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What Comes First: Cloud Or DevOps?

This article first appeared in Forbes.

I like to use an analogy when comparing traditional IT to DevOps. It goes like this: Traditional IT operations are comprised of highly trained specialists who are like drivers on the treacherous Lowari Pass who can flawlessly execute specific tasks. 

Paving The Road To DevOps With Automation

This article originally appeared on Forbes.

High in the mountains of Pakistan lie some of the most dangerous roads in the world. With sheer cliff faces that abruptly meet raging rivers thousands of feet below, these roads offer no guardrails to keep vehicles from sliding off, nor protection from falling rocks above. Torrential rains often cascade across the unpaved roadways, eroding gullies out of the dirt, making the paths among the most feared stretches of road in the world.

The Relationship Between Cloud and DevOps

This article originally appeared on Forbes 

Most companies understand that if they want to increase their competitiveness in today’s swiftly changing world they can’t ignore Digital transformation. DevOps and cloud computing are oft-touted as vital ways companies can achieve this needed transformation, though the relationship between the two is often confusing as DevOps is about process and process improvement whereas cloud computing is about technology and services. Not mutually exclusive, it’s important to understand how cloud and DevOps work together to help businesses achieve their transformation goals.

Seven Steps to Successful and Sustainable DevOps Transformation

We are happy to bring you this article by Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, that was originally published by Sys-Con Media.

While the benefits are many, the DevOps journey for an established organization can be a long one filled with surprises and challenges. To avoid as many of both as possible, learning from those who have gone before you can help you apply best practices to ensure a smoother path to success. As a result, in this article, I will outline the seven steps to an AWS DevOps transformation as learned through working hands-on with more than 100 leading enterprise organizations to establish and sustain successful DevOps and IT modernization.

Docker Security, Hardened Containers and a Layered Strategy


Docker recently unveiled version 1.10 of its popular container technology. Security was a major focus of the release with several features designed to strengthen the security of Docker containers. According to the Docker blog,

“All the big features you’ve been asking for are now available to use: user namespacing for isolating system users, seccomp profiles for filtering syscalls, and an authorization plugin system for restricting access to Engine features. Another big security enhancement is that image IDs now represent the content that is inside an image, in a similar way to how Git commits represent the content inside commits.”

DevOpsDays Austin Wrapped Up: Talks About DevOps [of course], Docker & the Cloud

DevOpsDays Austin 2014 came to an end earlier this week, on Tuesday. It was a great event; one of the best I have been to during the past year. The event was well organized by Ernest Mueller and other volunteers.

DevOpsDays Austin 2014: Talking Docker to Improve Web Developer Productivity

#DevOpsDays Austin is approaching fast. Today, I was awoken by an email about the attendee information for the event. The Flux7 team will be attending the event, and we are looking forward to networking with the #DevOps community in Austin.

Dissecting Effective Developer Workflows to Save Time & Lower Costs

Let’s set the stage. My developer, Anton, has a Jira ticket assigned to him for adding a feature to our product VyScale. How does he go about doing it? The process of the Jira feature request to production is what we call developer flow. This is a complex process with cycles. A typical flow consists of several checkpoints that the code has to go through before it gets into production and can be called done.

AWS Summit in San Fran: 'Best Practices for Cloud Delivery,' 'Optimizing TCO' Sessions Near & Dear to a Flux7 CEO's Heart

I am on my way to the AWS Summit in San Francisco, where my objective is to chat up AWS as much as possible with as many who want to be a part of it. I also want to share what sessions I plan to attend. Here goes:

On our way to AWS Summit

AWS Summit is this Wednesday and Ali and myself are getting our bags ready to fly. We fly in to San Jose Tuesday night and leave Thursday morning. We arrive in San Jose because we have a meeting in San Jose late Tuesday night. I am excited and looking forward to the Summit. Two reasons: I am looking forward to meet a few key friends I haven't met since re:Invent, namely, David Pellerin (of AWS), Dave Ward (AWS), Stephen Elliot (AWS), Alex Roosakos (of Forghorn consulting), Ofir Nachwani (@IAmonDemand), and Aaron Klien (of Cloudcheckr). I also cannot wait to make new connections. I am currently lining up meetings for the trip if anyone if interested.

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