Obviously, DevOps has been a focus of my career for the last couple years, and within DevOps, I tend to be more Ops focused. This would make sense given my stint at Splunk and a couple of other operational intelligence based startups. However, over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a startup that focuses specifically on big data platforms as a managed service. Having the opportunity to get an intimate look at these big data platforms, I’ve learned one thing; although big data has been around for while, and DevOps is the hot buzzword right now, big data isn’t going anywhere. Continue reading
As a veteran Unix/Linux Systems Engineer, I get the question everyday, “What is the best Linux distro?” First, I can tell you, there is no best Linux distro; each of them has their strengths and their weaknesses. Secondly, that is the wrong question. The question you should be asking: What is the right Linux distro? I can tell you that there is no right answer here. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal published an article by Rachel Shannon-Solomon stating that DevOps is not ready for the enterprise. You can, and should, see that article here. In my opinion, this entire article is a plethora of ridiculous statements. Not only is DevOps built for the enterprise, it’s ready now; enter DevOps 101: CAMS. Continue reading
As veteran of the IT industry, I fall inline with the 10,000 hour rule in reference to Linux/Unix Systems Administration. Needless to say, as a wrangler of *nix based operating systems, most people would consider me an expert; although, I rarely feel that way. However, as of recent I’ve been doing a lot of work on Big Data platforms, including Hadoop, Elastic Search, MongoDB, and using tools such as Storm and Impala. While the install of these platforms is trivial, I can unequivocally say that the tuning is not. Continue reading
Welcome to the third and final part of my this blog series about choosing an SPI provider. During the previous two posts, one and two, I’ve discussed a number of issues and attributes you should consider before selecting an SPI provider. In this last piece, I’m going to give some recommendations based on my experience, references from people I trust, and what I see in the industry. I’m going to start from the bottom up, so let’s talk IaaS. Continue reading
I’ve been staying busy these days doing a lot of consulting relating to DevOps, Big Data, and Data Science. Part of the services I’ve been offering is assistance in locating qualified candidates for positions in DevOps environments. One thing that I’ve noticed over the last seven months of consulting is that most companies have no idea how to screen and vet a technical candidate; this is mostly because of the fact that you have human resources personnel trying to locate someone for a highly technical position. Continue reading
Welcome to part one of a three part blog series about choosing an SPI provider. Be sure to check back to read part two and part three. In part one, I will be addressing aspects of an SPI provider to take into consideration when choosing one to partner with. In part two, I will delve deeper into a couple of these aspects, as well as giving some recommendations for SPI providers that I believe deliver great value while maintaining performance.
I just returned from a short excursion to the ATL for DevOpsDays Atlanta, and I must say, I never get tired of being around the people in the DevOps community. DevOpsDays are great opportunities for anyone looking to become part of the DevOps community or bring DevOps to their organization. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a speaker at the conference, and spoke about something extremely important to me. You can view my talk, Don’t Fear the DevOps, here:[vimeo http://vimeo.com/76213070 w=640&h=360]
As far as the show itself, I can’t say enough good things about it. Good people, solid food, and great times. If every show I went to was as enjoyable as this specific outing, I may never come home.
Thank you to all of the sponsors that make these shows happen. I feel that more collaboration and propagation of DevOps and Open Source happens at these style shows than any other event I attend.
Till next time…..
One of the things I try to do here on my blog is cut through the red tape, BS, smoke and mirrors, or whatever other obstacle you may encounter when trying to learn about the ongoing gibberish, er, I mean lingo, in today’s IT world. As you may have read in my previous blog, I was talking about DevOps, what it is, and what it is not. In this post, I’m going to focus on another tech-world buzz word: Operational Intelligence, or OpIntel, as I refer to it. Continue reading