No More Dealing with Infrastructure (Kind of, for Developers)

The most exciting announcement during AWS re:Invent for cloud computing infrastructure foundation was Fargate. There were a slew of new announcements and I don't want to de-emphasize the other ones too much, but this one was the most interesting to me.

First, a bit of background. There's lot of confusion on VMs, containers, and functions. Here are the differences:

The key thing is that the VMs allow a server to run as one big piece (OS + whatever apps are installed), containers allow applications (which includes providing microservices, but no OS, but the underlying system beneath the container layer provides the Linux interface) to run, and serverless is a place to run code (or functions). Each stage enables slicing a workload into smaller pieces.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking AWS re:Invent

AWS continues to dominate, but is that good for you? (with video)

At AWS re:Invent 2017, AWS continued to show the domination it has over the public cloud market. During Andy Jassy's keynote, he talked about AWS now having an $18 billion run rate with 42% growth. That's impressive in both the size and the continued growth at that size, which should be a bone chilling statistic for competitors. It extends beyond financials, with AWS showing share numbers to be over 44% of the market and more than the next 12 competitors combined.

Topics: AWS re:Invent

S3 Security Front and Center at AWS re:Invent

Man, talk about the proverbial firehose. AWS re:Invent 2017 proved to be a wide open torrent of announcements from AWS and the partner ecosystem alike, making recap blogs such as this a bit of a mission impossible. For starters, AWS’s security announcements included:

Topics: AWS re:Invent

The Relevance of Networking at AWS re:Invent (with Video)

This year was my first re:Invent and it was an impressive event. There were over forty-three thousand people in attendance and the show occupied a number of hotels along the Vegas strip. It wasn’t just that there were a lot of people there, it was that there were a lot of people who wanted to be there – after attending hundreds of trade shows and user group events you get to know the difference. There was a buzz and excitement at the show that reminded me of early VMworld and TechEd shows. Sessions were sold out and queues were long as people waited for the doors to open. All the attendees I spoke to had specific reasons for attending; many were in the process of moving to a cloud first strategy and were there to learn.

Topics: Networking Amazon AWS AWS re:Invent

AWS & Cloud Networking Design Patterns

I attended a session at AWS re:Invent titled “Planning for your advanced AWS networking architectures” that was held by Matt Lehwess and Nick Matthews, who were rightfully dressed as networking wizards.

Without going into the details of the presentation, I have a few “meta” comments:

It’s so easy to set up networking in a public clouds (you set up VPCs and elastic load balancers without the need to purchase and configure hardware) that we are tempted to experiment with different architectures to see what happens.

However, one needs to still plan appropriately. There are several issues that cannot be ignored.

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking AWS re:Invent

2018: The Year of Advanced Threat Prevention

A few years ago, the cybersecurity industry adopted a new mindset that went something like this: 

Topics: Cybersecurity threat intelligence antivirus micro-segmentation next-generation endpoint security DNS

The Case Against AWS – And It’s Not AWS' Fault

Recently the NSA, a highly secure US government entity, left an unprotected disk image loaded with classified information right out in public on AWS. 

Topics: Cybersecurity AWS nsa

AWS Is Not Slowing Down at re:Invent (with Video)

AWS, as an established public cloud leader, can afford to rest on its laurels, but with competitors sprinting behind it, it is not slowing down in any way. During the Global Partner Summit at the re:Invent trade show, there were numerous announcements, including the Networking Competency for AWS Partners and the availability of PrivateLink for customer and partner network services.

Are there any patterns I see?

Topics: Cloud Computing AWS re:Invent

Cybersecurity Professional Recruitment Chaos

Here’s a quick review of some of the cybersecurity skills shortage data I’ve cited in recent blogs:

  1. According to ESG research from early 2017, 45% of organizations claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.
  2. In a recent research project conducted by ESG and the information systems security association (ISSA), 70% of cybersecurity professionals say that the cybersecurity skills shortage has had an impact on their organization. The skills shortage has led to an increasing workload on existing staff, the need to hire and train junior employees due to the lack of experienced talent, and a situation where the cybersecurity staff spends most of its time on emergency issues and very little time on proactive strategic planning or training.
Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity skills shortage ISSA

Motive, Means, and Opportunity for Evaluating HCI Performance

With all the hype surrounding hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), ESG’s technical validation practice has been busy evaluating various HCI solutions.

Motive

According to my colleagues Mike Leone, Edwin Yuen, and Terri McClure, organizations are now confident enough in HCI that they’re deploying HCI as their primary infrastructure housing their tier-1 applications. Thus, buying criteria has evolved from answering “Can this offering support my applications?” to “How well can it support my application?”

Topics: Converged Infrastructure ESG Lab hyperconverged infrastructure performance