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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.

Should you attend Velocity and DevOps Day? Yes.

Should you attend Velocity and DevOps Day? Yes.


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 Quick questions…

  • Is IT Operations important to you?
  • Do you build and/or operate a revenue producing online service?
  • Do you want to meet and learn from the best in the business?
  • Are you looking for a job? or looking to hire IT rock stars? 

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”… then you need to be in Silicon Valley the week of June 22 – 25, 2010.

First up, we’ve got O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference from June 22 – 24 in Santa Clara, CA.

Velocity is the premier Web Operations and Performance conference (and from what I understand is O’Reilly’s fastest growing conference). If you want to hear from the people who are pushing IT Operations to new heights and powering the biggest successes on the Web, Velocity is the place to be.

This isn’t hyperbole. I’ve been to all of the Velocity Conferences and the hallway conversation alone is worth the price of admission. And that’s before you add in value of the the excellent presentations. It’s one of those conferences that always seems to manage to produce a handful of presentations that are talked about and referenced for the rest of the year (if not longer). 

This year, three of the the contributors (Alex Honor, Lee Thompson, and myself) are speakers. Hopefully we’ll live up to the high standards that those who have come before us have set.

Click on the banner below for more information and use the code vel10fsp for a 20% discount.


The day after Velocity, Friday June 25, is the DevOps Day Conference in Mountain View, CA (about 10 minutes from Santa Clara). DevOps Day is a one day free conference dedicated to discussing all topics around improving the interaction between what is traditionally considered development activity and that which is traditionally considered operations activity. As the name suggests… it’s a day dedicated to an open discussion about all things related to DevOps! 

The event is following a unique single-track all panel format (with a few sets of “ignite style” lightening talks sprinkled in for good measure). The panels are designed to be highly interactive with the full audience. As you can see from the panelist list and the registered attendee list, the panels and the audience will be full of rock stars in our field.

Perhaps I’m biased since I’m one of the organizers, but this is shaping up to be a truly great event.

The conference is free, lunch will be provided, and there’s going to be free beer afterwards! 

Click on the graphic below for more information and to secure your spot.


Panel discussion from OpsCamp San Francisco (video)

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My fellow 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 on Vimeo.


DevOps Meetup Recap

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The first San Francisco Bay Area DevOps Meetup was a success!

We met at the venerable tech hang out, The Old Pro, in Palo Alto. We had the upstairs private area, a killer food spread, and plenty of free beer (thanks again BitRock, rPath, and DTO Solutions). By my count, we ended up with a total of 19 DevOps enthusiasts in attendance.


The conversation was great. Of course, there were plenty of discussions about tools. However, I was also impressed with the amount of the conversation that leaned towards the cultural and organizational issues surrounding DevOps. It was great to talk to people from a diverse set of companies (VMware, Lyris, OnLive, Hi5, OpsCode, ITPI… to name a few) and get a sense of their views on DevOps problems and solutions. The good news is that we all seemed to share similar visions at the broadest scale… but of course, definitions and implementation details were where the conversation got interesting!

We’re going to try to make this meetup a regular thing. If you weren’t able to make this one, hopefully you can make the next one.


San Francisco Bay Area DevOp Meetup is Tonight (Wednesday)

San Francisco Bay Area DevOp Meetup is Tonight (Wednesday)

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I saw an ad on the side of a Muni bus yesterday that said “It’s easier to see eye-to-eye when you meet face-to-face” (it was for a large hotel chain). It reminded me to make a post about tonight’s DevOps Meetup.

Tonight, in Palo Alto, is the first San Francisco Bay Area DevOps Meetup. There is no agenda other then getting like-minded folks together for conversation and networking.  

BitRock, rPath, and DTO Solutions are chipping in to buy Beer and Appetizers. I’ll see you there.

Go here for more details: 


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