Solving data center emergencies

Last night, a cloud hosting company came to us in full panic mode. Their data center hosting provider of many years was knocked offline, and they (and their customers) were knocked offline, too. They needed to move a cab's worth of gear ASAP — a process that typically...

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Practicing safe DevOps

When I was growing up, I remember hearing the modified adage: “To err is to be human, to really screw things up requires a computer.” This was repeated quite often, especially from the previous generation. Today, in the DevOps and Continuous Integration/Deployment...

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Methods for achieving a DevOps culture

There are many ways to implement a DevOps culture, but some methods work better than others. Here are a few that stand out. The One-Man Band Method The One-Man Band approach implements the DevOps strategy by having all members (sometimes, quite literally, one person)...

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The birth of DevOps

The term DevOps has exploded as a technical buzzword in the last few years. A search on any tech jobs board will reveal a multitude of posts for DevOps engineers, almost as many as ‘Cloud’ engineers or developers. The job descriptions apply the DevOps term to a wide...

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