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307, 2019

IT Automation and the Dishwasher

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You might ask what does IT automation and the dishwasher have in common?  Both are/were designed to make our lives easier and give us more free time to do things we deem more important than “washing the dishes”.  A very short history lesson on the dishwasher reveals that the first patent was awarded to Joel Houghton in about 1850 only problem was it didn’t really work. Then Josephine Cochran [...]

1306, 2019

RPA / Automation – Why didn’t we think of this before?

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RPA / Workload Automation is a totally new field for me. I’ve always been on the network infrastructure side. I’ve configured routers and switches and installed VOIP phone systems countless times. I’ve created MPLS networks and spent more than half of my career measuring the performance of these creations with network management tools, some of which I helped to create. The funny thing is, never once did we really [...]

205, 2019

Workload Automation – Cloudy with a Chance of Consultants

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APIs. Application PROGRAMMING Interfaces. Someone needs to Program, aka write code, aka develop, aka “build the software” to interconnect the APIs of the various systems we want to interconnect and also implement the business logic. Who is going to do that? How long is it going to take? How much is it going to cost? Unfortunately, more often than not the answers to these questions are: We don’t know, [...]

1504, 2019

The Promise of Software Defined

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We often say that Software Defined Infrastructure - whether that be Software Defined Networking, Software Defined Infrastructure ( such as Virtualization, Containerization or Cloud) or even Software Defined Data Center - separates the control from the data plane. But maybe the true innovation is that in SDx, in general, we disconnect the software and hardware innovation life cycles. Software evolves much faster and allows for greater flexibility and speed [...]

204, 2019


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As the technology world continues to evolve, one area where there is a continual paradigm shift is in serverless computing. It used to be a large piece of "metal" would serve multiple functions (back in the mainframe days), and as servers evolved they became smaller and companies would be one for each "application" or "function". As time went on we started to virtualize these servers and the big thing in [...]

1903, 2019

How Important Are APIs?

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For those of you who do not know, API stands for Application Program Interface, which is a set of definitions, protocols, and tools for building software. To break it down one level further it is the interface that allows communication between various software components. One may wonder why this is so important, but as we continue the shift from a physical and network-centric way of thinking today to a [...]

503, 2019

Is Automation Here?

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As we continue to read in the news automation and AI are central to many new initiatives which companies are undergoing. Regardless of the industry, this conversation is happening over and over as organizations try to figure out the best path forward for them in order to give themselves a competitive advantage. But what does this really mean, what are customers trying to achieve with this new way [...]

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