Coté Memo #054: CA World wrap, Docker orchestration
Tech & Work World
Rackspace reports solid growth in the third quarter - time to turn back on the love-pipes, I guess. The point being: it's hard to figure out how to rate a company, esp. on short-term financials.
Microsoft rebrands Lync as 'Skype for Business'; readies 2015 releases (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet) - people tell me that Lync now is great, and I hope it is. Skype is always touch and go, but it seems to work well and be everywhere.
Red Hat goes nuclear in Linux container wars with Atomic Host beta - containers, everyone's doin' 'em.
How you (yes you!) can get around Uber’s surge pricing - I haven't had a chance to use this yet, but it's a clever idea.
The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning - this is a huge chunk of cash just floating around, waiting for something to happen to it.
One of America's greatest achievements is breakfast - amazingly good over this side of Atlantic #reinvent
— Owen Rogers (@owenrog) November 12, 2014
There were innumerable announcements from Amazon at re:Invent this week, perhaps even more tomorrow.
Amazon cloud apps LIVE! Bezos' boys spin up 'lifecycle management' services - one take on the developer (ALM) tools released and announced to be coming soon.
AWS Test Drive 3.0 Launches at re:Invent 2014 - using enterprise-y stuff for free.
AWS Service Catalog - don't get more enterprise than that.
AWS Container Service - the demo graphic is even in that MesoSphere black/gray!
I gave a webinar today on Docker Orchestration (you can see the recording and the slides). I've spent time following this and looking into and tried to distill down the reasons you'd do it and the "requirements" for such a tool...it's pretty non-technical.
In doing this research, you find that no one has really say down and specified what orchestration means, which is what I was hoping to prod someone in doing. There's no ThoughtWorks microservices essay that sums it up, and their should be!
Thanks to CloudSoft for putting it on!
CA World sets a 12-18 month spring-trap
As I discussed in the Software Defined Talk podcast recording today (subscribe to the feed to get the show once I publish it), I'll be looking for momemtum from CA in a year or so. Their vision, portfolio, and "slides" were all good and spoke to DevOps well at their conference this. They even had some excellent customer talks, like ING going over how they'd used DevOps. I spoke with another customer who was eager to do very genuine DevOps as well - we see this in our DevOps market studies as well.
At this point, the only thing to do is wait and see if it works out by: (1.) tracking customer adoption and, thus, revenue, and, (2.) seeing how CA fills out the rest of the DevOps portfolio, if at all.
Hopefully I'll be able to check back in at the next CA World.
Fun & IRL
No fun today, just work.
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Come hear me yammer on about DevOps: I'll be in Toronto (Nov 18th) giving my DevOps and cloud talk with TechTarget