October 10, 2016
It’s time for us to start setting up. We need to provision some hardware to receive the software essential to building out our DevOps pipeline. We’ve created a single, virtual machine (VM) with Windows 2012 Server. Its network name is DevOps with a single user named Perforce.
October 04, 2016
In this issue, we’ll consider what it takes to create a fully functioning continuous integration (CI) system, before building a sample project that’s simple, but still designed with the complexity of today’s development burdens in mind. Don’t worry if you’re not a DevOps wizard, it will be easier than you think!
With an eye toward honoring the origins of the DevOps movement, we’ll choose a web application for our sample project.
September 27, 2016
Do You Do DevOps?
DevOps is not one size fits all. I’ve seen organizations apply what seem like universal DevOps axioms only to be deeply disappointed and walk away from the entire project as a result.
Plenty of organizations still depend, sometimes crucially, on complicated legacy applications. You cannot purchase an all-in-one DevOps toolkit and drop a monolithic monster into it for magical results. A multi-million-line, legacy C++ application is different than a web application and requires altering your approach and expectations.
September 19, 2016
The forces of history can act a bit like a pendulum, and this is certainly apparent when it comes to the relationship between development and operations.
The DevOps Disconnect
It isn’t difficult to see where the initial disconnect between developers and operations began. As I explained in a recent webinar, the very nature of the earliest computers mandated it.
September 16, 2016
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September 11, 2016
What is DevOps?
Let’s begin with the obvious question: what exactly is DevOps? Asking this often results in as many answers as there are DevOps experts in the room. The classic tale from Eastern culture of blind men and an elephant seems relevant in explaining why: each one individually touches a different part of the beast and subsequently disagrees sharply over the true nature of the complete reality of the thing as a whole. In the same way, experts focused on different industries and types of projects tend to see DevOps differently, each through the lens of his own particular set of concerns and experiences.