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Remote work in ops is divisive. The perks of working from home, your local coffee shop, wherever, can be quite obvious to engineers and contributors. But some team leaders and company execs aren't buying it. One faction sees it as a way to do better quality work. Another has watched de...
Here’s a short anecdote: a QA team maintained a test environment separate from their production environment, but they had gone through great lengths to ensure it matched what was in production in every respect. It was filled with the same hardware, and all the software was identical do...
No, it’s not an endless loop waiting to happen, the plan here is to use Logstash to parse Elasticsearch logs and send them to another Elasticsearch cluster or to a log analytics service like Logsene (which conveniently exposes the Elasticsearch API, so you can use it without having to ...
Enterprise Initiatives Episode: Our guest on the podcast this week is John Willis, Founder and VP of Customer Enablement at SocketPlane. We discuss the effort needed to implement a grassroots DevOps initiative. Listen in to find out how to gain the essential support of leaders for y...
SYS-CON Media announced today that Mike Kavis’s blog has exceeded 40,000 reads. Launched in March 2014, his popular blog feed on DevOps Journal covers IT with a focus on cloud computing, DevOps and the Internet of Things. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic ...
I began my journey in the Application Performance Management (APM) space a little over two years ago. Transitioning from a security background, the biggest thing I was concerned about was picking up the technology quickly. Somewhere between JVMs, CLRs, JMX, IIS, and APIs I was a little...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Gene Kim, DevOps expert and author of The Phoenix Project.We get a sneak peek into Gene’s latest project, the DevOps Cookbook. By studying over 14,000 IT professionals, he observed that high-performing organizations are 2.5 times more likely than t...
Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Da...
TiP is not something to be afraid of. The more you understand what may go wrong and how to take the proper precautions to prevent that, the more successful and efficient your overall app development process will be. Today’s post is about the major risks of Testing in Production, how to...
Email is a mission critical application that is relied on to power business communication and collaboration capabilities on a day-to-day basis. It is a vital component of modern business and being able to send and receive email is of paramount importance. If you were to make a list of ...
The idea of DevOps is appealing, particularly in highly complex environments. There are just so many places where a system can go wrong, let alone a complex interconnected multi-machine system like a cluster or a cloud hosting environment. As systems have become progressively more comp...
Developing, say, the next generation computer chip is enormously expensive, both in terms of money as well as the time that researches must devote. If there were any question as to whether people would buy that faster chip, then the will to invest would drop, and with it the exponentia...
Today, DevOps is the latest and greatest in making work efficient. Before that, Agile called on us to rework our development process. If we keep going back we eventually reach Frederick Winslow Taylor and the birth of scientific work management. Taylor famously (or infamously) measu...
If you’ve used the term “DevOps” as a job title, you may have been making a big mistake. It sounds innocuous: After all, isn’t DevOps something that you do? If you’re a marketer, hiring manager or non-engineer at your company, it might seem like it. But nothing could be further from...
Twitter is used by just about every business, IT professional and expert in our industry. It can be difficult however to figure out which hashtags to use and which ones are a waste of time. Today I have compiled a list of the Top 10 DevOps #hashtags you should be using if you want your...
Many Distributed DevOps Teams Rely on Slack, a platform for team communication providing everything in one place, instantly searchable and available wherever you go. SPM Performance Monitoring‘s new integration via WebHooks provides the capability to forward alerts to many services, i...
To automatically resolve email incidents, you'll want to set up your monitoring service to send an email at the onset of an incident (Trigger Emails) as well as when the system returns to normal (Recovery Emails). These two sets of emails are linked by an Incident Key, a unique identi...
With so much great content on the web and so many people writing about DevOps, I am sure you have heard of either some of these blogs or the brilliant minds running them. This very short list includes some of the most popular and interesting DevOps blogs we could find. Whether you are ...
DevOps podcasts are a thing and they are here to stay. Whether you are traveling, working, or just love talk radio, these Top 8 DevOps Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the industry and listen to what the experts are saying.
As we continue to expand Logentries' powerful search and metric capabilities, we are also looking for new ways to allow our Users to send us critical data. In the newest version of the Windows Agent users can now follow process metrics and send them to Logentries. This feature enables ...
One of the great things about Logsene, our log management tool, is that you don't need to care about the back-end - you know, where you store your logs. You just pick a log shipper (here are Top 5 Log Shippers), point it to Logsene (here's How to Send Logs to Logsene) and you are done....
First thing's first: if you discard scheduled maintenance, your deployments need to be rock-solid. They should be scripted, fast and rolled back quickly, as well as tested periodically to ensure rollbacks don't lag. They also need to be forward and backward compatible by one version...
The DevOps section in the library is not the largest around but it is well worth your time to check a couple out. Here are the Top 10 DevOps Books that are worth finding at the book store and sharing with your friends. Feel free to browse, click on the books, you can’t go wrong....
DevOps news happens fast and that means you need to stay connected. Anything that is happening or trending in the DevOps, Continuous Delivery, or software world can always be found at one or more of these Top DevOps News Sites. If it’s happening, sys-con.com is there and reporting on i...
Kafka has become the de-facto standard for handling real-time streams in high-volume, data-intensive applications, and there are certainly a lot of those out there. We thought it would be valuable to conduct a quick poll to find out which which implementation of Kafka Producers and Co...
My first answer was to create a cli script that performs the computation and update the configuration items according to the expected definition but the Ops team needs to switch to another tools. My next answer was to define a control task that can called from the UI but typically t...
Many sites have internal status pages of one kind or another. And when there's a problem, that's often the first place people have to check out what's going on. The status plugin helps us keep that information in-line within our chat client. You can avoid the "repeating what the comp...
We’ve had Cassandra in production for about two and a half years. Unlike some companies that are using Cassandra to support their “big data” efforts, our data set is relatively small — in the order of 10s of GB at any given moment. Since we’re using it to usher events through our pipel...
Traditionally if a critical customer has an issue in the middle of your night, it wouldn’t be answered until the next business day. With the Desk.com and PagerDuty integration, your team can immediately get notified about top-tier support issues as they happen, and can then handle the ...
While change definitely can bring unprecedented opportunity to drive topline revenue and improved efficiency, it can also bring obstruction and more challenges for core business operations and infrastructure if not dealt with properly. More specifically, change can come in many differe...
We’ve all heard or read about the reasons Agile is good from the business or project management perspectives, but when it really comes down to it, how much do those reasons actually move the needle for the people on the front lines who are trying to implement Agile? As the Agile tea...
I've always believed that tech companies only last in the market by listening to their customers. You can get carried away and add the coolest technology to your product, but if it doesn't provide real business value to the customer, it's useless. Based on discussions with our customer...
Ninety-percent of your users want your site to perform well during peak periods, like the last month or so. That's according to a study by Compuware, in which they also found that most dissatisfied users will throw you under a bus if your app or site performs poorly while they're despe...
Web app attacks are on the rise. According to Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report, web app attacks doubled in frequency from 2012 to 2013, jumping from under 20% to 40% of recorded incidents. That should be a concern, because it's an application world and that means we're also...
DPS, or damage per second, is a somewhat self-describing term for the amount of damage that can be dealt (by a single person or a group) in one second. It's typically used by players of online games such as World of Warcraft or Diablo. Not that us old skool table top gamers don't calcu...
It is important that operations be in the loop when it comes to planning any software deployment. They need to know when the project starts, not at the last minute about your new deployment. Ensure that operations is aware of any infrastructure changes needed well in advance. If the op...
No trend is currently as hot as containers and particularly the popular container management system Docker. Although arguably just maturing, it has already reached almost mythical proportions of cloud hype. Docker would make virtualization superfluous, replace PaaS all together and tha...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, andprovide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Yesterday we announced a new Communi...
The Development Dashboard shows the planned major releases and maintenance releases of our products and plugins. You can use the dashboard to search for the estimated release date and version of a particular issue (such as an issue created as the result of a Feature Request), or simply...
Cloud computing adds flexibility to enterprise IT. When companies wish to take advantage of this, they are finding they need to turn to microservices instead of their traditional, monolithic architectures to accommodate frequent change. Microservices can overcome the challnges prese...


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