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We in IT live in a complex world. While complexity is rapidly increasing, we are working hard on simplifying it. The two things occurring at the same time certainly do not make for a smooth or even linear transition, but at a minimum we are keeping complexity from overwhelming the number of man-hours available to manage the overall IT world. Our simplification efforts are across the board, which is an amazing phenomenon that I will happily lay the credit for on the DevOps world. While DevOps continues to mean different things to different people, that is the very reason we are seeing improvement in most areas of dev and operations both. And all of these efforts, while providing other benefits, generally work to make someone’s life easier by easing the burden of IT. Whether it be self-service to assist users, automated provisioning to help operations, or CI/CD to he... (more)

You Need DevOps By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit @StackIQ #DevOps

For those unfamiliar, as a developer working in marketing for an infrastructure automation company, I have tried to clarify the different versions of DevOps by capitalizing the part that benefits in a given DevOps scenario. In this case we’re talking about operations improvements. While devs – particularly those involved in automation or DevOps will find it interesting, it really talks to growing issues Operations are finding. The problem is right in front of us, we’re confronting it every day, and yet a ton of us aren’t fixing it for our organizations, we’re merely kicking the ... (more)

Infrastructure as (Someone Else’s) Code By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

We are rapidly approaching a world where the bulk of datacenter day-to-day operations are automated. The major application provisioning tools are integrating with infrastructure vendor APIs to give operations the power to control and monitor the datacenter – including things like SAN and networking gear – through their systems. To my mind this is a very cool development, but before we rush headlong into this world, let’s have a frank discussion about the nature of infrastructure, the nature of these integrations, and the nature of hackers. Because it’s never all sunshine and un... (more)

Free as in Beer By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo #Cloud #OpenSource

(Note: This blog originally posted to the Stacki Open Source project website. It has cosmetic changes to account for presentation differences between the two sites) Many years ago, I wrote a blog that aimed to help organizations evaluate open source projects in terms of enterprise suitability. That blog was lost when the employer took the publication off-line, and my Google-fu has been unable to recover a copy (if you happen to have it, ping me, I’d love a copy). At the time I wrote it, I considered blogs to be dispensable, with less need to keep a copy than articles – because t... (more)

From a Network Perspective, What Is VDI, Really?

We at F5 – like most collectives of geeks - are constantly discussing the wide array of IT boondoggles that are out there, looking at which ones hold water and which are just passing fads. Often we’re debating which are passing fads. Today I received an email to a small group asking if any of us had tried out the augmented reality stuff out there. I haven’t, but that gives you an idea of the edge that is sometimes taken. And it is that time of year where every pundit and their uncle is making predictions about what will happen in high-tech next year. It is easy to forget that hi... (more)