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Microservices, Containers, Code Ownership, and Continuous Support By Todd Vernon Last week I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at Sapphire Ventures Next-Gen Tech Stack Forum in San Francisco. Small Image: Courtesy Akana, Inc Obviously, I was excited to join the discussion, but as a participant the event crystallized not only where the larger software development market is relative to microservices, container technologies (like Docker), continuous integration and deployment; but also provided insight into where DevOps is heading in the coming years. Spoiler Alert: Microservices are where it’s all going, Container systems like Docker or Kubernetes are a huge enabler of that vision, code ownership flourishes in this environment, and DevOps promotes this culture and ecosystem of tools that unlock the huge social gains of all of it. Let’s unpack that long sentence a... (more)

Hidden Lessons of Incident Management By @JasonHand | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Hidden Lessons of Incident Management By Jason Hand One of the most common early goals of implementing DevOps principles is a deep understanding of our systems in a stable state. However, this objective is not a “once and done” effort. It is important to continuously circle back in some form (a feedback loop) as changes are introduced. It’s an ongoing exercise for an entire organization as our processes, tools, and teams improve continuously over time. In many cases during these beginning stages of DevOps transformations, agreeing on a starting point is where much of our time is ... (more)

DevOps: Apollo Mission Control | @DevOpsSummit @ToddVernon #DevOps

DevOps and Apollo Mission Control By Todd Vernon Lately I have been reading the excellent book Digital Apollo. It explores the evolution of digital control systems and the man-machine interface that evolved during the development of space flight and ultimately the Apollo missions. It’s a fantastic book – more technical than most – but very approachable to those not familiar with flight control, embedded software, or the challenges of building such systems. As I read the book, I could not help but compare the way space missions were executed to that of the role of DevOps in moder... (more)

Skyscanner Case Study: Alerting Beyond Ops Metrics By @Tarable | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Skyscanner Case Study: Alerting Beyond Ops Metrics By Tara Calihman Skyscanner is a global search engine that enables people to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. Headquartered in the UK, Skyscanner has been an excellent customer of ours, providing feedback on new features and helping us with testing. When Lance Gobaira, a web operation engineer at Skyscanner, offered to share with us how they’re using VictorOps to alert on key business metrics, we jumped. Read on to see what he had to say… Here at Skyscanner Engineering, we are serious about our metric collection ... (more)

Loops On Loops: How Feedback Enables Improvement By @JasonHand | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Loops On Loops: How Feedback Enables Improvement By Jason Hand We all remember the game from our childhood where one person whispers a phrase to the person directly next to them, who in turn shares the phrase with the following person in line. This continues through a group of people until it makes its way back to the original source. The game went by many names: Telephone, Grapevine, and Operator, among others. The point of this exercise was primarily to demonstrate how easily information can become corrupted by a lengthy path through which it passes. Minor and major alteration... (more)