Automated systems configuration and provisioning is a hallmark of a comparatively 'mature' DevOps environment today. Whether systems are physical or virtual, affordable/open source tools now exist that make configuration management a real possibility, even for smaller organizations.
A few weeks ago, we had a potential customer explain to Eric our sales guy why he didn't think he needed our software. I ended up chiming in to validate his logic: his company had evolved past the need for our Bitlancer Strings cloud automation software.
Many companies today make use of a MySQL database as an integral part of their business operations. Yet, these same companies do not utilize a simple, but powerful feature of MySQL: database replication. We see clients avoiding the use of replication all too often, and it's worth understanding that setting up MySQL replication isn't all that complicated.
Even though Cloud Computing has been around for several years, 2013 is shaping up to be the 'Year of the Cloud'.
Are you more likely to take the toll road when you have EZ-Pass or Fast Lane? Are you more likely to splurge on that steak dinner when you've got the plastic credit card to pay with instead of hard-earned cash? Cloud computing is the credit card of the 21st Century - on demand resources, on demand gratification, and worst of all, on demand spending.