Over time computing has gone from mainframes to bare metal servers to on-premises virtualization to cloud server instances and containerization to serverless computing.  What’s next, codeless computing? Probably not, but luckily we’re not talking about something as bizarre as that with serverless computing. The server element for executing code is essentially abstracted away from its…

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The most common questions from engineering candidates during interviews at CloudBolt revolve around one theme—how do Software Developers at CloudBolt work? We eventually decided to share this with candidates in our job postings (hey—did you know we’re hiring in Engineering?), but that made them overly verbose. So, we launched the CloudBolt Engineering blog to regularly…

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DevOps teams began their love affair with containerization a few years ago, with Docker as the most popular implementation. Containerization allows for a more distributed agile application development process instead of having to spin up individual virtual machines (VMs) with operating system (OS) dependencies. Unfortunately, paying attention to security was not a top priority in…

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At CloudBolt, we believe that software solutions should be easy to maintain, manage, and understand. We also believe they should be self-regulating and self-healing, when possible. You will see a focus on this starting in 8.4—Tallman but also continuing through our 9.x releases, which will give you better visibility into CloudBolt’s internal status, management capabilities…

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A couple weeks ago, IBM announced its plan to acquire the open source giant Red Hat at a premium. Some of us slid off our couches when we first heard the news, especially when it came on a Sunday afternoon. Most of us typically take a break from business stuff over the weekend, focusing on…

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Most IT leaders can agree that agility and speed are the main focus for any enterprise DevOps team, meaning that responding quickly to digital business needs is essential. There’s an implied bargain in this—we can get these results faster if we have more control of our working environments. Alongside that, there’s the risk that the…

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(↓TL;DR↓) We published a post last month that covered our journey to Celery as well as our intent and reasons for going back to a custom-crafted job engine. Since then, our team has made substantial progress and we want to share the results of our efforts with you, our respected customers. 8.4—Tallman is Built on…

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Hybrid Cloud and Hypervisor Management It’s no secret that most enterprises have a mix of cloud technologies to meet their IT needs. They set up IT environments in both private and public clouds that are used to develop mission-critical applications and run additional services as well as subscribe to software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to support other…

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Modernizing to the latest of anything is a tradeoff between old and new. How much old stuff do you want to maintain while adopting new stuff? Imagine a typical house-buying scenario where you can choose to build a brand-new house from the ground up vs converting an existing house to something equally appealing for your…

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Just as a runaway train can cause havoc, so can uncontrolled IT spending. Over the last few years, IT departments have been sidetracked by DevOps teams and other IT initiatives, while many convinced themselves and the leaders in their organizations to innovate on the edges of traditional IT.   If you wanted to experiment or…

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Slow cars can annoy many of us—you see one chugging along in the fast lane and you have to slow down or pass them at your own inconvenience. Alternately, you might be the slow one angering those behind you. Whatever the reason, it’s inconvenient. The same is true in IT – sometimes you have to…

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Anything involving data processing requires the movement of information, and moving stuff is not fun. No amount of pizza or beer can entice friends and relatives to help you on a moving day – they conveniently have other plans but are happy to pitch in any other day.   Enterprises have a similar, possibly dreadful…

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In any marine ecosystem, fish and other living organisms have to interact with each other whether they want to or not. This community is also influenced by environmental factors, such as the sun, rain, and non-marine animals consuming marine life. This means that there’s both an internal system in the water and an external system…

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TLDR At the end of 2017, we swapped out the job engine that CloudBolt had built in 2011 for a new Celery-based one, but we ran into a raft of trouble with that approach and were surprised at how poor a fit it was for our needs. We are now moving back to the CloudBolt-engineered…

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There’s been an uptick in enterprise public cloud offerings from providers like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. Amazon Web Services (AWS) still dominates the market but GCP and Azure are catching up. GCP recently announced an offering for Kubernetes on-premises called GKE On-Prem, and Microsoft just announced new support for billions of internet…

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