Study: The Tech Transformation of the Financial Times

Earlier this year as part of the preparation for my new book “The Cloud Native Attitude” I interviewed a lot of expert practitioners to find out what they had tried, struggled with and achieved. Over the next 2 weeks I’m going to publish those interview write-ups. They are also in the book, which is currently … Continued

It’s The Productivity, Stupid

Since March I have been interviewing enterprises, vendors and pundits about Cloud Native for my ebook, “The Cloud Native Attitude”, which came out last week and is currently available as a free download. In August, The New Stack very kindly ran an excerpt from my book, which was about distributed systems, aka microservices. In it … Continued

NEW! The Cloud Native Attitude Mini-Book

Introduction to This Blog In April this year, our CEO Jamie Dobson, CTO Pini Reznik and I were sitting around drinking Yorkshire tea and talking about how unclear the phrase “Cloud Native” was. What did it even mean? Did it just mean in the cloud? Was it a synonym for distributed systems? I suggested a … Continued

Securing Microservices with Docker from Adrian Mouat – Part 2

Last week, Adrian Mouat, Docker captain & author of “Using Docker” gave a webinar on using Docker to secure your microservice containers. The webinar was a teaser for a 2 day training session by Adrian and Sam Newman (author of “Building Microservices” in Amsterdam on the 31 July and London on the 30 August. I’ll … Continued

Securing Microservices with Docker from Adrian Mouat – Part 1

Last week, the excellent Adrian Mouat, Docker captain & author of “Using Docker” gave a webinar on how to use Docker to secure your microservice containers. The webinar was a teaser for a 2 day training session by Adrian and Sam Newman (author of “Building Microservices”) in Amsterdam on the 31 July and London on the … Continued

Securing Microservices by Sam Newman

This is a write up of the excellent webinar on securing microservices given by Sam Newman, author of “Building Microservices” last week. The webinar was a teaser for a new 2-day course from Sam and Adrian Mouat (author of “Using Docker”) and Container Solutions that debuts this month in Amsterdam. Pretty much all the clever … Continued

Microservices. What’s Really Going On?

As part of my investigation into all things Microservice and Cloud Nativish I’ve been interviewing folk and have bags of interesting case studies and observations to share. The first interview I’m going to talk about is the closest to home – Container Solutions (CS), which was formed in 2014 to provide specialist analysis and engineering … Continued

5 Mindbending Microservice Dilemmas

Dilemma 1 – Does Size Matter? A question I often hear asked is “how many microservices should I have?” or “how big should a microservice be?” So, what is better, 10 microservices or 300? 300! If the main motivation for Cloud Native is deploying code faster then presumably the smaller the microservice the better. Small … Continued

Going Cloud Native – Where to Even Start?

  So far in this blog series on Cloud Native we’ve said a lot of nice things about it being an effective approach, but “fine words butter no parsnips”, as we used to say in the 17th century. Cool tech is not much use unless we can practically apply the concepts. So in this post we’re … Continued

The Cloud Native 101 Cribsheet

For the past few weeks we’ve been posting a blog series on Cloud Native, which in true tech style has been bunged full of buzzwords. We’ve tried to explain them as we went along but probably poorly so let’s step back and review them with a quick Cloud Native Glossary. Container Image – A package … Continued