Continuuity open sources Loom for devops on big data clusters

Big data startup Continuuity has open sourced a tool called Loom that’s designed to make deploying and managing large clusters a push-button experience. These types of tools are important as data-driven applications become more common, but the infrastructure remains a challenge.

Demystifying 4 myths around PaaS

One of the problems with the term “Platform as a Service” is that it means different things to different people. Here we sort through some of the myths surrounding it.

Startup Stackdriver nets $5M to build cloud management

Many companies want to be able to deploy applications across multiple public clouds, but thus far the management tools to facilitate that have been lacking. That’s a gap Boston startup Stackdriver hopes to fill, say co-founder Dan Belcher.

BMC bolsters DevOps story with VaraLogix buy

BMC, a specialist in the systems management technology used in traditional data centers, is buying VaraLogix to make it easier to deploy and update multi-tier applications. This deal follows BMC’s acquisition last year of StreamStep and its application delivery know-how.

OneOps, TwoOps … Exploring cloud ops

The most common terms in some discussions about the future of cloud computing include DevOps and it’s controversial sibling, NoOps. While the practices behind these terms are critical to understand as the nature of IT operations shifts, the terms themselves are less than helpful.

Why it’s so hard to talk about cloud

The world of words gets in the way of conversations between IT and the business all the time. Cloud computing is no exception. Words such as “application” and “service” mean different things to different people, but perhaps there’s room for consensus on some core principles.

Move to cloud makes DevOps even more important

As companies move to the cloud, DevOps — the practice where developers work with the operations side of the house — becomes more important. That collaboration could lead to more satisfying IT implementations and the best — and sanctioned — use of cloud resources.

Opscode brings Chef to Windows

Opscode has brought it cloud-configuration-management technology, Chef, to Microsoft Windows environments. Chef lets users create “recipes” for configuring and managing infrastructure in an automated and scalable manner, which has made it popular for a variety of complex use cases such as cloud computing and scale-out clusters.

Does networking need a DevOps movement?

The networking industry is set for a change as the shifts caused by the needs of webscale operators and virtualization bring complexity and costs to moving data around a data center. As networks look more like a cloud, does the field need a DevOps culture?

Scaling lessons from Google’s CIO

Building at scale doesn’t just require new tools, it requires a new mindset, said Google’s CIO Ben Fried, who spoke at the Surge conference in Baltimore today. That mindset is more general than specialized, and requires a developer to admit that some things aren’t solvable.

DevOps eliminates knee-jerk no’s at the IT level

Cloud computing technologies have helped remove many of the intrinsic barriers programmers used to encounter when developing, deploying and scaling software applications. Now, the biggest hurdles developers often face are human: their own corporate IT teams. That’s the problem DevOps aims to solve.