Agile development is about productivity. While traditional waterfall methodologies support long-term development projects with fixed feature sets, Agile strives to create useful…
The DevOps community looking for rapid service provisioning for many concurrent users is increasingly adopting of Platform-as-a-service (PaaS). PaaS provides tools, manages…
Companies can learn from Lean and Agile approaches to make their back-office operations as responsive as the consumer-oriented front office.
For a successful DevOps deployment, management must foster collaboration across teams and practitioners must see the value of adopting new processes and tools.
Build, deploy, test, repeat
Building applications in today’s world involves a lot of work assembling, managing and monitoring all of those various components that need to…
Virtualization caused a major cultural shift in IT. By enabling physical assets to be better utilized, IT teams realized that they could…
DevOps and continuous delivery allow businesses to deploy software far more frequently than in the past. But this approach poses new and more frequent security challenges that require an entirely new set of solutions.
Modern software development is a fast moving, highly fragmented, and highly distributed supply chain, with parts built by disparate teams, running on disparate platforms. Code quality and security can no longer be an afterthought.
Today’s web and mobile applications are wreaking havoc on traditional content delivery network (CDN) infrastructure. But next-gen CDNs have solved the problem of delivering dynamic content.
The new version of the enterprise virtualization-and-OpenStack-spanning bundle includes Satellite 6, which allows federated lifecycle management across a host of different environments.
DevOps is a hot topic inside many Enterprise IT organizations today, because of the operational and development efficiencies it can bring. By…
Lack of performance out of the gate can kill a web or mobile-based app quickly. Designers must focus on performance considerations as part of the entire UX equation.
Fresh off a recent $40 million funding round, cloud darling Docker just bought a small startup that the company feels fits in nicely with its focus on making application development easier with containers.
From JP Morgan Chase (which employs more coders than Google) to a start-up customizing salesforce.com for sales, we are all software developers.…
Chef, the company that provides commercial support for the open-source Chef configuration management and deployment tool, on Wednesday said noted agile development…
Whereas Moogsoft uses machine-learning algorithms to discover problems before they happen and plans on launching a cloud version of its product, PagerDuty has a cloud-based service and wants to eventually add machine-learning capabilities.
In this week’s Structure Show podcast, agile-and-devops guru explains why operations staff is important for software projects, what exactly he’s doing at Pivotal and why startups should be leery of incubators who promise greatness.
On this week’s Structure Show, Andrew Clay Shafer talks about his new gig at Pivotal, his issues with OpenStack, and updates us on why incubators still suck.
Andrew Clay Shafer knows his way around devops, agile development, and continuous delivery. That makes him a nice fit to talk about how all the pieces of Pivotal can make a coherent whole.
A radical redrawing of a firm’s technology road map can enable an IT department to be more focused on strategic applications and development and to work more closely with non-IT departments and business units.
A former employee singled out the open source configuration management company for not practicing what it preaches, and as a result, Chef said it will be working on addressing its developer community.
Google rolled out a slew of new cloud services at I/O, including one called Dataflow that’s meant to put standard MapReduce to shame. It’s advertised a much simpler way to build data pipelines that can handle both batch processing and streaming data.
The Portland-based company that specializes in DevOps said this is the last financing round before the company attempts to go public.
As Docker gets bigger, its open source environment is generating a lot of interest with both Google and Spotify releasing open source products as well as Red Hat and Rackspace announcing their support for Docker.
A consortium of enterprise organizations released a survey Wednesday on the state of DevOps in today’s tech marketplace. The survey, conducted by…
Meet Jonathan Vanian, who will be chasing enterprise startups and chronicling what it takes to be a webscale company out of our San Francisco office.
Big data startup Continuuity has open sourced a tool called Loom that’s designed to make deploying and managing large clusters a push-button experience. These types of tools are important as data-driven applications become more common, but the infrastructure remains a challenge.
It took a lot of work to get developers and IT ops people to collaborate. The next step: getting them to factor in security at the beginning of the process.
A growing cadre of Ansible users now have a central site to post and share roles, ask questions, and read reviews.
One of the problems with the term “Platform as a Service” is that it means different things to different people. Here we sort through some of the myths surrounding it.
The company, which has won adherents in the devops realm, really wants to push beyond configuration management to full-boat IT configuration, deployment and management. It now has more money to do so, and new name.
Config management expert Puppet Labs snags Microsoft finance veteran Bill Koefoed as its new chief financial officer
What should a SaaS company put on its wish list for cloud infrastructure? It takes one to know. Here’s how Stackdriver looks at the challenge.
In its march to support all the relevant cloud platforms, Cloud Munch adds the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service to a list that includes AWS and OpenStack IaaS platforms.
AnsibleWorks is gunning to entrench its open-source configuration management tool at the expense of Opscode and Puppet.
Communication becomes more difficult as a company grows from a handful of people with diverse skills to a large organization with narrow roles. Structure:Europe panelists had some ideas for how to handle the shift.
Marc Hedlund, the former SVP Product Development & Engineering at Etsy, is joining Stripe as VP of engineering. Hedlund, or his engineering…
Adopting next-generation software development technology can be yield benefits, if you can just get everyone over the hump of a new system. This post tells you how.
In software development, adoption of devops practices is a given, at least in startups. The same should be true in legacy shops as well.
Mitch Hill is stepping down as CEO to attend to a personal health issue but remains an Opscode board member and special advisor.
Just in time for Puppet Conf, configuration management rival Opscode rebrands Private Chef and Hosted Chef as Enterprise Chef and launches network configuration push.
Puppet Labs is acquiring Cloudworks to make it easier for devops people to roll out software updates on servers configured exactly the way they should be, on premise or in the cloud.
Demands for faster, more responsive deployment have strained IT’s ability to maintain reliability and consistency.
Puppet Enterprise 3.0 features a rewritten database to collect all that juicy data about your configurations and enable tightly controlled automated rollouts.
Speakers at GigaOM’s Structure conference this week displayed the ferocity of the public-cloud market and the broadening adoption of private clouds among large businesses.
Puppet and Chef apparently are not enough in the devops world. Investors liked another configuration-management tool, SaltStack, enough to declare it the winner of the LaunchPad contest at our Structure conference on Thursday.
Many companies have realized mobile applications can help employees track operations on the go. No wonder DNS provider Dyn has acquired Trendslide, a company with dashboard technology, to enable monitoring for devops.
For developers who don’t want to put together their own software development-testing-continuous integration-deployment toolsets, Cloudmunch has a service to consider.
Investors remain interested in funding Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings that help devops employees keep an eye on applications and networks, and a $16 million Series C round for AppNeta is the latest example.
Devops need one way to view all the various systems they depend on. That single-pane-of-glass into Github, Zendesk, and other devops-friendly applications is what Appsecute promises.
Opscode credits a huge new customer — Facebook — with helping test out the scalability of the new Private Chef code base. The goal? Scaling big, real big.
James Urquhart continues his look into whether companies sacrifice stability by designing systems that value adaptability over strict top-down command and control. This is called the stability-resiliency tradeoff and, he argues, many complex systems benefit from adaptability.
Puppet and VMware will work on joint solutions to ease the configuration and management of IT environments, says Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies.
James Urquhart explains the concept of anti-fragility and how modern IT departments are trying to achieve through a variety of means, including the implementation of devops. However, he cautions, anti-fragility might not the answer for every system.
James Urquhart kicks off a discussion about system resiliency by outlining the key concepts — devops, complex adaptive systems and anti-fragility — that affect it in the cloud computing era.
Gmail went down for 18 minutes during prime email checking hours on the West Coast thanks to a routine software update conducted Monday morning. But in an era of continuous code deployment Google’s mid morning update isn’t unusual — it’s the future.
In today’s business environment, companies don’t have 24 hours to solve IT problems; they
How is it that companies like Netflix, Amazon, Etsy, and Facebook regularly deliver new features to their users (in some cases, several times per day) while other companies must wait months or more to release software updates? The answer is that the companies listed here, like many others…
For most people scaling out a web service is a matter of thinking about hardware and software. But the recent Surge conference taught me that most devops folk need to look down to the physical infrastructure as well as the economic tradeoffs of building a service.
Shadow IT, or dark ops, can be scary to IT departments, but there are reasons developers go rogue. Instead of fighting their urge to flea to the cloud, make it easy for them to use cloud resources in a responsible way.
Many companies want to be able to deploy applications across multiple public clouds, but thus far the management tools to facilitate that have been lacking. That’s a gap Boston startup Stackdriver hopes to fill, say co-founder Dan Belcher.
BMC, a specialist in the systems management technology used in traditional data centers, is buying VaraLogix to make it easier to deploy and update multi-tier applications. This deal follows BMC’s acquisition last year of StreamStep and its application delivery know-how.
Opscode is going beyond DevOps templates popular among DIY programmers to add enterprise services as well as configuration management and other solutions to its product roster. The goal is to make DevOps easier to deploy in big, established enterprise accounts.
A cadre of DevOps experts will gather later this week at an undisclosed location in Northern California. The goal: To hash out issues they see in their own shops, to compare notes on problems and talk in a way that they cannot in vendor-driven conferences.
The most common terms in some discussions about the future of cloud computing include DevOps and it’s controversial sibling, NoOps. While the practices behind these terms are critical to understand as the nature of IT operations shifts, the terms themselves are less than helpful.
The world of words gets in the way of conversations between IT and the business all the time. Cloud computing is no exception. Words such as “application” and “service” mean different things to different people, but perhaps there’s room for consensus on some core principles.
As companies move to the cloud, DevOps — the practice where developers work with the operations side of the house — becomes more important. That collaboration could lead to more satisfying IT implementations and the best — and sanctioned — use of cloud resources.
Opscode has brought it cloud-configuration-management technology, Chef, to Microsoft Windows environments. Chef lets users create “recipes” for configuring and managing infrastructure in an automated and scalable manner, which has made it popular for a variety of complex use cases such as cloud computing and scale-out clusters.
The networking industry is set for a change as the shifts caused by the needs of webscale operators and virtualization bring complexity and costs to moving data around a data center. As networks look more like a cloud, does the field need a DevOps culture?
Building at scale doesn’t just require new tools, it requires a new mindset, said Google’s CIO Ben Fried, who spoke at the Surge conference in Baltimore today. That mindset is more general than specialized, and requires a developer to admit that some things aren’t solvable.
Cloud computing technologies have helped remove many of the intrinsic barriers programmers used to encounter when developing, deploying and scaling software applications. Now, the biggest hurdles developers often face are human: their own corporate IT teams. That’s the problem DevOps aims to solve.