What is containerization and how does it work? Containerization is an increasingly popular concept in the software development world. Much lighter than traditional virtual machines, this technique allows applications and their dependencies to be grouped and managed in separate containers that are isolated from each other. You have to think of containerization as a system of layers. First, the OS, then the necessary functionality. Like virtualization, containerization is designed to isolate applications in a dedicated environment. However, its vision is more atomic and aims to reduce the scope of services as much as possible by isolating them from each other, whereas virtualization would tend to consider an ecosystem as a whole. Unlike virtualization, containerization has the advantage of not requiring the installation and configuration of a new virtualized system. [Here is a diagram illustrating the difference between a container and a virtual machine: (The host operating system is the main operating system on which a guest system, called the guest operating system, is running. The host operating system provides resources such as memory, processor, and hardware.
What is a QAP (Quality Assurance Plan)? The QAP or Quality Assurance Plan is a document used in project management and in the context of an IT service for a company. It defines precisely what a service provider must do and in what context. The QAP is evolutionary and is not fixed in time. The QAP must be drafted in agreement with all the stakeholders (the implementing company and the client are the main stakeholders involved) to ensure a good understanding of all the steps, from the beginning to the end of the project. The QAP is also a quality management tool. The quality assurance plan is used to define: The project objectives, what you want to do/where you want to put it The way you are going to proceed: steps, conditions, implementation schedule, roles and responsibilities of the people involved The process implemented: tools, methods Finally, it is important to integrate in the QAP a part dedicated to the measurement of the quality of the deliverables Interested in infrastructure topics? Discover the podcast of our expert Nicolas: And concretely, how to establish the Quality Assurance Plan? The QAP is established in [...]
How can we meet the ever-increasing infrastructure provisioning needs of an increasingly connected and demanding world? Is infrastructure automation a viable solution to meet these needs? In an increasingly open world where services are available to consumers globally from mobile applications or via the web and continuously, any downtime or slowdown is no longer accepted and tolerated by users. Applications are more and more demanding in terms of infrastructure resources due to the fact that application loads are constantly adapted or because new applications or new functionalities have to be implemented in order to offer new services to its users or consumers. Is automating your infrastructure worth it? Automation: an essential step for large companies Large groups are defined by complex situations: The volume of data is expressed in Terabytes or Petabytes; Technology is directly integrated with support functions such as financial management or human resources; Employees are counted in the hundreds, as are their needs. For them, it is impossible to consider the [...]
Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) is gaining popularity within the DevOps approach. These are mechanisms that allow you to manage a virtual infrastructure using code. Since its inception by Amazon in 2006 (with Amazon Web Services), Infrastructure-as-Code has evolved into a solution that is attractive to enterprises in many ways. CIOs and CTOs are increasingly convinced of the benefits of this type of IT infrastructure. The reason is that Infrastructure-as-Code offers them unprecedented opportunities. So what exactly is it? What are its benefits and risks? Is IaC right for your organization? Definition and operation of Infrastructure-as-Code Infrastructure-as-Code is now a key concept in the DevOps approach. Developers benefit from it, but it is also a boon for companies. Infrastructure-as-Code and how it works are at the heart of many organizations' thinking right now. Also known as SDI (software-defined infrastructure), IaC is the automation of infrastructure management through a descriptive model: code. This computer code unifies the deployment of "infrastructure" environments and enables the provision of development environments. It is part of the DevOps approach, which already has the objective of making the [...]
Cyber attacks are no longer epiphenomena: 4 out of 5 companies claim to have already been victims of cyber attacks. One might also think that cybersecurity issues only concern very large companies. That's not true: in 2019, the average size of organizations victimized by ransomware was 645 employees. Regardless of the size of your organization, cybersecurity is a topic to be taken very seriously as crime is increasing and the consequences of attacks can be catastrophic. "The banking industry is the most exposed sector to cyberattacks: +238% of attacks worldwide since the start of the pandemic between February and April 2020." Source: research firm VMware Carbon Black There are many types of cyberattacks in business. Some are well known, others are more confidential and therefore more devious. Here are the main ones in this article. Malware: Public Enemy No. 1 Malware is by far the most common cyberattack within organizations. In 2020, the cybersecurity company AV Test GmbH counted more than one billion pieces of malware worldwide: The most frequent types of malware in [...]
The companies of the future are those that will grasp and master the challenges of Cloud and AI. Until now, the combination of artificial intelligence with the technologies of Cloud was reserved for very large companies. However, more and more Cloud providers are enabling the deployment of AI projects adapted to the size and maturity of their customers. At the same time, these two markets are experiencing unprecedented growth: by 2025, the global AI market is expected to reach $60 billion and the Cloud market $1,250 billion (source: Bilan). This expected growth can be explained in particular by the democratization of Cloud "as-a-Service". The trend is therefore clear: AI projects within Cloud architectures are becoming more and more popular, and if your organization has not yet established a project in this direction, it is high time to think about the added value that AI could bring to your Cloud. The Cloud and AI "at the service" of data Data-driven projects are not a fad but an obligation for any organization that wants to survive. Data exploitation is becoming the solution to everything: it allows better management, more effective [...].
Patrick Rochereau is director of Blue Soft Data, which belongs to the Blue Soft group. In this interview, he explains the organization and the missions of Blue Soft Data as well as the subjects which animate their customers. What are the main missions of Blue Soft Data? " Blue Soft Data, which I am lucky enough to be able to manage, is one of the 4 main business lines of the Blue Soft group and currently includes 150 consultants. Blue Soft Data supports its customers in the transformation, management and evolution of their infrastructures. This involves current steps such as automation, and the progressive integration of Artificial Intelligence. Our goal, in the long term, is to accompany them in the implementation of autonomous infrastructures." How is the management of Blue Soft Data organized? " Blue Soft Data is made up of two main departments. The first department, Consulting, focuses on innovation and is supported by a research and development laboratory. Its mission is to find avant-garde solutions that will solve the problems that our customers will have in the near future. The second department, focused on the "Build" and "Run" part, will design the solutions that have been imagined by [...]
Health data is not personal data like any other. The legislator has taken care to provide a framework for the rules governing its hosting. HDS hosting, i.e. having received certification to be able to host health data, has been mandatory in any information system linked to the medical sector since 2018. Here's an article to find out more about healthcare data and the RGPD. At the same time, spurred on by the law modernizing the healthcare system, establishments are tending to group together in GHTs (groupements hospitaliers de territoire) in order to pool their resources and enable the patient to be placed at the heart of healthcare organization. The digital transformation that accompanies these groupings can be complex, particularly when it comes to unifying information systems and their architecture. cloud computing provides a solution for infrastructures; its benefits are even amplified by the use of remote applications. But healthcare information also brings with it heightened data protection constraints. Migration projects to Cloud services therefore require specialized business expertise. As holder of the Microsoft services contract awarded by the CAIH (Centrale d'achat de l'informatique hospitalière), Blue Soft Empower has developed solid expertise in the [...]
What is an API Gateway? API gateways provide a single point of entry into a system with multiple APIs or multiple microservices that communicate with each other through APIs. API gateways are of great interest in the core of an API management system, and therefore the intermediate layer between the microservices and the client applications that need the microservices to function. The role of these API gateways is to direct API traffic and to connect microservices and client applications. There are two types of API gateways: Service to service External traffic to an incoming service (ingress) The development of API gateways should be seen in the more general context of the APIization of companies and the adoption of microservice architectures as opposed to SOA, or Service-oriented Architectures. The multiplication of APIs to link services together is a service to companies and IT departments. But it has also created the additional complexity of managing the communication between these services and therefore managing the APIs themselves. To put it simply, in a microservices architecture, the various specialized microservices communicate with the client applications thanks to the APIs.
After having received a lot of criticism, the RGPD has been installed in all companies and administrations. From now on, the processing of data (personal or sensitive) is governed by new rules. However, the success of the RGPD is not just based on free consent or controlled cookies, but on the whole system of hosting and processing data. What about the security of our data? Has health data experienced a greater risk with COVID-19? 2 years later, it's time to take stock. RGPD and data governance According to the recent European Commission Report, companies "are developing a culture of compliance and are increasingly promoting the high level of data protection they provide as a competitive advantage." Both the European Commission and the CNIL are pleased with the success of the GDPR. With a 79% increase in complaints in 5 years, the least we can say is that citizens are informed. The CNIL has given itself several missions for 2020. Firstly, to reinforce its support for companies to implement compliance of their practices with, for example, a guide for developers. This year, [...]