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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)

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)

HIMSS15: Healthcare Needs a Cloud Wellness Plan By @BlueBox | @CloudExpo

HIMSS15: Healthcare Needs a Cloud Wellness Plan By Mark van Oppen The healthcare world is often overwhelming, and as a first time HIMSS exhibitor we were amazed at the scale and complexity of the event, not to mention the number of "cloud" providers who didn't actually offer cloud services. The frenzy of activity at HIMSS15 was a fitting reflection of the overwhelming nature of the healthcare system. Fortunately, we got better and better at navigating the show as the conference progressed, made great connections and left with significant promise for building new relationships ... (more)

Win with @BlueBox Cloud By @MarkvanOppen | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Why We Win with Blue Box Cloud Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) is a powerful model, but its value is often misunderstood. During the first year of Blue Box Cloud general availability, the most consistent question I received was, "Why an OpenStack hosted private cloud?" And the answer can be distilled down to these concepts: Security Compliance Control Performance Our success in offering Blue Box Cloud can be traced back to one or more of these concepts in most cases, and it's my intent to explain each of them to enable clear discussion with those evaluating a hosted, managed p... (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)