This is a great presentation by John Willis at the SVDevOps Meetup back in April. John discusses the various interesting trends and traits he is seeing in the industry. From Deming to CAMS to GitHub to Etsy… John, as he always does, paints an interesting picture of the roots of DevOps and successful DevOps cultures.
Archive for the ‘Video’ Category
Alex Honor posted a helpful writeup on rundeck.org:
If you are new to Rundeck, watch Will Sterling give an introduction to what Rundeck can do and how he uses it to automate work at DataLogix.
Here are some notable quotes:
- “Multi-tentant command orchestration and process automation with WebGUI, CLI, and RESTful API.”
- “Target nodes with rich metadata. Never use hostnames again.”
- “Process automation via multi-step jobs…Options allow users to pick one or more values.”
- “Rundeck makes everything in the GUI available through the API.”
Besides showing off the basics, Will opened up Eclipse to step through ruby code that talks to Puppet to communicate node information to Rundeck. His code only includes nodes he can ping and have a certain class.
Will also showed off how he uses resty as nice shell based way to access the Rundeck API.
Culture. It’s the most mentioned and the most ignored part of the DevOps conversation.
Lots of lip service has been paid to the importance of culture (“It all starts with culture”, “DevOps is a cultural and professional movement”, “Culture over tools”, etc..). But just as fast as everyone agrees that culture is supreme, the conversation turns straight to tools, tools, and more tools.
Recently, John Willis, my fellow dev2ops.org contributor and DevOps Cookbook co-author, let this tweet fly:
I am officially pulling the "C" out of CAMS… No one really gives a shit about it anyway. It's always about the tools… #devopsIsDead
— botchagalupe (@botchagalupe) August 28, 2012
John has been as big of a culture warrior as anyone — constantly fighting to elevate the importance of and the discussion around DevOps Culture. He later said that this tweet was part exasperation and part challenge.
It was obvious to John that the difference between high performing and low performing companies was their DevOps culture, not the tools. But rather than be satisfied by the default explanation of DevOps Culture maturity being either that a company “gets it” or “doesn’t get it”, John was challenging the community to dive deeper into the issue.
During the week of Velocity London and DevOps Days Rome, there were finally some presentations that answered that call and were all about the culture. I did a presentation on defining DevOps Culture and what high performing companies do to reinforce it (based on the work of DTO Solutions). Michael Rembetsy and Patrick McDonnell gave a great peek behind the scenes of Etsy’s transformation to a company with a fast moving and high performing culture. Mark Burgess (CFengine) gave an interesting talk on the importance of, and science behind, relationships.
(slides were updated after the presentation)
(when you watch Mark’s video you will understand why there are no slides posted here!)
The ecosystem of open source DevOps-friendly tools has experienced explosive growth in the past few years. There are so many great tools out there that finding the right one for a particular use case has become quite easy.
As the old problem of a lack of tooling fades into the distance, the new problem of tool integration is becoming more apprent. Deployment tools, configuration management tools, build tools, repository tools, monitoring tools — By design, most of the popular modern tools in our space are point solutions.
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.
This one is for the managers out there who straddle the Dev and Ops divide.
Alex Honor and Betsy Hearnsberger have seen the importance of release management dramatically change over the past decade. Through their collective experiences working inside organizations like E*TRADE, Ask.com, NASA Ames, and Zynga (as well as Alex’s subsequent consulting work at DTO Solutions) they’ve each amassed a wealth of experience and insight into dealing with high velocity release engineering in large scale and complex organizations.