Zabbix- A Simpler way of Monitoring

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Sherin Shahanas | Comments(5)

Today, applications have evolved from standalone to the client-server model and ultimately to the cloud-based elastic application. Application performance can directly affect a business, hurting the revenue as customer struggle to complete the process. It’s always been difficult to see what’s going on inside the system. And doing so has become an essential part. Having a good monitoring tool will help us to understand the system status and determine when they are behaving normally and when they are behaving abnormally. When something goes wrong, the tool alerts quickly and then we can act on it and fix it without affecting customers. Zabbix is a well-known tool to do that for you. Why do we need Application Monitoring? Information gathering Large application produces a humongous number of data that should be monitored and analyzed for the performance and improvement of product and thereby better business. Around the clock monitoring Humans will never be able to monitor each server 24 X 7. But it is very crucial that any unexpected incident on the servers should be notified and act on it immediately. Pre-emptive Alerting Monitoring tool is an invisible team member who will alert you about unexpected things in the system. What

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Preparing for Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect Certification (AWS Architect Certification)

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(21)

AWS has launched a comprehensive AWS certification program. Lack of Certification from AWS was an issue in the AWS ecosystem, so the certification program is really exciting. I registered for the exam straight away and gave the exam today (05/08/2013). I am glad to say I cleared the exam for AWS Certified Solutions Architecture, and I am sharing my experiences. Types of AWS Certification Under the AWS certification program AWS will provide three kinds of Certifications: AWS Certified Solutions Architect AWS Certified SysOps Administrator AWS Certified Developer                       Under each of these different verticals AWS will have three different levels in future: 1) Associate, 2) Professional, and 3) Master. For now, AWS has only offered the AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification and only for Associate level. AWS says that the rest of the certifications are coming later. Update: Since the initial blog post, Amazon now has released all the above three certification in associate level. Also Professional Level Exam is now launched for Solutions Architect and DevOps. For more information on Masters courses, please click on respective links. What does AWS Solutions Architect Certification consists of? According to AWS: “Earning an AWS Certified

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TOP 5 Cloud Predictions for 2014

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

    Cloud market is just getting hotter and more unpredictable. There is a lot of momentum in the Enterprise as well as startup space. Below are my top cloud predictions for 2014. 1. Intel will announce Public Cloud offering This first prediction is a bold one. But imagine you are senior management at Intel, and you realize that only a handful of giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft are now buying a good chunk of your CPUs. Rather than buying CPUs most companies are now directly using cloud services provided by public cloud companies. Imagine the leverage these three has over Intel. If Amazon, Google and Microsoft collectively decide to move to their entire cloud infrastructure to AMD, what will happen to Intel stock? Surely Intel is realizing that cloud is where computing’s future lies; a future were companies will no longer buy a bulk of CPUs directly. Intel has quietly acquired a lot of companies to enable them to venture into public cloud. As cloud offers traditional IT infrastructure like storage, network and computation platform as APIs, it is mandatory for a cloud computing company to be good at developing and maintaining APIs. Intel bought Mashery, which specialized in

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Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant comparison from 2010 and 2013

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(2)

  I am sure anyone interested in Cloud Computing will have seen the Gartner Iaas Magic Quadrant by this time. What was interesting to me was comparing the 2010 quadrant to 2013 quadrant. Check the quadrants below.         Few things to note: AWS was still the biggest player in 2010, but in 2013 its almost untouchable. It is THE company with completeness of vision that matches ability to execute. There is no denying that any CIO or senior management moving to cloud and going with anything else but AWS will have to seriously justify their decision. IBM has been relegated to a niche player. Even smaller players are bypassing this giant. If I were IBM top management, I would be very worried. Until now IBM has been able to get big corporations due to its reputation, but as AWS is making more inroads into Fortune 500 companies, IBM will have a horrid time. IBM acquired SoftLayer to boost its cloud credentials, but even that company is not that high in Gartner charts. It will be interesting to see if IBM can SoftLayer can make their combined offering better, or if they will again be relegated to niche

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Career opportunities in Cloud Computing and Big Data

Posted on August 14, 2013 by CloudThat | Comments(0)

“The global analytics market is expected to reach $25 billion by 2015 and the global cloud market is expected to be ~$675 billion by 2020. Indian IT players need to capitalize on its already well established IT/BPM market presence by increasing their services portfolio beyond the typical IT offerings.” Social, Mobile, Analytics & Cloud – The Game Changers for the Indian IT Industry June 2013 – Dinodia Capital Advisors. Organizations have realized the importance of Big Data and are now looking for ways of gleaning insights from it that will be to their advantage. The large quantity, velocity and the diversity of this data has given rise to the need for Data scientists who are trained and have the ability to analyze data that is available at this magnitude. Cloud Computing on the other hand utilizes the internet to provide software and hardware capacities to businesses through third party vendors. Services involving the Cloud offer to reduce cost, complexity and save time. Players in the IT sector are seriously looking towards offering their services through the cloud as a result of the continuous and growing deployment of businesses on the cloud. This has created opportunities for firms and individuals who

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Hyderabad based Get Cloud Ready acquired by Aditi Technologies

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

  Jankiram MSV is a popular figure in the Indian AWS ecosystem. He started “Get Cloud Ready”, and provides cloud consulting under that brand. Recent news is that his company is acquired by Aditi Technologies which specialize in providing resources for short and long term contract positions at Microsoft and other such tech companies in USA. Their website also states that they are betting big time into Cloud now. The acquisition clearly signals that there is a great demand for Cloud (AWS/Azure/etc.) knowledge and expertise in the world market and a lot of companies are either trying to acquire employees with knowledge of AWS or are scrambling to buy companies that has history of providing consulting in Cloud. This gives us at CloudThat one more data-point to something we already knew – that market in Cloud is just starting to get hot. More info here:  

Intel is getting ready to join the cloud computing race?

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

I have long said publicly that Intel will have to enter the public cloud market. The reasons are quite simple. There was a time when majority of the hardware was bought by individuals, or smaller and medium size companies. As these entities had limited bargaining power, Intel was able to get high margin for their hardware products. Enter the Cloud players like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google, Rackspace, etc. Now small and medium size companies no longer buy a lot of hardware, but mostly use virtual machines from Public Cloud players. These Public Cloud companies in turn buys large amount of hardware in bulk and thus has a huge amount of bargaining power. Imagine the threat to Intel, if Amazon AWS tomorrow announces that it will start using AMD hardware and will slowly move to all AMD datacenters. I am sure it will not only put a big dent in Intel stock prices, but other Cloud provides might move in that direction too. Not a good scenario for Intel. Even without this, a world in which a big chunk of Intel hardware is sold to a selected few Public Cloud Providers who has huge leverage is not a comfortable

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Big Data Career Opportunities

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

  Big Data is the buzzword in the Indian IT industry at the moment. But is there any essence behind this hype? I often get asked about career opportunities in Big Data field and so I though I will write this blog to give my views. The first career option with big data is to become a Big Data Analyst. This is the most sought after job, and also for companies its hardest to find people for this position. For landing this kind of a job you will require three basic skillsets: The first skillset required is the Fundamental knowledge of what is Big Data and the associated technologies like Hadoop, HDFS, Hive, Pig, etc. You will also be required to have hands-on experience with these technologies. The company that hires you will expect that you look at the datasets that the company has and figure the best way to store and process the datasets so that analytics can be ran on it.The company might also have traditional data warehousing solutions that they might expect you to move to Big Data technologies. (If you are lacking in this field, our course “Processing Big Data with Apache Hadoop” is a perfect way

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VMware Cloud offerings plans to take on AWS and other Cloud Services

Posted on March 23, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

VMware is the market leader in virtualization, but a forgotten name in Cloud. Famously the CEO said something in the essence that he is not worried about public cloud, but public clouds not running VMware. And that makes sense. AWS, the largest Public Cloud player, uses Citrix Zen and not VMware. Also a hoard of other Public Cloud provider like Rackspace and Linode uses Xen. Google uses Kernel-based Virtual Machine as hypervisor and Microsoft uses their own homegrown hyper-V. Thus you can see the none of the major Cloud players are on VMware technology, and that is surely worrying sign for VMware. VMware now plan to launch two Cloud services to compete with growing influence of AWS and other Cloud provides. VMware did a press release and explained their plan. The plan is to empower the VMware partners to create private/hybrid/public cloud using VMware products and to lure the vCloud users into using their Public Cloud offering. The company talks about two concrete offerings in the Cloud space: 1) VMware NSX VMware said they will release a product called VMware NSX that will be a network virtualization product that will work seamlessly with VMware and non-VMware hypervisors and cloud management systems. This will help VMware clients with better

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How to use AWS EC2 AMI Copy Feature

Posted on March 22, 2013 by Bhavesh Goswami | Comments(0)

Until now it was a bit difficult to have the same EC2 AMI copied into multiple regions. AWS recently released the feature to be able to copy your AMI across regions. This is a big step in deploying scalable application that exists across multiple regions. I recommend anybody deploying any production application anywhere should copy their AMIs into multiple regions. This gives you ability to quickly launch your application in another region, when primary region is having difficulties. Of course you will need to also make sure databases are migrated, but we will talk about that some other time. Below is a brief tutorial on how to use this feature. AWS has really made it really simple. Go to and go to the EC2 section of the console. Select the region you AMI is currently in. Go to “AMIs” and select the AMI to be copied. Click on “Copy AMI” as shown below.     From the window that opens, select the region from the drop-down menu where you want to copy the AMI to.     Select “Copy AMI”.   And thats it. Within a short time the AMI will be available in the new region. Now you

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