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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)

Why the Entire Incident Lifecycle Matters By @VictorOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Being on-call is more than just scheduling and alerting. It’s a matter of following an incident through from the moment of receiving the alert to solving the problem and conducting a post-mortem. In order to help you better visualize it, we’ve created this graphic that breaks the incident lifecycle into six distinct parts and shows much each part makes up of the whole… As you can see, getting alerted to the problem is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of tools that alert you to a problem but not many that stick with you through the firefight, providing a way to ... (more)

DevOps Interview: Ryan Frantz By @VictorOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

As I travel around the country and meet folks who are interested in what VictorOps is all about, I’m often pressed with the question of “How are you different than some other alerting service?”. The responses are varied but more or less echo the sentiment that the initial alert is just step one in the incident management lifecycle. The responsibility of being on-call is a much larger role than simply “ACK’ing” an alert pushed to your mobile device. Now that you’ve received the page, it’s time to get busy. Would you prefer to have a ton of valuable context delivered to you autom... (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)