The Value of Our HashiCorp SI and Resell Partnership

September 18, 2017 by

Today we are proud to announce that Nebulaworks has expanded our partnership with HashiCorp, officially joining their new Partner Program as a Member System Integrator and Premier Reseller. This is an important move for our company as well as providing many benefits for you, our followers and customers. I'd like to take this opportunity to explain our history with HashiCorp and why we are excited about the future of working closely with their team. My first Introduction to a Hashimoto…

Times Change and So Shall Your Technology Partners

August 26, 2017 by

  We are at an inflection point for new technology and process adoption. We are under a time of rapid change and there are several new tools and processes available to the enterprise that can enable dramatic cost savings, time savings, and modernization not seen for a decade. But recommending and consuming these; from a perspective of adoption and integration is a foreign concept to most folks, including legacy technology vendors and system integrators. Just this past week, I had…

All Aboard the Docker Campus Ambassador Program!

June 2, 2017 by

We've been involved with education around Docker for sometime. From early on, Nebulaworks has provided official Docker training to folks all over the globe from organizations of all shapes and sizes. In addition, we've been giving back by hosting two Docker Meetups (one in Irvine, the other in San Diego) to help promote the tool amongst the community. And this week, Docker has taken the next logical and important step to building long-term support: the launch of the Docker Campus…

Getting Started with LinuxKit on Mac OS X with xhyve

April 23, 2017 by

One of the major announcements last week at DockerCon 2017 was LinuxKit, a framework for creating minimal Linux OS images purpose built for containers. Docker has been using the tools that make up LinuxKit for some time and the products derived from the tooling include Docker for Mac. Sounds cool, and the best way to learn about a tool is to dive into using it! Given the extra time that I had on the plane home from Austin I did…

A Docker Captain’s DockerCon 2017 Review

April 22, 2017 by

  It's now Saturday morning. I'm home and I'm exhausted, but what a week I had in Austin at DockerCon 2017. This week I attended my third official DockerCon. While technically speaking I wasn't a "paid attendee" of the first DockerCon in 2014, I did get in for a bit. It just so happened that I was right down the street at CloudFoundry Summit. So, you could technically say I've done four US DockerCons. Veteran Status? Maybe that's what helped…

HashiCorp Tool Training is Key to DevOps Success

February 15, 2017 by

On February 1st, we announced that Nebulaworks is a HashiCorp Authorized Training Partner. We're super excited about this new partnership, one we have been working on for quite some time with the HashiCorp team. Over the past three years, Nebulaworks has been recommending and implementing Consul, Vault, and Terraform to help deliver secure and scalable solutions to our customers as part of modern toolchains supporting DevOps. It is only fitting that as official training on the products became available through…

Ring in 2017 with Five Technology Predictions

December 28, 2016 by

Well, 2017 is almost upon us. It is also the time of year where we reflect on the previous year, give pause, and think about what we may see in the New Year. This is our look back and look forward. We enjoy trying to predict where the market is going - but to do so with one topic is pretty difficult. So this year, we're going to make five technology predictions and see how we do. Looking back at 2016 In…

Stand-alone Containerd is a Win for Everyone

December 14, 2016 by

This morning, Docker has announced that they are extracting the core functionality of the docker engine, called containerd. It has been open sourced under a new project and will be governed by a yet-to-be-named independent foundation. This is a huge win for everyone using containers; from folks building applications using containers to the public clouds and third parties who provide container orchestration. Let's talk about why. For those of us who have been working with Docker for a while, we have been…

What went down at our Docker Global Mentor Week Meetups!

November 25, 2016 by

  It has now been a couple weeks since we organized two editions of this years Docker Global Mentor Week (GMW). Having worked with Docker for nearly three years as a partner, we've found that the best way to help facilitate the correct adoption of Docker is to give back to the community...and what better way to do so than provide FREE education! That's right, FREE! As in a no-cost option! Here's what transpired at our Docker meetups! Take 1: Orange County This…

Chris Ciborowski named a Docker Captain!

November 15, 2016 by

Two weeks ago, Docker named our own Chris Ciborowski a Docker Captain! This is a prestigious title, granted to individuals in the Docker and container community that have shown technical depth, leadership, and community involvement supporting the Docker project. Chris is one of roughly 60 Captains, globally. Chris was recognized for his efforts in promoting Docker and his extensive experience in operationalizing containers. He is the founding organizer of the Orange County and San Diego Docker Meetups, and has been…

Nebulaworks: Now a Docker Premier Consulting Partner

September 13, 2016 by

Today marks a significant day for both Nebulaworks and our partner, Docker. This morning Docker announced a new tiered  channel structure. Encompassing changes including a new distribution model to a multi-level designation for SI, consulting, and reseller partners. This is exciting, and has been front of mind for two years.  It brings new potential created by the channel maturation. Taking it back a couple years See, we're a small team of experts that are focused on DevOps and transforming the IT supply chain. To get…

Docker Container Basics: An Operations Guide, Part 1 of 3

August 4, 2016 by

Docker containers crash into the enterprise... In the last three years Docker containers have become synonymous for containers and are often confused for some kind of über machine virtualization. By its own admission Docker is trying to make the lives of developers easier with these containers but... has this translated to a simpler environment for techops? The jury is still out on that question nevertheless, the most obvious gap for techops is generally still a knowledge gap. In fact as…

Docker Datacenter, Engine 1.12, and their impact on orchestration

July 19, 2016 by

It's been a bit since the Nebulaworks team returned from DockerCon 2016. We all had a blast. Reconnecting with folks we trained at DockerCon 2015, seeing our current customers who we've helped with enablement and training, and being introduced to a number of new folks who are taking their first steps with Docker. Without a doubt the most frequent topic of discussion amongst attendees we talked with was Docker Datacenter and Engine 1.12, specifically: What is the impact of Docker Datacenter (DDC)…

Recapturing $2.6 Trillion in IT waste with DevOps

May 10, 2016 by

Wasteful spending is all around us. Federal, state, and local government, companies of all sizes, and likely even your own household. Come to think of it, why am I paying for that landline again?  So, the question begs...when evaluating IT spend, do you contemplate new approaches (like DevOps) to help reduce waste? Wasteful behavior isn't usually something that anyone sets out to exhibit. Rather, it is a result of maintaining the status quo. Contracts are negotiated, teams are built, technologies deployed.…

The Lost Boys – Where has the storage gone?

March 22, 2016 by

In the Fortune article by Jonathan Varian, Declining Data Storage Market Hurts EMC, Dell, and IBM, it is interesting to see the storage giants trying to turn the ship and be agile to maintain their markets. Growing up with the storage business, it was only a matter of time before Moore’s law became obsolete. Server processors became exponentially faster with more cores while memory footprints became extremely dense. Then Flash came along…the hardware component that took its time towards general adoption but…

What’s causing slow container and DevOps adoption?

March 8, 2016 by

A couple of weeks ago writer Clint Boulton posted an article titled "CIOs aren't ready for Docker and Container technology", where he discusses that CIOs are slow to adopt containers and DevOps. It is a pretty good read, providing more substance than other pieces covering emerging technology. In fact, it was largely supported with data derived live from 80 CIOs that were in attendance at a Wall Street Journal event. As an empirical data guy this is a good thing. But I…

The Tremendous Twos! Happy Birthday Nebulaworks!

January 7, 2016 by

Hard to believe that another year has flown by.  This month marks Nebulaworks' 2nd Birthday! What a two-year-old we've become.  I'm asked all the time what it is like to take an idea, turn it into actionable items, and execute.  In the first year, the response was pretty canned - a lot of hard work!  But as we moved into the second year my answer started to change a bit - and now I think I have come up with a good…

Amazon Web Services Announces EC2 Price Reduction

January 6, 2016 by

Amazon Web Services announces a 5% price reduction on select EC2 instance types (C4, M4, and R3) in US East, US West, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions. Chief Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, Jeff Bar, announced the price reduction in the AWS Official Blog on January 5th, 2016. Here is a link to the post:  Happy New Year - EC2 Price Reduction (C4, M4, and R3 Instances)

The Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Cloud

January 3, 2016 by

The presence of strong Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a goal since the late John McCarthy coined the term in 1955. What does the future hold for such an intriguing field? Cloud computing may hold some answers. The cloud offers convenient ways to traverse large volumes of data and access low cost computing which has been made possible by cloud computing infrastructures. Read More

To a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2016!

January 1, 2016 by

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016.  We have some exciting announcements in store for this year, expanding our partnerships with leading technology providers which are key to DevOps, micro services, and containerized application development and delivery.  Stay tuned here and on our twitter channel (@nebulaworks) for more information!

RIP Ian Murdock

December 30, 2015 by

Today, we learned that Ian Murdock had passed away on Monday evening.  While I did not know Ian, we at Nebulaworks pray for Ian's family and friends, as well as our friends at Docker where Ian called home away from home. For those who do not know of Ian, he was the founder of the Debian project.  There, he was instrumental in forging what we know today as the open source movement.  He went on to work at Sun Microsystems as the…

2016, the year of GIFEE – Google Infrastructure for Everyone Else

December 15, 2015 by

Have you heard of GIFEE?  If not, now you have.  If you have, you are ahead of the game. G = Google I = Infrastructure F = For E = Everyone E = Else Yep, that's right.  Google infrastructure for everyone else.  No, I'm not the first to coin this term...but we may be the first consulting firm focus on this space, develop expertise, and help clients build and operate these platforms. Let's rewind the clock.  Five years ago, everyone was quite…

What are we Thankful for?

November 24, 2015 by

As we all prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones, I want to take the time to give thanks to those who we are deeply fortunate to have supporting us, met, and worked with over the last twelve months.  This is the time of year where we all should give pause and contemplate how truly fortunate we all are.  For without these people we wouldn't have the success that we do. Without a doubt everything starts with our family…

What we’ve learned providing Docker Training to over 300 people

September 29, 2015 by

14 months ago, we signed on as a Docker partner.  At the time, there were not any formal programs or authorizations.  In fact, we were one of the first to discuss how we would bring expertise to the table to help with enablement, around a product barely a year old.  We explained our in-depth experience with the concepts, leveraging our experience with Solaris Zones and BSD jails, which our team had deployed for over a decade at some of the…

DockerCon 2015 Recap

July 30, 2015 by

It's been a little over a month since we got back from DockerCon.  We had an absolute blast.  Got to see our friends, make new ones, and connect with the community.  And since we have been back it has been busy.  We were very excited to be there (my old post, I almost can't contain myself...its time for DockerCon 2015), being the only Docker Authorized Consulting AND Training Partner at the conference.  That unto itself was fantastic.  But the three…

Almost can’t contain myself…it’s time for DockerCon 2015

June 19, 2015 by

Exciting times.  Very exciting times.  And yes, pun intended. :) It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the last DockerCon took place in San Francisco.  At the time, we were a brand new company, just getting started in the business of helping companies deploy applications, better.  We were a sponsor at the Cloud Foundry Summit, and while there we kept hearing buzz about this small conference and a technology called Docker.  I'd say more talk about Docker than CF…

Got Docker…What about Orchestration? Part 2

June 17, 2015 by

Here is part 2 of Got Docker...What about Orchestration?  In part one, we covered what an Orchestration Framework is and the major components which comprise them.  In case you missed it, the post can be found here. List of Orchestration Frameworks Now that we have a primer out of the way, let's get into a few of the frameworks which are available at this time, who is developing them, a few strengths and where we see them playing.  This is not meant…

Got Docker…What About Orchestration? Part 1

May 5, 2015 by

Over the last year, Docker has had a rapid rise in popularity.  Developers have realized in order to get their job done having a tool like Docker greatly simplifies the instantiation of services to be used in their applications.  No longer do you need to spend time to do all of the ops legwork just to develop.  Cool eh?  Not so fast... As most of us know - what works in Dev is not necessarily what works in production.  There…

Docker Training: Austin, TX – 7/13-14

April 27, 2015 by

We're pleased to add another date to our US training calendar.  Join us July 13th and 14th in Austin, TX for the official Introduction to Docker course.  For more information, and to register for the class, click here: Official Docker Training, Austin TX.  

MS-DOS goes mobile

April 1, 2015 by

Microsoft's next mobile operating system goes back to its roots, with a version of MS-DOS 10. "Black-and-white text has never looked so good," says Joshua Bradley. With customization, you can do white text on blue background.

What is Docker? A Simple Explanation

March 24, 2015 by

Docker is an application build and deployment tool. It is based on the idea of that you can package your code with dependencies into a deployable unit called a container. Containers have been around for quite some time.  Some say they were developed by Sun Microsystems and released as part of Solaris 10 in 2005 as Zones, others stating BSD Jails were the first container technology. For a visual explanation, think of the shipping containers used for intermodal shipping. You put your package (code…

Containers – the new guy on the block…so why all the noise?

March 10, 2015 by

By now, you most certainly have heard there is a new virtualization tool on the block.  And this guy seemed to move into that quiet, well established neighborhood populated with virtual machines and instances and is creating quite a stir.  Like a non-stop house party for the past six months. Since we are focused on delivering apps in efficient means and helping companies integrated CI/D with these tools we are always talking containers.  Fast forward to last week when I was having lunch with…

Application Driven Cloud Computing – Bingo!

February 27, 2015 by

Recently found this gem of a presentation, made by Adam Davis: [youtube] This is a must watch video.  Adam makes a strong case for re-evaluating how we run IT ops today, and how developers engage operations.  I too started as a UNIX sysadmin, and can relate to the the teaming that used to take place with developers, dba's, net admins, etc.  Oh how times have changed. I agree that if we are truly going to take advantage of what…

Docker Machine: The easy way to Docker Hosts

February 21, 2015 by

At the end of last year, Docker released Docker Machine.  It is, without a doubt, the easiest way to spin up Docker Hosts.  The best part, is that Docker Machine can do this across local resources (laptop with VirtualBox) but also AWS EC2, Digital Ocean, Google Compute Engine, VMware vSphere, and others.  In addition, Machine can setup Swarm clusters, which is pretty handy.  To see the full list of providers and README checkout the Docker Machine repository on GitHub. If you don't…

Cloud Predictions 2015 – Infographic

January 27, 2015 by

I was recently asked by SingleHop (a cloud provider), to provide a prediction for Cloud Computing in 2015.  Based on everything I see, 2015 is going to see increasing acceptance of PaaS and containers for application and service deployment.  Checkout their infographic!

Changing Application Delivery In the Enterprise Using Docker

January 13, 2015 by

I recently had an article published by Superb Crew on how Docker is changing application delivery in the Enterprise.  Docker, and container technology in general, is changing the way that applications are being delivered - enabling teams to take advantage of any infrastructure without the fear of lock in. For some time, the media and technical pundits have claimed that the cloud is here to stay and that organizations of all sizes are well on their way to delivering applications…

Official Docker Training in San Diego, February 19th and 20th 2015

January 2, 2015 by

Looking to dive into Docker? Want to learn how to install, configure, and utilize Docker for deploying your applications? Join us February 19th and 20th in San Diego for the Southern California's first official, instructor-led classroom Docker training. You will learn: Introduction: What is Docker? Installing Docker Creating your first Docker container Storing and Retrieving Docker images from Docker Hub Building Docker containers from images Using Docker for sandboxes and testing Deploying applications with Docker Seats are limited, so register now!

5 Ways to Enhance Yourself in 2015

December 22, 2014 by

As 2014 comes to a close, I like to look back and revue the good bad and the ugly from the year. The only way to improve yourself and your circumstances is to carry out an exercise such as this. 2014 brought me to a new challenge; starting a business from the ground up. I have truly enjoyed the task and it has not come without frustration, joy and satisfaction. My partner and I have received much advice, but there…

2015 Forecast: More Hybrid Cloud

December 22, 2014 by

So, 2015 is nearly upon us...and it begs the question:  What will be the trending technologies? Based on what we saw in 2014, we feel that one area of expansion and mainstream acceptance will be the Hybrid Cloud.  We believe that in the end the hybrid cloud does make most sense for distributed, orchestrated computing. In our opinion, the true promise of the hybrid cloud is when an enterprise can take advantage of any provider, seamlessly utilizing publicly available solutions as well as those…

Building Enterprise Clouds And Enabling DevOps For Innovative Business

December 12, 2014 by

If your company is looking to deploy services at high velocity and scale with cloud-native, web applications, Nebulaworks is right partner to assist you with enterprise cloud deployments. Chris Ciborowski, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Corona Del Mar, CA based Nebulaworks shares, more details in the interview below: Nebulaworks – Building Enterprise Clouds And Enabling DevOps For Innovative Business, an Interview with Chris Ciborowski If your company is looking to deploy services at high velocity and scale with cloud-native, web…

5 (more) big challenges facing CIOs and IT leaders in 2015

November 25, 2014 by

Nebulaworks' Chris Ciborowski addresses challenges facing CIOs in 2015: Challenge #7: Address the cloud decision With all of the press surrounding cloud computing, you’d think that it’s taking over the business world. You’d think that businesses are rushing to move everything to the cloud. Not so fast. In reality, we’re seeing a mix of in-house apps and cloud apps. Businesses are moving some apps and services to the cloud, but keeping others in-house. This trend will only grow. We’ll see…

The #1 Information Security Issue Most Companies Face With Cloud Computing & Storage

November 12, 2014 by

As cloud security risks grow, Digital Guardian compiled tips from data security experts on the most common (and avoidable) issues companies face when it comes to the cloud and securing their data. To do this, they asked 27 cloud computing and data security experts to answer this question: ”What is the number one issue most companies face with cloud computing and data security, and what can they do to address the issue?” Nebulaworks Co-founder Chris Ciborowski provides his expert opinion: 27…

Nebulaworks Names Joshua Bradley as Vice President of Engineering

November 11, 2014 by

Corona Del Mar, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2014 Nebulaworks, a leading provider of cloud solutions and IT services, has named Joshua Bradley as Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Bradley’s start is effective November 10, 2014 and he will be located in Southern California. “The inevitable transition of companies into the cloud presents an opportunity to bring agile and efficient information services to the Enterprise that until now have existed in the realm of public cloud providers,” said Bradley. He continued,…

Nebulaworks Achieves Enterprise VMware Solution Provider Partnership

October 24, 2014 by

Corona Del Mar, Calif., October 24, 2014 -- As a key component to the Nebulaworks Infrastructure as a Service cloud offerings, Nebulaworks has completed the requirements to achieve the Enterprise VMware Solution Provider partnership accreditation. This achievement, combined with extensive consulting experience on the VMware platform helps Nebulaworks team with clients on projects and solutions which incorporate advanced VMware tools and offerings, include vCloud Air and the vRealize Suite of cloud tools. "This is a big step in our VMware partnership.…

Don’t Neuter the Net!

October 14, 2014 by

The topic of Net Neutrality continues to debate and will be hitting a critical mass. This could be because politicians, movie stars and business leaders have all made public statements, but the fact is the FCC is being driven by carriers to push the agenda. We are talking HUGE money! Carriers can produce billions of dollars by diverting traffic to the “fast lane”. I have interviewed several people, to find, most are suspicious of the ISP’s intentions of creating these…

Nebulaworks and Docker – a perfect match

September 18, 2014 by

Wow.  Talk about timing.  Sometimes, when things line up it is almost like there was divine intervention.  Well, that is if you believe in divinity.  And in the technology world there is not to much akin to there being a god...unless you are Larry Ellison and you believe yourself to be divine.  I digress. Let's talk about why I am excited first.  There are many reasons, most of which being is that I have been there.  No, not from the angle of running an…

Application Delivery, The Final Frontier: Containers or Platform as a Service?

September 12, 2014 by

This is a big question that I have been playing over and over in my head, discussing with colleagues, and customers.  Based on recent developments I felt that it is certainly worth a few blog posts to completely hash out.  Certainly too much to bite off in one post - so let's set the stage for a series of posts on the subject. I have been closely tracking the various PaaS offerings for some time, going back to 2010/11 with the release of…

Cloud Foundry Summit 2014 Recap

July 10, 2014 by

Now that we've been back in the office for a few weeks, talking with clients about their initiatives and challenges I have had some time to noodle over the 2014 Cloud Foundry Summit.  And boy, is there some content to write about :) If you are not familiar with Cloud Foundry, or, Platform as a Service in general - here is an ultra-quick primer.  Cloud Foundry (CF as it is known) is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) which has been available…

Does the world need to be smarter?

June 6, 2014 by

I know IBM coined the phrase “Making a smarter planet”, but I question the exposure by these enhancements. I enjoy technology, convenience, and cost reduction as much as the next guy. Here is how I see some key changes over the next 3 years: Geo-fencing – This is here today. You have you smart phone and you are near a restaurant. You get a message pushed to you advertising, “Need a snack?” This will continue with your home… As you…

David and Goliath

May 28, 2014 by

[caption id="attachment_144" align="alignnone" width="300"] David vs. Goliath[/caption] In the last 30 days, Google announced they would be dropping their price for cloud based services. This was the first step I have seen to flex some muscle and see how the market reacts. A few days later, Microsoft and Amazon announced they were discounting their offerings as well. Coincidence? I think not. The battle has begun and for some, it is over. For a while, everybody and their brother was announcing…

Private IaaS: VMware, OpenStack, or both?

May 4, 2014 by

Things are heating up on the private IaaS front.  As of late, the hot question of us has been "What do we choose to build our private cloud?"  Naturally, our response is, It depends. In determining a direction forward the background of the technology development for each is critical.  For all intents and purposes VMware is a virtualization platform.  It was originally developed to solve pain points related to IT operations, namely increasing resource utilization through consolidation.  It does this very well having long ago garnering the title of…

I’m always waiting

April 7, 2014 by

One of the things I have noticed over the past few years is that I seem to be waiting more and more. My town seems to be getting denser, thus causing lines at the grocery store, gas stations, etc. For those of you that are married, I am sure you can appreciate the title. When thinking of all this time, it seems to be wasteful. My valuable time, just waiting on something or someone else. In Technology, this is truly…

Christmas Gifts for your favorite reseller; Start saving Now!

April 2, 2014 by

If you have been in the Data/Technology business for a few years, you have probably gone to lunch, attended a lunch and learn and/or  purchased equipment from a reseller (or VAR). Believe it or not, there is a very delicate ecosystem between three parties: the Customer, Manufacturer, and Reseller. There is a distinct responsibility by each party to achieve the end result; the solution. The Customer - has a business need The Manufacturer - has done R&D to create a hardware/software…

Got Visio???

March 30, 2014 by

This past week we got together with an old business associate to document a customer's existing IT environment.  Rack elevations and power/cooling calculations.  While the deliverable was absolutely needed as part of a phased move to a new data center it is a good reminder that documentation - while tedious and time consuming - is critical to ensure successful IT operations. But with virtualization mainstream, a serious push toward hybrid clouds in flight, and the eventual adoption of DevOps as a standard these documentation efforts…

Nebulaworks launch!

March 24, 2014 by

The time has finally come.  With the fanfare of launching a ship on her maiden voyage, we give you Nebulaworks. Both my business partner and I have long considered what makes great companies tick; culture, offerings, success, failure, and differentiators.  We've worked with some of the best - both leaders and organizations.  We have also have witnessed the effects of ill timed and/or poor decisions.  We have both resolved to learn from these mistakes. So what are we doing differently?  We will dig into our offerings…