Talks We Like: 10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr, by Hammond and Allspaw
Damon Edwards     April 23, 2018 IT Operations

In this edition of TWL, we are highlighting a classic that was a contributing spark to the creation of the DevOps movement.

If you flash back to 2009, the idea of a Dev leader and an Ops leader co-presenting was an odd one. You would expect them to be at different conferences, speaking on different topics. So not only was the pairing considered unusual, their content was remarkable.

The idea of tight integration between Dev and Ops to safely achieve a rate of change that was more than ten deployments per day? That was unheard of and widely considered unsafe and foolish. But, there was Paul Hammond and John Allspaw explaining how they did it and how well it was working.

Comparing Rundeck and Jenkins (And Why They Work Great Together)
Paul Lambert     April 21, 2018 IT Operations, Rundeck

A common question that comes up from time-to-time in the many places where the community discusses Rundeck:

“What’s the difference between Rundeck and Jenkins?”

In short, Rundeck is designed for Operations to work directly with existing tools, services, and systems and to allow secure self-service access to automation for every kind of critical business workflow. Jenkins is a continuous integration server designed for the primary purpose of building artifacts.

Talks We Like: How Your Systems Keep Running Day After Day, by John Allspaw
Damon Edwards     April 9, 2018 IT Operations

In this edition of Talks We Like (TWL), I'm highlighting a talk that should be watched by anyone who is interested in the performance and effectiveness of Operations teams.

This is John Allspaw, noted operations leader turned researcher, presenting at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017 in San Francisco.

John makes the case that our industry needs to prioritize human performance. He discusses how humans understand and interact with complex systems, especially in the face of incidents.

Self-Service, Checklists, and More at SREcon Americas 2018
Damon Edwards     March 26, 2018 IT Operations, Rundeck

Going to SREcon Americas this week? Stop by the Rundeck booth in the exhibit hall.

Talks We Like: Performance Checklists for SREs by Brendan Gregg
Damon Edwards     March 22, 2018 IT Operations

Getting ready for next week's SREcon, we picked another SREcon classic for this week's Talks We Like.

This is Netflix's Brendan Gregg's talk on using checklists when responding to performance issues. As Brendan puts it, "When Netflix is down, minutes matter, and there's little time for traditional performance engineering."

Talks We Like: Keys to SRE by Ben Traynor
Damon Edwards     March 15, 2018 IT Operations

In today's edition of Talks We Like, I'm highlighting a talk that anyone interested in SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) should watch: Ben Traynor's Keys to SRE.