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Infrastructure Automation Platforms: Coopetition At Its Fiercest

Chris Gardner August 7, 2019
Why Infrastructure Automation? I used to kid around with my research director, Glenn O’Donnell, that my previous Forrester Wave™ evaluation on configuration management was the “Wave no vendor wanted to be in.” The term, while valid, is old. Further, configuration management is one part of a larger infrastructure automation story. This led to an interesting […]
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Hybrid By Design Versus Hybrid By Accident

Chris Gardner September 24, 2017
As a veteran of enterprise IT, there’s a difference between “hybrid by design” and “hybrid by accident.” Let’s be frank: you are probably doing hybrid by accident – just about everybody is. Hybrid by accident is: Integrating public cloud with on-premises tech without standardizing on a common infrastructure-as-code practice Shadow IT cloud “experiments” that suddenly […]
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Configuration Management and the CMDB: An Updated Take

Charles Betz September 1, 2017
I get a lot of inquiries from I&O pros on configuration management. It’s a broad topic. Tools such as Chef and Puppet solve configuration management problems: what is the intended state of a given resource? There’s general agreement that this form of configuration management is essential. However, my inquiries also cover the Configuration Management Database […]
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