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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 and alerting solutions. We track every aspect of our network, application performance, service uptime, and higher level business metrics using various tools. We leverage AWS Cloudwatch to keep track of our cloud. We track partner performance, and even our SaaS tools. From an engineering pe... (more)

Microservices and Containers | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

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: Microservi... (more)

Gene Kim Interview | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

DevOps Interview: Gene Kim By Jason Hand Early in my DevOps Journey, I was introduced to a book of great significance circulating within the Web Operations industry titled The Phoenix Project. (You can read our review of Gene’s book, if interested.) Written as a novel and loosely based on many of the same principles explored in The Goal, this book has been read and referenced by many who have adopted DevOps into their continuous improvement and software delivery processes around the world. As I began planning my travel schedule last summer, I learned of a workshop taking place in... (more)

Actors as Microservices | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Actors as Microservices By Nick Isaacs Here at VictorOps, we rely heavily on Akka and during my time working with the environment/tool/language, I started seeing similarities between microservices and actors. Actors allow you to take pieces of your app, put them on their own servers and then enable them to communicate via HTTP. You can scale the app in places where there are bottlenecks and apply resources without being wasteful. Microservices are untyped (they communicate via JSON) however it is often the approach to write a client library on top of a JSON API, taking a weakl... (more)

ChatOps for Dummies By @VictorOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

ChatOps for Dummies By Jason Hand Since June of 2014 I’ve been attending a lot of tech conferences and events, including just about every DevOpsDays “un-conference” in the U.S. There are so many talented teams out there coming up with innovative ways to surface improved methods of delivering high quality software and services quicker and more efficiently. Of course, much of this is due to adoption of DevOps practices. One specific topic I found fascinating, was the concept of ChatOps. Simply put, it’s an approach that allows teams to collaborate and manage many aspects of thei... (more)