Simple founder and former Twitter engineer Alex Payne has released sovereign - a set of open source Ansible playbooks to create a personal cloud. This allows users and IT departments to move away from large cloud companies and onto services that are under their own control.
New Relic has recently updated their iPhone App with improved chart history and includes several bug fixes. It enables you to monitor plugins and get alerts as and when they are generated by the monitoring engine.
Opscode has just announced Enterprise Chef with new capabilities for automating configuration of Microsoft Windows, networking and storage. Enterprise Chef will be the successor to Private Chef and Hosted Chef as Opscode's new offering to provide the capabilities for configuring entire infrastructures.
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".
Thoughtworks recently released a new installment of their technology radar highlighting techniques enabling infrastructure as code, perimeterless enterprises, applying proven practices to areas without, and lightweight analytics.
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.
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.
Niek Bartholomeus recently finishing composing a four post DevOps focused blog series about leading the implementation of configuration management and release management in a traditional enterprise. Niek covers the theory of DevOps, then an analysis of the problems with software delivery within a traditional enterprise, and finally the application of specific DevOps practices.
Frank Breedijk, security officer at Schuberg Philis, talks about the friction points between security and DevOps and how to collaborate to avoid them. Examples include automating security tests and environments, reducing scope of security audits to relevant system components only or allowing security fixes to jump the queue of changes to production.
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.
In his talk during the second day of DevOps Days Amsterdam Sam Eaton from Yelp highlighted the importance of trust within an organization as it increases predictability and helps create a sense of community and shared work. For DevOps to succeed in an organization trust has to scale beyond individuals and teams directly involved in related activities.
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.
Netflix deploys a hundred times per day, without the use of Chef or Puppet, without a quality assurance department and without release engineers. To do this, Netflix built an advanced in-house PaaS (Platform as a Service) that allows each team to deploy their own part of the infrastructure whenever they want, however many times they require.
Collaboration between business and IT can be a problem in enterprises. People are finding ways to better support the business needs and increase the business value of IT, using business IT fusion, DevOps or sociocracy.
Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project, discussed how private Platform as a Service (or PaaS) fits into DevOps with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker in early may. Elis Booker facilitated the discussion with the questions about DevOps, dispelling misconceptions about private PaaS, and how to get started with private PaaS.
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