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[Coté Memo #18] DevOps as a Service, then again, what exactly is DevOps?
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Tech & Work World
I did two podcasts today, in addition to all my usual stuff, which is why things are a bit thin here. However, here's the raw recordings of the podcasts:
Under Development 009 - we talk a lot about defining DevOps and the Design process.
TheNewStack.io podcast - Marten Mickos is on to talk OpenStack. There's all sorts of technical annoyances, but it's a fun conversation.
DevOps as a Service
I'm sure you comb all the press releases out there for the stray quote from yours truly, right? Well, of course you do.
...anyhow. I provided a quote for Rackspace's DevOps announcement today. I have a 451 report ready to publish once I get some answers back from them (I'm trying to get a customer count or other momentum and some details on the Windows versions and Linux distros they support).
Until then, here's a preview of the 451 Take I wrote on the topic:
In our studies on DevOps we're constantly finding that companies would like to decrease the cycle time it takes to get new applications and features into production. In one of our recent DevOps studies, over 50% of mainstream (that is, non-technology) companies wanted to deploy their applications to production more frequently, esp. companies over 100,000 employees. While much of the change required to achieve the benefits of DevOps are about "culture" change (changing process and roles in companies), that's always been an obtuse thing to implement. On the other hand, there are a set of fast evolving tools and best practices that are more straight forward. Rackspace is doing an admirable job bundling up these tools and practices into two services that aim to help all types of companies do DevOps. This type of offering, of course, aligns nicely with Rackspace's new "we're not just another cheap cloud" managed cloud positioning. The DevOps market is early, but exploring specialized offerings like this will be key for Rackspace building out it's "managed cloud" portfolio and positioning.
Fun & IRL
No fun today, just work.