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Microsoft Windows Azure in Australia

While the competition between enterprise grade cloud hosting platforms in Australia is rapidly on the rise it is being made increasingly difficult to know which offering is going to be best for you and your business. Now that Microsoft can offer their cloud computing platform ‘Windows Azure’ in this country as a competitive hosting environment against other industry giants such as Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and VMware vCloud Air it is worth looking into some of the key benefits they can offer over their rivals. Responding to the concerns of many Australian businesses and somethin...

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Infrastructure as Code

What is the job of operations and development? Most would say development builds systems and operations makes sure the environments are reliable and efficient. This creates a dichotomy as one the biggest causes of ‘breakage’ or unreliability in environments is the introduction of change, which is what required of the development teams. The other biggest cause is human error - ‘fat finger’ syndrome or just some other small mistake that has unintended consequences. However, as you may well understand, the job of both development and operations is to enable the business to achieve its goa...

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Recent DEVOPS Study by Nigel and Puppet Labs

At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in 2014 the community identified several problem areas with enterprise DevOps adoption we wanted more written guidance around, and one of them was around cultural and leadership aspects during transformation. The DevOps movement has been primarily driven by practitioners, which is why we’ve ended up with such success at the practice level. As success and awareness have risen, we’re now seen new challenges and questions around the path to success and applicability for larger organizations. Some have done this very well, others are struggling, and others yet h...

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Puppet Melbourne Camp – Diaxion a Sponsor

Diaxion is proud to be a sponsor at the up coming Puppet Camp Melbourne. Details: November 17 2015 39 S Wharf Promenade South Wharf Melbourne Look forward to seeing you there. Register today! ...

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Big Data Introduction

Intro Big Data has become one of the buzzwords of the last three years or so with Big Banks, Telco’s, Science/Research/Medical, Advertising/Marketing organisations seeming to lead the field in talking up the adoption. So what is Big Data? How is it being used? What’s available to make sense of it? This article will give some sense of what Big Data is and what it can do and what you might need. I will add another article in the future to look at some more specifics around uses and implementation. What is Big Data? So, what is Big Data? This is a bit...

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Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs recently released Puppet version 4, and has subsequently followed it up with Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. With this release, it’s an opportune time to look at Puppet, what it does, what’s new in this release, and whether it might be useful for your business. At its core, Puppet is a configuration management system. Systems administrators tell Puppet what the configuration of a host should be; Puppet then enforces that configuration, correcting and logging any configuration drift that might occur. In this way, configuring a large number of system packages identically across syst...

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Software defined storage vendors – a non-comprehensive overview

All software defined storage (SDS) is definitely not created equal; vendors have released a variety of software to create very different solutions with very different aims. This article will provide a short overview of some popular, established and new software companies. Nexenta (www.nexenta.com) is at one side of the spectrum with their flagship product NexentaStor, which allows customers to build their own array. NexentaStor will utilise commodity hardware such as 2 servers and disk shelves to provide the storage operati...

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Software defined storage (SDS), storage virtualisation & storage federation

One of the recent buzzword is "software defined". When it comes to storage what does it actually mean? In a similar way, while there is a clear benefit and a clear understanding of server virtualisation, what is actually "storage virtualisation"? To complicate things further, some vendors are now offering storage federation. This article will look beyond the marketing hype and will show some of the available options. The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has tried to define the attributes of software defined storage in April 2014 in their paper at the URL below and offers the m...

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Storage Gateways

Storage Gateways are physical or virtual devices that provide connectivity to cloud-based storage. While storage gateways are not essential for connection to the cloud, they can improve performance to cloud storage, increase reliability and resilience, reduce the bandwidth requirement by incorporating data reduction techniques like compression or deduplication and can add additional security features for cloud connectivity. Physical storage gateways contain internal storage capacity, which acts as another storage tier/cache, i.e. data that is more frequently accessed can be accessed locally o...

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