Category Archives: Thought Leadership

Real DevOps Value vs Hype: Survey Highlights

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Here’s a question for you: Does DevOps measure up to your expectations? Sure, several surveys in the last year or two have established DevOps as a hot trend. Even as DevOps adoption is on the rise, a look at the tools that software development and release teams use and their perceived value, reveals deeper DevOps trends. That’s why together with Devops.com, we recently conducted a survey to explore how real the DevOps promise is for enterprises.
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NTT Cloud Reality Check reveals global enterprise challenges to cloud adoption

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Earlier this year, NTT communications commissioned a poll of 1600 ICT decision makers including IT directors, CIOs, CTOs across the USA and Europe. These are people in charge of setting tactical and strategic policies for development teams. The NTT poll asked them various questions such as which applications best suit which infrastructure? Is there a link between application maturity and applications that suit the cloud versus corporate datacenter?

The results from the poll and the analysis form the highlights of the NTT Cloud Reality Check report. The report shows key trends by country, industry, as well as by company size. We asked Len Padilla Vice President Product Strategy at NTT Europe about some of the key insights. Read More

3 fundamental ways ElasticBox can impact your bottomline

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Watching the women’s world cup final last weekend was thrilling. Of course it was fun to see the USA women’s team win the soccer championship (football for those living outside of the US). Having coached my son’s soccer team for many years, I was awed by the team’s mastery of soccer fundamentals and appreciated how much drilling and practice led them to the championship. Read More

The cloud application cycle is broken — can it be fixed?

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I’ve had the honor of sitting in the same room with many customers and prospects who share their business models and technology challenges. In the exact words of one of our customers, “Our cloud deployment is a horrendous process.” From others, “Our developers work in their own private cloud, and they send us the release code and it takes us days to weeks to get it running in production.”

Doesn’t the cloud promise faster, more agile development with reduced costs? Why then isn’t this promise being fulfilled at most companies adopting DevOps and cloud? Read More

3 ways to battle the Goliaths of cloud automation

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Many cloud automation startups I advise experience similar challenges. A lack of resources like time, money, talent or a combination of them is a common one. Then as incumbents in a marketplace where the giants command a big piece of the market share, they struggle to build consumer awareness and adoption. What to do when the odds are against you? The art of battling giants lies in the underdog turning their greatest weakness into a strategic strength, says Malcolm Gladwell in David and Goliath. But how can startups leverage their weaknesses as strengths? Read More

ElasticBox joins Cisco Intercloud to serve hybrid cloud customers

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Today, at Cisco Live San Diego, Cisco announced 35+ ISVs have joined Intercloud, a globally-connected network of clouds Cisco is building with its partners.

ElasticBox looks forward to being an early member of the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace and expanding hybrid cloud capabilities to Cisco customers. We’re in the company of some great leaders in the industry including Chef, F5, Informatica, and many more. Read More

What’s hot with DevOps?

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DevOps as a movement to transform people, technology, processes for higher business value is here to stay. It’s disrupting organizational processes replacing the old with the new. Command and control IT, a historical approach to regulating tech top-down, is trending toward decentralization thanks to DevOps.

Software source control is another such case. We saw Git take on the source control bigwigs and redefine how we collaborate and build software. Now, which other areas is DevOps disrupting? Read More

Hear from the OpenStack expert on how to crush developer cruft

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Jim Meyer is a VP of Engineering at HP Cloud, Helion OpenStack distribution. His mantra for engineering is three words: Velocity beats everything. Velocity gives your engineering teams the ability to do more in unit time while giving them the power of context and control. He recently visited us at ElasticBox where he shared interesting insights on this engineering approach. We think ElasticBox complements this vision quite well. Here are some of his insights on CI/CD and how it leads to engineering velocity. Read More

2 reasons why businesses perform at the top

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Recently, I had the privilege to attend a World President’s Organization (WPO) breakfast with Meg Whitman, the CEO of HP, one of the largest companies in the world by most measures. She was incredibly personable, authentic and inspiring. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about a few of her insights into leadership and business, and how they apply to what we’re building at ElasticBox. Read More

What’s the cost of build versus buy DevOps?

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Nearly every business today relies on faster, innovative technology to succeed in the marketplace. How about the coffee you drink, or the movie you’re watching, or the phone on which you’re watching it? Name every business or walk of life. You can argue that technology serves to make it better. If DevOps helps deliver the best services and experiences to you, then should companies making the coffee, movies, and phones also make their own DevOps solutions? Read More