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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)