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Kenzan + DataStax Co-author White Paper

Benchmarking AWS on DSE: A Guide to Raising Performance and Reducing Costs

Kenzan specializes in building scalable, data-driven solutions, and we often leverage the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) for customers that have high expectations for both performance and value. That means making careful, informed choices when designing the cloud infrastructure that applications run on.

Controlling costs is always a priority for businesses that rely on AWS for running DSE. With AWS, it can be tempting to solve performance issues simply by adding more resources until the problem goes away. However, this “solution” results in increased costs which quickly add up over time.

In this co-authored white paper, Kenzan and DataStax identify some of the key factors to consider when building out infrastructure on AWS, outlining practical steps you can take to optimize performance with DSE on AWS while keeping costs in check.

Click here to read the white paper.

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Walter Schlosser, Back End Developer

The passions that best describe Kenzan back end developer Walter Schlosser include video games, technology, science and yo-yos! A graduate in engineering physics and computer science from Colorado School of Mines, Walter strives to continually learn and improve his problem solving skills to develop rock-solid applications with his teammates. Walter’s interests have recently expanded into the world of Docker and containerization, Kubernetes, and Node.js. When he isn’t hacking away on his Raspberry Pi backed Docker Swarm, you can find Walter competing with his friends in Super Smash Bros., reading an intriguing science article, or relaxing with his favorite return top.

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Kenzan Announced as Pivotal Advanced Partner

Pivotal Unveils New Channel Program to Accelerate Customer Transition to a Modern, Digital Enterprise.

  • The Pivotal Ready Partner Program enables partners to build deep expertise and thriving businesses with Pivotal.
  • More than 25 inaugural partners have joined, including Accenture, Altoros, Cognizant, ECS Team, INSYS Group, and L&T, among others.
  • New partner program helps enterprises deliver software rapidly, reliably, and at scale, so customers can respond quickly and meaningfully to market opportunities and threats.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 2, 2016Pivotal®, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced the Pivotal Ready Partner Program, designed to build deep expertise and thriving businesses with the Pivotal Cloud Foundry® platform. Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s capabilities enhance developer productivity, enable operational excellence, and provide enterprise-grade security, scalability, high availability, and operational control. With the new Pivotal Ready Partner Program, Pivotal’s partner ecosystem will play a critical role in helping customers make the transition to a modern, digital enterprise.

“From the C-level down, companies are facing digital transformation and must change how they deliver software and data,” said Nick Cayou, vice president, Global Alliances at Pivotal. “These same companies are making strategic, long-term decisions that designate Pivotal Cloud Foundry as the core platform for all future digital initiatives, allowing them to respond quickly and meaningfully to market opportunities and threats.”

The Pivotal Ready Partner Program is a service program developed exclusively to support the system integrator and consultant community around Pivotal Cloud Foundry, with two tiers:

  • Registered: the base-level tier where Partners begin developing knowledge and expertise around Pivotal Cloud Foundry.
  • Advanced: a more robust partner investment with Pivotal, including benefits such as discounted fees on select instructor-led courses, an assigned Pivotal Alliance Manager, and an appointed Pivotal Platform Architect. Advanced partners are often building a practice around Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

As part of the Pivotal Ready Partner Program, Pivotal also introduced collaborations with partners Accenture, Altoros, Cognizant, Crosslake, ECS Team, Grape Up, INSYS Group, Kenzan, L&T Infotech, mimacom, Perficient, and ProKarma, among others.

Larry Samuels, President of Kenzan

“Kenzan is excited to participate in the Pivotal Ready Partner Program. As consultants who work closely with clients that are focused on adopting continuous integration and continuous delivery into their environments, we have found Cloud Foundry to be a proven solution that we are proud to support.”

Join the Pivotal Ready Partner Program

For consulting or system integration partners interested in joining or learning more about the Pivotal Ready Partner Program, visit http://pivotal.io/partners/program.

About Pivotal
Pivotal’s Cloud Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley’s most valuable companies for over a decade, today Pivotal leads a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software.

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Kenzan will host RI Secretary of Commerce, TechHireRI, and Employers in a Conference that Focuses on Filling Tech Jobs with Overlooked Talent

TechHire Rhode Island to Connect Overlooked Tech Talent with Employers at Workforce Conference

Providence, Rhode Island (August 23, 2016) – On Thursday, August 25, Kenzan will host the High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional conference to bring together Rhode Island work ready tech talent with industry insiders, employers, and community partners. This conference will be a part of Rhode Island’s ongoing statewide efforts fill unfilled tech jobs by opening a vast, new pool of diverse tech talent that is often overlooked by companies and recruiters.

The High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional conference will spark a conversation on how Rhode Island employers can benefit from the state’s growing tech talent pipeline. IT jobs are the most unfilled jobs in Rhode Island, but many candidates process the skills to do the job, do not have the academic pedigree to be considered; even though these IT skills can be learned in community colleges, industry certified training programs, coding boot camps, or in high-quality online courses. At this conference, employers will be able to meet work-ready candidates trained through these platforms, the sources of tech talent, and provide feedback on how future IT training can be tweaked to meet their hiring needs. Kenzan and TechHire Rhode Island will be leading the conference, and Rhode Island’s Secretary of Commerce, Stefan Pryor, will be delivering the opening remarks to kick off the conversation.

“While companies are pulling out all the stops to recruit highly educated employees, they’re missing out on talented candidates, who, while lacking a college degree, still possess the same level of skills and competencies as their degree-holding counterparts,” says Kevin McKenna, director of operations at Kenzan. “We believe that if you have the skills and the motivation to do a job, you should have the same chance as everyone else, regardless of educational background. That’s why we are hosting this event and are proud to be partners with TechHireRI as we work together to better our community and bring more jobs to Rhode Island.”

“We’re proud to be working with Kenzan and the State of Rhode Island to close the opportunity gap between employers and talented IT candidates”, said Damian Ewens, Director of TechHire Rhode Island, “TechHireRI is committed to making sure that Rhode Islanders have skills that matter for jobs that pay. Because many of the best paying and most difficult to fill jobs across all industries are in IT and software development, we can help employers fill unfilled jobs with qualified candidates by opening a new pool of diverse but overlooked tech talent.”

High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional will take place 5:00pm on Thursday, August 25 at Kenzan’s headquarters. Event participants will hear from Apprenticeship RI, General Assembly, LaunchCode, Tech Force, and Year Up, and learn how computer science (CS) minors are gearing up to transform higher education.

To learn more and RSVP for High Tech Recruiting: Cultivating the Unconventional, go to: https://cultivatingtheunconventionalhi.splashthat.com/#

About Kenzan
Kenzan is a cutting edge software engineering and consulting services firm that was founded in 2004 by Christopher Kilmer. Specializing in application development, platform as a service, cloud virtualization and consulting services, Kenzan offers customized end-to-end solutions for clients such as Charter, HBO, Altice (Cablevision), Thomson Reuters, GroupM and Time Warner Cable. For more information, please visit kenzan.com.

About TechHire Rhode Island
TechHire Rhode Island, powered by Opportunity@Work, is Rhode Island’s tech talent pipeline that gives individuals from non-traditional backgrounds a pathway into well-paying, in-demand software development and IT jobs. TechHireRI helps employers get immediate access to overlooked, vetted, work-ready tech talent and send a “bat signal” to TechHire’s best-in-class IT education and training partners to ensure curriculum matches and is responsive to real tech jobs and skills in demand. For more information, please visit TechHireRI.org.

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Kenzan Supports R.I. Governor’s Computer Science Initiative

With more than one million tech jobs expected to go unfulfilled by 2020, Kenzan is helping to fill that pipeline with highly-qualified job seekers through an apprenticeship program in our Rhode Island office.

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Netflix Releases New Continuous Delivery Platform – Spinnaker

Kenzan congratulates Netflix on the release of Spinnaker, the streaming media company’s new continuous delivery platform that will enable users  to use a consistent tool to deploy applications and infrastructure to major cloud platforms.  Spinnaker is being introduced to build upon the success of Netflix’s existing Asgard platform.  Unlike with Asgard, users will now be able to create pipeline builds for deployment to many cloud providers, which represents a significant step forward for all major enterprises interested in using cloud native architectures.  Check out Spinnaker here (spinnaker.io).

Kenzan, the professional services/software engineering firm that has long embraced the cloud and Netflix OSS stack, is proud to be working with Netflix and Google team members in support of this release.  Kenzan has contributed a framework for Spinnaker packaging, installation and startup leading to a simplified user experience, provided testing and feedback for AWS as well as AWS public images.  Click here to learn more about other Kenzan open source projects (github.com/kenzanlabs).

Find out more about Kenzan here (kenzan.com/about-us/).

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Breaking new ground in Rhode Island for women in tech

When some people think of software developers, Catherine Plotts says they sometimes picture a stereotype. “They’re in the basement, coding all day, surrounded by Doritos and Mountain Dew,” says Plotts, who is a lead developer at Kenzan

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Charter Lineup Joins Roku

As the industry continues to embrace OTT, Charter takes a significant step

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Kenzan Heads West

Kenzan, a professional services/software engineering firm with deep ties to the media industry, continued its westward expansion this month by opening a new office in Denver’s historic lower downtown (LoDo)district. This move follows the company’s recent establishment of an LA presence and major expansion of its Providence, RI headquarters. These events, combined with the firm’s 10+ year presence in New York City, provide Kenzan with a wide footprint enabling it to actively support clients from coast to coast.

Founded in 2004 by iTV industry veteran Christopher Kilmer, Kenzan has significantly expanded over the past several years as its core competencies of PaaS (platform as a service), cloud virtualization, application development and DevOps have proven to be in demand due to significant marketplace shifts. Examples of these shifts include OTT content delivery and the growing need for cloud based products and services within the media industry and beyond.

Historically known for supporting major media companies, Kenzan has added new verticals to its portfolio this year as many of the digital technologies it uses, including AWS and Netlflix OSS, are being leveraged by progressive media and non-media companies. Per company CEO Christopher Kilmer, “We have been fortunate to support and be challenged by highly innovative clients. The insights, learnings and experience have been invaluable. We seem to be well positioned for what’s happening now and are very thankful.”

Looking ahead, Kenzan anticipates further growth. The firm is currently hiring for all roles and all offices.

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iAB Advanced TV Primer

The iAB Advanced TV Advisory Board crafts a primer for Buyers and Brands