Here is the second of two videos on Application Performance Management from DevOps Days Austin. Heiko Leibenath of New Relic, which recently received an additional $100M in funding, gives an overview of this APM vendor who is making the transition to “Software analysis vendor.”
Some of the ground Heiko covers:
Why Heiko moved from Salesforce.com to New Relic
What he does as a technical account manager
What excites customers the most about New Relic
The platforms and application development environments they support and whats coming up in the next year
Today’s entry from DevOps Days Austin concludes the series on configuration management tools. Today’s interview features Jonathan Thorpe of CFEngine, the company that started the whole configuration management thang back in the 90’s.
Some of the ground Jonathan covers
Why Jonathan recently joined CFEngine and its role with mobile and embedded
A quick history of CFEngine
The features of CFEngine 3
The companies focus for the next year
Stay tuned next time when we turn our attention to Application Performance Management and listen to folks from AppDynamics and New Relic.
Today is the second of three entries focused on configuration management tools. Today’s interview from last week’s DevOps Days is with Matt Ray from Chef.
Matt did a cool a presentation on the first day about how to introduce DevOps to traditional enterprises (see below) and I was able to grab him on the beginning of Day two to hear about his talk and the latest regarding Chef.
Some of the ground Matt covers
His talk about taking DevOps into the traditional enterprise “Helping horses become unicorns” (see presentation below)
Recent announcements from ChefCon e.g. Chef Metal etc
How they will be participating in this week’s OpenStack conference
Some of the traditional enterprises using Chef e.g. Nordstroms, Target, GE
Last week was DevOps Days here in Austin and I conducted a bunch of interviews. On Friday I shared an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer who gave the first-day keynote.
The next three interviews I’ll be posting deal with configuration management tools. Im going to kick off the topic with an interview with Lindsey Smith who recently joined Puppet labs and is the product owner for Puppet Enterprise:
Some of the ground Lindsey covers:
Why Lindsey decided to join Puppet Labs
Lindsey’s open source and enterprise background e.g. invis inspector
Earlier this week the third annual DevOps Days Austin took place. Given that it was Cinco de Mayo, and given that it was Austin, as we walked in on the first day we were greeted by a mariachi band.
Also on the first day we were treated to an opening keynote by Andrew Clay Shafer. Shafer, aka Littleidea, is among other things a DevOps bon vivant and all around muser on concepts and systems big and small.
Take a listen as Andrew gives an overview of his talk and answers questions. For your reference, his slides are embed below.
Some of the ground Andrew covers:
The history of the Japanese Samurai and how this parallels DevOps’ trajectory
How will DevOps evolve over the next three years
What needs to happen for DevOps to ultimately be successful
Still to come
You’ll want to stick around over the next few weeks as I post 10 more interviews from DevOps days Austin. I’ll be talking to people from Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, AppDyamics, New Relic, SumoLogic, Rackspace, Pager Duty, Dell Cloud Manager and Cote.
Infrastructure automation and configuration management have become a hot topic as organizations, particularly those in the web and cloud space have continued to scale out. The first player, that helped define the space, was CFengine. Heavy weights in this space now include Puppet and Chef, and at Dell we lead, Project Crowbar, an open source effort in this area.
The new kid on the block, based in Salt Lake city, is SaltStack. Although relatively new, they count LinkedIn as one of their users. At DevOps Days NYC back in October I grabbed some time with Salt solutions engineer, Mike Ainsworth. Here is what Mike had to say:
Some of the ground Mike covers
What does SaltStack do
When did they get their start and how has their momentum been
How they differ from the other players in the space
How Linkedin is using SaltStack
The technical details re what they are focusing on going forward
The new rules of configuration management – SD Times
During last week’s DevOps Days here in Austin, Matt Ray of Opscode and Charles Lowell of the Frontside did a demo showing the status of the Project Sputnik profile tool and the cloud launcher. The profile tool is still at a very early stage, and while the Cloud Launcher exists today in the form of LXC + JuJu, we are working on a version that works using Chef.
After Matt and Charles’ talk I grabbed sometime with them as well as Chris McClimans of Opscode to talk about where we’re at, where we’re going and what’s a spice weasel.