Findings from 451’s DevOps study — DevOps Days Austin

July 8, 2014

Today we come to the final interview from DevOps Days Austin.  I began the series with an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer who gave the first-day keynote.  Today I close, with perfect symmetry, with Michael Cote of 451 Research, who gave the keynote on the second day.

In his keynote, posted below, Cote presented findings from a study 451 did on DevOps usage.  I caught up with Cote to learn more.  Take a listen.

Some of the ground Cote covers:

  • Tracking tool usage as a proxy for DevOps
  • How they focused their study on companies outside of technology
  • What they found and given that, what advice would they give to
    1. IT
    2. Vendors in this space
    3. Investors
  • How Cote would advise a mainstream CIO looking to get into DevOps and set a strategy

 

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Dell Cloud Manager and Customer Transformation– DevOps Days Austin

July 7, 2014

Here is my penultimate post from DevOps Days Austin.  Today’s interview features Vann Orton, a Dell Sales Engineer for Dell Cloud Manager.  I chatted with Vann about the customers hes been visiting out in the field and what he’s seeing.

Some of the ground Vann covers

  • What’s Dell Cloud manager do and what pains does it address for customers
  • How Vann used Chef to connect Dell Cloud Manager and Foglight
  • What customers are facing as they look to implement cloud and how he shares Dell’s learning’s from implementing our own cloud.
  • How the conversation evolves into the higher order concern regarding business transformation and shifting to a services model.

Still to come: last but not least: Cote’s DevOps Days keynote.

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Rackspace’s DevOps Practice — DevOps Days Austin

July 3, 2014

Continuing with my interview series from DevOps Days Austin, today’s interview is with Matt Barlow.  Matt established Rackspace’s support offering around DevOps automation late last year.  Hear about it and how it all came to be.

Some of the ground Matt covers:

  • Matt’s background and how he got into DevOps
  • What led him to developing a practice
  • What exactly his team does
  • What types of customers have they been working with

Still to come from DevOps Days Austin: Dell Cloud Manager, Cote’s keynote

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Sumo Logic and Machine Data Intelligence — DevOps Days Austin

July 2, 2014

Today’s interview from DevOps Days Austin features Sumo Logic’s co-founder and CTO, Christian Beedgen.  If you’re not familiar with Sumo Logic it’s a log management and analytics service.   I caught up with Christian right after he got off stage on day one.

Some of the ground Christian covers:

  • What does Sumo Logic do?
  • How is it different from Splunk and Loggly?
  • What partners and technology make up the Sumo Logic ecosystem?
  • What areas will Sumo Logic focus on in the coming year?

Still to come from DevOps Days Austin:  Rackspace, Dell Cloud Manager, Cote’s Keynote

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PagerDuty and incident management — DevOps Days Austin

June 30, 2014

Im picking back up the series I started last month,  DevOps Days Austin.  Today’s interview features Arup Chakrabarti of PagerDuty who presented at DevOps days and leads PagerDuty’s Ops engineering team.  Take a listen:

Some of the ground Arup covers:

  •  What PagerDuty does (hint: it has to do with Incident management and alerting for IT monitoring)
  • How they integrate with partners like SumoLogic, DataDog and NewRelic.
  • How the 3 founders took the experience they gained at Amazon around incident management to found PagerDuty
  • What to look for in the upcoming months

Stay tuned, there are still three more interviews from DevOpsDays Austin to come: SumoLogic, Dell Cloud Manager, Cote and his keynote.

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Digital Transformation – It’s all about the customer

June 2, 2014

Digital transformation may seam like the latest in a long line of marketecture-based high tech concepts but it actually is pretty straight forward.  In a nutshell, digital transformation is about adopting and often combining the digital technologies of Cloud, Mobility, Social Media and Analytics to better serve customers.

More generally, digital transformation, is about extreme customer-centricity and engaging customers digitally at every point throughout the customer life cycle.  And it is key to remaining competitive today.

Big at the Bazaar

A few weeks ago I attended the Bazaarvoice summit here in Austin.  The topic of digital transformation was woven through out the two day event.  My favorite illustration of this was a very cool keynote on the first day demonstrating what a mobile personalized retail experience might like look in the year 2020.

While at the show I grabbed some time with Scott Anderson, SVP of marketing at Bazaarvoice to get his thoughts on digital transformation.  Take a listen:

Some of the ground Scott covers:

  • The customer is in control
  • How does Digital Transformation map to Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud?
  • How would you advise a CEO looking to digitally transform his or her organization?
  • How does digital transformation work in a B2B, vs. B2C, context?

Where Dell plays

Dell Services has been involved with digital transformation for a while.  We consolidated our capabilities and created a dedicated service line to help customers achieve digital transformation. The service line uses a consulting-led approach to help them leverage any/all of these technologies to drive business outcomes and better serve their customers.

As an example, here is one our earlier case studies where we worked with the American Red Cross to help them leverage social media to aid in disaster relief.

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead as I post more about what we are doing in the realm of digital transformation.

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New Relic – DevOps Days Austin

May 21, 2014

Here is the second of two videos on Application Performance Management from DevOps Days Austin.   Heiko Leibenath of New Relic, which recently received an additional $100M in funding, gives an overview of this APM vendor who is making the transition to “Software analysis vendor.”

Some of the ground Heiko covers:

  • Why Heiko moved from Salesforce.com to New Relic
  • What he does as a technical account manager
  • What excites customers the most about New Relic
  • The platforms and application development environments they support and whats coming up in the next year

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Talkin’ APM and AppDynamics – DevOps Days Austin

May 20, 2014

Today, I’m featuring one of the two interviews around Application Performance Management from DevOps Days Austin.

Take a listen to Steve Sturtevant who recently joined AppDynamics as he explains the role AppDynamics plays in the DevOps universe.

Some of the ground Steve covers:

  • Steve’s background and why he chose to join AppDynamics
  • What AppDynamics does
  • The technologies and offerings that AppDynamics supports and integrates with
  • The newly announced Application intelligence platform

Stay-tuned for next time when we learn about NewRelic.

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CFEngine, where its been and where its going — DevOps Days Austin

May 15, 2014

Today’s entry from DevOps Days Austin concludes the series on configuration management tools.  Today’s interview features Jonathan Thorpe of CFEngine, the company that started the whole configuration management thang back in the 90’s.

Some of the ground Jonathan covers

  • Why Jonathan recently joined CFEngine and its role with mobile and embedded
  • A quick history of CFEngine
  • The features of CFEngine 3
  • The companies focus for the next year

Stay tuned next time when we turn our attention to Application Performance Management and listen to folks from AppDynamics and New Relic.

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Synaptics Touchpad drivers now in Test Kernels

May 14, 2014

Great news, yesterday the i2c Linux kernel drivers from Synaptics made it upstream and are in the proposed repository.  This is relevant for those Sputnik 3 users who have upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to either 13.10 or 14.04 LTS.

If you want to start kicking the tires before the drivers hit updates, you can enable the proposed repository and get to the test kernels by following  the instructions here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/EnableProposed

What the issue was

From 13.10 on there is better i2c support and since there weren’t any drivers, this caused the touchpad to operate in very basic i2c mode, meaning no multi-touch, tap-to-click, scrolling, etc.  Users were either left with a minimally-functional touchpad in i2c mode, or they had to end up blacklisting the i2c-hid modules as a workaround so the touchpad would come up in psmouse mode and operate similar to how it did in 12.04.

Going Forward

Canonical, who has been instrumental in this whole process, is  also doing their best to try and backport this functionality into 14.04 LTS so that users can take advantage of native i2c touchpad support.

Thanks 

I would like to give big shout outs to Synaptics, Canonical and Kent Baxley from Canonical for making this happen!!

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Talking about Chef and Unicorns – DevOps Days Austin

May 13, 2014

Today is the second of three entries focused on configuration management tools.  Today’s interview from last week’s DevOps Days is with Matt Ray from Chef.

Matt did a cool a presentation on the first day about how to introduce DevOps to traditional enterprises (see below) and I was able to grab him on the beginning of Day two to hear about his talk and the latest regarding Chef.

Some of the ground Matt covers

  • His talk about taking DevOps into the traditional enterprise “Helping horses become unicorns” (see presentation below)
  • Recent announcements from ChefCon e.g. Chef Metal etc
  • How they will be participating in this week’s OpenStack conference
  • Some of the traditional enterprises using Chef e.g.  Nordstroms, Target, GE

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Learning about Puppet Enterprise – DevOps Days Austin

May 12, 2014

Last week was DevOps Days here in Austin and I conducted a bunch of interviews.  On Friday I shared an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer who gave the first-day keynote.

The next three interviews I’ll be posting deal with configuration management tools.  Im going to kick off the topic with  an interview with Lindsey Smith who recently joined Puppet labs and is the product owner for Puppet Enterprise:

Some of the ground Lindsey covers:

  • Why Lindsey decided to join Puppet Labs
  • Lindsey’s open source and enterprise background e.g. invis inspector
  • How Puppet Open Source and Puppet Enterprise differ e.g. Event inspector
  • What’s coming up in Puppet Enterprise e.g. manifest ordering, supported modules etc.

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Developers share experiences running Ubuntu on Dell M3800 and XPS 15

May 12, 2014

Back in November when we  launched Sputnik 3, we also announced its “unofficial big brother,” the Dell M3800 Precision workstation and the Dell XPS 15.  This announcement was based on the after-hours work that Dell Linux engineer Jared Dominguez did to test and document the system.

Quite a few developers have referenced Jared’s work, taken the plunge and installed Ubuntu on these beefier systems.

M3800 Precision workstation

Here is a video that Rudy Vissers from Belgium created last month.  Rudy walks us through his new M3800 Precision including touchscreen and graphics.

XPS 15 laptop

Web developer Matt Woodward, who is a Principal IT Specialist for the US Senate and one of the original Project Sputnik beta cosmonauts, decided on upgrading to the XPS 15.  He shared his experience running Ubuntu on the XPS 15 on his blog earlier this month.  Here is an excerpt:

…Once Ubuntu is installed everything works out of the box. The screen runs at the full, mind-blowing 3200×1800 resolution, and even the touch screen works. No issues with sound card, WiFi, or anything else. Awesome…

If you need something a bit bigger and beefier than the XPS 13 developer edition, you just may want to check out either the M3800 or XPS 15.

If you’d like to see these as official products that come with Ubuntu pre-installed add your voice here:  Gathering interest on official Ubuntu support for Precision M3800  No promises but who knows!

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LittleIdea: No true DevOps (but we do have Samurai) — DevOps Days Austin

May 9, 2014

Earlier this week the third annual DevOps Days Austin took place.  Given that it was Cinco de Mayo, and given that it was Austin, as we walked in on the first day we were greeted by a mariachi band.

Also on the first day we were treated to an opening keynote by Andrew Clay Shafer.  Shafer, aka Littleidea, is among other things a DevOps bon vivant and all around muser on concepts and systems big and small.

Take a listen as Andrew gives an overview of his talk and answers questions.  For your reference, his slides are embed below.

Some of the ground Andrew covers:

  • The history of the Japanese Samurai and how this parallels DevOps’ trajectory
  • How will DevOps evolve over the next three years
  • What needs to happen for DevOps to ultimately be successful

Still to come

You’ll want to stick around over the next few weeks as I post 10 more interviews from DevOps days Austin.  I’ll be talking to people from Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, AppDyamics, New Relic, SumoLogic, Rackspace, Pager Duty, Dell Cloud Manager and Cote.

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App Think Tank: Cloud vs. hyperscale

May 7, 2014

This is the final video clip from the Dell Services Application think tank held earlier this year.  Today’s clip features the always enlightening and entertaining Jimmy Pike.  Jimmy, who is a Senior Fellow at Dell and was once called the Willy Wonka of servers, was one of the 10 panelists at the Think Tank where we discussed the challenges of the new app-centric world.

In this clip, Jimmy talks about the fundamental differences between “purpose-built hyperscale” and the cloud environments that most organizations use.

As Jimmy points out, when moving to the cloud it is important to first understand your business requirements and what your SLAs need to be.

If you’re interested in hearing what else Jimmy has to say, check out this other clip from the think tank,  The persistently, ubiquitously connected to the network era.

The Think Tank, Sessions one and two

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App Think Tank: Why would I ever build another data center?

May 5, 2014

This week is the last set of videos from the Dell Services Application think tank held earlier this year.   These last two snippets focus on cloud and infrastructure and today’s clip features features Jay Ferro, CIO, American Cancer Society and Barry Libenson, SVP and CIO,  Safeway.

Jay and Barry respond to the question, how would you set up your IT environment today if you had the luxury of starting completely afresh.  One thing they are both quite adamant about is that they would own as little as possible.  Take a listen.

While owning no servers is not a reality for the majority of existing enterprises, there is quite a bit of traditional IT functionality that does make sense to outsource.  Whether outsourcing takes the form of managed services, BPO or cloud-based systems, its something to seriously investigate.

Stay tuned

Tune in later this week and we’ll have the final video clip from the application think tank.  In it Jimmy Pike, a Dell senior fellow and chief architect, will talk about cloud and hyperscale and the difference between the two.

The Think Tank, Sessions one and two

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App Think Tank: Legacy platforms and modern cloud systems

May 2, 2014

Today we conclude the mini-series of videos around the topic of application and software strategy.  Today’s segment features Barry Libenson, SVP and CIO at Safeway talking about legacy platforms vs. modern cloud-based systems like the loyalty platform they have implemented.  Take a listen as Barry talks about the differences between the two.

While it might not make sense to cloud-enable everything, when you’ve got a 20-year old mainframe system like Barry describes you’ll want to look to app modernization and moving to a standard and open architecture.

Stay tuned

Next week is the last topic culled from our App Think Tank: cloud and infrastructure thoughts.  You’ll want to tune in to see how CIOs and tech companies are viewing and thinking about these areas :-)

The Think Tank, Sessions one and two

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App Think Tank: Intel IT turns apps into services

May 1, 2014

Today, Das Kamhout,  IT Principal Engineer at Intel and their lead cloud architect talks about Intel IT’s program to make all of their traditional applications into services.  (This video was taken from the  Application think tank that Dell Services held back in January.)

The world is turning to services.  As Das points out, after you rationalize your application portfolio you want put together a strategy to start modifying at least some of your traditional applications to be services based.

Stay tuned

Tomorrow is the last entry on the topic of software and application strategy.  Safe’s CIO will discuss legacy applications and which you want to modify and which you want to leave alone.

The Think Tank, Sessions one and two

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App Think Tank: The importance of application rationalization

April 30, 2014

Today’s topic, taken from the Application think tank held by Dell Services early this year, is application rationalization.  Take a listen as Ranga Jayaraman, Associate Dean and CIO of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford talks about the importance of application rationalization and shifting the way you do development.

The bottom line is if you are not pursuing an aggressive application rationalization strategy, you should be.  As Ranga suggests, you also need to be taking a hard look at how you are doing development.

Stay tuned

Tomorrow, tune in to hear how Intel turns its applications into services.

The Think Tank, Sessions one and two

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App Think Tank: Key application policies at Intel and American Cancer Society

April 29, 2014

This week’s theme is applications and software strategy and yesterday’s post dealt with the value of  going “open source”all the way” from start-ups to large enterprises.  Today we’re taking a look at the major guidelines that two large organizations have put in place for all applications being developed.

Take a listen to Das Kamhout,  IT Principal Engineer at Intel and Jay Ferro the CIO of the American Cancer Society as they talk about what their organizations are  requiring.  (This video was taken from the  Application think tank that Dell Services held back in January.)

Consumerization has raised the bar and set new standards for what employees and customers expect from applications both internal and external.   In a nutshell they need to be intuitive and available everywhere.  Intel and the American Cancer Society understand this and I would agree :)

Stay tuned

Starting tomorrow, the next three entries this week will center around dealing with the applications that already exist within your organization and how you modify them or know which ones to get rid of.

The Think Tank, Sessions one and two

Extra-credit reading (previous videos)

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