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Database

Three Ways to Become Data-Centric


The conservation of quantum information is a theory that information can neither be created nor destroyed. Stephen Hawking used this theory to explain how a black hole does not consume photons like a giant cosmic eraser. It is clear to me that neither Stephen …


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DevOps

2019: The Year of Meshing Around and Creating Chaos


It’s that time of year again—the time to reflect on the past year and anticipate the year ahead. For a number of years now, organizations of all sizes have been running containers in production. Now, with containers, microservices, and functions interweaving through modern application …


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Networks

Why Your Infrastructure Sucks For Automation


Having convinced myself in previous posts that my automation projects will never be finished and that I will forever be supporting 101 different device connection paradigms, I thought that in this post perhaps I should try to find some sliver of dry land in …


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Security

Three SIEM Must-Haves


Many businesses need to increase their security game. You can put all the preventive measures in place that you want—like patching, antivirus, mail protection, and firewalls—yet threats can still slip past defenses. According to the recent Ponemon 2018 Cost of a Data Breach report, …




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Networks

The Cost of Monitoring – With the Wrong Tool


or “It’s not just the cost of buying the puppy, it’s the cost of feeding the puppy that adds up” This is a story I’ve told out loud many times, on conference calls, and around water coolers. But I’ve never written it down fully until now. …



Networks Systems

Application Dependency Mapping


So far in this series, we have covered Application Performance Monitoring. If you haven’t already, read part one, part two, part three, and part four. In the last post, we stressed the importance of mapping out all dependencies for our application. In this post, we will dig further …


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Networks

What is Your IT Legacy?


Where are you in your career arc right now? Trusting simple statistics, I can say that the majority of you are either just starting out, or somewhere in the middle. Relatively few of those reading this essay will be at, or near, the end …