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There has certainly been no lack of punditry and controversy in the US regarding the hacking of John Podesta’s email account (along with the DNC email hack), with some claiming they were responsible for Mrs. Clinton’s loss in the election. I will leave the impact of these claims to those who write and talk about politics. I don’t discuss politics in a work setting, so will leave that aspect to them. What I would like to address is the security infrastructure versus security posture that made this hack possible. For the uninitiated, Mr. Podesta received a targeted phishing email directing him to reset his password. This prompted him to contact IT support, who told him there was indeed a threat, and he should reset his password. Up to this point, it sounds like a day in the life of any enterprise. Reassured by IT support, he clicked on the link in the email to reset ... (more)

You Need #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @DMacVittie #CD #APM #Monitoring

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)

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)

It Is Past Time to Deconstruct #DevOps By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #Containers #Microservices

It is interesting to me how quickly the hype cycle of a good thing can turn it into a monster that will inevitably eat itself, leaving a much smaller – and much more useful – concept or toolset behind. It has happened over and over in high tech, one need only say “XML” to understand what I mean. It is definitely a useful tool for some jobs, but the “XML Everywhere” craze was insane. People declaring such patently false ideas as “It will end the need for programmers.” Thankfully for those of us using it, XML in the enterprise is largely a data-at-rest tool for small datasets (inc... (more)

Provisioning the Entire Stack | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

As we move into the world of complete data center automation, there is a whole new selection of issues that we are learning to resolve – from custom hardware to a variety of provisioning tools at each level of automation. These are not unexpected issues, but they certainly provide us with plenty to do while we’re trying to reduce the amount of busy work we have to do. We’re currently in the process of stringing together applications at the various layers to do server provisioning, application provisioning, and (for internal apps at least) application deployment. The options out th... (more)