Devops in Practice: How They Do It

Posted on July 22, 2010

Damon Edwards (DTO Solutions) & John Willis (Opscode) are the two guys really pumping out the “good news” of devops. They started a new podcast, Devops Cafe several weeks ago. Already on episode 8, having featured guests such as John Allspaw, R.I. Pienaar, Andrew Shafer, and more. Highly recommended.

Whats interesting is that John & Damon really aware of an outcry from the community, that is: “How do all these devops shops do it!!” We want to emulate them, know what tools they have, how they use them, what works, what doesn’t, etc. So to facilitate just that, they started a videocast sub-series called: Open Mic.

Open Mic 1: DevOps Metrics and Dashboards at Shopzilla from on Vimeo.

In the first episode, they take us into Shopzilla, where Juan Paul Ramirez shows us their tools, metrics, and talks extensively about how they got to where they are. Excellent content!

If you haven’t already seen, perhaps the most popular talk this year at Velocity, “A Day in the Life of Facebook”, in which the Facebook Ops team introduces us to their tools and organization.

Whats really great here is that we’re not share deeper information about how we’re doing things, such that we can be a community of organizations. In the past, only a handful would really share and they were always far removed from useful pratice. I really hope this trend continues.

Big thanks to John and Damon for helping fuel that fire!