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The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Cloud Infrastructure Concerns By Liz Durst Last month, I returned from an overseas trip to a friend’s wedding to find the zombie apocalypse happening in my neighborhood near downtown San Jose. People of all ages and demographics united together in what looked like strange cult gatherings in public parks, stumbling around the streets of the South Bay with eyes glued to their phones and occasionally yelling something strange like, "OMG I hatched a Nidoking!" Cars would come to abrupt halts in front of me at unexplained times—I half expected a scene from the movie Zombieland to unfold where Woody Harrelson would leap out from an SUV ready to give me the nickname Minnesota and help navigate safely back to my parents’ farm. Pokémon Go was released in the US on July 6, 2016. Unless you've been living off the grid in a yurt (in which case yo... (more)

OpenStack: The Myth of the Middle By @BlueBoxJesse | @CloudExpo #OpenStack #Microservices

The middle is where self-declared reasonable minds gather to split the difference between seemingly irresolvable extremes. And so it is with OpenStack. Back in the wild-West days of Diablo and Essex, agile app dev ardents attracted by the open alternative of OpenStack had two choices: build it yourself (DIY), or sign up with Rackspace. Polar opposites in just about every regard. Then, a wave of startups pledged to offer a middle ground, populated with software distributions and appliances to simplify the path from zero to OpenStack. While the promise of this new-found middle gr... (more)

Cloud Is No Longer Uncharted Territory By @vmTyler | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Cloud Is No Longer Uncharted Territory By Tyler Britten During my first trip out to the Blue Box office in Seattle this week, I thought about the coast-to-coast flight while relaxing at 40,000 feet. A journey of thousands of miles made completely routinely in about five hours. I remembered one of my favorite computer games as a kid-The Oregon Trail. It tried to capture the experience of leading a wagon train of settlers to the West Coast in 1848. The trip took almost six months and death along the way wasn't uncommon, as the game frequently reminded you. It's amazing how that tri... (more)

Why Open Source Software Is Taking Over By @vmTyler | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Why Open Source Software Is Taking Over By Tyler Britten You don't have to look far to see evidence of open source software's impact on IT as a whole. It starts with large open source projects like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Hadoop and continues to smaller but widely deployed components like OpenSSL and MySQL. I know what you're thinking. But no one is making real money from open source. Red Hat is the big player and they're still tiny. This is something I hear often when talking about the inevitability of open source. Yes, open source software companies make less money than c... (more)

Application Modularization in Testing | @CloudExpo @BlueBox #DevOps

Why Application Modularization Matters: Testing By Ruben Orduz Preface A few weeks ago my colleague PJ Hagerty wrote about driving your existing monolithic application toward a more modular design. This time around I'll dive a little bit deeper into its importance and the benefits of application modularization. The Case One of the most important best practices in application development is testing, and more specifically automated and continuous testing. When your application is a monolith with multiple functionalities and responsibilities, automated testing becomes massively unwi... (more)