Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Dell/EMC & Intel - Spectre & Meltdown - WHAT AN ABSOLUTE MESS!!!

Spectre & Meltdown - What a mess, what an absolute nightmare from a customer perspective - especially those enterprises that already spend a lifetime patching - and then have to suffer this stop/start message that their key vendors are giving...

It's an absolute disgrace.... and then there is the bit that really baits me.... Dell/EMC have DC's and test rigs coming out of their ears - with ability to generate workload and give feedback on stability, reliability and performance...

Do we get an meaningful impact at all - NOT AT ALL

At this point there are a few advisories, not detail and a hey - go give this thing a go, make sure your following good security practice and deploy carefully...

Dell / EMC - What the hell are you upto?? Where is your valued customer assistance.... Yesssss deploy it..Oh crap no... Dont deploy patch, oh yes you can now... Crap again - stop firmware has issues

Why are you not taking these patches, validating in your awesome labs of awesomeness and looking after your 1000's of customers and buffering them at least from intel... yes Intel - i know its your faults - but i dont buy my server compute farms from you - i buy them from a value add partner but oops where is the value add

And then i get onto my big big rant - all these nice integrated shiny appliances - where you are paying for the pre-integration, validation of build stack - where i expect even more to have valid tested build packs supplied in a timely manner that keep me safe... Think VxRack, VxRail, Isilon, VxBlock etc etc again - its the same horrendous mess

Do you not think its time to grab these approaches by the scruff of the neck - and (a) give decent information (b) help us through these minefields and (c) guide us as to when we should / should not deploy..

A rant from Frustrated in Surrey

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Cloud & Cloud Ops - Is the enterprise ready

It still surprises me when you hear about enterprise org's and they want to do cloud, the infra guys are pushing it, the dev guys want it, the business "need it" and everyone talks agile, scrums, cool phrases - but i still dont think the magnitude of what is being discussed has really sunk in...

The roles of whom does what changes drastically when you try and go to this new shiny model - and folks really need to understand what happens when you become a product owner....

Product owner - the clue is in the name - you own the product, the finished article, all the bits that make that product work, soup to nuts - ITS YOURS!

You are responsible for application architecture, you are responsible for thinking about resilience, implementing security controls, performance, monitoring, functional and non-functional requirements, scale out, scale up, authentication, logging, compliance, compliance reporting, audit - yep the whole bloody lot.... You wanted control - well now you have it!!!

So - What do the cloud ops do then - well.. They get the components available ready for you - for sure, they ensure there are features available within those components, they ensure that they can make it consumable, you feed features into them (not app) and they will go find the components that can achieve that - or tell you that you cant have it). These CloudOps dudes / dudettes may even help you architect your app to a level - probably by telling you what the cloud infra stuff cant do...

What the cloud ops DONT do is the more interesting part tho...

So Dear Product owner (that wanted this shiny cloud stuff for their app):
Cloud Ops are
- Not responsible for your performance
- Not responsible for DR
- Not responsible for BCP
- Dont respond to audit for you
- Dont measure YOUR compliance
- Dont sort logging

Upshot - the pieces of the puzzle (that were typically handled by the heritage infrastructure guys) that make up capability are made available to you as product owner- but its your job to stitch them together, layer your app on them and ensure you have architected it together properly.

In this new world - there is no central infrastructure group to fix bits - that is the role of the product owner!

If you have built your cloud aware app - have had an issue and are about to ring up an infrastructure guy to help with a DR failover or ask her / him to make it resilient for you - then your probably not ready for the cloud world!

Hey - there you go - my penny's worth.... Have a cool day

I'm gonna finish my scrambled eggs on toast and cup of rosy lee!


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