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Using Rundeck and Chef to Build DevOps Toolchains at #ChefConf 2012

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I presented at #ChefConf 2012 in Burlingame last Thursday on using Rundeck and Chef to Build DevOps toolchains.

The heart of the presentation was a demonstration of continuous build and deployment showing Adam Jacob’s chef-rundeck plugin working as a Rundeck resource model source (node provider) and jobs using knife and the Chef server API to manage databag-based application configuration.

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Value of DevOps Culture: It’s not just hugs and kumbaya

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The importance of culture is a recurring theme in most DevOps discussions. It’s often cited as the thing your should start with and the thing you should worry about the most.

But other than the rather obvious idea that it’s beneficial for any company to have a culture of trust, communication, and collaboration… can using DevOps thinking to change your culture actually provide a distinct business advantage?

Let’s take the example of Continuous Deployment (or it’s sibling, Continuous Delivery). This is an operating model that embodies a lot of the ideals that you’ll hear about in DevOps circles and is impossible to properly implement if your org suffers from DevOps problems.

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Kohsuke Kawaguchi presents Jenkins to Silicon Valley DevOps Meetup (Video)

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Kohsuke Kawaguchi stopped by the Silicon Valley DevOps Meetup on June 7, 2011 to give an in-depth tour of Jenkins. Kohsuke is the founder of both the Hudson and the Jenkins open source projects and now works for CloudBees.

Kohsuke’s presentation covered not only the Jenkins basics but also more advanced topics like distributed builds in the cloud, the matrix project, and build promotion. Video and slides are below.

Once again, thanks to Box.net for hosting the event!

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Adam Rosien on how Wealthfront moves fast and agile (Video)

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Damon Edwards / 

 

Adam Rosien from Wealthfront came to the Silicon Valley DevOps Meetup on Tuesday April 5 and gave a great presentation on how they use techniques like Continuous Deployment, Test Driven Development, and their “Immune System” (think automated testing and analysis) to run fast and run agile. Wealthfront’s DevOps lifecycle challenges a lot of conventional assumptions, but the results they achieve in a highly-regulated financial services business (with already over $180M being managed) speak for themselves.

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Special thanks to the kind folks at Box.net for hosting the meetup! 

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“Meet the DevOps Experts” panel at Cloud Connect 2011 (video)

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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. 

Panelists:

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.

 

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Video Q&A: Adam Rosien on how Continuous Deployment relies on great testing

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Damon Edwards / 

Last night, Adam Rosien of Wealthfront (formerly called KaChing) gave a presentation on Continuous Deployment at the Large Scale Production Engineering Meetup on Yahoo’s campus.

Afterwards, I grabbed Adam for a quick chat about a topic that has been troubling me: 

Newcomers to the Continuous Deployment idea often overlook the importance of fully automated testing and instead focus their attention on the number of deployments these companies are making per day.

In the video below, Adam stresses how important a role testing plays in Continuous Deployment. Testing really is the linchpin on which a successful implementation of the Continuous Deployment methodology relies. 

If you are an active reader of this blog or listen to the DevOps Cafe podcast, you probably know by now that we are big fans of the process, tooling, and culture being cultivated by the folks at Wealthfront. Previous content featuring them can be found here, here, and here.

They are not clients of any of the contributors to this blog. We just think that they are a great example of a scrappy company rethinking IT Operations to maximize business value and agility. Their engineering blog is a must read. 

 

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