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Is On-Premises Infrastructure Obsolete? By Joe Michalowski Have you ever had the feeling of Silicon Valley envy? Think of a company like Airbnb experiencing exponential growth by making the most of AWS cloud computing. It would be nice if we could all just leave our legacy-laden on-premises data centers behind and go all-in on the cloud. Traditional businesses are moving more and more workloads to the cloud, but there's one important distinction to keep in mind when comparing yourself to companies that have avoided on-premises infrastructure. You're merely adopting the cloud-these new companies were born in it. We want to think on-premises is obsolete, but it's not going anywhere. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison once said that the "coexistence of cloud and on-premises computing is going to be a decades-long process, if not forever." So if we're stuck with on-premises,... (more)

API Testing Trends | @CloudExpo #IoT #API #DevOps #AI #DX #SmartCities

Five Major API Development and Testing Trends By Robert Schneider I've been designing, developing, and testing APIs for many years, and I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed just about every type of API initiative. Although many aspects of the API lifecycle are the same as they've always been, over the past couple of years I've noticed a number of distinct trends that are revolutionizing the ways these critical assets are conceived and evaluated. In this blog post, I'll tell you about five noteworthy transformations that are exceptionally significant, and how they will likely impact your daily work responsibilities and longer-term career. Business-driven API design and development. In years past, APIs - and the teams that built them - were largely viewed as peripheral concerns for the IT organization. That couldn't be further from the truth now. Because APIs ... (more)

Reducing Development Scoping Costs | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Virtualization

A common development challenge is accurately scoping the amount of effort required when creating new applications. This can occur when an application's requirements are first being designed, or even before. Since one of the most frequently-overlooked capabilities of service virtualization is the ability to rapidly prototype and test the impact of new services directly from initial user stories, I'm going to address that today. At the very beginning of an application's lifecycle, there comes a time when the team meets to discuss what the code should do. Often, there are many questions surrounding the feasibility of a new application, and the burden falls on the developer to indicate whether something is possible and to scope the level of effort required. When dealing with new technology or a completely new idea, this can be very difficult or nearly impossible. The de... (more)

Incident Management for IoT | @ThingsExpo @PagerDuty #AI #IoT #M2M #API

Incident Management for IoT Today By Twain Taylor The Internet of Things (IoT) is starting to become very popular in the lives of people, and in enterprises globally. While it began as a novelty, more innovative and mission-critical use cases have been popping up lately. With the sheer variety of IoT devices available, the large amount of data that’s generated, and the various security vulnerabilities, companies that make IoT devices face a host of challenges that an incident resolution platform can help with. If you’re building an IoT system today, or have plans to build one in the future, it’s crucial to make your IoT system resilient and safe by investing in a solution for best practice incident resolution. IoT Systems Need Integration Because of the inherent complexity in IoT systems, end-to-end monitoring and integration are vital. With the existence of so many d... (more)

Ocean9 to Exhibit at @CloudExpo New York | @Ocean9Inc #SAP #AWS #DRaaS

SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads. Available on AWS and Azure, Ocean9 solutions de-risk and accelerate digital transformation initiatives with instant provisioning, full elasticity, strict security, right sized systems and high availability of up to 99.99%. Ocean9 is also first to market with heavy state container technology: Our customers can therefore deploy the heavy state SAP HANA in-memory database in a production grade container environment with the ability to seamlessly fall back to a virtualized enviro... (more)

Announcing @AISolutions_Inc Named “Bronze Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | #API #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that A&I Solutions has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 1999, A&I Solutions is a leading information technology (IT) software and services provider focusing on best-in-class enterprise solutions. By partnering with industry leaders in technology, A&I assures customers high performance levels across all IT environments including: mainframe, distributed, virtual, and cloud platforms. With expertise in the entire application lifecycle -Plan, Build, Test, Deploy, Operate, and Secure- A&I enables customers to transform their businesses by driving consistency and maximizing efficiency. Built on a strong foundation of dependable products, superior services, and extraordinary teamwork, A&I is driven to contin... (more)

Ops, APIs and Compression | @DevOpsSummit #API #APM #DevOps

I've been reading up on APIs cause, coolness. And in particular I really enjoyed reading Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API because it had a lot of really good information and advice. And then I got to the part about compressing your APIs. Before we go too far let me first say I'm not saying you shouldn't compress your API or app responses. You probably should. What I am saying is that where you compress data and when are important considerations. That's because generally speaking no one has put their web server (which is ultimately what tends to serve up responses, whether they're APIs or objects, XML or JSON) at the edge of the Internet. You know, where it's completely vulnerable. It's usually several devices back in the networking gauntlet that has be run before data gets from the edge of your network to the server. This is because there are myri... (more)

API Virtualization: A Strategy for Uniting Teams | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Virtualization

API Virtualization: A Strategy for Uniting Teams By Harsh Upreti Recently an analysis was completed by SmartBear to gauge the sense of what software professionals believe is the core value provided by API virtualization. It was concluded that software professionals, including developers, testers, managers and architects believe that the biggest benefit of virtualization is that it brings teams together by allowing them to collaborate. In total, 18% more respondents indicated that virtualization has more value in uniting teams than it has in adding speed to delivery or reducing costs. Background We ran our test via email to a broad sample of our customer base - about 36,000 email addresses in total. This involved randomly sending one of three different subject lines to each address. The topics of these subject lines positioned API virtualization as a strategy for doi... (more)

[webinar] How to Be a Compassionate Geek | @CloudExpo @LogMeIn #DevOps

View Webinar ▸ Here Have you ever noticed how some IT people seem to lead successful, rewarding, and satisfying lives and careers, while others struggle? IT author and speaker Don Crawley uncovered the five principles that successful IT people use to build satisfying lives and careers and he shares them in this fast-paced, thought-provoking webinar. You'll learn the importance of striking a balance with technical skills and people skills, challenge your pre-existing ideas about IT customer service, and gain new insights into how to build your own satisfying and rewarding career by rising above the ordinary and mundane to build an extraordinary life and career as a world-class Compassionate Geek. View Webinar ▸ Here The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) @CloudExpo /... (more)

WebRTC, #IoT and #API Gateways | @ThingsExpo #UCaaS #RTC #WebRTC

Defining Web 3.0 and Developing the Fastest Enterprise Mobility Apps I value a strong opinion.  Especially when the opinionated is an expert and willing to stand up and place a flag in the sand.  In this article, my ambitious friend, programming guru, gamer, colleague, bona fide geek and mobility expert Peter Rogers shares his opinions on the meaning of Web 3.0 and how it will impact mobile application development and the enterprise.  While he is English and prone to use words like whilst, that should not be held against him. I have two ambitions in life: to be the first person to define Web 3.0 in a meaningful way; and to be able to reform Atomic Kitten to sing at my next birthday. Only one of these is achievable so here goes. The Web is changing quite drastically and there are ten key factors that define the next "Web" hereafter as Web 3.0: The dropping of legacy b... (more)

Hybrid Cloud Security: Part 3 | @CloudExpo #SDN #API #SaaS #Cybersecurity

In the first article of this three-part series on hybrid cloud security, we discussed the Shared Responsibility Model, and examined how the most common attack strategies persist, are amplified, or are mitigated as assets move from data centers to the cloud. In part two, we talked about the unique security challenges that are introduced by public cloud environments. In this third and final installment, we'll review why it's essential to approach hybrid cloud security with different methods, tools and best practices than those used in the data center. Bridging the Silo Between On-Premises and Cloud Environments For today's resource-constrained IT teams, the explosion of public cloud services has only increased the complexity of securing critical infrastructure. Until recently, it has been a challenge for IT professionals to find security tools that are specifically de... (more)