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DevOps Challenges for Virtual Infrastructures, Part I

Posted by Stephen Wilson on Jul 8, 2016 10:42:09 AM

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There is a lot of conversation happening around DevOps all across IT organizations. It was born out of the Agile movement and has started to permeate to other areas. A lot of these conversations are taking place in the application design and implementation to try to create the same time of speed that public clouds like Azure or AWS are offering.

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Inconceivable: You Keep Using the Term DevOps, but Does It Mean What You Think?

Posted by Stephen Wilson on Nov 24, 2014 1:45:22 PM

Inconceivable!

Misunderstanding the term DevOps - much like Vizzini and inconceivable in the Princess Bride

I love the movie The Princess Bride. There are classic scenes in the movie that make me laugh 25 years after I first saw it. One of my favorites is after Vizzini, Fezzik and Inigo Montoya have kidnaped the princess bride. They are on the ship but discover they are being followed by the hero, Westley. Over and over Vizzini keeps using the word inconceivable to describe that he cannot believe the hero is gaining on them even as they try to thwart his pursuit. Inigo's rebuttal to Vizzini’s constant bewilderment is "I do not think that word means what you think it means".

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The DevOps Challenge of MTTR: The Chains that Bind IT

Posted by Stephen Wilson on Oct 15, 2014 5:25:48 PM

The Chains that Bind IT

DevOps Challenge of MTTR - chains binding IT like those that bound Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained
The idea around DevOps is to deliver high quality applications, to do it at speed and with ease.   The problem is that IT has bought into a ideal that holds them back from getting there. This ideal is that the measure of success is better Mean Time to Repair (MTTR). MTTR has been touted as the measuring stick of operational efficiency. Conventional wisdom has stated that the faster you can find a problem and fix it, the better IT performs. However, measuring the success of implementing a DevOps practice by the reduction of Mean Time to Repair can hurt the agility of a team by weighing it down with unnecessary process and hinder its ability to look at problems from different angles.

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When it comes to DevOps - is it about the journey or the destination?

Posted by Stephen Wilson on Jul 30, 2014 2:04:32 PM

The author getting ready for a family trip - back in the dayWhen I was a kid my family would go on long road trips for vacation. Most of the time we would climb into the back of my dad’s 1982 Chrysler LeBaron, drive unfathomable distances with no A/C - all in the pursuit of fun. As a child, all I cared about was the destination. If you were anything like me it felt like it took forever to get to where we were going.

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Moving to Web-Scale IT

Posted by Stephen Wilson on Jun 25, 2014 7:17:53 AM

I was reading an article the other day about the need for legacy organizations to transition to Web­Scale IT. Enterprise customers are trying to move to a more agile way of delivering services at the scale that companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix have been able to achieve. There are several factors hindering this transition for a lot of customers in moving to web­scale. There is no doubt of the benefits of this move and also the risk if not done right or soon.
There are three things to consider when moving IT to web­scale: Performance, agility and efficiency. Each of these must be equally addressed and worked through.

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