John Willis of Docker – DevOps Days Austin

July 10, 2015

Last but not least here is the final video from DevOps days Austin featuring the one and only John Willis aka Botchagalupe. John gave the closing key note using an intriguing comparison to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel.

Take a listen:

Some of the ground John covers:

  • John’s DevOps background
  • From Socketplane founder to Docker employee
  • The convergence of data gravity, containers and microservices – The new guns, germs and steel
  • How John got involved with the Docker folks back in the dotCloud days.
  • Containers vs VMs

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

 


Developers + IT ops = cloud innovation

June 27, 2013

A couple weeks ago Dell put on a half-day Cloud summit on BrightTALK.  The event, led out of our services group, was made up of six hour-long presentations that ranged from Cloud security to compliance to HPC.

John Willis, who recently joined Dell via the Enstratius acquisition, and I presented the deck below.  We began with the rise of the developer and their key role in cloud.  From there we talk about how IT can best work with developers to drive innovation, while at the same time maintaining stability (spoiler alert: the answer is DevOps).

If you want to listen to recordings of any of the six presentations that made up the cloud summit, check out the links below:

Extra-Credit reading

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Dell Acquires Enstratius — So what do they do?

May 6, 2013

Last week at DevOps Days Austin, I did a couple of interviews with John Willis (aka @botchagalupe), VP Client Services and Enablement at Enstratius.  The first video dealt with devops and the idea of culture as a secret weapon in the war of hiring.  The second one was about Enstratius the company, which coincidentally today Dell announced it was acquiring.

I’m very excited about the move because, besides the great technology, with Enstratius we are getting some top talent like John, James Urquhart, George Reese, Bernard Golden, David Bagley and many more.

Take a listen as John explains what exactly it is that Enstratius does:

Some of the topics John covers:

  • Enstratius’ common open API structure
  • Governance: e.g. Role based access, a federated view of resources, encrypted key management storage yadda, yadda
  • Direct integration with Chef and Puppet
  • Integration points with APM companies like AppDynamics and New Relic

Extra-credit reading

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DevOps Days Austin — John Willis: Culture as the secret weapon in the war of hiring

May 2, 2013

DevOps Days Austin took place earlier this week here in our fair city.  Kicking off the festivities was Mr. John Willis who delivered the DevOps state of union.

I grabbed sometime with John on day two to discuss what he talked about:

Some of the ground John covers:

  • Culture as the secret weapon in the war of hiring
  • Comparing and contrasting the cultures of Netflix, Gighub and Etsy

Extra-credit reading

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Talking about Dell’s Cloud efforts

October 1, 2009

Last Friday I got together with Michael Cote of Red Monk and John Willis of Canonical for a podcast.  We met up at a nearby coffee shop and chatted about a whole bunch o’ stuff.

You can listen to the actual podcast on Cote’s blog.

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • What I’ll be doing at Dell as Cloud Evangelist.
  • Dell’s cloud building business, focused on a small group of hyper-scale customers (Azure and Facebook being a couple I can name), delivering a high volume of highly customized machines for these customers.
  • Some of the learnings we’ve gained with working with this group.
  • Our intent to take this effort to a much wider group of customers and offer complete cloud solutions made up of hardware, third party software, a reference architecture and services.
  • Dell’s other major cloud effort:  providing Support services as a service.
  • Recent industry events and upcoming cloud conferences.
  • And last, but not least, John and Cote introduce me to the wild and wonderful world of Pokens.

Pau for now..


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