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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 ball down the road. The problem? Complexity. Let’s face it, the IT world is growing more complex by the week. Sure, SaaS simplified a lot of complex apps that either weren’t central to the business we’re in or were vastly similar for the entire market, but once you get past those easy picking... (more)

Rethinking Operations Automation | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The world of automated provisioning has come a long way in a short time. From hand deploying everything from temporary VMs to complex clustered systems, we have reached the point where the entire operations stack can be provisioned with the click of a button – provided the infrastructure has been put together to do so. This has the huge benefit of offering operations more time to work on projects that add value to the organization. That new system that marketing needs can now move forward because operations has the man-hours, for example. It also offers the surety that there isn... (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)

Complex Complexity. Simplified | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #DataCenter

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 s... (more)

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Server Provisioning Tools | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Note: Originally Posted to Every technology market has a set of questions that is good to have on hand when you look at the products that serve the market. This is true of every space I’ve worked in, and true with every vendor I’ve worked for. The key is that there are not golden answers to most of these questions. The importance of a given question deeply depends upon your environment. With that said, I’ll throw a bunch of starting questions out here, with the goal of helping some projects get moving along a little faster. Remember to weight these based on import... (more)