David Linthicum

Is it possible to automate all of cloud operations?

As I move from project to project, I’ve seen the latest trend is to leverage operational tools, such as AIops and security operations platforms to automate most of what it takes to proactively operate a cloud, hybrid cloud, or multicloud deployment. This means automating everything from routine management and monitoring to shutting down and starting …

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Finding shareable solution patterns in cloud architecture

You just completed the data architecture for the system supporting the manufacturing organization as part of a massively complex multicloud migration. You designed a unique approach to normalizing all databases and getting down to a single source of truth for all important data attributes, such as customer, invoice, product, etc. Feeling very proud of yourself, …

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What ‘cross-cloud’ architects need to know

When I hear people say, “I’m a cross-cloud architect,” I wonder what the heck they mean. I’m seeing an emerging pattern in the cloud computing space where enterprises are morphing from dealing with siloed public clouds a cloud at a time, to dealing with all clouds—including existing traditional systems—as strategic platforms. Or dealing with more …

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Don’t migrate your problems to the cloud

The cloud is typically a destination for systems needing to be modernized to take advantage of technologies such as AI, predictive analytics, or a hundred other cloud services. It’s typically cheaper, it can be allocated and changed in minutes, and the enterprises technology elites are spending most R&D dollars on the public cloud these days. …

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It's time to get more aggressive with Kubernetes

It’s no secret that the use of Kubernetes has been exploding for some time. VMware’s “State of Kubernetes 2020 Report” surveyed 247 individuals actively using Kubernetes. Most have large development teams, with 24% having more than 2,500 developers. The report indicates that development teams are still the primary decision-makers, at 38% for the use of …

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When not to use edge computing

Big companies such as General Electric, Siemens, and Robert Bosch are using edge computing technology to optimize production. Manufacturing is a large consumer of edge approaches and technology. Typically, these edge systems are powered by artificial intelligence (AI) systems that parse production data at the source of the data. This enables them to make instantaneous …

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Is cloud architecture binary or analog?

I’ve been in the world of enterprises architecture for years—as a practitioner, a technology builder, a thought leader, and a pundit. What I like about architecture, no matter if it’s traditional enterprise, cloud, edge, or other special-purpose systems, is that there are about 100 factorial ways to solve the same IT architecture problems. Creating the …

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