Containers as a Platform for Autonomic Computing
By Neil McEvoy
An overall theme of cloud computing and the specific practices within it is
fundamentally one of automation. The core value of technology is to
continually automate low level procedures to free up people to work on more
value add activities, ultimately leading to the utopian goal of full
For example a great way to define your plan for DevOps tool chain adoption is
through this lens. In this TechTarget article they outline a simple maturity
model for planning this.
Self-Aware Containers and Microservices
As we start to examine the principle applied to the Cloud Native field of
containers and microservices this begins to highlight some tremendously
powerful ideas and vendor innovations.
One in particular that seemed particularly challenging to me is the concept
of self-contained micr... (more)
Internet of Things: Bigger than Your Average Smart TV
Scott Sparvero, CEO and Co-founder, iland
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been one of the most prominent IT buzz words
of 2015. Whether you are talking about thermostats you can set before you get
home, beacons wirelessly suggesting items to buy in your high street clothing
store or wearable gadgets like the Apple Watch, IoT is more than just hype.
It’s here to stay if consumers have anything to say about it.
However, there is a lot more to IoT than first meets the eye; it is much
deeper and has the potential to affect much mo... (more)
NFV Microservices - Architecture for Next Generation Digital Service
By Neil McEvoy
Telcos embarking on a journey to adopt and exploit the NFV trend face a big
challenge of existing legacy complexity, and a key message I have been
marketing is that there already are best practices that can be reused from
the Enterprise sector, especially from leading ‘digital natives' like
Netflix and Linkedin.
NTT Communications is a great example of this, employing the same
‘toolchain' of DevOps apps like Github, Ansible, Docker and Jenkins to do
exactly that, better automate their ... (more)
As the Microsoft Azure CTO explains microservices represents a major
inflection point for the IT industry - An Application Revolution Powered by
the Cloud. They themselves are pioneering the approach through new products
like ‘Cognitive Microservices‘.
My personal opinion is that they can be defined as the next major milestone
in software engineering ever since, well software was invented and run on
mainframes, they are that much of a landmark. They will re-write the agenda
of software practices across corporations right through university
One critical aspect of cou... (more)
Blockchain Identity - Keystone Foundation for Digital Democracy and Society
By Neil McEvoy
As good Venn diagrams always show it's the intersection areas that offer the
sweet spot for trends and markets, and an especially potent one is the
intersection of Cloud computing, with the blockchain and also digital
identity, particularly when considered within contexts such as Digital
Given the diversity of each field alone there are multiple perspectives to
this, more the start of a conversation rather than a definitive design.
Identity and the Blockchain Cloud
For example Bl... (more)