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
At the end of Day 1 at Dell Technologies World, I had the great honor of sitting down with Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) of thectoadvisor.com as a guest on his CTO Dose Podcast. We discussed a few of the ideas coming out the keynote and our interpretations of those announcements. I always have a great time talking tech with Keith, and I feel like we could have gone on all day. Dell gave us quite a bit to think about and to put into context.
Note: This was after Day1. Day 2 went far deeper into the tech itself.
The video is below.
You can also get this in audio form by going to Keith’s Podcast which is available on most platforms.
Player.FM : https://player.fm/series/1534173
This week was super busy due to Dell Technologies World . Tech Field Day Extra also held an event at the Dell Technologies World conference where delegates to talk to Dell partners highlighting their products. Dell released a flurry of new products and services in the infrastructure space. Personally, I get far more from the analysis from places like CTOAdvisor and Silicon Angle around the announcements than the announcements themselves.Read More
Intel’s launch event held on April 2, 2019 served as a forum to announce new products designed to tackle three distinct areas in Enterprise IT. - compute, persistent storage, and networking. Combined, the products should lead to new servers optimized for better cloud computing platforms.Read More
Microsoft released a new version of it’s Edge web browser based on the chromium engine. This is the same engine that powers Google’s chrome browser. While it seems strange at first for Microsoft to use tech that’s from an outside source, it’s another indication that this is a new Microsoft willing to make radical changes if needed to stay competitive. This decision turns out to be advantageous to Enterprise customers.Read More
Cloud Field Day 5 had an awesome lineup of companies presenting the latest in tech. Among them was NGINX. Most people know NGINX as a webserver-slash-load balancer that all the cool kids are using these days. By all the cool kids, I mean the reported >40% of webservers on the public Internet. But NGINX was also in the news recently because it was acquired by F5. This acquisition has caused many to question what would happen next. F5 has a long history as a traditional enterprise appliance vendor. That dominance could come into question in a cloud-first world. How F5 would change NGINX was very much top of mind as I watched their presentation to the Field Day delegates.Read More
On March 20, 2019, Microsoft announced via a blog post changes to the path for earning the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification. The path has been simplified in that it now requires a single exam, AZ-103 in order to achieve the credential. Those who complete exam AZ-100 before May 1, 2019 will also be certified. Previously, candidates had to complete exams AZ-100 and AZ-101 to become certified.Read More
On Tuesday April 2, Intel will host an event called the Data-Centric Innovation Day. Not much is known about the content of the event. There’s been some speculation as to what will be announced, however, Intel could go in lots of different directions due to the breadth of their product portfolio.Read More
I’m still getting used to this whole podcast thing, but I appeared on one recently. I had the immense honor of sharing a panel with some fellow Tech Field Day delegates as we discussed the future of Microsoft Windows.
I’ve embedded the video below. I’ve also included a link to the audio.
I recommend going to the Gestalt IT On-Premise website to check out so many more awesome conversations https://gestaltit.com/category/podcast/
Amazon has made available a new set of graphics in Visio, and other formats. These stencils are an excellent resource for architects and engineers who need to document cloud environments.
The symbols can be found here: https://aws.amazon.com/architecture/icons/
All the major file formats are available including: EPS, PNG, SVG, Visio, and PowerPoint. Interestingly, there are two sets of PowerPoint shapes. One supports light backgrounds. The other supports dark backgrounds. I’ve included an example of what each looks like for comparison.Read More
I ran into a strange error today. I attempted to launch SQL Server Configuration Manger on a server deployed in Azure, and I was greeted with an error dialog that implied either the server was unreachable or that I didn’t have rights. The error read, “Cannot connect to WMI provider. You Do not have permission or the server is unreachable. Note that you can only manage SQL Server 2055 and later servers with SQL Server Configuration Manager. Invalid namespace [0x8004100e].” After a bit of digging, I found a solution, and possibly even a root cause.Read More
NetApp presented their latest in proactive maintenance technology, ActiveIQ at Tech Field Day 18 in Austin, TX. ActiveIQ is a blend of software and service that allows NetApp to review configurations and propose suggestions based on their extensive body of knowledge. To power the product, NetApp collects more than 10 trillion data points per month of information from customer’s systems, stores it in a massive data lake, and exposes that data to other systems within NetApp to look for trends. The tech vendor also uses a machine learning algorithm to mine customer data for issues and optimal configurations. It’s really quite promising stuff.Read More
SolarWinds made their desire to be considered a serious player in the security space known during their most recent Tech Field Day presentation. Gartner predicted computer security spending to be over $118 B in 2018, so jumping into this market makes sense. Security isn’t typically associated with SolarWinds. There will be some effort to get the word out. Working in SolarWinds’ favor is the fact that the products look pretty good.Read More