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From Ops to Devops: a Story About Transformation

devopsOver the last couple of years Leaseweb’s product engineering department has gone through some major changes, and by far the biggest was how our product engineering department has evolved.

In earlier blogs, my colleagues Arnoud and Sander already talked about Maturity models and scaling our engineering department. However, I want to tell you about how, from the perspective of an Ops engineer, our journey went from Ops to DevOps.

When I joined Leaseweb we had an Operation department (HOSD) and a development department (Leaseweb Technologies). Both departments worked closely together on delivering great products to our customers but also sat apart from each other simply because we were two departments sitting at different floors.

So, at some point the teams and our management came to the conclusion we needed to look into improving inter departmental communication and cooperation. Back then (this was in 2015), DevOps was already a big buzzword so we decided to also go for a DevOps approach and the Product engineering department was born (it had a different name back then, but that’s beside the point).

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Exciting Trends Poised to Impact the MarTech Industry in 2018

martechMarketing has come a long way from being just a sign outside a shop or ads in the phonebook. Digital marketing and technology now go hand in hand, and “MarTech” is a broad term applied to any major initiatives that rely on the power of technology to realize marketing objectives.

Once hampered by privacy concerns raised from data collection, customer demand for omnichannel personalization has brought about increasingly granular marketing. Technology allows for the collection of an impressive amount of data, but data for its own sake won’t optimize your marketing efforts. In order to reach the next level of marketing performance, you’ll need to use MarTech to unearth and understand the insights buried in that data.

While MarTech is a powerful tool that can make or break your marketing campaign’s performance, it’s also a versatile one that can be utilized in many ways. The following trends around MarTech will prove critical to marketing in 2018:

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SAP HANA Is Fast but Too Pricey?

sap hana fast priceyOver the course of the past year, a number of our LeaseWeb teams set out to undertake the largest software transformation in the recent history of the company. The goal was to implement several SAP software products, including SAP HANA. Throughout this journey, we experienced the highs and lows that accompany any major undertaking, but that is a subject for another time.  In this blog we would like to explain what SAP HANA is, as well as the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

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The Right Gaming Server Can Make or Break a Platform

gaming serversWhen it comes to creating a successful gaming platform, it is extremely important to have the proper infrastructure in place. Planning for long-term success is key, making it crucial to focus on utilizing gaming servers that ensure games have the scalability and low-latency they need to stand out in the crowded marketplace.

Choosing the right server for your gaming needs comes down to preference. Some developers prefer running a cloud-based infrastructure, while others choose the computing power equipped with high CPUs and SSDs that dedicated servers have to offer. There are different options available for game developers to choose from, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

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Secure Your Future with Point-to-Point Network Connectivity

point-to-pointBusinesses that depend on connecting to multiple locations with speed often resort to point-to-point architecture. Point-to-point network connectivity is an exceptional solution for businesses because it is best in class, and provides a secure network and an extremely fast connection. Fiber-carried point-to-point is often considered to be future-proof in that it contains some of the most advanced features out of any network solution available.

Not only is point-to-point future-proof and fully capable of growing bandwidth and capacity as needed, it is a much easier architecture to test and maintain. Point-to-point delivers the maximum flexibility possible in situations where there is a blend of customers and demand levels.

What Makes Point-to-Point an Ideal Solution for Your Business?

There are a few reasons why point-to-point is a great choice to fit various business needs. First, it’s faster and more reliable. Whether your cables and switches can handle 100Mbps, 1000Mbps, or even 10Gbps, point-to-point connections have the ability to run at the same speeds as a LAN connection. As online and offline connectivity continues to grow, the supporting infrastructure also continues to increase rapidly, allowing you to dive into your work without facing connectivity lags.

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Quick Guide for Using Powershell to Control Apache Cloudstack

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Controlling your Cloud environment via the Portal (GUI) is something everyone can do (assuming, of course that you know what you want to accomplish and what options you need to get the most out of your platform). A good cloud platform automates things to the greatest extent possible to help prevent human errors from happening. Automation can also help take full advantage of the scalability and flexibility of a cloud.

In this blog, I’m going to take a bit of a different approach to what most Apache Cloudstack administrators are used to working with. Our LeaseWeb engineers usually script their actions on the Cloud using Cloudmonkey, a useful tool that provides all of the features an administrator would need. But instead of using Linux and Cloudmonkey, I want to approach things from a different angle. I will focus on Windows Administrators who are familiar with Powershell, and show what can be accomplished using this tool.

We will begin by connecting to Cloudstack via Powershell, list the current Instances under my account and deploy a new Instance.

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Cloud Advancements for Crunching Big Data Effectively

big dataThe expression “big data” is often thrown around in the business and tech world, but what does that really mean? Big data is a term that’s used to describe huge data sets that can be analyzed for trends and patterns in order to make better business decisions.

That may sound easy enough, and although there is extensive research and written information on big data technologies, few companies are actually using big data successfully. Most businesses remain ambitious, knowing they should be employing the technology without actually doing so.

Data continues to come in faster than ever, making it crucial for companies to process it more quickly. Effectively implementing fast processing of data will ensure your company is more up-to-date and relevant, and this is extremely important given how diverse data is becoming — a factor that gives us all the ability to analyze more innovatively.

As cloud computing continues to dominate the production environment, it’s time to take a look into “big data analytics” so you too can recognize how the power of crunching big data is bringing endless competitive advantage to companies.

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LeaseWeb Launches in the UK: The Importance of a Global Presence

data centerThe LeaseWeb decision to launch our company in the UK is driven by a few strategic considerations. As a global provider of cloud infrastructure solutions, we serve many customers who are using our services in different locations across the globe. We have seen a growing demand for UK-based infrastructure from our existing customers, which we decided to address as their strategic infrastructure business partner.

In addition to this growing demand, we see a vast opportunity. The UK is still the largest market in Europe for cloud services, with significant growth rates for the next few years. The London Internet Exchange has for many years been a crucial pillar of the internet, and LeaseWeb is delighted to have a local presence in London in addition to strong positions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Washington DC, Singapore, and Sydney.

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Focus on Your Core Business With Managed Network Services

Managed Network ServicesWhether you’re managing a remote workforce, utilizing a lot of data, or need top-notch cybersecurity, it all takes a toll on your network infrastructure. It is tough to meet all these needs within a tight budget and existing bandwidth, especially if you’re doing it on your own.

The good news is that you don’t need to do it all on your own — instead, you can consider network management services.

Managed network services help you remain focused on your core business by making sure your business is always online and that your equipment is consistently available. They can also help keep your costs down because you don’t need to make expensive technology investments — typically, you just pay a monthly fee per device managed.

 

What Managed Network Services Can Do for You

Having a secure and stable networking infrastructure that allows users to improve productivity is no longer a commodity — it’s a necessity. It is absolutely crucial to have this type of structure in place to ensure your company has the platform needed to expand your core business and provide the competitive advantage your intellectual capital depends on.

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Dark Launching: A Way to Test New Features Before Going Live

Dark LaunchWhen planning a deployment of a new application or feature, it’s a good idea to test it first to gauge its potential and, more importantly, ensure it works in production.

To do this, you can predeploy it in production and either have your team test it, or have a select group of users try it for a while. This can help you find out whether the feature is worth the development time or whether you want to change your strategy.

This process is called “dark launching,” and it helps your team members test changes and see whether the code they developed is working in production. These test users may provide feedback on the changes you make, and you can monitor how the application is behaving when utilized by end users.

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