Interop is often thought of the land of big hardware and big networking. Take a tour around the massive exhibit hall and you’ll witness a sea of marketing dollars from hardware, networking, data center design, and storage vendors.
But as I walked around in on of my DevOps t-shirts (DevOps Days Boston to be precise) I was surprised by the number of conference attendees who made a comment or struck up a conversation with me about DevOps.
DevOps was definitely on a significant number of people’s minds. Further evidence? The DevOps panel was one of the last sessions of the 5 day conference yet a sizable crowd stuck around and peppered the panelists with engaging questions.
Below you’ll find the video from that lively “DevOps and You” panel at Interop Las Vegas on May 12, 2011
I had the pleasure of being the track chair for the DevOps Track at Cloud Connect 2011. It was a short track (3 sessions) but thankfully a great lineup of all-stars accepted my invitation to participate!
Here is the video from the panel featuring all of our DevOps Track speakers. The audio is a bit soft in parts, but I think you’ll find it to be great content. I played the role of moderator and spent most of my time in the audience getting questions from the attendees.
Andrew Shafer – Cloud Scaling Teyo Tyree – Puppet Labs Alex Honor – DTO Solutions / Rundeck Project James Urquhart – Cisco Juan Paul Ramirez – Shopzilla Lloyd Taylor – ngmoco:)
Note: Some of the attendees had video cameras out and may have recorded the other sessions in the track. If I uncover those videos, I’ll post it ASAP.
At LISA 2010, I caught up with Aaron Peterson (Opscode) and Kevin Gray (Dyn) after they gave a very interesting presentation/demo called “DevOps Gameday“.
From the title, I think a number of attendees were expecting to see the standard Dev to Ops promotion/deployment of code that is so common to the DevOps discussion. Instead the presenters (Opscode, Zenoss, Dyn Inc.) focused on what happens when you have a failure after the code has been deployed. This demo was about self-healing infrastructure… breaking a multi-node system and having it heal itself.
Of course, this kind of canned demo isn’t all that new in the vendor world. However, what is very interesting about their efforts is they want to capture the best practices required to do it and share the code with the world through their combined project (hosted on GitHub).
If they fulfill the mission of their open project, it’s exactly the kind of “here is how you can do what the big players do” sharing that is good for our industry.
InfoQ.com has posted the videos they recorded at DevOps Day USA 2010. You can watch six of the seven panels now on the InfoQ.com 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.
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.
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?
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 http://www.infoq.com/presentations/DevOps-outside-Web-Operations
Early reports from OSCON are that DevOps is a topic of much discussion. My fellow dev2ops.org contributor Alex Honor and I are headed to Portland this morning to give DevOps related talks at OSCON. If you are there Wednesday or Thursday, please come by and say hello!