Dr. Alan F. Castillo

Dr. Alan F. Castillo; promoting flexible and highly cost effective cloud computing services for DoD and Federal agencies using GSA 8(a) STARS II GWAC GS-06F-0787Z.

What Kubernetes does for Government

What Kubernetes does for Government?

Tackling security compliance and security threats, boosting citizen trust and experience across all government services while managing costs is altogether a long and challenging process for agencies, system integrators, and vendors trying to launch new information systems to the government. Digital technology, digital services platform, or, more specifically clouds and containers can elevate government operations to support and overcome the challenges a government face in an increasingly complicated environment. As you know, Kubernetes: a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on public cloud and a container orchestration system, can and have contributed to developing Government-as-a-Platform (GaaP) to hoist agile, scalable, reliable, and secure government services. Therefore, I’m bringing this article to you to explain how and what can Kubernetes contribute differently to the government. Kubernetes as a Container Orchestration System Azure Government is a… Read More »What Kubernetes does for Government?

Multi-Cloud Integration Best Practices

Multi-Cloud Integration Best Practices

In this blog post, we are going to discuss best practices for multi-cloud integration in detail. Let’s begin by answering the question of what is multi-cloud! What is Multi-cloud? As the name suggested, multi-cloud is a cloud computing approach that consists of two or more cloud computing services of different vendors in a single network architecture.  Multi-cloud consists of two or more public clouds, but it can contain private clouds as well. Some of the famous public cloud providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle. One main objective of multi-cloud is to avoid being dependent on a single cloud service provider. What are the Best Practices of Multi-cloud Integration? In this digital world, more and more organizations tend to deploy multi-cloud environments to… Read More »Multi-Cloud Integration Best Practices

Microservices Architecture Best Practices

Microservices Architecture Best Practices

In this blog post, we are going to discuss microservices and best practices for building a successful microservice architecture design in detail. Let’s begin by answering the question of what microservices are! What are microservices? Microservices are a different form of the service-oriented architecture (SOA) style. They are also popularly known as the microservice architecture. Microservices are a group of small autonomous services communicating with each other, and it has the following characteristics. Services are loosely coupled. Services can deploy independently. Services can be implemented using different technologies. Services are decentralized. Services are small focused. Amazon, eBay, Netflix, and Uber are some of the world-famous companies who use the microservice architecture. Best Practices for Building a Microservice Architecture Let’s discuss some of the best practices your organization can follow to… Read More »Microservices Architecture Best Practices

Kubernetes Deployments the Right Way

Kubernetes Deployments the Right Way

There is no argument that sustainable agility is a critical element in today’s digitally powered business world. It is not a secret that every software development company is aspiring to increase the rate of software development, deployment, and responsiveness to evolving customer demands. On top of these requirements, containers, containerization, and container deployments have bloomed with the maturity of virtualization and cloud computing. Likewise, you may also have wanted to power up the DevOps sector of your organization to embrace automated deployments. Undoubtedly, Kubernetes: as an open-source system for automating deployments, maybe one of the first options you chose for this upgrade. But, Kubernetes: still being an emerging technology, has a void for knowledge to implement this technology in the right way. There are many basic aspects that you need… Read More »Kubernetes Deployments the Right Way

AWS GovCloud Kubernetes Solutions

AWS GovCloud Kubernetes Solutions

What is AWS GovCloud? AWS GovCloud is a secluded cloud platform for the US state, federal and local government with infrastructure and services designed to regulate customer-focused workloads, host sensitive data of US citizens, and address the most rigorous U.S. government security and compliance stipulations. The north-eastern and north-western regions of the US are considered as AWS GovCloud regions, isolated physically and logically (network isolation) from standard AWS regions. Nevertheless, the AWS GovCloud can be accessed and used by any US citizen, US Federal, state, and local government agency, and their partners to architect secure cloud solutions for accelerating government services. Currently, the AWS GovCloud addresses the following US compliance regimes: FedRAMP High baseline, the DOJ’s Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Security Policy, Export Administration Regulations (EAR), U.S. International Traffic… Read More »AWS GovCloud Kubernetes Solutions

Agile Waterfall

Agile vs Waterfall in Government Contacts

Agile vs Waterfall for Innovation in Government Contacts Scrum-Fall Hybrid Scrum and Waterfall Scrum-Fall is a hybrid system development methodology that combines the best of the Agile Scrum methodology with the best practices of the Waterfall methodology. When we consider government IT projects, we have to introduce a new and improved development methodology that is capable of successfully tackling the challenges presented by them. Waterfall with innovations? The Waterfall methodology possesses some significant drawbacks due to the complex and ever-changing parameters of modern software development. For example, the Waterfall methodology limits the design of the final product entirely to the initial stages of the project. It does not offer any flexibility thereafter. Thus, it builds upon various assumptions about user requirements that eventually turn out to be wrong. The Waterfall… Read More »Agile vs Waterfall in Government Contacts

Microservices Architecture

Benefits of the Microservices Architecture by Refactoring to AWS Kubernetes containers

Benefits of the Microservices Architecture The Microservices Architecture has become quite the buzzword, with many large organizations adopting some form of it to power their applications which cater to millions of users every day. Some of the biggest names like NetFlix, eBay, Amazon, and Spotify, have either migrated their legacy applications to Microservice-based applications or built them from scratch in a modular fashion. The Microservices Architecture refers to a development concept that moves applications from large monolithic designs to modular services often called refactoring. The point is to keep each module lightweight and scalable. It is also possible to convert or refactor monolithic applications into a Microservice-based architecture. Component-based Isolation The main characteristic of Microservices Architecture is that applications are built as multiple small components. Components can be created with… Read More »Benefits of the Microservices Architecture by Refactoring to AWS Kubernetes containers

Digital Transformation in Government

Government Digital Transformation using Smart Technology for Social Distance Remote Work

Government Digital Transformation using Smart Technology for Social Distance Remote Work Many organizations have used Digital Transformation as a way to fundamentally change the way they provide value to customers by integrating technology. Government organizations seem to be quite behind due to many reasons, such as not cultivating a culture that supports transformation, and not considering social distance for health, adopting cloud efficiency, or remote work as priorities. Critical factors for enabling Social Distance Remote Work in Government Many governments are now embracing Digital Transformation. However, many of these projects fail due to the rigidity of the processes followed. Agile software factories are one of the most important tools that can be used to make this process run smoothly. We discuss the five most important aspects of Digital Transformation for… Read More »Government Digital Transformation using Smart Technology for Social Distance Remote Work

Software Factory

Software Factory Best Practices with Automation and DevOps

Software Factory Best Practices Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix are just a few of the giants among the many organizations that have disrupted the application development and deployment paradigm. Despite them being from very different industries and using their applications and infrastructure for unique and abstract purposes, there are a few common themes that underlie almost all of these journeys. Many of these organizations gradually built up to their own mix of these practices, which have now become common-place. While it took most of them close to a decade to fine-tune their approaches, knowing about them can give any organization looking to make a similar leap a clear head start. A paradigm shift with devops methodology One of the most common trends seen in many organizations that are now leading… Read More »Software Factory Best Practices with Automation and DevOps

Kubernetes advance Innovation

How does AWS Kubernetes advance Innovation with STARS II government contracts?

How does AWS Kubernetes advance Innovation for Air Force Kubernetes with STARS II government contracts? Cloud services have revolutionized the way enterprises do business. Innovations have become common-place due to the capabilities offered by cloud technologies and the ease of adopting these to software development and enterprise business processes. In the 1990s and 2000s, many applications were monolithic and experienced long development cycles and quarterly or annual deployment cycles due to the difficulties of maintaining stability and post-deployment issues. Other issues included the giant tasks of managing on-premise physical servers, which could take from days to weeks to purchase and restore in case of failure. The introduction of Virtual Machines came as a welcome change which further reduced these deployment times down to the range of hours. Containers improved these… Read More »How does AWS Kubernetes advance Innovation with STARS II government contracts?