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OpenStack by the Numbers: Welcome Kilo!

As April 30th arrived, so did the next named release of OpenStack. Kilo is the 11th official release of OpenStack since its inception in 2010. Born of the with great hopes and minds at Rackspace and NASA, the widely known open cloud ecosystem continues to gain steam, awareness, and sometimes a little bit of criticism. Whether you’re using OpenStack today …

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Managed Clouds and Why SMB Customers Don’t Chase Unicorns

If we look at the economy and distribution of wealth, we can see that there are some interesting statistics about what many call the 1%. Stretch a little further into the top 10% and you will find what they refer to as the champagne glass effect. In other words, the top percentile of earners have a disproportionate percentage of the …

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How Bon Jovi Taught Me How to Adapt to the Cloud

When we talk about the shift towards cloud architecture, there are many folks who get worried about what we are saying. One thing to note as we have these discussions is that the shift towards cloud has been happening for some time, and will continue to happen. It isn’t an overnight thing, so you shouldn’t imagine that you have to …

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Meet Your New Systems Administrator: Paul Issee

We have been evolving our data center operations throughout the years. As we come from centralized to decentralized, from mainframe to distributed, and from physical to virtualized deployments, the one thing that has had to be the most adaptive is the ever valuable Systems Administrator. So, as we head into the next generation of the SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) …