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Discussion on Nagios Fitness for Purpose

by João Miranda on  Feb 28, 2014

At a recent London DevOps meetup, Andy Sykes launched a debate on whether Nagios, a well-known application that offers monitoring and alerting services, should be replaced with a better solution. Laurie Denness, from Etsy, argued in a reply that Nagios and its ecosystem still are a great solution in the monitoring and alerting arena.

New Gem Creates Test Boilerplate for Chef Cookbooks

by Cassiano Leal on  Feb 25, 2014

Meez is a new gem that will help get started with test-driven infrastructure for Chef cookbooks. It creates all the boilerplate necessary to assess a cookbook’s quality using tools such as Test Kitchen, Foodcritic, ChefSpec and others, allowing the user to focus on writing actual tests and infrastructure code.

Mac OS X and BTRFS support in Docker

by Chris Swan on  Feb 17, 2014

As part of the 0.8 release the Docker.io team have announced support for installation on Mac OS X and the use of the BTRFS as an alternative to AUFS.

DevOps Cafe Podcast on the QCon London 2014 DevOps Track

by João Miranda on  Feb 09, 2014

Last DevOps Cafe Podcast (Episode 47) previewed the QCon London 2014 DevOps track. Manuel Pais and Shane Hastie, the track hosts, explained the rationale behind the track's session selection, the speakers introduced their talks and there was still time to discuss other topics, such as the importance of the scientific method and how agile's definition of "done" must be adapted in a DevOps world.

DevOps Adoption Cultural Challenges

by João Miranda on  Feb 03, 2014

Oliver White, Head of Rebel Labs, recently discussed the difficulties of DevOps adoption at IT organizations, even when there is a growing body of evidence that highlights the benefits of DevOps. InfoQ took the opportunity to interview Oliver and review some of the reports that study this topic.

Chef Sugar Aims to Enhance Chef's Recipes Authoring Experience

by João Miranda on  Jan 13, 2014

Chef Sugar is an extension to Chef that offers DSL methods to make more readable recipes. Seth Vargo, Chef Sugar's author, recently wrote about his motivations for creating Chef Sugar, highlighting them with examples. InfoQ interviewed Seth to know more about his views on syntactic sugar and the benefits of a plug-in architecture in the context of Chef.

Rackspace Aiding the Introduction of DevOps by Extending Their Managed Cloud Service Levels

by Matthias Marschall on  Jan 10, 2014

Rackspace, cloud computing platform provider and founder of OpenStack, is currently introducing its new DevOps Automation Service. They offer managed support for things like infrastructure and workflow automation, monitoring and log aggregation, and source control for infrastructure code.

Jez Humble and Gene Kim in Search of High Performing Practices with DevOps Survey

by João Miranda on  Jan 08, 2014

Jez Humble and Gene Kim, prominent figures of the DevOps movement, are working with Puppet Labs on the 2013 DevOps Survey Of Practice. The survey's goal is to better understand which IT practices drive an organization to high performance, building upon the 2012 DevOps Survey. The survey will close on the 15th of January and everyone is invited to participate.

PowerShell Team Publishes New Set of Desired State Configuration Resources

by João Miranda on  Jan 06, 2014

The PowerShell team released a new set of Desired Configuration State (DSC) resources, packaged in five modules: xWebAdministration; xComputerManagement; xPSDesiredStateConfiguration; xNetworking and xHyperV. This release aims to encourage the PowerShell community to author more DSC resources. It also becomes possible with this release to create a web server from scratch using only DSC resources.

FutureOps with Immutable Infrastructures and Built-in Failure Recovery

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 31, 2013

Mitchell Hashimoto, creator of Vagrant, gave a talk last month at Velocity Conf London about his vision for a “FutureOps” with immutable infrastructures and built-in failure recovery.

Forecasting at Twitter

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 30, 2013

Arun Kejariwal, from Twitter, talked at Velocity Conf London last month about forecasting algorithms used at Twitter to proactively predict system resource needs as well as business metrics such as number of users or tweets. Given the dynamic nature of their data stream, they found that a refined ARIMA model works well once data is cleansed, including removal of outliers.

Facebook’s Release Process Behind the Move from Web-based to Native App

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 28, 2013

Chaitanya Mishra, from Facebook, spoke at Velocity Conf London last month about the approach to scale Facebook’s Android app from a web view interface to a full-fledged native app. To achieve this transition each product team took ownership of their features on Android. A core integration team regression tests and focuses on global app optimization over individual features optimization.

Automate All Things! Support for DevOps Tool Puppet Added to Windows Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Dec 19, 2013

Want to do DevOps automation in a Microsoft world? Typically that meant using Microsoft-provided tools like PowerShell and System Center instead of the popular open source tools that have been slow to support the full Microsoft product stack. That’s beginning to change as developers and system administrators can now use tools like Puppet to provision and manage resources in Windows Azure.

Powershell's Desired State Configuration Supports Push And Pull Modes

by João Miranda on  Dec 16, 2013 2

The Windows PowerShell Blog has been writing about PowerShell's Desired State Configuration (DSC). DSC is the Microsoft's proposal for computer's configuration management on the Windows world. One of the last articles explains how DSC allows both push and pull configuration modes, two approaches with different pros and cons.

Continuous Security Testing With Gauntlt

by Manuel Pais on  Nov 30, 2013 1

James Wickett, from Gauntlt core team, gave a tutorial at Velocity Conf London about integrating security testing in the continuous integration cycle for early feedback on application security level. James stressed the importance of regularly checking for security as release delivery rates increase with continuous delivery.

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