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 unicorns, and automation is no exception.
The rush to integrate has created a consumption level of new and previously
unheard of modules that is astounding. If a module meets a pent up desire,
thousands of organizations are using it in production practically overnight.
This makes sense as more... (more)
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)
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)
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)
(Note: This blog originally posted to the Stacki Open Source project website.
It has cosmetic changes to account for presentation differences between the
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)