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State of Testing 2015 Report is Published

by Ben Linders on  Jul 02, 2015 3

The state of testing 2015 report shares results from this year's testing survey that was organized by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest and Lalit Bhamare from Tea-Time with Testers. It provides insights in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing. InfoQ did an interview with the organizers of the survey.

Crossing the Chasm of Container Adoption in Production

by Guillermo Beltri on  Jul 01, 2015 3

Only 38% of IT professionals use containers in production environments, according to a recent survey. ClusterHQ, which ran the survey of the current state of container usage and adoption, also concludes that 73% of respondents are running containers in a VM environment.

Leveraging Data Science to Improve Monitoring

by João Miranda on  Jun 30, 2015

At the recent devopsdays Amsterdam 2015, Patrick Roelke contended that monitoring still has lots of issues. Roelke believes that data science can help by eliminating static thresholds and coalescing information from various data sources into a single metric. The talk included a quick overview of monitoring tools that leverage data science: Kale, Bosun and AnomalyDetection.

Experiences from DevOps at Nokia HERE

by Ben Linders on  Jun 29, 2015

An interview with Ivan Kusalic, Software/DevOps engineer at Nokia HERE in Berlin, about why they decided to apply DevOps, how DevOps has changed their way of working, which benefits they are getting, and the challenges that they had and how they dealt with them when development and operations became one team. Kusalic also gives some advice for applying DevOps with teams.

Handling Incidents and Outages

by João Miranda on  Jun 29, 2015 2

David Mytton, CEO at Server Density, shared with the devopsdays Amsterdam 2015 crowd how they handle incidents and outages. The process is grounded on a key set of principles: frequent public updates; exhaustive logging of the response activities; team effort and effective escalation. Server Density draws a lot of inspiration from the aviation industry, renowned for its safety procedures.

Adrian Cockcroft on the Challenges of Managing Microservices

by João Miranda on  Jun 26, 2015

Adrian Cockcroft's devopsdays Amsterdam 2015 keynote addressed how CIOs' key goals - align IT with business, develop products faster, avoid security breaches - are attained through the adoption of DevOps practices and Continuous Delivery with containerized microservices. But managing microservices poses new challenges. Cockcroft proposes simulation as a solution to some of those challenges.

Q&A with Mitchell Hashimoto: Orchestration with Consul and Terraform

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 25, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Mitchell Hashimoto discussed how tools such as a HashiCorp’s Terraform and Consul could be utilised to orchestrate infrastructure provisioning and application lifecycle management of cloud and container-based applications, with the ultimate goal of safely delivering software systems at scale.

ITIL vs. DevOps: Different Viewpoints

by João Miranda on  Jun 25, 2015

The discussion on ITIL vs. DevOps is a common one. There are different views: ITIL and DevOps have different mindsets; ITIL and DevOps are compatible; they are different but both have their place in the IT department. Charles Betz, member of the Open Group IT4IT Forum, argues that their principles are at odds. ITIL is trapped in a phased workflow mindset. DevOps embraces lean product management.

Steve Smith Describes at Devoxx UK how Atlassian Does Continuous Delivery

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jun 24, 2015

Steve Smith presented at Devoxx UK 2015 how Continuous Delivery is performed within Atlassian. After the talk, we had the chance to discuss further details of his presentation and ask him a few questions.

Scaling Agile at bol.com

by Ben Linders on  Jun 22, 2015

InfoQ did an interview with Menno Vis, IT director of bol.com, about the benefits of increasing agility, how bol.com deploys Scrum, using roadmaps with agile, the challenges that have been faced when scaling agile, the main focus area's at bol.com for agile scaling, establishing loosely coupled teams, and the things that bol.com does for their people to have fun while doing their work.

Why Scrum is Not Enough

by Ben Linders on  Jun 22, 2015

When developing large complex systems and dealing with legacy code, organizations need to have systems in place to support integration and delivery. Modularization can help when agile is scaled with multiple teams that are working in parallel. It's not the framework or method that will do the job, but how your people will make it work to solve your problems says Hans Dekkers.

Importance of the Testing Mindset in DevOps

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 21, 2015

The software testing practices and mindset have radically changed since the early days of Agile and Lean. Software testing practices and mindset are an inseparable part of DevOps culture.

Twenty Minutes to Production with Zero Downtime using Docker

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015 1

At QCon New York 2015, Paul Payne discussed a project at Nordstrom that required modifying and re-deploying a live application service within twenty minutes, which was made possible due to the use of Go-based microservices, Docker container technology, and a continuous delivery methodology.

Engineering for the Long Term at Google

by João Miranda on  Jun 08, 2015

Astrid Atkinson, director at Google, drew on their experiences over the last decade to present some rules and advice on engineering for the long term. The Velocity Conference 2015 attendees at Santa Clara learned that it's crucial to imagine that you're going to be wildly successful, that complexity mustn't be eliminated but managed and that the focus should be on scaling systems not teams.

Google Create Kubernetes-based VM/Docker Image Building Framework

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 06, 2015

Google have created a Kubernetes-based open source reference implementation that automates the building of custom Google Compute Engine VM images with Jenkins and Packer. The primary goal of this work is to demonstrate how to add image creation into a build pipeline for continuous delivery, and produce artifacts that may provide increased reliability and reduced speed of VM initialisation.

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