• Making The Case For Energy Efficient Code 18 August 2014, 04:24 PM The current state of measuring the environmental impact of our IT infrastructure is missing a big piece of the puzzle. One of the metrics we use, power usage effectiveness (PUE), only looks at how much power entering a data center is being consumed by the computer hardware in relation to the total amount of energy the facility uses. But what about the millions of lines of code running on that hardware? How can we know if that’s energy efficient code? Recently, our own John Chang spoke with Adam Lesser of Gigaom Research about how CAST’s new Green IT Index is giving CIOs all new ways to mea...
  • 6 Hidden Costs of Building Your Own Open Source Code Analyzer Platform 18 August 2014, 01:32 PM Thinking about building your own multi-language custom source code analyzer platform using open source components?  Sure, the upsides seem to add up: no licensing fees, great customization ability, and an impressive new entry on your resume (making it even shinier).  Read that project charter once more before you sign it in ink, because our experience has shown it’s not quite that simple. Source Code Analyzer:  What is under the code? First, what we mean by “multi-language custom source code analyzer platform” is a platform that analyzes all the source code underlying your critical custom ...
  • Modernize QA with Automated Structural Quality Gates 12 August 2014, 09:04 AM Just like a species of insects can become resistant to a certain type of pesticide, a new strain of software bugs has emerged and is plaguing software developers and wreaking havoc on software quality — architecturally complex violations. Unlike a code-level bug, a system level defect involves interactions between several components, often spread across different levels of an application, making them much more difficult to find and fix. And even though these types of violations only account for 10 percent of the total number of defects, they lead to ninety percent of the production issues —...
  • A Financier’s Guide to Technical Debt 08 August 2014, 02:41 PM When one of our writers, Lev Lesokhin, started contributing to Wall Street & Technology he was shocked to find very little on the subject of technical debt. Considering how much the concept intersects the worlds of finance and technology, he thought he’d find whole forums of IT guys and financiers exploring the intricacies en mass. When he realized that was far from the case, he set out to create a guide to bridge the gap and get the conversation started. By taking some of the more complex concepts of technical debt and translating them into financial language, he hoped to bring the technic...
  • CAST Tries To Save the Planet with Green IT Index 05 August 2014, 08:15 AM It’s simple physics: a piece of application code gets caught in a logic loop, the CPU heats up as the increased throughput tries to make sense of the commands, the computer reacts by pumping more power to the motherboard and cooling system to keep everything up and running, and your electricity bill goes up. For a household server, this increase might be a miniscule blip in your monthly bill. But for a large IT organization with hundreds of thousands of servers located in datacenters around the world, that could start eating into quarterly profits. That’s why today we’re proud to announce ...
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