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In today's cloud-based world, automation is key enabler for success. Yet, folks are scared of automation due to  risk of losing job. However automation needs to be seen as a way to keep your job in and not out. Wikipedia definition of automation is "Automation or automatic control, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications and vehicles with minimal or reduced human intervention." The key word in this definition is the last few words " reduced human intervention". Given automation is associated with reducing or eliminating human intervention, it often scare's us to automate our job with the risk of losing our job. However, does automation really results in your job out or ... (more)

Announcing @TS_Embedded to Exhibit at @ThingsExpo | #IoT #AI #Embedded

SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems' product base consists of a wide variety of off-the-shelf PC/104 single board computers, computer-on-modules, touch panel computers, peripherals and industrial controllers. They also offer custom configurations and design services. Technologic Systems specializes in the ARM and X86 architectures, FPGA IP-core design, and open-source software support based on Linux, Android, and... (more)

Blockchain: Does Your Proof of Concept = Success? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #Blockchain

We get it. If your company isn't up on blockchain, your future is doomed. At least, that's the general vibe industry leaders are putting out - scrambling to understand and utilize a framework that is more frequently associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. In other words, block chain is, generally, poorly understood. So, should your company stand back and let it mature, or wade into the fray and hope for the best? The answer, as it usually does, falls somewhere in the middle. Recently, a Gartner blog highlighted the mad dash of companies trying to capitalize on blockchain, and the main takeaway is that companies should pursue the technology, but be wary of diving into a "pointless" project: There are multiple causes for disappointing project outcomes, including rapid rate of technology evolution," said Ray Valdes, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "However, a ... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: Attack Mitigation with F5 Silverline

In this Lightboard Lesson, I describe how F5 Silverline Cloud-based Platform can help mitigate DDoS and other application attacks both on-prem and in the cloud with the Hybrid Signaling iApp. Learn how both on-premises and the cloud can work together to create a composite defense against attacks. ps ... (more)

Key Takeaways from Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) Episode 70 – Hiring for DevOps

Read the original blog here. In a recent Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) video podcast, expert panelists discussed hiring for DevOps. Our expert panel included: Chris Riley, analyst at Fixate.io; Imari Kontulainen, CEO of Deveo; Marc Priolo, software configuration manager at Urban Science; and, our very own Sam Fell. During the episode, the panelists discussed whether or not a DevOps engineer exists, the challenges of hiring for DevOps, the skills to look for, and more. Continue reading for their full insights! Is There a DevOps Engineer? “DevOps” and “DevOps engineer” are often confounded  together, but are actually mutually exclusive explains Riley: “When people started using the title DevOps engineer, they were essentially renaming SRE’s and release automation in QE and QA, and they neglect to include stewardship of the DevOps principles. ‘DevOps’ and ‘DevOps engi... (more)

Producing an Effective IT Strategy | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Agile

A strategy is a planning document that sets a direction for future work to ensure that you end up where you want to be. A strategy allows you to see the wood, despite the trees. A strategy is often used as a management tool for securing the resources needed to get there IT is now part of the business and forward looking organisations will have senior IT people responsible for helping devise the Corporate Business Strategy Business Strategy This will include discuss for the next few years how it intends to grow and maintain the business. It may mean doing things like: Starting new business lines Expanding new business areas, new locations, products enhancements Adding new distribution channels Making better use of existing customer to cross sell Reducing costs Stopping businesses Regulatory changes IT Strategy Technology needs to ensure business are agile that can mee... (more)

In-Stream Processing | @CloudExpo @robinAKAroblimo #BigData #AI #BI #DX

Most of us have moved our web and e-commerce operations to the cloud, but we are still getting sales reports and other information we need to run our business long after the fact. We sell a hamburger on Tuesday, you might say, but don't know if we made money selling it until Friday. That's because we still rely on Batch processing, where we generate orders, reports, and other management-useful pieces of data when it's most convenient for the IT department to process them, rather than in real time. That was fine when horse-drawn wagons made our deliveries, but it is far too slow for today's world, where stock prices and other bits of information circle the world (literally) at the speed of light. It's time to move to In-Stream Processing. You can't - and shouldn't - keep putting it off. [Figure 1, courtesy of the Grid Dynamics Blog] This diagram may look complicate... (more)

The In-House IT and MSP Dynamic | @CloudExpo @SolarWinds #AI #Monitoring

We Can Work IT Out: The In-House IT and MSP Dynamic In-house IT professionals and managed service providers (MSPs) have had an interesting relationship over the course of IT history. Yes, they are vastly different, but if we drew a Venn diagram of IT and the MSP, the intersection of the two is worth exploring, particularly regarding how IT professionals can best manage their MSPs and work harmoniously to advance the common goal of IT performance. For IT professionals, the very utterance of the acronym "MSP" may conjure feelings of skepticism and fearing the reaper, which doesn't need to be the case. MSPs don't always equal outsourcing IT in its entirety. Let's explore common scenarios where in-house IT professionals and MSPs work together, because in these cases, in-house IT professionals need to understand how to get the most out of these relationships and up-level... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: What is BIG-IQ?

In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up many of the tasks you can do with BIG-IQ, BIG-IQ centralizes management, licensing, monitoring, and analytics for your dispersed BIG-IP infrastructure. If you have more than a few F5 BIG-IP’s within your organization, managing devices as separate entities will become an administrative bottleneck and slow application deployments.  Deploying cloud applications, you’re potentially managing thousands of systems and having to deal with traditionally monolithic administrative functions is a simple no-go.  Enter BIG-IQ. ps Related: What is BIG-IQ? ... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: BIG-IP ASM Layered Policies

In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up some use cases for BIG-IP ASM Layered Policies available in BIG-IP v13. With Parent and Child policies, you can: Impose mandatory policy elements on multiple policies; Create multiple policies with baseline protection settings; and Rapidly push changes to multiple policies. ps ... (more)

Deploy an Auto-Scaled BIG-IP VE WAF in AWS

Today let’s look at how to create and deploy an auto-scaled BIG-IP Virtual Edition Web Application Firewall by using a Cloud Formation Template (CFT) in AWS. CFTs are simply a quick way to spin up solutions that otherwise, you may have to create manually. The idea behind this CFT is it is going to create BIG-IP VE instances for you. These instances function as a firewall in front of your application. Depending on the limits you specify, when more traffic is going to your application, new instances will launch…and when there is less traffic, instances will terminate. This solution has a few prerequisites: A Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) with at least two subnets, each in its own availability zone An AWS Elastic Load Balancer (ELB), which serves traffic to the BIG-IP VE instances An SSH key pair which you need to access the instances. I have these already created, so w... (more)