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Is Open Source a True Technical Requirement?

What does it really mean to have “must be open source” as a requirement? It’s actually both a requirement and a constraint if you think about it. More than that, is it really a true “requirement”? Let me lead with the fact that I advocate strongly for the use of open source platforms for a number of reasons. This is …

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Turning Grey Matter into RapidMatter

Today I spotted something on Twitter that caught my eye, and I clicked through the link because of a couple of reasons. First, I have done work with Rene Van Den Bedem (aka @VCDX133) though Virtual Design Master plus other community based activities, and secondly, because I love to geek out about Enterprise Architecture: Even before I read what Rene …

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Strength in understanding weakness

It seems like a backwards concept sometimes, but the greatest strength in anything is understanding the weaknesses of an environment. This can be something in life, in sport, and in what we want to talk about here, in technology. When doing business and systems analysis it is equally, if not more important to understand and document the limitations and challenges …

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Why VXLAN is Awesome, and Why it May Not Be

If you’re not already familiar with VXLAN, you should get to know it. VXLAN (acronym for Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network) is fast becoming the hottest new discussion item for Cloud service design. What is VXLAN? VXLAN technology overlays a virtualized Layer 2 on top of a Layer 3 network allowing the extension of Layer 2 traffic between physical segments. …