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  • DevOps @ Rafter

    This article is part of the “DevOps War Stories” series. Each month we hear what DevOps brings to a different organisation, we learn what worked and what didn’t, and chart the challenges faced during adoption. In this issue Chris Williams explains how Rafter grew from one developer taking care of system administration tasks to a full-fledged DevOps team that supports the whole business.

  • Going Live: The Role of Development and Operations in Preparing and Deploying Software Packages

    A discussion of how Development, Operations and others can collaborate to prepare a good deployment package. minimizing the potential for error, improving clarity, and allowing for customization.

  • The Problem of Power Consumption in Servers

    Power consumption by servers is of increasing concern to business and IT management. This Intel article discusses the sources of power consumption as a function of server form factor and workload; power consumption of other components, power supplies and conversion, plus heat generation and cooling demands. How to estimate consumption and design factors affecting consumption are also covered.

  • Deploying JRuby applications with Java Web Start

    JRuby is built on Java - so it can make use of Java Web Start to make it easy to deploy JRuby apps. This article walks through the necessary steps for releasing a JRuby app with Java Web Start, including: how to handle signing, setting JRuby parameters and a look at using JRuby 1.1's coming AheadOfTime (AOT) compilation feature.

  • Book Excerpt and Review: Release It!

    'Release It!: Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software' by Michael Nygard, which is nominated for a 2008 Jolt Award, discusses what it takes to make production-ready software and explains how this differs from feature-complete software. InfoQ spoke with Nygard about the areas that the book covers and some questions around how the book's philosophy fits in with concepts such as Agile.

  • The Box: A Shortcut to finding Performance Bottlenecks

    Finding performance bottlenecks can be a difficult task and it can get even more difficult as our applications grow in size. The Box is a methodology tool that focuses us efforts to improve performance.If you want to be consistent and predictable, getting rid of the guessing is a must.

  • Eric Newcomer on the future of OSGi

    Eric Newcomer, co-chair of the OSGi Enterprise work group, talks about the evolution of OSGi and it's relationship to SOA and ESB. He discusses how he thinks OSGi will evolve over the coming years and whether or not it makes sense for Sun to adopt OSGi as the container model of choice."

  • Service Firewall Pattern

    How can you protect a service against detect malicious incoming messages and prevent information disclosure on outgoing messages? In this sample chapter from Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz' in-progress book SOA Patterns, Arnon explains how to use a Service Firewall to intercept incoming and outgoing messages and inspect them in a dedicated software component or hardware.

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