#Monorepos

Should You Adopt a Single Code Repository for All Code?

Monorepos (putting all your code in one repository) are a fairly controversial topic in the world of software development for a number of interesting reasons. For many developers, the thought of storing every line of code in a single central repository brings them out in a cold sweat, and they have to go lie down […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
6 Ways to Deal with #ITIncidents

6 Ways to Deal With IT Incidents

According to Steve McConnell’s contemporary research and book, “Code Complete,” the industry average comprises 15-50 bugs per 1000 lines of delivered code. This statistic should reaffirm the likelihood of teams encountering modern-day IT incidents and how quickly they can lead to prominent systematic concerns. Instead of letting these concerns cause significant delays, it’s best to […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
#DevOps in 2018

DevOps in 2018

Hopefully, like Caylent, you were able to add your voice to this year’s State of DevOps Report before the deadline on July 8th. DORA and Puppet have been collecting data for over six years for its annual research. In that time, the yearly study has surveyed over 27,000 professionals to date (not yet counting this […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
#SRE vs. #DevOps: Any Common Ground?

SRE vs. DevOps: Any Common Ground?

Software engineers spend significant amounts of time seeking to streamline software development and production. This endeavor results in constant changes that can cause software and performance defects which continue to consume even more time and productivity. This imbalance has created the necessity for constant care and maintenance of the development pipeline. And teams turn to […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Brief history of #opensource

A Brief History of Open Source

This post was originally published here. Let’s begin with the obvious: open source has revolutionized computing. There are no two ways about it. Seasoned tech heads and rookies alike can now develop and play with code in a way that wasn’t possible back in the day. With the help of this innovative approach, computers and […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Ways to tune your #standupmeetings

7 Ways to Tune Your Standup Meetings

Standup meetings are essential to maintaining a well-oiled Agile/DevOps pipeline. Actually, while Scrum and standups were originally designed for use in software development, their application also works beyond this sole remit now for any complex project work. With that said, teams may still feel like they’re not getting the most out of their standup meetings. […]

Written by JP La Torre
A #KubernetesManagedService Comparison — #AWS vs. #GKE vs. #AKS

The Heavyweight Championship: A Kubernetes Managed Service Comparison — EKS vs. GKE vs. AKS

If you’re still not convinced about Kubernetes yet, Caylent has discussed the benefits of the platform at length here, here, and here. Amazon’s recent announcement that EKS—AWS’ Kubernetes managed service offering—is now generally available (as of June 5th) will have turned heads in the container world. Those who have been waiting with baited breath to […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Comparing #containers vs #serverless

Comparing Containers vs. Serverless

In development history, we used to rely on single, physical servers. We manually set up, coded, scaled, and maintained our servers—practically nursing our charges day and night—to provide functionality for other machines. The process was slow, detailed, and required a lot in terms of personal time. From there, we began to mix combining our physical […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Why IT Teams Should Adopt the #Scrum and #StoryPoints Approach

Why IT Teams Should Adopt the Scrum and Story Points Approach

Scrum is a lightweight organizational framework that focuses on transforming the way you tackle complex projects. The project management approach is based on the concept of breaking a complex project down into simple tasks as well as encouraging you to adapt your process. It facilitates teamwork and helps you do more work in less time. […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
#Databases in #containers

Databases in Containers

Database containerization has emerged with various critiques here and there. Data insecurity, specific resource requirements, network problems are oft quoted as the significant drawbacks of the practice. Nevertheless, container usage has been on the increase, and so too has the method of containerizing databases. Container usage is now being applied by organizations of all sizes […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
How Will The #GDPR Affect Your US Business

How Will the GDPR Affect Your US Business

Though there is a Freedom of Information Act, legislation that provides public access to public information for complying international countries, there is also a right to privacy. This security need is the reason why various metrics are applied globally in different manners—and by individual governments—to protect the personal information of their citizens. The European Union […]

Written by JP La Torre
50 Useful #Kubernetes Tools

50 Useful Kubernetes Tools

In just two relatively short years, Kubernetes has laid waste to its fellow competitors in the battlefield of container orchestration. Sadly, Docker Swarm hasn’t been a major contender since 2016 and, like AWS, admitted defeat by pledging K8s support and integration. Since Kubernetes has skyrocketed to popularity as the container solution of choice, here’s a […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Is Your IT Team In A #DownwardSpiral?

Is Your IT Team in a Downward Spiral?

What Is a ‘Downward Spiral’? A downward spiral is an ongoing deteriorating state of work which results in poor software and service quality, unfavorable customer results, and other consequent deplorable outcomes that lead to poor overall IT performance. The cause of this phenomenon is a “constant core conflict” of competing goals between IT operations and […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
20 #Jenkins Plugins You Can't Live Without

20 Jenkins Plugins You Can’t Live Without

Jenkins is a Java-written open source server that can help you streamline your software development processes. It facilitates this through continuous integration (CI). Jenkins is the ultimate server in that it offers a straightforward way to configure CI and provides the complete foundation for working with any set of languages or source code repositories. Jenkins’ […]

Written by JP La Torre
#Kubectl commands cheat sheet

Kubectl Commands Cheat Sheet

When it comes to interacting with Kubernetes clusters on a daily basis, you’re going to need to turn to kubectl; the command line tool for K8s. You can use it to deploy your container workloads into production clusters, but it can also help you achieve a whole lot more. It’s the swiss army knife of […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Software testing #bestpractices

4 Best Types of Software Testing

There’s a wealth of great content on the internet when it comes to software testing. As a DevOps consultant, though, I still regularly get asked about testing best practices. So, I thought I’d collate the information into one place as part of a short series on Software Testing. When it comes to making code changes, […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Top 6 Solutions for Migration from #DockerCloud

Top 6 Solutions for Migration from Docker Cloud

Just two years after it’s release announcement, Docker Cloud has disconcertingly revealed that “runtime is being discontinued.” Which is more than a little tragic, since Docker Cloud was one of the first groundbreaking SaaS solutions using Docker Swarm as its underlying container orchestration mechanism. As of May 21st, users will no longer be able to […]

Written by JP La Torre
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Microservices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Microservices have been bandied about in the past couple of years, but what are the real advantages and disadvantages to implementing and running them? Like any service architecture, there are pros and cons, benefits and tradeoffs. So, how do microservices compare against other application architectures like monoliths, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and functions? We’re here to […]

Written by JP La Torre
#DevOps Equation

The DevOps Equation

This is not a rant. Promise. But in encountering businesses who are attempting to convert to DevOps I’ve started to see a common pattern emerge. Many IT teams are concentrating on certain aspects of their development pipeline while neglecting or disregarding others. I’m not pointing accusatory fingers or preaching from a soapbox here. Most of […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe

DevOps, Deming, and Pulling the Andon Cord

Adopting DevOps is no easy undertaking, but the promise of cutting delivery times for projects from months down to days makes the feat worthwhile. For those keen to implement a DevOps transformation, understanding its roots will assist when applying the principles. Among its influences from Lean Manufacturing comes the infamously visible feature known as the […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Resilience Engineering

Create a Culture of Strength: Resilience Engineering

As the saying goes, “The best defense is a good offense.” An adage true for both football and software development. When it comes to organizations protecting themselves against disruptions, the tendency is to bulk up post-disaster, rather than move on the offensive beforehand. In manufacturing terms, this can be in the form of an inventory […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Theory of Constraints

Addressing the Theory of Constraints with DevOps

The body of knowledge referred to as the “Theory of Constraints” was originally conceived by Israeli business management educator and philosopher, Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt. Goldratt articulated the concept in his 1984 book The Goal: a fictional business novel which follows plant manager Alex on his journey to improving systems management within the factory where […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Spotlight on Kubernetes

Spotlight on Kubernetes

It’s easy to overlook how young Kubernetes is in the world of containerization. Given its explosion in popularity, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the software is not even four years old yet. Those using the software are quite literally on the frontier of cutting-edge technology that is leaving other platforms in its wake. With […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe
Featured Image Designing Effective Microservices

Designing Effective Microservices

So, you’ve decided to write some microservices but you aren’t sure where to start? Great! You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll examine some of the key patterns and questions to keep in mind when designing and writing microservices. (Psst. If you’re not sure whether microservices are right for your project, or […]

Written by Caylent Team
Technical debt

Fight Through the Pain: How to Deal With Technical Debt

Is your team struggling to keep up with project deadlines and business realities? Have you found yourself shipping code under time pressures with the promise that, “I’ll sort it properly later.” Do you know deep down that the quick-and-dirty fix you recently implemented on a new feature won’t hold up to user demand? The problem […]

Written by Stefan Thorpe

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