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Mitchell Hashimoto shows why Vagrant is a cool and useful tool (video)

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At last night’s San Francisco DevOps Meetup, Mitchell Hashimoto (creator of Vagrant) was the featured speaker.

Mitchell gave a quick overview of why Vagrant is important and then gets into some interesting and useful tips and tricks. 

Vagrant is one of those interesting tools that has bubbled up from the DevOps community. It’s relatively easy to use and shows that there is a better way to do things (in this case, using virtualization to improve the development and testing lifecycle).

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

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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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Video: Lloyd Taylor on diagnosing and transforming your organization

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I find Lloyd Taylor to be creating some of the most interesting and fresh DevOps related content around. He dives right to the heart of cultural issues and provides clear insights and practical strategies we can all use. Lloyd comes from an interesting background that combines senior operations experience at some of the biggest names on the web with his long-standing interest in studying interpersonal and organizational dynamics. If it sounds like I’m a fan, it’s because I am. Each time I listen to Lloyd speak, I learn something new. Hopefully you will as well.

Enjoy Lloyd’s presentation (and the ensuing discussion before my camera battery ran out) from this week’s SVDevOps meetup, it’s well worth an hour of your time:

 

 

Books from Lloyd’s recommended reading list (links go to Amazon):

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

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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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Anthony Shortland on strategies for solving DevOps problems (Video)

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Last night, Adrian Cole (of jclouds fame) organized a Java-oriented DevOps Meetup here in San Francisco. 

There were a number of freeform lightening talks used as an excellent device to get the conversation started. Below is an interesting talk from DTO’s Anthony Shortand. Anthony gave an excellent conceptual introduction to two strategies for solving DevOps problems, “Full Lifecycle Traceability” and “Establishing a Formal Separation of Concerns”.

 

 

 

 

DevOps (live) at OSCON

DevOps (live) at OSCON

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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!

 

Wednesday (7/21) 1:40pm in room Portland 251 is Alex’s presentation…
Open Source Tool Chains for Cloud Computing 

Thursday (7/22) 10:40am in room D135 is Damon’s presentation… 
The IT Philharmonic: How Out of Tune Are Your Operations? 

 

Both talks feature lots of new content (even though the titles and outdated descriptions on the OSCON site are similar to our Velocity talks) 

 

 

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