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Steve Green

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Sonatype Release New Capabilities That Represent the World’s First Definitive Database and Coordinate System Capable of Precisely Identifying JavaScript Components and Versions

Posted by Steve Green on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 14:10 PM

Ranger4 partner, Sonatype, the leader in software supply chain automation, yesterday unveiled an updated version of the Nexus platform that provides modern development organizations with unmatched, precise intelligence about npm and JavaScript components so they can continuously deliver higher quality software through DevOps automation and scale.

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Topics: Security, Rugged DevOps, DevSecOps, Sonatype

Something Very Special is Happening at Computacenter. Check Them Out!

Posted by Steve Green on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 17:09 PM

DevOps is here and there really is no rest for the wicked!

Just returning (sat at Geneva airport) from a very enjoyable and useful 2 days with Computacenter’s e-gaming team. Their 6th annual e-gaming seminar was held in Gibraltar and was attended by over 40 of the world’s smartest e-gaming organisations.

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The New DevOps Guerrilla Army

Posted by Steve Green on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 14:07 PM

So we are here again. Business people who question the stuff that is presented to us. Requests for funding for projects we don’t understand and therefore don’t/can’t support. Things that don’t help answer our questions which are: how do we sell more? How do we sell to people we couldn’t sell to before? How do we reduce our costs? How do we manage the rules of the game?

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Getting to the DevOps Loop

Posted by Steve Green on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 14:07 PM

Do you wear sandals to work? Own a satchel, have a beard, call yourself a hipster? If you are a “Suit”, as our more far-out technical colleagues might think of us... this is for you.

So what is this devops thing all about? We are in business to do the best job we can for our shareholders and that’s it. We manage things and people and change. I am writing this mini blogette because it seems to me that those in the know have inadvertently forgotten about us. It might be useful, it might not be, but to be honest at least I will have got it off my chest. I see the business benefits of devops with our clients every day. Large organisations who would, on the face of it, who should, on the face of it, have this licked – it's that important. The reason why devops is gaining unparalleled levels of interest and this year's investment is because it builds shareholder value. As an industry, as experts, your advisors and partners fail to address the reasons why you should look at devops… well, to put it more accurately, it's been too easy to stay in the technical realm by talking in techno speak to techno people about techno things. Not a business case in sight. If you are tired of being presented with requests for investment that are based on the premise that you somehow understand the mysteries that everyone else seems to understand but without the years of 'doing' what that developers, test managers, service managers and the rest have, then I hope this explanation of why it's important will be useful. If you have read this far I reckon it will.

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Topics: DevOps, DevOps Loop

IBM Acquires StrongLoop to Help Developers Create APIs for a New Wave of Digital Transformation in the Cloud

Posted by Steve Green on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 18:09 PM

Today’s leading companies are transforming digitally, creating deeper client engagement with mobile, IoT and web applications. By creating application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect these apps to enterprise data and services, you can create a richer and more personalized client experience.

That’s why IBM acquired StrongLoop, whose Node.js solutions are quickly becoming the standard for developing APIs and microservices - increasingly essential for successful DevOps automations. With StrongLoop, you can easily connect front-end applications with back-end systems through APIs in an open hybrid cloud environment.

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Topics: IBM, IBM Premier Partner

Serving Up Application and Infrastructure Visibility For Kraft Foods

Posted by Steve Green on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 16:07 PM

Kraft Foods is a powerhouse food and beverage company that is home to some of the world’s iconic brands including Planters, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer, Cracker Barrel, Maxwell House, Jell-O, and of course, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The company boasts annual sales of $18+ billion, and its brands are found in 98% of North American households. Kraft’s flagship consumer website, KraftRecipes.com, attracts 40,967,289 during their peak months, and during the holiday season, their typical visitor tally jumps by 30 to 40 percent. High availability and performance are top priorities, especially during peak holiday seasons.

Key Benefits:

  • Unprecedented visibility into root causes of slowdowns and outages
  • A "single source of truth" in a multi-vendor environment
  • Rapid problem resolution
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Topics: APM, Appdynamics, Case Story

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Migrating Applications to the Cloud

Posted by Steve Green on Fri, May 1, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

As a relatively new business, at Ranger4 we've had the luxury of being able to build our core systems infrastructure using Cloud and SAAS solutions - Salesforce.com, HubSpot, managed email services, Googledrive... We can write great apps, provision ourself some space in the cloud, and hello world, here we are ready to service your needs.

For the rest of the world, however, life is often not quite so straightforward. The vast majority of our customers have history: their infrastructures have evolved over many years, heterogenous, legacy environments exist and complex integrations have been built over time. There is one rather intimidating process standing between these companies and the benefits of the cloud: migration.

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Topics: Cloud

Test Factory Gives AppDynamics an A+ For Managing Performance of Cloud Apps

Posted by Steve Green on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

New Relic Dropped for AppDynamics; Test Factory gains substantial performance improvements, real-time issue resolution, and significant cost savings

The Test Factory, the UK-based online assessment solution provider has achieved significant performance improvements across its application infrastructure following deployment of the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform. In both its production and staging environments, The Test Factory is able to identify bottlenecks, bugs, and performance issues with AppDynamics that eluded its prior performance monitoring solution, and is able to achieve “unbelievably faster” fixes.

“There are some issues we would spend weeks and weeks trying to solve using all sorts of logs we had,” says Paul Fleming, solutions architect at The Test Factory. “AppDynamics gives us a direct picture of where the problem is happening straight away.”

The Test Factory runs a number of websites to deliver its customized online assessments to the education and corporate entities, and it relies heavily on Microsoft Azure for its cloud application infrastructure. Debugging and diagnostics in the Azure environment was “very, very tricky” according to Fleming, until AppDynamics was deployed. Setting up AppDynamics for Azure was virtually effortless, with minimal configuration. And with AppDynamics in place, those cloud monitoring problems have largely been eliminated.

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Topics: APM, Case Story

Fox News Move to Application Performance Monitoring

Posted by Steve Green on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Fox News is one of the largest news websites in the United States with up to a billion page views every month. New content is constantly being uploaded to its content management system (CMS) and delivered on the website via Fox's delivery system. In addition, Fox News provides an API that feeds content to other websites for distribution of its content.

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Topics: APM, Appdynamics, Case Story

Ranger4 Wins 2015 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding DevOps Solution

Posted by Steve Green on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 22:02 PM

IBM Beacon Awards recognize select Business Partners for delivering advanced cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social solutions

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Topics: DevOpstastic, DevOps, DevOps Awards