Where is DevOps right now? Here is what I took away from spending a couple days at DOD Austin 2015:
  • DOD Vets Skip 2016?
  • Shiny New vs Serious
  • Losers and Hubris
  • Containers as Wild West
  • Smartest Not So Smart?
  • No Mic for Boyd
  • Still Much Frontier

DOD Vets Skip 2016?

My first observation is my most surprising - some of the hardcore may consider skipping next year's Dev Ops Days? Read more »

The Chef Win Series is a response to: "How has Chef changed our operations for the better, in the past 2 years since our shop adopted it?"

Chef Lifts Small Shops, Even More Than Large Enterprises:

It may not be intuitive to think of Chef as being a significant boost to the smallest of shops - as you might normally think of Chef as a way to automate hundreds, even thousands of nodes. For the large shop, the wins below may be helpful. For a small shop, they can make the difference between success and failure in many situations.

Series:

The Chef Win Series is a response to: "How has Chef changed our operations for the better, in the past 2 years since our shop adopted it?"  Example:

Beating an Internal Budget

You know the drill - start out with an optimistic time budget, increase as necessary. Except this time it went the other direction. This was the case last year when we budgeted some time to experiment with Docker on some VM work. We had the containers up after a couple easy hours of research, it all worked, then we spent the rest of the budget on other critical wins.

This is when you know you have a powerful platform doing your heavy lifting for you. You want to experiment with some critical new tech, and it's just a few painless keystrokes away.

It was a compelling story: One VM on Rackspace, a number of experimental containers - small bill, strong capabilities, clean separation of concerns, important piece of lab work done. Read more »

The Chef Win Series is a response to: "How has Chef changed our operations for the better, in the past 2 years since our shop adopted it?"
Some additional perspectives:

In this article I will outline what many of us have observed as an existential threat to Chef: Dockerfile, and what I would propose as a remedy. Read more »

Continuous Delivery is just another buzzword if it's not an accomplished fact, and part of your daily routine. Ideally, this means "No Excuses" - including cost and effort.

Read more »

Pick One? Or Two?

Let's keep the message simple. We are crossing a chasm - right here and right now. Much will be said as the crowd crosses, but the essence of the moment is a very simple shift. We now get to have both of what used to be either/or. Read more »