Newsletter: Autumn 2019

Posted by Sean O'Shaughnessey on Oct 6, 2019 3:15:00 PM
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of our newsletter. We hope that it is interesting to you and brings you information that is useful and timely. This newsletter will go out quarterly, and if at any time you do not feel it is valuable, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom to be removed from the list.

We didn’t design this newsletter to be a sales pitch. We want to educate you on our industry and our company but not be “in your face” of how great we are. We find that if we add to your knowledge, then you will think of us when you are challenged with a specific difficult problem where we can add value to your organization. 

Later in this newsletter, you will see that we are going to be at KubeCon in San Diego. If you happen to be at that event, please stop by and talk to us as we would love to know your plans for cloud computing and AI/ML for the future.

Finally, we are based in San Mateo, CA, just a few miles south of the San Francisco Airport. If you are coming to the San Fran area in the next several months, please let us know. We would enjoy hosting you to talk about your needs, and we would also enjoy sharing a meal with you at one of the many area establishments. We obviously are known for our wine in this part of California, so if you are looking for a few wineries to visit while in San Francisco (for work or pleasure), I am happy to share my favorites.

Please enjoy this newsletter, and I hope that it is educational and informative. You can reach me at my email below, or you can simply reply to this newsletter, and my sales team will connect us. I have a few closing words at the bottom, so at a minimum, I hope you scroll down to read my final thoughts.

John Mathon, CEO and Co-founder

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Agile Stacks Completes Series A Funding Round Led by Rosecliff Ventures and Joined by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Canaan Partners, and Alumni Ventures Group

Agile Stacks will use the financing to fuel the next stage of growth around its DevOps automation platform for rapidly deploying cloud infrastructure and machine learning. Continue reading

Agile Stacks Offers Multi-Cloud Support with Additions of Google Cloud Platform, Red Hat OpenShift, and Microsoft Azure

Three new cloud platform deployments complement Agile Stacks’ existing Amazon Web Services support to accelerate enterprises’ software delivery and simplify the management of hybrid cloud deployments. Continue reading

Agile Stacks CEO to Deliver Presentations on Kubernetes and DevOps-First Cloud Infrastructure Automation at HPE Discover 2019

Agile Stacks CEO John Mathon details a DevOps-first approach to highly-scalable infrastructure automation of cloud application stacks and provides insights on Kubernetes for hybrid cloud environments. Continue reading

Who is Automating the Automation?

Agile, cloud-based applications rely on many automation tools—some of which integrate with each other nicely, others less so. At the same time, everything involved with creating, maintaining and operating a cloud-based application is evolving rapidly. It’s difficult for companies with limited IT budgets to keep up. Continue reading

The Why, What and How Of Infrastructure Cloud Software In Plain English

If you are not accustomed to talking about Cloud technology then understanding it may seem like a challenge. This webcast takes you from novice to better enlightened in under 30 minutes. Continue reading

Creating DevOps teams for the entire app lifecycle

DevOps teams need to work together to handle the entirety of an application’s lifecycle, so creating teams that understand everything from security to networking to operations is crucial to success. In real life, finding people who already have all the knowledge necessary to fit in to a DevOps team is challenging. Continue reading

Demystifying DevOps, an architects' perspective

We all want to develop better software, faster—not just for the sake of having cool software, but because we use software to solve business opportunities and to create competitive advantages for companies. DevOps is a much-used buzzword that gets thrown around when talking about ways to deliver software more quickly—but there are misconceptions about what it is and what it is not. Continue reading 

Graphical programming naturally fits with infrastructure automation

When you’re trying to develop a business application, one that has specific, pre-defined business logic associated with it, graphical programming will usually only get you 90% of the way there. When we’re talking about a business application, that isn’t enough. And in most graphical programming platforms, going from 90% to 100% is exceptionally hard. Continue reading

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Convergence to Kubernetes - Paul Ingles via Medium

Kubernetes helped overcome a real organisational problem: the ever-growing cloud and organisational complexity, and the difficulties of scaling teams. We didn’t change our organisation because we wanted to use Kubernetes, we used Kubernetes because we wanted to change our organisation. Continue reading

43 free and open-source tools that put the Ops in DevOps - Matthew Heusser via TechBeacon

The DevOps tools listed will ease admins' minds. You can snap and connect these together to create a push-button environment from scratch, or use them to do the slow spadework of bringing a legacy system to a modern support cadence. Continue reading

IT’s Vital Role in Multi-cloud, Hybrid IT Procurement - Chris Purcell via HPE

“What began as organic adoption -- from the developers and business units seeking agility and speed -- is now coming back around to the IT-focused topics of governance, orchestration across platforms, and modernization of private infrastructure.” Continue reading

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities in San Diego, California from November 18-21, 2019. More info

Agile Stacks is happy to announce that we will be exhibiting at booth SE57.

AWS reInvent

AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 2-6, 2019. More info

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John Mathon Headshot

When Igor and I started Agile Stacks, our premise was that companies would be moving more and more rapidly to the cloud for their applications. We also had the premise that this move would require them to change the way that they created software but also the way that they deployed and managed the underlying architecture. At the time of the founding of Agile Stacks, Kubernetes was very new, and while there was doubt that it would dominate the cloud architecture, the two of us saw its potential and built our company to take advantage of it.

Not all cloud strategies yield the same benefits. Simply migrating applications to virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud provides nominal advantages. However, enterprises can recognize significant cost savings by breaking applications into microservices that run in cloud containers. Moreover, the most significant improvements in agility and cost reduction come from combining cloud technology with a DevOps discipline.

Containers provide enterprises significant advantages over using virtual machines. First among these advantages is they are more cost-effective because they provide operating system (OS) virtualization, which enables containers to share a single operating system. By contrast, each VM requires its own OS. As a result, containers can offer the same functionality while requiring fewer resources than virtual machines.

The adoption of containers and microservices creates a new challenge, and that is orchestration. When Google released Kubernetes to the open source market, that problem was solved as it has proven to be the most flexible and capable orchestration technology to date. 

However, Kubernetes did not address the entire issue of moving applications to the cloud, so now we have over 600 related products (that Agile Stacks refers to as components) on the market that add value and power to the Kubernetes ecosystem. A single company doesn’t need all 600 components, but it will surely need 20 or 30 of them. 

This variety of components that can be combined together to solve many different problems is the reason for Agile Stacks. Our patented technology allows you to connect various components in a “stack” to solve unique cloud architecture problems. This stack management and development model gives you the flexibility to compete in your market while giving you the security and standardization you need to control costs and protect your assets.

Some components are better for high volume stateless applications. Some components are better for analytical applications. Some components are better for transactional systems. Others for high volume data streaming. Very few companies can keep up with the awesomely great changes that are happening in every aspect of the tools to build applications and the DevOps tooling needed to bring these tools together and keep them working.   That is where Agile Stacks sees our fit.  


We hope this inaugural newsletter was informative and interesting to you. We look forward to sending you our second edition in a few months.


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