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Videos from DevOps Day 2010 panels!


Damon Edwards / has posted the videos they recorded at DevOps Day USA 2010. You can watch six of the seven panels now on the site. There was a production problem with the seventh panel (“DevOps outside of WebOps”) that, if it can be fixed, will be posted as well. InfoQ decided that the lightening talks didn’t fit into their format so they have sent my co-organizer, Andrew Shafer the raw video and he’s going to look into posting them himself.

You can also download audio only versions (.mp3)

Here are the links to the 6 panels…

Your mileage may vary: Experiences and lessons learned facing DevOps problems in the IT trenches (even if they weren’t calling it DevOps!). The good, the bad, the surprises, and ideas for the future.
Stefan Apitz – LinkedIn
Ernest Muller – National Instruments
Dan Nemec – SilverPop
Burzin Engineer – Shopzilla
Kevin Rae – PowerReviews
moderator: Andrew Shafer
Infrastructure as code: Automation is essential to DevOps. The infrastructure as code concept drives many of today’s cutting edge automaton techniques. What is it all about? Where are its limitations?
Theo Schlossnagle – OmniTI
Luke Kanies – Puppet Labs
Adam Jacob – Opscode
Erik Troan – rPath
moderator: Patrick Debois
Changing culture to enable DevOps: Changing tools is easy when compared to changing people and processes. How can we cultivate an organization’s culture to identify and solve DevOps problems?
John Allspaw – Etsy
Lee Thompson – DTO Solutions
Israel Gat – The Agile Executive
Lloyd Taylor – Netelder Associates
moderator: Andrew Shafer
Does the Cloud needs DevOps? Does DevOps need the Cloud?: Examining the role that cloud technologies can play in solving DevOps problems and the role that DevOps solutions can play in getting the most out of cloud technologies.
James Urquhart – Cisco
Adrian Cole – Jclouds
Justin Dean – Shopzilla
Joe Arnold – Cloudscaling
moderator: John Willis
DevOps requires visibility: monitoring, testing, and performance: Examining the (often overlooked) role of monitoring and testing techniques in solving DevOps problems.
Jyoti Bansal – AppDynamics
Gareth Bowles – Appscio
Matt Ray – Zenoss
Eishay Smith – kaChing
Javier Soltero – SpringSource
moderator: Damon Edwards
Making the business case: We know that solving DevOps problems improves your business operations and improves the bottom line, but how do you do you explain that to your CEO or CFO? How do you get the executives to buy in and invest in DevOps solutions?
Kurt Milne – IT Process Institute
Jay Lyman – The 451 Group
Rolf Andrew Russell – ThoughtWorks
Jody Mulkey – Shopzilla
moderator: Damon Edwards


EDIT: The recording for seventh panel was rescued from technical oblivion and is now live!…

DevOps outside of Web Operations: Much of the public discussion about DevOps focuses on Web Operations. This panel is about taking the lessons of DevOps to other types of IT.
Adam Fletcher – ITA Software
Gene Kim – Tripwire
Michael Stahnke –
James Turnbull – Puppet Labs
John Willis – Opscode
moderator: Patrick Debois

OpenStack leaves out the “extra” you’ll only find in Amazon AWS

OpenStack leaves out the “extra” you’ll only find in Amazon AWS

Noah Campbell / 

Often I’ve heard the off hand comment that it is just a matter of time before there is another rival to Amazon’s EC2. The private cloud has always been looming around the corner for those with large pocket books, and yet one rarely hears about a cloud offering the beats AWS’s EC2. Even Rich Wolski, CTO of Eucalypus, has no delusions as to the scale pre-package software can tackle out of the box.

“One of the misconceptions about Eucalyptus is that it is able to allow an org to compete with Amazon,” Wolski told us. “The Amazon AWS [Amazon Web Services] cloud is far more than a collection of software components. It operates on a gigantic scale, multiple time zones, multiple data centers, human resources that must be committed to maintain it so it can operate at that scale. It’s not likely — maybe even impossible — that you’re going to download something from the internet that is going to be able to operate at that scale. Eucalyptus can’t really be used for that purpose.” [1]

So what gives EC2 the “extra” everyone wants to replicate?

First and foremost, AWS’s EC2 is not a product of technology, but instead a product of operational excellence. It is in their culture, all the way down to their infamous door desks [2] and Jeff Bezos mediations on waste to shareholders in 2008 [3]. They took existing open source software and wrapped a service interface around it, while quietly offering some pretty amazing feats (vm startups measured in minutes from some mysterious cloud storage). Don’t let their technology stack fool you, their value is in their operational discipline. AWS keeps their operational practices under wraps because they believe it gives them an advantage, and even if they did divulge them, they’re likely nontransferable to your organization.

With the recent announcement of OpenStack, folks can consider another set of software components to implement their cloud and try to replicate the “extra” they get from AWS. However, without a solid focus on operations, they’re not going to get much further than they would have gotten with Eucalyptus.


This post is by the newest blogger, Noah Campbell. Noah is a consultant specializing in automated infrastructure and DevOps process improvement.