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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery in AWS
Introducing elastic cloud computing for Disaster Recovery, Fault Tolerance and High Availability

Amazon Web Services – Disaster Recovery, High Availability and Fault Tolerance

Abbreviations used:

  • AWS - Amazon Web Services
  • AMI - Amazon Machine Instance
  • DR - Disaster Recovery
  • FT - Fault Tolerance
  • HA - High Availability

Non-technical introduction.
H
igh Availability and Fault Tolerance – the requirement that a computer application be seemlessly available to users without interruption, literally “no (or very little) fault will be tolerated”. In simple speak, this means that I am able to use a computer application even though in the background there may be outages, for example hardware failure, network congestion or maximum CPU utilization.  The application is “highly available”, it  is available “(almost) all the time.”

Disaster Recovery – what it takes for your organization to recover from a computer disaster and be operational again. Simple example: suppose a hard-drive fails, do you need a duplicate hard-drive with an identical copy of the data available  within micro-seconds? Or can your application be unavailable to end-users while a new hard-drive is installed and data restored from a backup, knowing that there will be data missing between the time of the last backup and the failure of the hard-drive?

Organizations such as an “online auction company” and a “major search engine” cannot tolerate down-time nor data loss. Your personal computer, though, can likely tolerate some downtime and even data loss. Sometimes DR is automatic, when the primary hardware/software fails, the secondary automatically takes over; other times DR requires manual intervention.  Whichever you configure, depends on your tolerance for downtime. When considering FT and DR, there are two important terms:

  • Recovery Time Objective: how long it takes your organization to recover from an outage.
  • Recovery Point Objective:how much data can you afford to lose.

What does Fault Tolerance, High Availability and Disaster Recovery cost?
Organizations that require almost 100% availability and fractional if any data loss,  build redundant datacenters. Entire datacenters with hardware and software and identical copies of the appliction and data. Sometimes these extra datacenter(s) are used to offload traffic from the primary datacenter(s) during times of peak usage. Example, during the November/December shopping season or March/April tax season, companies like an “online auction company” and an “online tax company”, will offload some traffic from their primary servers to secondary servers. Other times, these extra datacenter(s) are simply sitting idle waiting for a disaster to occur at the primary datacenter. Hardware, software, electric power, air conditioning,  building rent and physical security all “just in case” or “when we need it. The invesment in the secondary datacenter(s) is up-front capital expenditure. Secondary datacenters are expensive for computing power that is often idle!

Introducing elastic cloud computing for Disaster Recovery, Fault Tolerance and High Availability.
What is an elastic band? A thin strip of rubber that stretches or contracts. If I need to bind three DVDs together before loaning them to a friend, the elastic band may stretch to perhaps 50% of capacity. If I  am loaning six or seven DVDs, the elastic band may stretch to maximum capacity, but either way I only need one elastic band, I don’t need to buy two. This concept illustrates the elasticity of cloud computing:  use and pay for computing services only when you need it.

In my above example, when tax season begins, “online tax company” can request and purchase computing services from a provider, such as Amazon Web Services,  and then at the end of tax season cease using and paying for those computing services. Thus “online tax company” can provide a HA tax processing service to their customers, because their primary datacenter(s) will not be overloaded. “Online tax company” will automatically scale out to a cloud provider such as Amazon as needed.  Secondly, the extra computing services provide FT, in case there is a disaster at their physical site during peak tax season.

High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
What about an organization that does not own a physical datacenter, but instead runs their entire operation in the cloud. How does their cloud provider provide FT, HA and DR? How does this compare to HA, FT and DR in physical datacenters?

What follows is a precis of two white-papers from Amazon Web Services, Building Fault Tolerant Applications on AWS and Using AWS for Disaster Recovery

This table is  a technical overview of AWS’s FT, HA and DR features compared to a physical environment:

Failure or fault

Physical server

Amazon Web Services

Server failure

To provide fault tolerance I need to have a second server on standby, with an identical copy of the application. I also need to re-direct traffic to the second server by changing the IP address of the second server to the IP address of the primary server.

I launch a new instance of my failed AMI from an AMI template using a script, an API call or the web console. I then map my elastic IP address to the new instance.  AWS CloudFormation allows me to create a collection of AMIs and resources.

Backups for FT

Physical backups often use tape or other mediume for duplication often stored offsite. Backup and Restore can be time consuming.

AWS backups are snapshots of an AMI that can be easily restored using command line or the web console in near instantaneous time.

Storage

If a physical server uses Network Attached Storage, the data is preserved if the server fails. If the server uses an internal drive, the drive is unavailable and potentially lost if the server fails.

Elastic Block Storage is separate from the AMI and persists even if the AMI does not. EBS is built on highly redundant storage that has a failure rate of 0.1 to 0.5% compared to 4% for a standard hard-drive.

IP addressing

An IP address is bound to a physical server and manual configuration is required to modify the IP address of a server.

AWS IP addresses are bound to an AWS account and separate from the AMI. They can be dynamically associated or disassociated from an AMI.

Scale/Growth for HA

To extend the capacity, while maintaining High Availability, of an application running on physical servers, I have to purchase more hardware, rackspace, electrical power and cooling. When I have excess capacity, these servers are idle, consume space, power and waste money.

To extend the capacity of an application running in an AWS cloud, I can use autoscaling which automatically adds AMIs to my capacity based on rules. Similary, I can terminate instances when no longer needed. This also allows me to refresh instances if they degrade.

Load Balancing for HA and FT

A physical load balancer balances traffic across known physical servers. It can detect a server is overloaded and direct traffic to other less utilized servers.

Elastic Load Balancing distributes traffic across AMIs, detects which AMIs may be less responsive and redirects traffic away from them until they are restored.

Multiple Geographies for HA

Physical servers are stored in datacenters around the world to provide HA.

AWS is distributed across geographic regions with Availability Zones within each region to provide HA.

Guaranteed Failover and FT

An organization that purchases its own physical servers is guaranteed failover to those servers.

An AWS customer can purchase Reserved AMIs that are guaranteed to the customer, regardless of what overall load AWS  may experience.

An AWS customer can purchase Reserved AMIs that are guaranteed to the customer, regardless of what overall load AWS  may experience.

I can maintain a physical data center and use the AWS as needed. There are four configuration options.

  1. AWS as backup - I can back up my physical environment to AWS using DirectConnect or AWS import/export, thus using AWS as for backup.
  2. Minimal AWS - In this scenario I have core services permanently running in AWS, for example copies of my data/databases. In case of failure of my physical datacenter, I need to startup AMIs that contain my applications that then connect to my redundant datastores in AWS and modify DNS settings to route traffic to AWS.
  3. Partial AWS - In this scenario I have a complete duplicate of my services permanently running in AWS, but on a minimal number of AMIs. In case of failure of my physical datacenter, I scale up the configuration of my AMIs to cope with the increased load.
  4. Complete AWS - In this scenario I have a complete duplicated configuration of my physical datacenter in AWS. I can use weighted 53 DNS service from AWS to redirect traffic, application logic to use theAWS datastores and EC2 auto-scaling to grow capacity within AWS.
About Jonathan Gershater
Jonathan Gershater has lived and worked in Silicon Valley since 1996, primarily doing system and sales engineering specializing in: Web Applications, Identity and Security. At Red Hat, he provides Technical Marketing for Virtualization and Cloud. Prior to joining Red Hat, Jonathan worked at 3Com, Entrust (by acquisition) two startups, Sun Microsystems and Trend Micro.

(The views expressed in this blog are entirely mine and do not represent my employer - Jonathan).

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