Author Archives: Kit Merker

About Kit Merker

Product Manager @ Google - working on Kubernetes / Google Container Engine.

Thoughts on Windows Azure Leap Day Downtime

I’d be remiss not to mention the Windows Azure Downtime on Leap Day.  Because of my employment at Microsoft I won’t speculate or say too much on the situation.   I have said before that cloud computing does not completely alleviate … Continue reading

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Through the Storm – Interview with Arterian IT Founder Jamison West

I recently had a chance to interview Jamison West of Arterian. Jamison, who founded the company that is now Arterian in 1995, envisions a future where every small to mid-sized company will have an IT partner become a vital part of … Continue reading

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Learning from the Costa Concordia Shipwreck

On Friday January 13th, the Costa Concordia had a disaster – running into rocks off the shores off Italy’s western coast and eventually rolling onto its side in the water.   The toll on human life is tragic – several are … Continue reading

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5 Disaster Preparedness Resolutions

You might think that new year’s resolutions are made to be broken.  Whether it’s to exercise more, chew fingernails less, or other clichés, they are hard to follow through on.  Witness the packed gym in January that becomes empty before March. … Continue reading

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Thursday Link Day

12 boneheaded PR mistakes. Be ready for crisis, don’t erase negative comments. Some great data loss disaster stories. With miraculous recoveries. CNN suggestions on preparing for technology disasters.  But cloud is no silver bullet. Infographic on datacenters and downtime.  Big … Continue reading

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5 Stages of Grief

“It’s not rocket science.” – Some Expert “One test is worth a thousand expert opinions” – Wernher von Braun (Rocket Scientist) I am a firm believer that reducing software & IT risks is not easy, but it is imperative.  It … Continue reading

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No Place Like Risks For the Holidays

The biggest holiday risk on your mind might be electrocution by lawn decoration or having to suffer through a eggnog induced story from your brother-in-law.  However, there are a few risks to consider for your online business or website that … Continue reading

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