Mike has supported IT infrastructure and messaging services for 19 years for a variety of public and private sector enterprises. He has also held many titles during this time (Senior Systems Engineer, Infrastructure Architect, Security Engineer, Project Manager, Enterprise Architect, to name a few), but has always focused on providing high-availability solutions to meet or exceed client requirements. Mike excels in high-pressure, break-fix situations, and strives to provide the highest quality technical documentation for his projects.

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DevOps

Cloud Anxiety


When electric vehicles leapt out from the shadows and into the light of day, pundits and contrarians latched on to a perceived fatal flaw in their design: a limited range of travel on a single charge. It began in earnest with the Chevy Volt, …


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DevOps

How to Slide Into Cloud


The most difficult step in any organization’s journey to the cloud is the first one: where do you start? You’ve watched the industry slowly adopt cloud computing over the last decade, but when you look at your on-premises data center, you can’t conceptualize how …


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DevOps

After the Great Cloud Debate, What’s Next?


This month, we’ve spent time discussing how cloud will affect traditional on-premises IT operations staff. Many IT pros have given feedback on how their organizations view cloud computing, whether it’s a strategic solution, and what you give up when you go with a cloud solution. …


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Security

IT Operations: How SecOps Saves the Day


Few messages strike fear in the hearts of IT operations staff like the dreaded scan results from your security team. These messages often appear in your inbox early on Monday morning, which means it’s sitting there waiting for you. You’re not even into your …



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DevOps

IT Operations: Coping with Cloud


You’ll find no shortage of blog posts and thought pieces about how cloud computing has forever changed the IT landscape. The topic is usually addressed in an “adapt or die” argument: cloud is coming for your on-prem applications, and without applications in your data …


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virtualization

Designing a Monitoring Solution: Where Are Your Eyes?


Contemporary monitoring solutions are no different from any other distributed application in your environment. Even a small-scale deployment can include multiple components: often, these include a Web server, an application server, and a database server. And as with any distributed application, you need to consider placement for …



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Systems

Operations vs. Engineering Tools


Whether your IT operation is a small-scale endeavor or a web-scale enterprise, systems monitoring plays a critical role in the delivery of your services. The ability to quickly and accurately assess the state and health of your infrastructure and applications is no longer a …