The Most Common Single Point of Failure in a Data Center

The Most Common Single Point of Failure in a Data Center

After over twenty years of working with customers in their data centers, I’ve seen virtually every piece of critical hardware be configured in some sort of redundant fashion to protect against item failure. Storage usually has some sort of erasure coding, servers are...
Components of a Valuable IT Workshop

Components of a Valuable IT Workshop

Facilitated workshops are typically a powerful approach to solving problems, but not necessarily the end-all solution itself which can be broad and complex. Getting everyone in the same room (either in person or virtually) to characterize the current state, make...
The Most Common Single Point of Failure in a Data Center

The Downside to Reliability

So many things in our life are reliable, that it can be very easy to take their presence and continued service for granted. I was starkly reminded of this a few weeks ago when, within the span of one week, the plumbing drain stack in my house failed, our daycare...
Components of a Valuable IT Workshop

FedRAMP Container Security

On March 16, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) released supplemental requirements for vulnerability scanning of containers. FedRAMP provides a standardized approach to security assessments for cloud offerings for all federal agencies....
Components of a Valuable IT Workshop

Understanding Kubernetes Architecture

In my previous blog posts, I’ve been talking about containers themselves quite a bit and touched on orchestration (how containers are managed). Let’s now dive a bit into Kubernetes and discuss what’s inside that black box called a Kubernetes Cluster. This will...
Components of a Valuable IT Workshop

Comparing VMs and Containers

In my last post, we described Virtual Machines (VM’s) and containers using real-world analogies of houses and apartments. In this post, we’ll continue to reference those analogies, but dive deeper into the technical differences in order to understand the advantages...

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