Author Archives: Gary Donovan

The Monolithic to Microservices Conundrum Roundup

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One of the sessions on microservices which has been doing the rounds the last week was a talk by ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons at QCon in London. The overall message behind Parsons’ talk was that whilst adopting microservices has become extremely popular, it needs to be approached with caution. The talk explores the relationship between evolutionary architecture and continuous delivery and ...

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Amazon Turns up to The Machine Learning Camp Fire with Huge Bellows

Amazon Turns up to The Machine Learning Camp Fire with Huge Bellows

To date, most serious machine learning tools and efforts have been assembled around internal bespoke systems which have to make sense of insane amounts of unstructured data. Now Amazon has unleashed Amazon Machine Learning, leveraging it vast resources which will integrate with it’s present suite of products and console. Amazon is creating value once again by delivering a product which takes ...

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Docker for Node.js and Puppet’s Chocolatey, DevOps News Digest

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InformationWeek reported this week that the next release of Windows Server will feature Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers that run with Docker functionality and that further details on the release will be specified at the annual Build Developers Conference in San Francisco later in April. As Developers have been washed away by the Docker phenomenon, Microsoft has also donated ...

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The Week in Machine Learning – 11th April 2015

The Week in Machine Learning – 11th April 2015

Jeff Heaton’s Kickstarter campaign to write the third book in his series on Artificial Intelligence for Humans came to the end of it’s funding period last week, having raised a lot more than the $2,500 target. Volume 3 presents Deep Belief and Neural Networks – follow Jeff on Twitter to keep up to date on progress, support Jeff in his ...

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Deep Learning for Dummies, Carey Nachenberg

Deep Learning for Dummies, Carey Nachenberg

Stanford University Computer Systems Colloquium hold live talks throughout the academic year which are open to the public and last Tuesday saw Carey Nachenberg of Symantec and UCLA CS as guest speaker presenting to an audience of mixed backgrounds and levels of experience with ‘Deep Learning for Dummies’. The aim of the talk was to give a high level idea ...

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How Spotify does Continuous Delivery with Docker and Helios

How Spotify does Continuous Delivery with Docker and Helios

Credit to the organisers of DevCon in Tel Aviv last month for a speakers line up which included Evgeny Goldin of Spotify in Berlin who described his journey with Spotify, how they do continuous integration with Docker and their own open source tool Helios, the orchestration tool for deploying and managing containers across multiple servers. Prior to Docker’s suite of zero to Docker orchestration ...

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Using SaltStack to Orchestrate Microservices & App Containers Like Docker – SaltConf2015

Using SaltStack to Orchestrate Microservices & App Containers Like Docker – SaltConf2015

Salt Lake City based configuration management software provider SaltStack enjoyed it’s annual conference in Salt Lake City recently with a packed agenda and talks from both SaltStackers and Engineers from the wider community giving different perspectives on how SaltStack is used in different environments and set ups. Whilst many tools address specific aspects of infrastructure and application control, SaltStack was created ...

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A Feast of Machine Learning Talks in New York City

A Feast of Machine Learning Talks in New York City

Last week saw the New York City instalment of MLConf 2015 in a day which was bursting with insightful talks from respected experts who are at the leading edge of the commercial application of machine learning techniques, delivering more than fifteen sessions over the event. Corinna Cortes, Head of Research at Google kicked off the day with ‘Finding Structured Data ...

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Chef Announces Continuous Delivery Product at ChefConf 2015

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As organisations inject continuous delivery practices to tidy up production pipelines to efficient delivery, Chef has crystallised all the behavioural information from planet DevOps and announced at ChefConf this week the launch of their new product, Chef Delivery. Currently the product is invite only. Chef is aiming to land grab the regions outside of it’s automation platform which look after all ...

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Bringing the Lessons of Node.js Down to The Database with RethinkDB – Josh Kuhn

Bringing the Lessons of Node.js Down to The Database with RethinkDB – Josh Kuhn

RethinkDB is an open source distributed database, based on Node’s streaming model, built to store JSON documents and scale to multiple servers. Josh Kuhn gave this talk at Geekdom in San Francisco outlining how Rethink allows you to scale queries and make replication easy in the real time web environment. Rethink started out by addressing some of the performance shortcomings ...

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