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Managing Change with Immutable Servers

by Aslan Brooke on  Aug 14, 2013 3

Immutable servers provide extreme levels of control over system state, however this can require fundamental changes in the views of systems, patterns, deployments, application code, and team structure as Chad Fowler, CTO of 6wunderlist.com, writes in his recent blog post "Trash Your Servers and Burn Your Code: Immutable Infrastructure and Disposable Components".

Atlassian Bamboo 5 Connects the DevOps Dots

by Matthias Marschall on  Aug 06, 2013

Atlassian, makers of Jira and Confluence, have released version 5 of their continuous delivery tool Bamboo. Its deployment projects connect Jira Issues and code commits to deployments in various environments. It is possible, to mark a deployment as approved or broken. These features create end-to-end transparency from code to deployments supporting DevOps collaboration.

Continuous Deployment Variables and Solutions

by Aslan Brooke on  Jul 14, 2013

Paul Biggar, co-founder of CircleCI, presented on "the many ways to deploy continuously" at RubyConf 2013 in April of this year. The frequency at which deployments happen qualifies the term "continuous" and directly influences the deployment problem space. The presentation aggregates solution information gathered from CircleCI's own customer base, Facebook, IMVU, Etsy, Heroku, and Google.

Perceptual Testing for Safer Continuous Deployment

by Grischa Ekart on  Jun 20, 2013

Brett Slatkin from Google presented a method for visual regression testing at Velocity 2013 in Santa Clara. Perceptual diff compares screenshots of a release's webpages with its previous versions and detects changes at pixel level, filling an important gap in automated testing for Continuous Deployment. An open source version of the software has been setup on github.

DevOps Days Amsterdam Day 1 Focused on Continuous Delivery and DevOps Culture

by Manuel Pais on  Jun 15, 2013

The first day of DevOps Days Amsterdam had its focus split between continuous delivery and promoting a DevOps culture. Talks focused on how to automate the deployment pipeline but also system recovery in case of failure. On the culture side leveraging distinct personality types to successfully introduce changes and the positive impact of strong company culture on hiring were some of the takeaways.

CloudMunch Launches a Full-Stack DevOps Platform

by Grischa Ekart on  May 13, 2013

CloudMunch launched its full-stack DevOps platform - a dashboard of pre-integrated tools for version control, build management, validation, automated testing, deployment and cloud connectors. The company claims its platform significantly simplifies deployment of applications and infrastructure.

Two More DevOps Tool Vendors Acquired

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 22, 2013

The excitement over DevOps is continuing to increase in major corporations. Today it was announced that two DevOps tool vendors were acquired. UrbanCode was picked up by IBM while Nolio went to CA Technologies.

Continuous Delivery Speeds Up Innovation

by Aslan Brooke on  Apr 13, 2013 2

Thoughtworks recently published a whitepaper including a maturity model for continuous delivery (or CD) as a response to research indicating that most companies understand the importance of innovation, but are not able to deliver software quickly enough to meet the needs of business leaders.

Docker: Automated and Consistent Software Deployments

by Abel Avram on  Mar 27, 2013

dotCloud, a PaaS provider, has open sourced Docker, a key component of their platform. Docker is a LinuX Container (LXC) technology augmented with a a high level API providing a lightweight virtualization solution that runs Unix processes in isolation. It provides a way to automate software deployment in a secure and repeatable environment.

Use Canary Deployments to Test in Production

by Aslan Brooke on  Mar 26, 2013

Companies use "Canary Deployments" to test software in production by routing a subset of users to new functionality as part of continuous delivery according to Nolio in their 1st video in a series about DevOps Best Practices. A "Canary Deployment" is a type of incremental release performed by deploying a new version of software side by side with its production version counterpart.

ZeroTurnaround has Announced the Availability of LiveRebel 2.6

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 21, 2013

ZeroTurnaround has announced the availability of LiveRebel 2.6, its software release automation tool. InfoQ has interviewed Krishnan Badrinarayanan Product Manager to learn more about LiveRebel and the latest release.

DevOpsDays New York 2013

by Matthias Marschall on  Jan 25, 2013

The participants of the Food Fight Show podcast summarized DevOpsDays New York 2013 with one word: culture. They agreed that you can't go in and "make" a culture, but the culture depends on the character of the people. If you've got people on your teams who take responsibility for the bigger picture - who are seeing things through from end to end, chances are that they build a Devops culture.

Trends in the latest Technology Radar

by Aslan Brooke on  Jan 18, 2013 8

ThoughtWorks's latest "Technology Radar" focuses on mobile, accessible analytics, simple architectures, reproducible environments, and data persistence done right.

Thoughtworks Technology Radar March 2012

by Craig Smith on  Mar 22, 2012 7

ThoughtWorks recently published the latest update to its Technology Radar; a report produced to help technology decision makers understand emerging trends in software development techniques, tools, languages and platforms. There are some interesting observations of interest to Agile software development teams.

Making Technical Community More Active - 2011 Year-End Review of Baidu Technical Salon

by Huo Taiwen on  Jan 13, 2012 2

Baidu Technical Salon is a regular offline communication activity hosted by Baidu, planned, executed and implemented by InfoQ. The topics included cloud computing, mobile Internet, big data, log analysis and other current popular topics. This article mainly reviews Baidu’s support for technical community via Technical Salon, community’s feedbacks on these activities as well as a brief plan in 2012

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