Stories by Mark Rais

Opinion: Our future is tied to infrastructure autonomy

A server in the United States begins undergoing routine maintenance on the first Sunday of the month at midnight. However, businesses in Wellington are still relying on this same server for DNS routing at 4pm Monday afternoon New Zealand time. The result is a brief, yet substantive outage.

Opinion: The delicate art of enterprise scaling

Some organisations continue to ignore the importance of proper enterprise scaling. Excuses I’ve heard include: “If it is a brand-name application it will scale fine” and “We’ll scale by throwing more hardware at it”.

Open source stands the pragmatism test

The decision to use open source software is rarely driven by philosophy or matters of principle. Most ICT leaders integrate or implement open source as a pragmatic solution.