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)
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)
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)
(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)
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)