The Top DevOps Influencers and Blogs to Follow 

As it becomes a more widely adopted concept among businesses, DevOps is a hot topic across the web. Countless articles, events, and resources exist on the topic, as do a number of influential experts. We’ve decided to aggregate many of these resources and names for you DevOps professionals — we hope you find them helpful […]

These Data Centers are at the Center of the Cloud 

Microsoft Quincy Data Center

You can access a larger version here. People thought that our previous post on this topic was helpful, so we wanted to provide some more insight. We have been looking into the physical side of the cloud– the data centers that Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others use to host the infrastructure that powers our applications. […]

Cassandra Performance Benchmark: AWS, Google Compute Engine, Rackspace Cloud 

Cassandra price-to-performance comparison - Amazon Web Services (AWS) vs Google Compute Engine vs Rackspace

We created a benchmark to measure the price vs performance of public cloud providers using Apache Cassandra. By utilizing Cassandra, we are able to demonstrate how a real-world distributed application performs in each cloud provider’s environment. The workload we ran against each Cassandra cluster was primarily focused on testing CPU and network. Other workloads, such […]

Overview of Public Cloud Regions 

I frequently find myself Googling around to try to figure out which public providers have facilities in a particular region. I finally created a document to keep track. I’ll share it here in the hope that it is helpful to others.

Holiday shopping guide: Public cloud for SaaS companies (GigaOM) 

Features. Elasticity. Reliability. Price/Performance. Support. Community. These are what SaaS companies look for in a public cloud solution, and different public cloud providers fulfill these wishes to different degrees. Earlier this week, I wrote an article for GigaOM helping SaaS companies pick their public cloud provider from the big three of Amazon, Google and Rackspace. […]

Understanding CPU Steal – An Experiment 

Recently at Stackdriver, we wanted to understand the metric of “CPU steal”.  We knew that it was a relatively recent addition to the Unix method of tracking CPU usage, and we knew that it was introduced with the growing use of virtualization.  We wanted to understand the metric better to so that we could provide […]

Teaching an Old Developer New DevOps Tricks – DevOpsDays NYC Presentation 

Last week, I had the privilege of sharing a short ignite talk at DevOps Days NYC (  The talk described my experiences of transitioning from an enterprise software engineering role into an organization that operates in a manner more influenced by the DevOps movement.  The talk also includes a call for the DevOps community to […]

A New Era: Five Things To Look For in a Cloud Monitoring Solution 

Five things you need your cloud monitoring solution to provide

We have been working with several enterprise customers lately who are in the process of building out OpenStack-powered private clouds.  They all have massive legacy environments that are virtualized via VMware. These companies take advantage of the mature management tools provided by their favorite two- or three-letter acronym vendor such as HP, IBM, BMC, EMC, […]

The top five cloud stories for the week of August 30 

This week in the cloud, Rackspace expands its regions, the leadership of Amazon Web Services, how to avoid failures when an AWS outage occurs, Google Cloud’s new feature, and AWS’ contract with the government. Rackspace Hybrid Cloud Expands Regions, Counters Amazon Web Services – Talkin Cloud Rackspace now counts five global regions: Dallas, Chicago, Northern […]

Google updates its Cloud Storage: a new threat to AWS? 

In the face of Amazon’s dominance and Microsoft Azure’s recent media love, Google continues to develop and add features to Google Cloud Platform. Last Monday the company announced three new features: Object Lifecycle Management, Regional Buckets and Automatic Parallel Composite uploads. These new features allow Google Cloud Platform users to manage their objects, access them […]