Running cloud-based always-on systems is inherently complex. Microsoft recently experienced a 5 hour outage with Visual Studio Online, rendering their service unusable to developers. Microsoft's Brian Harry has provided a candid retrospective on what went wrong and how his team his correcting the failure.
John Willis, one of the leading lights of the DevOps community, addressed the "State Of The 'DevOps' Union" at DevOpsDays Amsterdam. He started by mentioning the findings of the 2014 State of DevOps Report, went on to discuss Software Defined Everything and asserted that the future will be built around "consumable composable infrastructure".
More than anything else, architectural choices matter when designing a system with high scalability and availability. Using Azure customers as an example, Microsoft talks about the patterns and anti-patterns they see with their Azure customers and how it affects the four facets of system architecture.
The patterns & practices group at Microsoft have released a guide with solutions and patterns suitable when implementing cloud-hosted applications. The guide contains ten guidance topics together with 24 design patterns targeting eight categories of problems covering common areas in cloud application development. Also included are ten sample applications to demonstrate the usage these patterns.
It's one thing having an in-house training program. But there is a certain deeper insight that can be gained from attending a Q-Con conference in person. Which may be one reason why attendance at the globe-hopping event continues to grow.
On each day of the 3-day conference at the inviting environs offered at the Hyatt there was a jam-packed schedule of speakers, exhibits and activities that made for some difficult decisions as to which tracks and what happening to attend.
A keynote presentation by Adrian Cockroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix, describes the Netflix "Cloud Native" architecture and the trade-off between the Utopia of perfection versus the new engineering challenge of building highly agile and highly available services from ephemeral and often broken components.
Developed by MS Open Tech, a subsidiary of Microsoft, ActorFx intends to offer a “non-prescriptive, language-independent model of dynamic distributed objects.”