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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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.

Extra-credit reading

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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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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.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


DevOps Days Austin — John Willis: Culture as the secret weapon in the war of hiring

May 2, 2013

DevOps Days Austin took place earlier this week here in our fair city.  Kicking off the festivities was Mr. John Willis who delivered the DevOps state of union.

I grabbed sometime with John on day two to discuss what he talked about:

Some of the ground John covers:

  • Culture as the secret weapon in the war of hiring
  • Comparing and contrasting the cultures of Netflix, Gighub and Etsy

Extra-credit reading

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DevOpsDays Austin — The provisioning panel starring JuJu, Crowbar, Puppet, Chef and Pallet

April 11, 2012

Last week DevOpsDays was held here in Austin.  It sold out in about day after it was announced and had a big waiting list.  The two-day event, which was held at National Instruments (who did an awesome job as host), featured talks and panels in the mornings and “open space” discussions in the afternoons.

The panel on the first day,  moderated by John Willis, was entitled: Provisioning Panel – Meet Juju, Crowbar, Puppet, Chef, Pallet + discussion.  After the panel I caught up with each of the members for a follow-up chat.  Here they are:

Juju – Mark Mimms of Canonical

Crowbar – Rob Booth of Zenoss

Puppet – Dan Bode of Puppet Labs

Chef – Matt Ray of Opscode

Pallet – Antoni Batchelli of Pallet Ops

Stay tuned for more DevOpsDays goodness in the days to come!

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


DevOpsDays Austin kicks off, A short history

April 3, 2012

Yesterday, DevOpsDays Austin kicked off at National Instruments.  If you’re not familiar with DevOps, its the idea of using people, processes and tools to break down the wall that traditionally exists between developers and operations with the idea of removing friction and increasing velocity to better support and drive the business.

The Austin event was maxed out the day after it was announced a couple months ago and there was a waiting list of over one hundred people.   About half the crowd was from out of town with a big contingent from the Valley and New York.   Near the end of the day yesterday I caught up with one of the organizers, Damon Edwards to learn more about the event and how it came to be.

Some of the ground Damon covers:

  • How “DevOps” and DevOps Days came to be: How John Allspaw‘s talk at Velocity to Patrick Debois to set up the first event
  • 3:36:  How the event has transformed over time:  from a focus on people to a focus on tools and now back to a focus on people
  • 4:56  Who attends DevOps Days and how the mix between developers and operations folks has shifted over time.

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


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