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​Peeling Back the Layers of the Cloud Security Onion I had the chance to sit down with Lee Slaughter, Skytap's Manager of Information Security, to discuss security in the cloud, the efforts that make up a thorough due diligence when choosing a cloud provider, and how to keep up with external and internal threats to your business. Noel: Last year, Charles Babcock wrote a piece for InformationWeek on the list of the top 9 worst cloud security threats that was put out by the Cloud Security Alliance. As I read through them, I noticed that the threats were predominantly related to malicious insiders and outsiders, data breaches, denial of service attacks, etc. One of the listed threats (#8) was "insufficient due diligence." That's...obviously a really important one. What are some of the ways that an organization looking for a cloud services provider can make sure they do ... (more)

Jez Humble on High IT Performance Bt @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

​No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT Performance It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fixes and releases are becoming a thing of the past, at least among “high performers” of the world. And as the complexity of software grows year after year, being able to accurately predict success may be the only way... (more)

The Ethics of Cloud Computing By @Skytap | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 3 ​​This is the final chapter in Seth Payne's three-part series. Click here to read Part One or Part Two. Where Do These Ethical Principles Come From? As I mentioned above, I find that understanding the "why" of moral and ethical behavior is just as important as knowing "what" moral behavior is expected.  For this reason, I will briefly outline the origins of the ethical principles I have outlined above. Broadly speaking, ethical and moral philosophy is dominated by two schools of thought.  On the one hand sit deontologists.  Deontology is th... (more)

​The Ethics of Cloud Computing | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Ethics of Cloud Computing Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either "in the cloud", "powered by the cloud", or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud offerings even though they have not changed in any substantive way since being first offered well over 15 years ago. This is to take nothing away from the significant technology shift cloud computing represents.  Without question, virtualization, storage services, and ev... (more)

DevOps Use on the Rise, But Confusion Remains By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Recent Surveys Show DevOps Use on the Rise, but Confusion Remains ​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, and I challenged myself to flush out any interesting findings or patterns that emerged from their collective research. Both reports were really well done, and I would recommend them to anyone looking to see if your organization is on t... (more)