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An Exclusive DevOps Interview with Qubell

Qubell Co-Founder and CTO Stan Klimoff Addresses the Wide World of DevOps

Qubell CTO: "IT Should Be Fluid, Service-Oriented, JIT"

Qubell is staking out its territory in DevOps, with a collection of components, connectors and starter kits that are "self-deployable composite applications and blueprints that showcase a complete technical solution to a common business problem," in the words of the company.

Starter kits include the Java Pet Clinic, a sample Spring application; the Oracle ATG Sandbox, described as the fastest way to develop ATG/Endeca applications; Behavioral Analytics, a Hadoop-based ecommerce recommendation engine; and Broadleaf eCommerce, a Java-based platform with SolrCloud.

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We posed a few questions for Qubell founder and CTO Stan Klimoff (pictured below), and this is what he had to say:

DevOps Journal: Qubell is a relatively new company, having been founded in June 2013. Please describe the company's mission for our audience.

Stan Klimoff: Well, if I were to describe it in broad strokes, our mission is to remove the friction between the businesses and the information technology that serves them.

We believe that future IT should be fluid, service-oriented and just-in-time. Qubell was created to enable that vision.

Today, the technology is often locked within IT departments and remains largely inaccessible to its consumers. Think about all the times you needed to wait on a support ticket or to call in a change review board just to unblock your project. There are valid reasons for that-compliance, skills,
processes, culture. However, we believe that there is a better way of managing technology, that does not incur unnecessary overhead.

DevOps Journal: And the background that led to this mission?

Stan: Our background is in grid and utility computing, the kind of environments where the technology should be accessible to the ever-changing requirements of scientists and mathematicians.

Not so long ago, only largest institutions could afford investing into that kind of platforms. Today, technology is being democratized on an ever-increasing pace. Being able to receive infrastructure and support as needed, with zero turnaround time, is no longer a luxury item.

DevOps Journal: You take a broad approach to such things as language, platform, environment, etc. What sorts of complexity do you expect to find in your customer base?

Stan: We did a lot of service engagements in this space before starting Qubell. If there is anything common in the technology stack of our customers, it's the somber fact that no two are alike.

You might have a solution that covers eighty percent of their technology base, but if you cannot build a bridge to the remaining twenty, you are just creating yet another silo. This is why we designed our product as an open system.

DevOps Journal: And by open, you mean...

Stan: People often confuse "open" with "open-source," and we are not providing a open-source product-we are providing a software service.
Open for us is being able to bridge a gap between a cutting-edge node.js environment and a legacy mainframe. Open is being able to integrate your favorite server management framework. Open is being able to integrate with in-house inventory system and use it for server provisioning as if it was a cloud account.

Simply put, open is being transparent and playing nice with the rest of the ecosystem. This is both a strategic advantage and a part of our culture.

This is why we're saying: bring your languages, bring your legacy platforms, bring your existing tools-we will treat and respect them as first-class citizens.

DevOps Journal:
DevOps seems inevitable to any company that needs to keep an innovative edge in a competitive market. That said, to what degree do you think enterprises are and will be embracing DevOps, versus trying to resist and maintain the old ways of developing apps and functionality?

Stan: Personally, I do not think that there will be a strong resistance to DevOps as a brand.

Yet once DevOps becomes a trendy name, there will be vendors that would claim to give you "DevOps" for a small price, with no effort from your side. There will be enterprises that will implement a single practice, or buy a certain product and then claim that they now do "DevOps."

We've already seen that happen with "Agile." But how many enterprise-agile teams do you know that are actually cross-functional, including ops, and have user champions as an integral part of the team? If that was the case, we would not need the DevOps movement today.

DevOps Journal: So the trend to DevOps is strong.

Stan: I believe that the market will give preference to the companies that adopt DevOps practices, since they do make the companies more efficient, raise the quality bar and, surprisingly, also make the company in question a more pleasant environment to work in.

The need to go DevOps is not new, strictly speaking, but only recently we've reached the point where we have a stable technology foundation that enables us doing that.

I explore some of the drivers behind DevOps in one of my recent blog posts.

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DevOps: Disruptive but Essential in a Cloud Computing Universe

The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.

The DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo--to be held November 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley--will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of enterprise IT professionals put out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is significantly increased, and DevOps practitioners report more software releases and higher quality.

DevOps Summit content doubled from a single track in New York to two simultaneous tracks: "Dev" Developer Focus and "Ops" Operations Focus.

Join DevOps Summit Chair Andi Mann and Host Alan Shimel, November 4-6 for three days of intense DevOps discussion and focus.

We'll see you in Santa Clara! See you in November!

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@DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley (November 4-6, 2014, Santa Clara, CA)
@DevOPsSummit New York (June 9-11, 2015, New York, NY)

DevOps Summit New York 2015 Call for Papers Now Open

Call for Papers will remain open through December 31, 2014. DevOps Summit New York 2015 will take place June 9-11, at the Javits Center, in New York City. Tracks and topics for DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo are listed below. Submit your speaking proposals here DevOps Summit Call for Papers

  • Application delivery
  • ROI and business value
  • Site reliability
  • Continuous delivery
  • Kanban, Scrum, and Agile
  • Continuous integration
  • Release scalability
  • Continuous release
  • Service virtualization
  • Operational monitoring
  • Capacity management
  • Load testing
  • Quality assurance
  • Manager and exec support
  • Release automation
  • Cultural change
  • Breaking down IT silos
  • Cloud development
  • Cloud platforms
  • Test automation
  • Teaming
  • Application security
  • API management
  • Identity and access
  • Audit and control
  • DevOps and ITIL, ISO, Six Sigma, COBIT
  • Mobile DevOps
  • DevOps for legacy systems
  • Software-defined servers
  • Network automation
  • Server automation
  • Configuration automation
  • Continuous support
  • DevOps anti-patterns
  • Enterprise DevOps
  • DevOps system architecture
  • IT orchestration
  • Containerization
  • DevOps skills and training
  • WebOps, CloudOps, ChatOps, NoOps
  • Change management

Video Highlights From DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo New York

While there are many ways to define DevOps, the goal of the concept is to be able to deliver IT solutions faster, leveraging several technology tools to add value for business. Cloud companies have demonstrated how they can manage massive pools of IT infrastructure, giving the developer a very flexible resource pool that they can leverage and IT is eager to do the same.


Is DevOps Really Changing How IT Is Working?

In this Power Panel at 2nd DevOps Summit moderated by Cloud Expo Tech Chair Larry Carvalho, Bernard Golden, VP, Strategy at ActiveState; Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies; John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement at Stateless Networks; Randy Bias, Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling; and Vasu Sankhavaram, Chief Strategist of DevOps and Cross Portfolio Architecture Alignment within HP Software, discuss this movement that is delivering frictionless IT to the enterprise.


DevOps and Security

From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises - and delivering real results. In this DevOps Summit Power Panel (http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com/) on June 9 at our New York City studio, moderated by Andi Mann, DevOps Summit conference chair and VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks; JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient, Inc.; Vanessa Alvarez, Cloud Expo Conference Chair and Marketing Team at Amazon; and Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat; discussed how security needs to be embraced and brought into the DevOps movement.


Is DevOps Changing Enterprise IT?

Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. In this DevOps Summit Power Panel on June 9 at our New York City studio, moderated by Andi Mann, DevOps Summit conference chair and VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, JP Morgenthal, Director of Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient, Inc., Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat; Larry Carvalho, Cloud Expo Tech Chair and Research Manager & Lead Analyst, Platform as a Service at IDC; and John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks; discussed how DevOps is changing the way IT works, how businesses interact with customers, and how organizations are buying, building, and delivering software.

Schedule for 15th @CloudExpo, @BigDataExpo and @ThingsExpo

Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?

What is the future of security in the cloud?

Does Docker quickly advance the development of an IoT application?

What are the implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop deployments?

Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 15th Cloud Expo, November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The Cloud ExpoBig Data Expo@ThingsExpoDevOps Summitprograms are now available for you to inspect and investigate in advance.

Our upcoming November 4-6 event in Santa Clara, California will present a total of 10 simultaneous tracks by an all-star faculty, over three days, plus a two-day "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" presented by Janakiram MSV, an Analyst with the Gigaom Research analyst network, where he covers the Cloud Services landscape.

Cloud and Big Data topics and tracks include: Enterprise Cloud AdoptionAPM & Cloud Computing | Hot TopicsCloud APIs & BusinessCloud Security | MobilityBig Data | Analytics.

@ThingsExpo content tripled from a single track in New York to three simultaneous tracks: Consumer IoTEnterprise IoTIoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence.

Schedule for Cloud Expo / Big Data Expo / @ThingsExpo ▸ Here

Now that we have published the full conference schedule, please check back for daily updates as we finalize new session abstracts by working with our distinguished faculty members. For your questions please contact us at events (at) sys-con.com. Last but not least we will announce our keynotes on the hottest subjects to be delivered by world-class speakers!

The largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world has announced "sponsorship opportunities" and "call for papers."

The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 7,000 plus delegates attending over three days.

@ThingsExpo is co-located with 15th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2014, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities for @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley and New York Are Now Available
Sponsors and exhibitors of Internet of @DevOpsSummit will benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities through:

  • Featured on-site presentation and ongoing on-demand webcast exposure to a captive audience of industry decision-makers.
  • Showcase exhibition during our new extended dedicated expo hours
  • Breakout Session Priority scheduling for sponsors that have been guaranteed a 35-minute technical session
  • Online advertising in SYS-CON's i-Technology publications
  • Capitalize on our comprehensive marketing efforts leading up to the show with print mailings, e-newsletters and extensive online media coverage.
  • Unprecedented PR Coverage: Editorial coverage on IoT.sys-con.com, Tweets to our 75,000 plus followers, press releases sent on major wire services to over 500 combined analysts and press members who attended Internet of @ThingsExpo - making it the best-covered "Internet of Things" conference in the world

For more information on sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities contact Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021. Book both events for additional savings!

@DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley (November 4-6, 2014, Santa Clara, CA)
@DevOPsSummit New York (June 9-11, 2015, New York, NY)

Secure Your VIP Pass to Attend @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley
DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo announced today a limited time free "Expo Plus" registration option. The onsite registration price of $600 will be set to 'free' for delegates who register during special offer period.

To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the coupon code and secure their registration to attend all keynotes and general sessions, as well as a limited number of technical sessions each day of the show, in addition to full access to the expo floor.

The registration page is located here.


@ThingsExpo New York 2015 'Call for Papers' Now Open
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York announces that its 'Call for Papers' is now open. The event will feature a world class, all-star faculty with the hottest IoT topics covered in three distinct tracks.

 

 

 

Track 1 - Consumer IoT and Wearables: Smart Appliances, Wearables, Smart Cars, Smartphones 2.0, Smart Travel, Personal Fitness, Health Care, Personalized Marketing, Customized Shopping, Personal Finance, The Digital Divide, Mobile Cash & Markets, Games & the IoT, The Future of Education, Virtual Reality

Track 2 - Enterprise IoT: The Business Case for IoT, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, The Smart Home, M2M, Authentication/Security, Wiring the IoT, The Internet of Everything, Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT, Agriculture, Transportation, Manufacturing, Local & State Government, Federal Government

Track 3 -  Developer IoT: WebRTC, Eclipse Foundation, Cloud Foundry, Docker & Linux Containers, Node-Red, Open Source Hardware, Leveraging SOA, Multi-Cloud IoT, Evolving Standards, WebSockets, Security & Privacy Protocols, GPS & Proximity Services, Bluetooth/RFID/etc., XMPP, Nest Labs


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Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is the Internet of Things: Submit your speaking proposal today here!

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Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair

Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.

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About SYS-CON Media & Events
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) has since 1994 been connecting technology companies and customers through a comprehensive content stream - featuring over forty focused subject areas, from Cloud Computing to Web Security - interwoven with market-leading full-scale conferences produced by SYS-CON Events. The company's internationally recognized brands include among othersCloud Expo® (CloudComputingExpo.com@CloudExpo), Big Data Expo (BigDataExpo.net@BigDataExpo), DevOps Summit (DevOpsSummit.sys-con.com@DevOpsSummit),  Internet of @ThingsExpo (ThingsExpo.com@ThingsExpo) and Cloud Computing Bootcamp (CloudComputingBootcamp.com).

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More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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