ExtraHop showed off some cool tech at Cloud Field Day 6 (CFD6). During the presentation, the company discussed their Reveal(x) product which solves the problem of packet inspection in clouds such as AWS. For those used to doing traffic inspection in a traditional datacenter, this might not sound like a big deal. A myriad of port mirroring technologies exist in the physical world where customers and manage their own hardware. In the cloud, it’s not so simple. Because of the multitennent nature of cloud, reading packets going across the cloud provider’s network is, let’s just say “problematic.”Read More
Cloud Field Day 6 took place a few weeks ago now, but I’m still thinking about those events. One of the interactions was with Dell where a few us delegates were able to speak to Nick Brackney. The three part series discusses some of the of more interesting aspects of cloud today. I invite everyone to check out the videos, and follow the links back to the articles.Read More
Kubernetes continues to be one of the hottest topics and skillsets in IT. It’s spoken about as the next thing we’ll all be doing. The hype is reminiscent of virtualization back in the early 2000’s. It’s a technology that holds a lot of promise, comes from a good beginning, and has wide industry support. All of those factors should mean success. But it’s how we define success that ultimately matters. We also need to be clear about which problem(s) we hope a technology solves for us.Read More
I had the great pleasure to appear on episode 19 of the Day 2 Cloud Podcast. This was special to me as I remember when this podcast started. I remember thinking how much I enjoyed the concept. Being a guest on it is still kind of surreal.
I encourage you to give this episode a listen. But even better, check out other episodes as well, as there are lots of super talented folks talking about what it’s like using tech in the real world.
The episode can be found here https://packetpushers.net/podcast/day-two-cloud-019-building-your-first-ci-cd-pipeline/
I really had a blast talking to Ned Bellavance . In addition to being deeply knowledgeable on tech, he’s an all around good guy. He also a Pluralsight author, so you can check out his work there as well.
I tried out the enhanced summon feature of the Tesla this weekend. The feature was delivered as part of the massive version 10 software upgrade. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it works at this early stage. It’s clearly in beta, and it operates like a beta. It’s slow. It won’t cross a named street. It may be impractical to use in a number of real world situations. But why dwell on the negatives when we have the start of something that’s super cool?!Read More
Solo.io is set to present to the Tech Field Day delegates and audience at the upcoming Cloud Field Day 6 event September 25-27 in Silicon Valley. Different events sometimes hit upon repeating themes. At Security Field Day 2, microsegmentation was the consistent theme. Cloud Field Day 6 is shaping up to be very much about kubernetes + service mesh. Solo.Io is a vendor in the service mesh business. Right now, that’s a good business to be in because it’s one of the hottest trends in the IT industry at the moment. Solo.io will tell us more about their offerings and what sets them apart from the numerous other companies operating in that space.Read More
Cloud Field Day 6 will take place in Silicon Valley September 25-27 2019. Cloud Field Day is a focused version of the Stephen Foskett’s Tech Field Day series of events. While Tech Field Day covers a broad array of IT topics, Cloud Field Day places the spotlight on cloud technology vendors. The events gather a group of independent delegates from the tech blogosphere to hear presentations from emerging and established technology vendors. The vendors often demonstrate either new products or features of existing offerings. The vendors I’m most interested in hearing from is HashiCorp. This could be a mini-recap of HashiCorp announcements made at their recent HashiConf conference, a deep dive on an existing product, or maybe an announcement of some sort. The beauty of Tech Field Day is that you never know.Read More
The Go programming language has been popular for a few years now. Developers like Go because it’s modern and fits well with the types of architectures in use today. Some of the cool guy features developers gain when they use Go are around improved garbage collection and networking.
Like many other apps on Mac OS X, Go is easy to install via a package.
Download Go for Mac OS X via the website https://golang.org/dl/
Open the downloaded file
Follow the prompts through to completion
Many Tesla owners have expressed a desire to use Apple’s Music service in their cars. The preferred way to do this for most owners would be to use Apple Car Play. Car Play could be really amazing given the large amount of screen real estate to work with in Tesla vehicles. Ideally, it could be positioned in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with other screen activities. Unfortunately, we don’t have an officially supported method of Car Play. Recently, Tesla owners were given hope of access to at least the music portion of the Apple service via the newly released Apple Music Web App. It saddens me to report, however, that the Apple Music web app doesn’t work with the current browser version.Read More
My most recent Azure cloud statement was shocking. In one month, I was able to run up a bill for close to $1000. Now, for a corporate account, that might not be much, but for a personal account, it’s a bit much. I’m just a regular guy with a wife and kids. I use Azure for learning and testing concepts that I pitch at work to customers. Proof of concept testing is usually quick and costs just a few dollars a month. I’ve never seen a personal account reach this number in a single month.Read More
“Zero Trust” is a big security concept / buzzword at the moment. When most people think Zero Trust, they often think policies around systems in the form of firewalls or enclaves. Banyan, however, sees it differently. Banyan brings the least privilege access model to remote access. Banyan positions their solution as a replacement to VPN spurred on by Security Teams and DevOps professionals.Read More
The DevOps movement is still very much alive and finding its way from the commercial world into the Government. Government adoption, like in other places tend to find themselves on a spectrum between setting up and managing a CI/CD pipeline to full on broken down silos and self-managing teams. It’s because of this range of experiences that I decided to compile a quick cheat sheet that help folks cram on the subject if they find that their traditional silo is being disrupted by a DevOps initiative.Read More
Microsegmentation has changed my view of who should be on a security team. Security isn’t my day job. Well, that’s what I used to think before this week. After seeing many, many examples of security issues that can cripple a network or even leak data, my position as they say, has evolved. As a Solutions Architect, I need to find new ways to secure systems I design and products that I recommend.Read More
SQL Server 2008 R2 is quickly approaching EOL. Some are still looking for ways to migrate their databases to newer releases of SQL Server such as SQL Server 2017. This blog post details a simple method for migrating simple databases using detach and attach. By simple, I mean databases without complicated transnational replication technologies such as mirroring. I imagine this method would used for databases supporting simple applications.Read More
Liqid Inc. is a company at the forefront in the composable hardware market. I was able to learn about their composable hardware solution during a presentation for Tech Field Day Extra at Dell Technologies World. It was my first time hearing about the technology, and it was eye-opening. Composable infrastructure takes compute, network, storage, and GPU from various servers and allows them to be reconfigured into virtual computers composed of some, or all, of the resources. This takes place by leveraging the commonality and speed and low latency of the PCIe bus. A special PCIe switch with the Liqid OS defines the computers and resources allocated to them. It’s a very clever idea that can be leveraged in some interesting ways.Read More
I’ve recently started working with the MXChip 3166 and Azure IoT. While following the "Connect IoT DevKit AZ3166 to Azure IoT Hub” instructions (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-hub/iot-hub-arduino-iot-devkit-az3166-get-started ), I couldn’t get the Arduinio Board Manager software to run from within Visual Studio Code.Read More
Dell’s announcement last week of the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC managed service offering is a game changer for enterprise IT in the medium / large / enterprise space. VMware announced it will sell a managed service offering consisting of VMware ESX, vSAN, VXRail, and a few other components in a rack that gets delivered to customers for a monthly fee. VMware will then leverage the skills they have gained in managing customer systems via the VMware on AWS service to customers who subscribe to this on-premises data center product. This brings multiple cloud benefits to the local data center. The move recognizes that some customers prefer gear to be onsite, yet they still want the flexibility provided by the cloud subscription model.Read More
Microsoft SQL Server is quickly approaching End Of Life. While most customers would prefer to upgrade to the latest release, that’s not always possible. Some customers, especially in large enterprises and government, simply need more time to clean up old code in order to address deprecated features. Others maybe plan to refactor the application completely. Either way, having a few more years to transition would help several user bases. Microsoft heard these concerns and and offered a lifeline. Customers who migrate SQL Servers to Azure cloud will get an additional three years of patches for free. While at Dell Technologies World, I discovered this offer also extends to the on-premises Azure Stack.Read More