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.
Blameless post-mortems of production incidents are increasingly seen as an essential fixture of any organisation's procedures. Mathias Meyer, from Travis CI, shared how blameless post-mortems had a profound effect on him. InfoQ took this opportunity to have a look at post-mortem practices of organizations like Etsy, GitHub or Chef.
Jan-Joost Bouwman and Mark Heistek, from ING Retail Banking Netherlands, presented at Devopsdays Amsterdam how a CMMI-ITIL organization transitioned to a more agile mindset. Somewhat unusually in this kind of sessions, ING presented quantitative evidence of the improvements, such as a marked increase in the number of changes deployed to production and a decrease of the risk value per change.
IDC has published the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” document, a study estimating the number of professional software developers, hobbyist developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The 90 countries covered in the study represent 97% of the world’s GDP.
Latest Rackspace developments include .NET SDK, PowerClient – a PowerShell-based management tool – and PHP mobile back-end.
Alan Sharp-Paul, co-founder of ScriptRock, recently highlighted the need to intelligently integrate DevOps and ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) within enterprises. He argues that forcing in DevOps where ITIL reigns is a risky proposition. The role of ITIL and its co-existence with DevOps has been commented on by Patrick Debois and other authors.
Netflix has just open-sourced its much talked about “Chaos Monkey” software which intentionally takes servers offline as a way to test the resiliency of a cloud environment. This is another in a long line of internally developed tools that Netflix has chosen to freely share with the technical community.
Red Hat has released a new version of the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform (version 4.3) and a new version of JBoss Operations Network (2.1). The new SOA Platform allows for the remote monitoring and management of open source SOA deployments while the new integrated management platform aims to improve cooperative support.
Red Hat launched JBoss Operations Network (JON) 2.0, an integrated middleware management platform that aims to simply application development, testing, deployment and monitoring. It includes a new agent with command-line interface with remote agent configuration, extensible APIs for interoperability and true SSL encryption and authentication for bi-directional server-agent communications.