Sysdig Converges Monitoring and Security

Joep Piscaer heard from Sysdig at Cloud Field Day this past spring. In this post, he uses that presentation to consider how we evaluate application health, and how Sysdig helps companies solve the cloud-native visibility gap.


The Unconscious Choice for Multi-Cloud

Ownership of application and cloud architecture is constantly shifting and is becoming a shared responsibility of business, operations, developers, architects, and security. If you don’t guide the process of cloud consumption within your organization, you’ll end up with a disjointed multi-cloud. In other words: many different disconnected islands, each with incomplete, badly implemented, unaudited security and compliance standards. Joep Piscaer digs into the details in this piece.


Is VMware Project Pacific ‘Kubernetes Done Right’ for the Enterprise?

Joep Piscaer got details about VMware’s Project Pacific at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019. This is VMware’s effort to re-architect ESXi and vCenter to natively use the Kubernetes APIs to drive platform operations. After hearing the details Joep is definitely excited for the new solution, as its far more than a simple bolt on to add a Kubernetes checkbox. This is a major recognition on the part of VMware where they were lacking, and shows a clear technical roadmap how they can take the lead in managing Kubernetes like they have with VMs.


Sysdig Solves the Instrumentation Problem Using eBPF

Sysdig presented for the first time at Cloud Field Day this past spring. Joep Piscaer was one of the delegates at the event and got to hear about the company’s solutions at length. In this piece, he looks at how Sysdig solves the problem of getting packet-level telemetry from containersnwithout accessing the underlying network stack. They do this using kernel-native instrumentation via eBPF to capture system calls and other OS events from containers, without having to create additional containers in the process. For Joep, that’s a key consideration.


How Datrium ControlShift Uses VMware Cloud on AWS for Cloud-Native Disaster Recovery

In this post, Joep Piscaer digs into Datrium’s ControlShift cloud-native disaster recovery solution. He previously heard from Datrium on this in detail at Cloud Field Day this spring. What makes ControlShift stand out for DR is the ability to cold start a recovery from the cloud. He runs through various recovery destinations and scenarios in the piece. Overall, he found it a very well thought out product.


How Datrium Deploys ControlShift Into the Cloud

Datrium returned to Field Day with a presentation at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. Joep Piscaer was one of the delegates at the event, and in this piece looks at the company’s Disaster Recovery runbook automation engine for virtualized workloads called ControlShift. Joep was impressed by how Datrium deploys the solution and reviews how to set up ControlShift in a customer AWS account.


LightStep: application performance management for the new stack

For Joep Piscaer, seeing LightStep [x]PM at Cloud Field Day this month at first seemed pretty routine. It seemed to be a run of the mill, if functional, Application Performance Management tool. But after watching their presentation, it becomes clear that [x]PM is different. It’s built by a team that knows how to deal with extremes of scale and concurrency from Google, but with the vision that most organizations don’t need to operate at a Google level of scale. In a world obscured by microservices, [x]PM offers something unique, a tool that tells a coherent story on transactions across the distribution and concurrency, abstracting away those complexities and surfacing the right information and insights.


SoftNAS helps solve legacy app and data inertia

Joep Piscaer defends SoftNAS after their recent Cloud Field Day presentation. He commends their work using older technology and understanding how the cloud benefits the average consumer using that older technology. SoftNAS doesn’t see the cloud as a collection of highly-integrated platform services, but simply as a datacenter as a service.


Hybrid cloud platforms look to liberate VMware, Azure tie-in

In this piece, Cloud Field Day delegate Tim Crawford was quoted on what he saw on Rovius Cloud from Accelerite at the event. Tim find the solution, which is built on the former CloudStack platform, easier to use and manage compared to OpenStack.


Accelerite salvages good tech from bad execution: A CloudPlatform story

Joep Piscaer reviews how Accelerite acquired CloudStack and turned it into a key component to their overall cloud offering. This includes Rovius, their Managed CloudPlatform offering, with CloudPlatform serving as a Apache CloudStack based Cloud Orchestration platform in a box. Joep thinks it’s an interesting approach to acquire yesterday’s tech and applying it successfully to today’s problems.


Nirmata is the cross-cloud orchestrator of orchestrators

After Cloud Field Day, Joep Piscaer calls Nirmata the “cross cloud orchestrator of orchestrators,” describing their approach to cloud management as “clean, simple and well thought out.” He also compliments their application modeling feature which enables cross-cloud migrations and deployment saying that with the right engineering effort, it could become one of Nirmata’s truly differentiating features.


How Docker’s secure software supply chain is key for moving away from the VMware datacenter

Joep Piscaer attended a Tech Field Day Extra presentation from Docker at DockerCon, and got details on how the company is making it easier for enterprises to containerize legacy apps. Joep specifically focuses on software supply chain cycle facing enterprises. He reviews how Docker is removing friction in the supply chain decision making process, and thinks they are doing a better job than VMware.


Cisco MetaPod: Managed OpenStack for enterprisy enterprises

Cisco MetaPod: Managed OpenStack for enterprisy enterprises


Fighting ransomware with… Netwrix Auditor?

Fighting ransomware with… Netwrix Auditor?


Docker for proprietary enterprise software, really?

Docker for proprietary enterprise software, really?


The Power of Platform9: Managed Kubernetes

The Power of Platform9: Managed Kubernetes


Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges?

Can Platform9 solve fundamental OpenStack challenges?


A Platform9 architecture deep dive: is it still ‘simple’ OpenStack?

A Platform9 architecture deep dive: is it still ‘simple’ OpenStack?


Can Platform9 simplify OpenStack by making it invisible?

Can Platform9 simplify OpenStack by making it invisible?


CloudByte’s multi-tenancy enables vMotion-like storage flexibility

CloudByte’s multi-tenancy enables vMotion-like storage flexibility