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InfoQ eMag: Cloud Automation and Management


Cloud computing is a transformational capability for organizations that want elastic pools of resources at a global scale. However, this elasticity comes at a cost. All of a sudden, developers find cracks in their applications that worked fine in a local data center, but struggle to work in scaled out cloud environments. System administrators who manage a known pool of long-lived, on-premises compute resources are faced with globally distributed infrastructure that is created (and destroyed!) on demand.

This new reality means that we must pay special attention to issues of scale. In this eMag, we curated a series of articles that look at automation in the cloud and management at scale. We spoke with leading practitioners who have practical, hands-on experience building efficient scalable solutions that run successfully in the cloud. 

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Contents of the Cloud Automation and Management eMag include: 

  • Exploring the ENTIRE DevOps Toolchain for (Cloud) Teams -When assessing technology that empowers a DevOps transformation, it’s easy to focus in on the headline capabilities (“configuration management!”) and miss out on the bigger picture. How can teams shipping cloud (or on-premises) applications use the full suite of DevOps technologies to simplify delivery and management at scale? This article classifies and explains key enabling technologies.
  • A Pragmatic Approach to Scaling Security in the Cloud - Security. Cloud. Two words that are almost always together but rarely happily. Read on to learn why that isn’t the case and what you need to known about securing your critical infrastructure in the cloud.
  • Lessons on Cloud Management at Scale: An Interview With Randy Skopecek - How do real organizations handle the management of a cloud portfolio? InfoQ reached out to Randy Skopecek, the lead applications architect for a midsize insurance firm, to find out more about operating at cloud scale. Running in the cloud after leaving their local data center, Randy and team learned some lessons about what really matters, and how to plan for management at scale.
  • The Top Automation Tools for Public Cloud at Scale - As more organizations expand their use of public cloud services, from early-stage startups to the biggest businesses and governments in the world, the problems of cloud computing at scale start to arise.
  • Preparing for Scale: InfoQ Virtual Roundtable with Cloud Practitioners - How should organizations plan for a cloud environment and optimize it for efficiency at scale? InfoQ reached out to 3 leading cloud practitioners to uncover practical advice on this topic. Each panelist has dealt with the sometimes-messy transition from on-premises to cloud, and coached organizations through their journey.

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