Traditionally we have seen developers writing applications and ITOps managing and monitoring those applications in production. Though engineers on both sides don’t like to step on each others toes, one side is dependent on the other for running those applications in production with near zero downtime. Both have to coordinate with each other regarding capacity planning, easily comprehensible log messages and horizontal and vertical scalability of an application in production.
Quick! Which is cheaper? The public cloud or on-premises infrastructure?
Not so fast. Before you scoff and say “Public cloud, naturally,” you might want to hear what Mark Thiele, Apcera’s Chief Strategy Officer, recently had to say on the subject.
IT organizations face a dilemma: focus on innovation (while introducing risk) or focus on security (while stifling innovation). It seems that most companies haven’t found a way to have their cake and eat it too.
Last week we published an article that explored data from a survey we conducted at the end of last year. The focus of that article was whether or not cultural alignment is hurting innovation for IT orgs. The responses from the 120 developers and 121 ITOps professionals we surveyed definitely highlight an apparent lack of alignment between the teams.
Developers and ITOps are wired differently. Developers care about speed and agility while ITOps focuses on stability and security. In theory, these concepts aren’t mutually exclusive; however, in practice it’s a different story. The tension between these teams is well-documented, and it’s detrimental to the business to operate without alignment within the IT organization.
To create alignment, you first have to understand the root cause of the tension—and understand it from the perspective of developers and ITOps. And that’s what we did.
2015 is being billed by many in the industry as the "Year of the Hybrid Cloud". If your company isn’t already implementing a hybrid cloud strategy, you’re probably considering how you can best leverage your on-premise infrastructure and public cloud offerings to cut costs and improve agility.