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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)

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)

Bare Metal Blog: Quality Is Systemic, or It Is Not

February 5, 2013 BareMetalBlog talking about quality testing of hardware, in all its forms. F5 does a great job in this space. For those of you new to the Bare Metal Blog series, find them all right here. In all critical systems – from home heating units to military firearms – the failure of even one piece can have catastrophic results for the user. While it is unlikely that the failure of an ADC is going to be quite so catastrophic, it can certainly make IT staff’s day(s) terrible and cost the organization a fortune in lost revenue. That’s not to mention the problems that downt... (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)

Cloud Database – Are You Prepared?

The ongoing saga of everything cloud is entertaining, if nothing else. I have a couple of areas of interest that aren’t really burning up the electrons, one of them is cloud databases. Let’s face it, while “the cloud” is interesting in an application sense, for IT it is relatively useless without the ability to access databases. Normally databases housed in your internal IT department. Of course internal “private” clouds will address much  of this issue, until they are readily available, we are faced with the reality that we have to find a solution we can trust to house data that... (more)