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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”.

 

 

 

 

Videos from DevOps Day 2010 panels!

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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.
Stefan Apitz – LinkedIn
Ernest Muller – National Instruments
Dan Nemec – SilverPop
Burzin Engineer – Shopzilla
Kevin Rae – PowerReviews
moderator: Andrew Shafer
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/your-mileage-may-vary

 

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
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/changing-culture-to-enable-DevOps

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
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/does-Cloud-need-DevOps

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
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/DevOps-requires-visibility

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
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Making-the-business-case

 

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
moderator: Patrick Debois
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/DevOps-outside-Web-Operations

 

 

Velocity and DevOps Day US was a success, now what?

Velocity and DevOps Day US was a success, now what?

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Now that DevOps Day US and Velocity are in the past, where can you go for in person DevOps discussions?

Below are the DevOps Meetups that I know about:

In the San Francisco Bay area…
Tonight (!) Tuesday July 6 is the Silicon Valley DevOps Meetup

In the Los Angeles area…
Wednesday July 14 is the SoCal DevOps Meetup

In the Boston area…
Tonight (!) Tuesday July 6 is the Boston DevOps Meetup 

Across the pond in the London area…
The London DevOps Group meets regularly and has a great site.

And of course don’t forget about the second installment of DevOps Days 2010 Europe October 15 – 16 in Hamburg Germany.

If you are looking for some online discussion, you can check out the following lists/groups:
DevOps Toolchain Google Group
Agile Systems Administration Google Group
DevOps LinkedIn Group
DevOps Google Group

Don’t forget #devops on Twitter.

 

and don’t forget to subscribe to the DevOps Cafe podcast!

 

Bonus: Here’s an interesting video interview with Patrick Debois (instigator of the DevOps Days conferences) by Daniel Cukier at the DevOps Day 2010 after-party.

The (Comedic) Truth about DevOps

The (Comedic) Truth about DevOps

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Many serious words have been written about DevOps, including my own “What is DevOps?” post. But sometimes a bit of comedy helps drive home some fundamental truth.

Behold Adam Jacob (CTO of Opscode): 

Note: this was part of Adam’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” talk at Velocity. Be sure to check out the other videos from his show talk. 2 drink minimum not required.

Panel discussion from OpsCamp San Francisco (video)

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My fellow dev2ops.org contributor, Lee Thompson, and I were asked to be a part of an impromptu panel discussion that kicked off OpsCamp San Francisco.

The results were an interesting and organic conversation that ranged from “DevOps”, to “repository and dependency management”, to “security is not compliance”, to “managing multiple data centers”, and to a variety of other topics in the span of 24 minutes.

Luckily, we got it all on video.  (Special thanks to Erica Brescia from Bitnami for doing the camera work!)

OpsCamp San Francisco 2010 Panel Discussion from dev2ops.org on Vimeo.

 

Videos: Jesse Robbins, Ezra Zygmuntowicz, Colleen Smith at Cloud Connect 2010

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Here’s another round of “3 Questions” interviews that I shot at Cloud Connect 2010 in San Jose, CA on March 17, 2010.
 
Jesse Robbins (Opscode / Chef), Ezra Zygmuntowicz (Engine Yard), and Colleen Smith (Symantec) were asked:
1. What brought you to Cloud Connect?
2. What aspect of the Cloud excites you the most these days?
3. Wildcard question!…
 
Jesse Robbins is the CEO of Opscode and one of the creators of Chef.
Wildcard question: How does “infrastructure as code” unlock the promise of the Cloud?

 

Ezra Zygmuntowicz is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Engine Yard.
Wildcard question: What tooling changes are needed to make DevOps a reality?  

 

Colleen Smith is an Information Technology Architect at Symantec
Wildcard question: How will Clouds impact the culture of internal enterprise IT?

 

Thanks to all for playing along!

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