Considerations for a Multi-Cloud Journey

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Can you package your apps for durable portability? - image source: author

These corona-times have accelerated many organization’s cloud adoption journeys. This also includes some organizations trying to adopt another cloud. In fact, many organizations already are multi-cloud entities. For example, if the organization is using AWS for workloads, but Microsoft Office365 for business productivity, it is technically a multi-cloud organization(sole-proprietorship to transnational). However, most people colloquially use the phrase multi-cloud when an organization is using several providers to run business workloads — most often, several IaaS providers. Even though many organizations have stumbled into becoming multi-cloud entities via a merger/acquisition; this article focuses on organizations implicitly choosing to become multi-cloud.

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When you need Security at WebScale

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Photo by Martin Adams on Unsplash

Achieving a technology-enabled business nirvana is a goal of a cloud adoption (cloud migration, digital transformation, digital modernization, IT modernization, whatever buzz phrase you like). This is an end state where an organization has achieved some aspirational business agility where any competitor can be challenged and adapt to the marketplace in near-real-time — securely! Dear reader, close your eyes and imagine such a moment in time. Imagine that global webscale infrastructure of thousands of microservices. Imagine thousands of transactions per second in all time zones. Now imagine your current organization keeping the lights on at web-scale. …


Don’t just work from home when you can work anywhere.

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View from Beach Tent Door. image by author

With memorial day behind us, it is now summertime. It is time to be out and about and enjoying ourselves. Well, in these corona-times you might not want to be surrounded by the hoards of your fellow man. It is good to stay in and have some self-reflection time. I have enjoyed this confinement. I have worked from home for the better part of a decade.

Ergo, I am not suffering from cabin fever. I do however have a secret. A secret that I have just come to terms with sharing with the rest of the world. …


Data Loss Prevention in the cloud and on devices

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Photo by Kai Wenzel on Unsplash

Let’s start with the disclaimers. I have been using AWS since 2010, I have worked in places that use G Suite, and I also pay for my own Enterprise G Suite. I am writing this on a previous model year Chromebook, and I love Spinnaker on GKE. Lastly, I have created production Pivotal environments on Azure. However, I count my AWS experience in production as several times more robust than Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Hell, I remember that day in 2011 when Cloud Formation became real. …


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Perfect waters to snorkel or scuba dive in. Photo by Nicholas Parks on Unsplash

You obtained your Padi Open Water or Advanced dive certification — how do you stop skill atrophy? For some people living near some coastlines, you have more opportunities to keep your skills current. However, every coastline is different. For example, there may not be a dive shop nearby or you might not have the ability to rent diving gear. I live in Suffolk County, New York. Yes, that is on Long Island, and yes there are places to dive. However, I like tropical water. I like the plentiful and colorful sea life. I like tropical water (oh, I said that…


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There are many blog posts, MBA thesis papers, and major media stories describing how retailers need to adapt to the new digital landscape. I am not going retread that existing trail of text on the matter. That path is paved and as wide as I-10 west on the way to Katy Texas. I am communicating with my technologist associates regarding how we should assist in the survivability of retail entities. I understand in the age of “killer apps” (do people even say that now?) that tangible (IE have store fronts) retail entities are not sexy. Perhaps the only “cool” technology…


Today’s software practitioners have heard the phrases Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Deployment routinely and often abbreviated as CI/CD. I will not rehash what these are because reams of text already exist. Someone even bothered to create a website on the subject. I do remember being first exposed to CI/CD concepts while working at HP (yes, I said HP). A coworker introduced me to Cruise Control and Hudson more than a decade ago (at HP of all places). It was awesome. It was awesome because of the amount of consistency (among other intangibles) it provided to a really small…

Nicholas Parks

Technologist | Researcher | This is where I brain dump | https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasjparks/

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