A common question being considered by many people I’m talking to is “to what extent should we adopt public cloud services, and to what extent do we build ourselves?”. Cloud services exist on a spectrum from simple IaaS “provision of a virtualised instance” through Platform-as-a-Service offerings such as managed databases and API management platforms, all the way through to highly differentiated - and highly proprietary - Software-as-a-Service business applications. Adopting cloud services, especially higher value services, can deliver massive value by cutting time-to-value of digital solutions, providing better, more robust services, and allowing businesses to stick to what they are good at.
When I started blogging a few years back, I did so at Tumblr. Although I don’t use my blog much, I am planning to publish the occasional article still, and it felt increasingly weird just being me and a bunch of teenagers on there. I considered Medium, but for a while I’ve wanted to self-host my blog. The obvious option was always something like Wordpress or Ghost, but I didn’t really want the hassle of another piece of internet-facing software to be kept patched and updated, and paying for someone else to do it for me felt ridiculous for something I use so infrequently.
Time for one of my rare blog posts - which I’ll follow up with another on a related topic … I’ve been meaning to get to grips with an IT automation tool such as Puppet, Chef, or SaltStack for ages now, but one of the perennial issues of having a “technical architect” consulting job is that I rarely have the excuse to sit down and do hands-on stuff with new technology on client time.
Only just noticed that Cloudflare has a free CDN and that Dreamhost has easy support for it. Looks like a no-brainer. Looking forward to trying it out on the Close the Door website to speed up access for our mostly UK visitors (DH is in the US). Amazing what you can get for free nowadays … http://bit.ly/Htzucy