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Serverless Computing

The name alone “serverless computing” can generate excitement from Developers, System Administrators and Management. No more servers? Less overheads in managing infrastructure, less operational expenditure, perfect! Let’s start with what IS serverless computing. Serverless computing is the ability to run code or to execute functions using machine level resources without the responsibility of managing the servers that actually execute the code. The servers still exist, but the level of management and associated tasks such as capacity management is hidden from the serverless computing u...

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What is Business Architecture?

Over the last couple of years there has been quite a buzz around business architecture. There are courses on business architecture popping up all over the place. Some good and some not quite as good, like everything! We will be going back to some basics to understand what business architecture is (well my view) and how it can be used, why you need it and what the benefits are of having a business architecture. We will not be going too deep but give you enough to understand and be able to make some decisions, if necessary. The first one being, how can I get a business architecture? Well, ...

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About the Responsible Disclosure

For a while now, many companies and organisations have been trying to find a solution to counter the open bug bounty or to prevent the full disclosure of a security breach publicly. You may have already heard of the concept "Responsible Disclosure" which, takes the concept of “Full Disclosure” except this time, the discovery of the defect leaves time for the publisher to publish a patch. This process does not always run smoothly, as researchers usually want to warn the community of their discovery as quickly as possible and publishers often take a long time to propose a patch. During this ...

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CPU Design Flaw

A fundamental design flaw in modern CPU chips has forced a significant redesign of the way the Linux and Windows kernels interact with hardware. Named Meltdown and Spectre, these flaws affect all computer systems, both private computers and corporate systems, including those used in cloud infrastructures. Both these design flaws could expose access to ultra-sensitive information. Meltdown is currently only present in Intel x86-64 processors whilst Spectre touches all modern processors, whether they are AMD, Intel, or even ARM. Meltdown breaks the isolation between the memory used by the us...

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Diaxion Embarks on Consulting and Advisory partnership with Apptio

Diaxion Embarks on Consulting and Advisory partnership with Apptio to assist clients in managing their IT spend and Technology Business Management. Apptio supports the discipline of technology business management (TBM). Apptio provides its clients with an integrated Software as a Service capability that provides the necessary functions to help IT departments run like a business and make business decisions on the services they supply. The core basis of Apptio is to provide a clear cost basis of IT, allowing for services (cloud or not) to be billed or provide accurate cost consumption informa...

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Improve your network service delivery time & accuracy through NSO

Through our work on automated service delivery, our customer’s investment in automation is tempered by network provisioning times that are often too slow and prone to error. They’re looking for ways to improve deployment and management of networking services due to changes in expectations regarding the speed and flexibility of IT services. Often network service configuration relies heavily on manual configurations based on “runbooks” and Operational Support Systems (OSS) containing static and hard-coded content. The processes can become stale and outdated due to incremental process cha...

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Agile Project Management

In a fast paced world, speed to market is important. Traditional project management methodologies typically take a lot of time, effort and cost to plan and execute. With how fast technological improvements are being made, the end result, once deployed using a traditional project management approach, could see the technology being made redundant before it even reaches the release stage of a project. Agile gets around this by using an iterative release approach. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development, commonly known as the Agile Manifesto outlines the core values of Agile project manageme...

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Do I Still Need My Data Centres?

This should be a question that any corporation utilising large spaces of data centres can now ask themselves knowing that there is a more than suitable alternative solution. Large and complex overheads are always associated with data centres. Just getting a piece of hardware in, configured and online can sometimes take weeks or in some cases months. At some stage that hardware will need to be upgraded or replaced, which means more labour and paperwork. What happens when you need to expand and your allotted space is full? Even more complicated networking and hardware placement in a different ar...

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Rise of automation takes us back to software development fundamentals

With the rise of automation, and an increase in the use of "infrastructure as code", IT professionals responsible for systems management are increasingly exposed to new demands, and new risks. It's therefore worth going back to software development fundamentals, and consider the lessons that are applicable in this new world; even if you aren't doing full continuous integration/continuous deployment, there are plenty of basic rules that are still applicable. Development/testing environments It is absolutely critical that your company have multiple environments that developers can use...

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Automation/DevOps/Process Optimisation

Is your IT organisation expected to be more agile, enable DevOps and typically do “more with less”? Do you recognise a need to adopt process optimisation, automating those necessary tasks that add little, if any, business value? If so, you are not alone. In recent times, Diaxion has seen a major push to drive down IT infrastructure costs but at the same time increase flexibility, maintain governance, reduce delivery times and increase speed to market. As a result of the increased expectations, the IT infrastructure team is viewed as a business inhibitor rather than the enabler it nee...

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