What is the best Linux distro?

As a veteran Unix/Linux Systems Engineer, I get the question everyday, “What is the best Linux distro?” First, I can tell you, there is no best Linux distro; each of them has their strengths and their weaknesses.  Secondly, that is the wrong question.  The question you should be asking: What is the right Linux distro? I can tell you that there is no right answer here. Continue reading

DevOps is Enterprise Ready, Now!

The Wall Street Journal published an article by Rachel Shannon-Solomon stating that DevOps is not ready for the enterprise. You can, and should, see that article here.  In my opinion, this entire article is a plethora of ridiculous statements.  Not only is DevOps built for the enterprise, it’s ready now; enter DevOps 101: CAMS. Continue reading

The Case for Managed Services

As veteran of the IT industry, I fall inline with the 10,000 hour rule in reference to Linux/Unix Systems Administration.  Needless to say, as a wrangler of *nix based operating systems, most people would consider me an expert; although, I rarely feel that way.  However, as of recent I’ve been doing a lot of work on Big Data platforms, including Hadoop, Elastic Search, MongoDB, and using tools such as Storm and Impala.  While the install of these platforms is trivial, I can unequivocally say that the tuning is not.  Continue reading

How to choose an SPI (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) service provider. Part Three

Welcome to the third and final part of my this blog series about choosing an SPI provider. During the previous two posts, one and two, I’ve discussed a number of issues and attributes you should consider before selecting an SPI provider. In this last piece, I’m going to give some recommendations based on my experience, references from people I trust, and what I see in the industry. I’m going to start from the bottom up, so let’s talk IaaS. Continue reading

Why You Should Be Involved in the Technical Hiring Process.

I’ve been staying busy these days doing a lot of consulting relating to DevOps, Big Data, and Data Science.  Part of the services I’ve been offering is assistance in locating qualified candidates for positions in DevOps environments.  One thing that I’ve noticed over the last seven months of consulting is that most companies have no idea how to screen and vet a technical candidate; this is mostly because of the fact that you have human resources personnel trying to locate someone for a highly technical position. Continue reading

How to choose an SPI (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) service provider, Part One

Welcome to part one of a three part blog series about choosing an SPI provider. Be sure to check back to read part two and part three. In part one, I will be addressing aspects of an SPI provider to take into consideration when choosing one to partner with. In part two, I will delve deeper into a couple of these aspects, as well as giving some recommendations for SPI providers that I believe deliver great value while maintaining performance.
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