticated cloud IT infrastructure is not infallible.”

So perhaps one lesson is not to trust platforms. Or at least not to practice wilful blindness when your chosen platform or cloud provider represents a single point of failure.

One of the myths of cloud, according to Aidan Finn,

“is that you get disaster recovery by default from your cloud vendor (such as Microsoft and Amazon). Everything in the cloud is a utility, and every utility has a price. If you want it, you need to pay for it and deploy it, and this includes a scenario in which a data center burns down and you need to recover. If you didn’t design in and deploy a disaster recovery solution, you’re as cooked as the servers in the smoky data center.”

Interestingly, Amazon itself was relatively unaffected by Tuesday’s problem. This may have been because they split their deployment across multiple geographical zones. However, as Brian Guy points out, there are significant costs involved in multi-region deployment, as well as data protection issues. He also notes that this question is not (yet) addressed by Amazon’s architectural guidelines for AWS users, known as the Well-Architected Framework.

Amazon recently added another pillar to the Well-Architected Framework, namely operational excellence. This includes such practices as performing operations with code: in other words, automating operations as much as possible. Did someone say Fat Finger?


Abel Avram, The AWS Well-Architected Framework Adds Operational Excellence (InfoQ, 25 Nov 2016)

Julie Bort, The massive AWS outage hurt 54 of the top 100 internet retailers — but not Amazon (Business Insider, 1 March 2017)

Aidan Finn, How to Avoid an AWS-Style Outage in Azure (Petri, 6 March 2017)

Brian Guy, Analysis: Rethinking cloud architecture after the outage of Amazon Web Services (GeekWire, 5 March 2017)

Daniel Howley, Why you should still trust Amazon Web Services even though it took down the internet (Yahoo Finance, 6 March 2017)

Chris Mellor, Tuesday’s AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck (The Register, 1 March 2017)

Shaun Nichols, Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command (The Register, 2 March 2017)

Cliff Saran, AWS outage shows vulnerability of cloud disaster recovery (Computer Weekly, 6 March 2017)

1 month, 24 days ago

Smart Apps for the Enterprise – Mendix World 2016 keynote

Last years Mendix World was centered around Smart Apps. It was the best conference of the year. At least in my opinion, I might be biased… The conference had a great speaker line-up, including keynotes from Geoffrey Moore, Simon Wardley, and Adrian Cockcroft. All slides and videos can be found here. I had the honor to announce Mendix 7, our latest major release. I explored the topic of Smart Apps.

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