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Getting Granular with Microservices, PaaS, Twelve Factor Apps and Docker There's fog coming to the world of IT. Some people are calling this "The Cloud." This fog turns everything inside out. It will take your monolithic applications, the guts of which are contained within large bodies of code, and break them apart so that discrete units of functionality are contained within their own process, exposed through an interface for others to see. Complexity is moving from the inside of a few large processes to the outside of many smaller processes. People are rightly scared when they see that this fog, this "Cloud," will soon engulf their IT organization. Some of those that has been exposed to the fog, have embraced it, have applied good design practices and seen its real benefits. These people are singing its praise and telling others, "Don't fear the fog, but be prepar... (more)

Wasted IT Resources

David Rubinstein's post "Industry Watch: Be resilient as you PaaS" makes a very good point about underutilized hardware in IT data-centers. Millions of enterprise workloads remain in data centers, where servers are 30% to 40% underutilized, and that's if they're virtualized. If not, they're only using 5% to 7% of capacity. The reason for this? Take, for example, servers that are spun up for a project two years ago that were never decommissioned, just sitting there, waiting for a new workload that will never come. And, because the costs of blades and racks went down, cheap hardwa... (more)