Hybrid Cloud — Welcome Back, “Heterogeneous” IT

Since the dawn of the client server age we’ve been working on finding ways to treat the rack mounted server the same way we used to treat a mainframe, with some caveats; Like a mainframe we’re trying to make the server useful for more than one application, so that we’re more efficient with costs and resources. The caveat vs a mainframe is that if you were running a mainframe from Tandem, you weren’t going to be sharing applications between it and an IBM.

Liar Liar Pants on Fire. The Broken Promises of the Cloud

The promise of the cloud is what initially captured my attention and affections. The promise of freedom (No more vendor lock-in! Portability!). The promise of flexibility (Rapidly scale applications in real time!). The promise that I could do all of this without sacrificing security or control. Essentially, the cloud was promising a better way of doing things. And, to some extent, the cloud delivered. But not in the way it was promised or in the way I expected. Once I was in the trenches, I realized that there was a huge gap between the promises and the reality.

“Why Nano-Segmentation Matters” and Other Apcera Meetups

Here at Apcera we care deeply about sharing our passion for innovation with the local community and beyond. One of the ways that we like to get involved is by hosting meetups at our headquarters in SoMa San Francisco. Some of the upcoming meetups we’re hosting include:

Software Circus - Tuesday, August 9th @ 5:30pm

Containers 101 - Wednesday, August 17th @ 5:30pm

Running the Top Docker Images on Apcera

The Docker Hub Registry contains many unique workloads such as Linux distributions like Debian and CentOS or popular databases like MySQL and MongoDB or other software like NGINX and ElasticSearch. The Apcera Platform supports workloads built as Docker images as first-class citizens of the platform. To demonstrate this claim, I will put the platform to the test by running today’s most popular images from the Docker Hub Registry with Apcera's Community Edition.

Mounting AWS EFS volumes inside Docker Containers

Amazon announced the development of the Amazon Elastic File System (AWS EFS) in 2015. EFS was designed to provide multiple EC2 instances with shared, low-latency access to a fully-managed file system. On June 28, 2016 Amazon announced that EFS is now available for production use in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions.

Docker in Production with the Trusted Cloud Platform

Docker containers are all the rage these days. These containers offer the speed and flexibility that developers crave, which is why the Docker Hub has received over 2 billion pulls since 2013!

While the hype is well-deserved, Docker containers are used more in test/dev environments—not in production. Why is this?

The Big and the Small of IoT

The world of the Internet of Things (IoT) is commonly described within a swirl of superlatives: ”billions of devices,” “brand new business models,” “the destruction of business as we know it,” and the list goes on. Such a technological revolution seems too big to be tamed. So how is a cloud platform developer to approach and assimilate such a beast?

Our customers have posed this same question to us here at Apcera. Interestingly, some of these customers already have pretty specific desires or “proof points” in mind as they approach the whole concept of purpose-built IoT.