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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 Democracy. 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 Blockstack offers this proposed definition of Blockchain Identity: A blockchain identity (or blockchain ID) is a generic term used to refer to any identity on the blockchain. Users can have one blockchain identity or many and can register them just like one would register domain names or acco... (more)

Microservices – Cloud Architecture for Digital Businesses | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

Microservices - Cloud Architecture for Digital Businesses By Neil McEvoy In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populated by EMC, Oracle and VMware. Instead they are moving to ‘web scale IT’ via on demand rental of containers, commodity hardware and NoSQL databases, but critically it’s not just about swapping out the infrastructure components. ... (more)

Autonomic Computing and @Docker | @DevOpsSummit #AI #APM #DevOps

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 Autonomic Computing. 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 Micr... (more)

Ultra Lean Government – Open source best practices and the Cloud

Image by opensourceway via Flickr Last week the USA Federal Government held their second Cloud Computing workshop, to help advance uptake of the technologies through ongoing maturity of Cloud open standards and best practices. To maximize the success there is a call out for more use cases, more examples of how the technology can be successfully adopted so that others may replicate this. This highlights the ideal role of Cloud technologies as an enabler of ‘Open sourcing best practices’. These use cases can be encoded as repeatable Cloud modules, and shared globally. Efficiency... (more)

Big Data PaaS – Reference Architecture for Big Data Cloud Computing

Our next seminar is scheduled for April 24th in New York City, with a headline theme of Big Data Cloud Computing. Specifically the agenda will be how to build a Big Data PaaS – Platform as a Service. This combines the NIST Cloud model for the middleware stack with the corporate agenda to master the swathes of structured and unstructured content they wrestle with. An initial reference architecture for this is described in the Canada Health Infoway cloud strategy document, read more here. Our event will act as a forum to develop and build on this to define a detailed best practic... (more)