DevOpsANGLE http://devopsangle.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Cisco rolls out another developer program: “Same same” but different http://devopsangle.com/2014/07/22/cisco-rolls-out-another-developer-program-same-same-but-different/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/07/22/cisco-rolls-out-another-developer-program-same-same-but-different/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:36 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/2014/07/22/cisco-rolls-out-another-developer-program-same-same-but-different/ Continue reading

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small__8450075522Cisco has taken another shot at attracting third-party coders into its embrace with the relaunch of a rebranded developer program.

Keen followers will remember this isn’t the first time Cisco has tried to encourage others to write apps and functions for its platforms. It’s also not the first time its chosen to name its program as the “Cisco Developer Network” either. It did so back in 2009 when it named its first developer program as such. Later, that program was renamed as the Cisco Solution Partner Program, and now its been reborn with the shortened version, “DevNet”, which is essentially the same thing.

But while the name is old, the new program will be slightly different. This time around, the aim is “to enable an open community of software developers – including ISVs, customers and Systems Integrators/Channel Partners – to help them easily and rapidly build Cisco-enabled applications to sell and use, on top of Cisco APIs to enhance or manage Cisco networks and platforms,” said Susie Wee, Cisco’s VP & CTO of Networked Experiences. “Cisco is encouraging the adoption of APIs across our products and fostering integrations with third-party products.”

To help encourage this, Ciscos is allocating resources including “engineering platform APIs, SDKs, ready-to-use code samples, a developer sandbox, developer support, and community management”, adds Wee.

So why has Cisco jumped back on the developer bandwagon? Most probably, it has something to do with emerging platforms like OpenFlow, OpenStack and NFV, which are beginning to threaten anyone involved in networking. Wooing developers to aid its cause is but one way Ciscos thinks it can head off these threats. Whether or not it will be able to convince developers that its easier, faster and more profitable to work with Cisco remains to be seen.

But Wee seems to think it can, and has promised more than 100 APIs will be made available to get the wheels rolling. She adds that Cisco will make APIs for SDN, IoT, collaboration, mobility and security. It’s also going to work with Mulesoft to make accessing these APIs easier, and it’ll provide a developer’s sandbox, to remove “the cost and time of acquiring lab equipment and the technical staff to maintain it.”

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Beep, beep! Make way for Linux on connected cars http://devopsangle.com/2014/07/03/beep-beep-make-way-for-linux-on-connected-cars/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/07/03/beep-beep-make-way-for-linux-on-connected-cars/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:25:35 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/2014/07/03/beep-beep-make-way-for-linux-on-connected-cars/ Continue reading

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14322802670_292c30d847_zMove over Apple, Windows and Android – Linux is making its own play to become the default operating system for smart cars with the release of downloadable code from its Automotive Grade Linux project.

Announced on Monday, the project is built on the Tizen operating system that was originally conceived as a rival to Android and iOS on mobile phones. According to the press release, Automotive Grade Linux adds “key applications developed in HTML5 and JavaScript into a single open source reference platform”.

A new wiki devoted to the project says that a few key additions have been made to Tizen, notably the middleware packages and the user interface. A number of images have been posted onto Flickr that show screenshots of the interface, plus some mock ups of how it might display various functions like maps, car status, climate controls, entertainment and so on.

“The current web runtime is Webkit but Tizen will migrate to Crosswalk within the next couple of months,” states the wiki. “Crosswalk is a more modern web runtime environment based in Chrome and Blink. It is also better performing than Webkit.”

The documentation also notes that Automotive Grade Linux is not meant to be a production user interface, but rather a demo to illustrate how applications are developed, and to excerise the underlying operating system stack components and middleware.

“Using AGL means the industry benefits from the stability and strength of a common Linux distribution, Tizen IVI, at the core while bringing their own unique applications and functionality to market faster,” said Rudolf Strief, director of embedded solutions, at The Linux Foundation.

“Collaborating within the AGL community helps the industry avoid fragmentation that can waste time and R&D resources that could be put to better use innovating on safety and reliability for drivers.”

Some of the common components include CarIndicator, call handling, voice recognition and text-to-speech, application configuration and theming, and a global settings user interface.

The rest of the code pertains to the home screen, climate control, dashboard, Google Maps, news and media components, audio controls, Bluetooth and SmartLink device integration.

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Google opens Gmail to developers in bid to replace IMAP http://devopsangle.com/2014/06/26/new-gmail-api-makes-it-super-easy-for-devs-to-peek-at-your-inbox/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/06/26/new-gmail-api-makes-it-super-easy-for-devs-to-peek-at-your-inbox/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:00:53 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/2014/06/26/new-gmail-api-makes-it-super-easy-for-devs-to-peek-at-your-inbox/ Continue reading

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origin_3901849292Google has decided to lift the lid on its Gmail service, allowing every man and his dog to write apps that can access your inbox, so long as you agree to let them in.

Hailed as a replacement for IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) by some observers, the new Gmail API probably won’t achieve that distinction for some time, but it does offer some interesting opportunities for developers. According to Google, which outlined the new API at Google I/O yesterday, the release of the spec is a first step in transforming Gmail into a kind of goodie bag for devs who wish to leverage the content of your emails to build better apps. For example, a travel app might scan Gmail for booking confirmations and use these to build an itinerary for you. Alternatively, a finance app might dig into your inbox looking for receipts and file them into a budget plan.

Tapping into email contents isn’t a new idea. Some apps already do so if users allow them to. What’s different is that Google has built a new API to replace IMAP, a ubiquitous but dated and inefficient way to tap into email services. IMAP is complex and doesn’t work well with modern web communication tools such HTTP, and that limits the functionality of apps that work with Gmail, says Google.

“IMAP wasn’t really designed to do all of the cool things that [developers at Google IO] have been working on,” Google’s Eric DeFriez explains in a blog post.

The API makes it easy for devs to send HTTPS calls to a user’s Gmail inbox so they can receive JSON, XML of Google Protobuf responses without the need for a TCP socket. According to Google, this makes the API accessible from numerous cloud environments that don’t support IMAP.

Privacy concerns

 

This all sounds great for developers, but privacy advocates may have issues. While the API doesn’t touch everything, it’s far more comprehensive than IMAP. Upon being granted access to a mailbox (and who really reads those permissions, anyway?), an app will be able to create or delete messages, and even insert messages into the inbox without the interim step of sending them from another email address. That latest feature is similar to what Google now does with Gmail inbox ads.

The idea of third-parties helping themselves to the content of people’s inboxes could scare off developers enough to limit the Gmail API’s potential, but Google is betting that most users won’t care or notice. It says permissions will address that problem. it’s concerned about privacy of course, and that’s why the API provides different levels of permissions. “If your app only needs to send mail on behalf of a user and does not need to read mail, you can limit your permission request to send-only,” wrote DeFriez.

There are four permission classes for apps, according to Google’s documentation:

  1. Request full access to the target account;
  2. Request access for everything except the ability to delete messages or threads;
  3. Read access, but no write or delete rights; or
  4. Access only to create and send messages and their associated drafts.

“Your app should use the most restrictive scope that meets its requirements,” the documentation says, but in a world where even basic wallpaper apps seem to demand nearly full device control, it’s questionable whether developers will obey.

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small__2631072309Developers can now get their mitts on a special version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser offering previews of forthcoming capabilities and features.

Called the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, the special edition browser is much like the beta versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, giving the curious a chance to test new updates before they hit the mainstream.

“IE Developer Channel can run alongside and independently of IE11, and has all of the browser features that you love in IE11, as well as the latest platform features we’re working on,” wrote Jason Weber of Microsoft’s IE Team in a blog post.

The new developer edition of IE is already available to download, and comes with various tools for devs including improved analytics for the browser’s memory, a better debugger tool with support for event breakpoints and UI responsiveness profilers. A second blog post by Microsoft explains the new features in more detail.

Another feature of IE Developer Channel is support for WebDriver, an API that gives developers the ability to simulate users interacting with various web apps. First developed by Selenium, the WebDriver API is now a work in progress of the World Wide Web Cosortium (W3C). A second W3C standard that’s included is the Gamepad API, which allows users to interact with the browser using video game console controllers.

UI responsiveness tool in IE Developer Channel

UI responsiveness tool in IE Developer Channel

Besides the new feature, Microsoft has been working to improve IE’s overall performance. The prototype browser has achieved a 94 percent score in the Khronos WebGL Conformance Test, beating the 89 percent score attained by IE 11 (note that Google Chrome scored 99.9 percent in this test).

This is just the first IE Developer Channel release. Microsoft says it will be constantly adding new technologies and features to the channel, just as Google and Mozilla do with their own beta browsers. Developers can access a full list of APIs either being tested or considered for inclusion in IE at this website.

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Salesforce rigs up Heroku into its cloud http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/14/salesforce-rigs-up-heroku-into-its-cloud/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/14/salesforce-rigs-up-heroku-into-its-cloud/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 12:45:47 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/14/salesforce-rigs-up-heroku-into-its-cloud/ Continue reading

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salesforceQuite a few people were scratching their heads when Salesforce.com added Heroku to its list of acquisitions. After all, why on earth would Salesforce with its Force.com SaaS platform feel the need to buy up a PaaS platform like Heroku?

Now, it seems we finally have our answer, with the release of a new Heroku Connect tool that connects Heroku’s cloud application platform to Salesforce’s own database offering. The idea is simple enough: Salesforce wants enterprise app developers to do their work on Force.com, while consumer app developers will use Heroku.

As for Heroku Connect, this is what links the two together. It’s useful because Force.com remains the place for custom app development, while Heroku takes care of all the work that goes into delivering web applications at scale. And now with Heroku Connect, this allow for the quick and easy transfer of data between the two platforms.

It’s actually always been possible to move between the two, noted Salesforce’s Scott Holden in an interview with TechCrunch. However, it wasn’t always an easy process, and one that required going through APIs. The problem is that Salesforce is built on Oracle software, while Heroku uses its own variant of Postgres, and so the two platforms each offer developers a very different environment. Heroku Connect simplifies the previously complex process of linking the two, allowing anyone to connect them without the assistance of an experienced development team.

One of the big advantages, according to Salesforce, is that Heroku Connect allows developers to feed customer-generated data into business apps more easily, enhancing its overall value proposition.

Essentially, what Salesforce has done is throw in a nice piece of middleware to connect two very divergent aspects of its platform – something that’s common enough with most major IT tech giants. Over time, Salesforce may integrate Heroku further into its other offerings, but for now at least developers finally have a way to connect the two worlds more easily.

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IBM Impact DevOps Round Up: IBM expands DevOps portfolio with new cloud, IoT and mobile offerings | #IBMimpact http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/13/ibm-impact-devops-round-up-ibm-expands-devops-portfolio-with-new-cloud-iot-and-mobile-offerings-ibmimpact/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/13/ibm-impact-devops-round-up-ibm-expands-devops-portfolio-with-new-cloud-iot-and-mobile-offerings-ibmimpact/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 20:03:35 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/?p=5171 Continue reading

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ibm-logo-big-blueDuring the IBM Impact 2014 event, the big blue company introduced an expansion of its IBM MobileFirst Application Development portfolio and Cloud Marketplace. Offerings which include new tools and resources to help organizations easily create, test, and deploy mobile and cloud applications. These new products complement IBM SmartCloud and IBM MobileFirst portfolios.

Cloud and mobile have grown considerably in the world of IT–PaaS vendor EngineYard predicts 1 billion smartphones in 2014, and with the cloud will the engine to drive that consumption. Cloud and mobile provide a constantly changing market with this growth, as cited by EngineYard over 1 billion Android apps are downloaded a month, and this will only increase as more apps are developed. As a result, businesses are required to provide and use mobility software and cloud more quickly and consistently than before.

The key to this change is DevOps. The goal of DevOps is to ensure continuous software deployment. This allows companies to take advantage of market opportunities faster and better meet customer requirements. The IBM DevOps portfolio helps companies to address the entire life cycle of software development that is independent of the developed application.

Cloud business transformation

The improvement of the development processes for cloud applications is important as organizations seek business through higher value opportunities with the help of big data analytics and cloud integration, as well as the Internet of Things.

With the acquisition of SoftLayer, IBM has made cloud hosting an anchor to build many of their PaaS and developer solutions on top of cloud-based functionality. During the event, IBM announced BlueMix Garage, a collaborative space for developers, startups and large companies to work side by side with IBM to rapidly develop innovative applications. The goal of BlueMix Garage is ​​to give developers a way to build cloud applications quickly whether they are with IBM, a third-party or open technologies.

Moreover, IBM announced 30 new services for BlueMix including the BlueMix DevOps Continuous Integration services and Cloud Integration service that intend to support agile approaches with a common software delivery approach regardless of the type of application being developed.

With these initiatives, IBM is building the strategy with development capabilities and provides tools to enable companies to deploy better applications faster and at lower cost. In addition to saving time, businesses can also save costs with deeper integration to back-end IBM services without requiring those systems to be in place.

Unlocking the value of development community

As part of ongoing efforts to support the global development community, IBM also unveiled the first cloud service marketplace for the enterprise, a single place on the IBM Cloud where customers can see all the SaaS, major infrastructure pieces and developers’ tools available on IBM SoftLayer.

The marketplace includes IBM’s Bluemix Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), IBM’s 100-plus SaaS services and other tools and aims to address customers a one-stop-shopping destination for cloud services. The marketplace will bring the full power of “IBM as a Service” and the entire ecosystem to the enterprises and developers and help them very quickly set up new services in areas such as analytics, mobile, integration or even marketing and e-commerce.

In addition to developers who see the Bluemix PaaS environment the necessary services and APIs for their tasks, IBM Cloud marketplace offers tools for big data and analytics requirements, disaster recovery, and managed security services or for the management of hybrid cloud environments.

Among the new enhanced services, IBM has released standardized, customizable IBM Ready Apps for customers in major verticals including a range of tools for developers to create, deploy and manage mobile apps, on-premise or in the cloud. One such tool is the new version of IBM Worklight that allows enterprises to support both native (via SDKs) and hybrid development models, as well as add new capabilities such as the USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) protocol for mobile money solutions in emerging markets. Combining with BlueMix, IBM Worklight tends to be a perfect place for developers to build applications and deploy into IBM SmartCloud using IBM Worklight technology.

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ServiceNow DevOps Round Up: Empowering the service-oriented enterprise with DevOps | #Know14 http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/08/servicenow-devops-round-up-empowering-the-service-oriented-enterprise-with-devops-know14/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/05/08/servicenow-devops-round-up-empowering-the-service-oriented-enterprise-with-devops-know14/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 19:24:17 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/?p=5172 Continue reading

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devopsWith the rise of DevOps applications in the cloud, gaining extensive knowledge and control of applications has been a challenge for IT. The combination of growth in volume of data and the proliferation of automation tools has led to confusion, inconsistency, and ultimately a loss of confidence in IT.

At this year’s Knowledge14 conference, the annual global IT conference for CIOs, IT professionals, system administrators, and developers, ServiceNow focused on exploring how to transform the way work gets done across the enterprise with automation. Rather than adopting old school style standards, organizations can use the cloud and DevOps to make the application deployment process more efficient.

Cloudification requires IT to evolve

The influence of cloud computing has become the major focus area for every other part of the enterprise. Frank Slootman, president and CEO of ServiceNow, said in an interview that enterprises as institutions have become completely cloudified and deliver themselves to their customers and through their core audiences as a cloud service, means that IT plays a very different role.

One of the primary values, according to Slootman, is ServiceNow’s expertise in migrating IT department across the rest of the enterprise. ServiceNow revealed its strategy for increasing automation as focusing on innovation, mobility, and consolidation within IT and across the entire enterprise. To make its presence known, the company introduced ServiceNow Share, the online platform that allows ServiceNow customers and partners able to run applications developed using the ServiceNow Service Automation Platform to upload and download applications and development data. Share offers developers the ability to build on existing content, share the content and accelerate the development of new applications.

ServiceNow’s Vice President of Marketing, Shane Jackson, said Share users can leverage ideas from others in the community and do not have to rebuild similar functionality from scratch. “Share is a way to accelerate the ability for others to build apps on ServiceNow,” Jackson said.

ServiceNow Share offers a wide range of applications including HR Policy Tracking, Legal Request Tracking System, Health and Safety Incident Management, Communication and Marketing Services and Vulnerability Management System. Developers use the ServiceNow platform to make a positive contribution to the way a company works solutions and with Share they can make this process more efficient and quicker to perform.

Building evolving tools as per customer requirements

ServiceNow believes the big opportunity for management strategies rests with enterprise service management. The company supports these initiatives with App Creator, a tool that allows business people without any knowledge of programming to develop self-services program.

Fred Luddy, Chief Product Officer for ServiceNow, discussed the company’s strategy saying that App Creator is a simple way to make a set of database tables that interact with each other to create applications. “We look at the market very differently. We think about the problem to be solved and build the proper technology to solve it. We want people to do programming without realizing they are doing it,” he added.

The Service Creator being the next step in that evolution, most of which were centered around improving the processes they were already running on the platform. Craig McDonogh, Senior Director of Product Marketing for ServiceNow, said that you no longer need to be an IT professional to work on the Service Creator platform. “You just need to know your process you are trying to execute. You just drag and drop it onto a form,” he said.

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Google’s Project Tango finds a new territory: the NASA Space Station http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/21/googles-project-tango-finds-a-new-territory-the-nasa-space-station/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/21/googles-project-tango-finds-a-new-territory-the-nasa-space-station/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:49:49 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/?p=5145 Continue reading

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nasa-logoGoogle’s technology will soon enter into new territory: space.

NASA has announced plans to take advantage of Project Tango on board  the International Space Station to guide SPHERES robots’ navigation within the facility. SPHERES are zero-gravity autonomous machines that are being developed to serve as robotic assistants to help astronauts and independently perform tasks on the ISS.

Until now, the small automata have been equipped with sensors capable of detecting their position thanks to the interaction with the sounds emitted from the speakers on the walls. It is a complex system for localization using triangulation and limited to an area equal to a little more than 6 cubic meters.

For almost a year, ATAP has been working with a team at the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate a Tango prototype into robots that work inside the International Space Station.

The project, initiated by Google, allows researchers to create a 3D map of the environment surrounding via infrared, allowing the robot to move around and avoid obstacles in their path without having to constantly correct trajectory. As the robots use CO2 jets to control movement, the less carbon-dioxide emitted into the confined space the easier it is for astronauts to control oxygen levels.

More importantly, with this project update the SPHERES unit shall not be bound to a defined space, but will be free to move anywhere, thus greatly extending the usefulness for the crew.

According to the Google ATAP team, for the first time in history of space program, this program will enable autonomous navigation of a floating robotic platform 230 miles above the surface of the Earth.

“The development that we’re doing is just getting started. And this is the first device that we’ve built,” said Joel Hesch, an ATAP software engineer. “If you can do sensor fusion and perception on a mobile phone, you can enable so many use cases that can be used on other devices like SPHERES, that benefit the lives of people, that can really impact in a way that wasn’t possible before.”

In the future, the same technology behind Google’s Project Tango can also be used with different automata, as pointed out by the project manager Chris Provencher. Robonaut for example, a robot with human features, could assist astronauts during exploration missions or dangerous interventions on board or outside the space station.

Project Tango

Google unveiled Project Tango in February, showcasing a prototype smartphone with sensors that can identify and manage areas and volumes, thus obtaining a prominent role not only for geolocation but also for finding positions in indoor environments.

The project opens the door to professional developers willing to push beyond their own opportunities. The project enables developers to create assistance systems for the blind, new augmented reality solutions, new types of gaming, analysis systems for environments interior designs, measurements, and more, and applications to locate a product in a supermarket. The space program by NASA is just the start of a new beginning.

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Developers movin’ on top: How open-source + cloud changed the landscape http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/17/developers-movin-on-top-how-open-source-cloud-changed-the-landscape/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/17/developers-movin-on-top-how-open-source-cloud-changed-the-landscape/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:10:51 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/17/developers-movin-on-top-how-open-source-cloud-changed-the-landscape/ Continue reading

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medium_5192712495One of the biggest ongoing conversations in tech right now pertains to the shifting role of developers, and what this will mean for IT departments. A recent survey by Puppet Labs shows that developers are becoming so influential in shaping products and user experience, that business success demands an understanding of just how important a role they play.

Not so long ago, the boot was on the other foot. It used to be that enterprises, with their enormous purchasing power, were the biggest consumers of IT technology. Software and hardware were far more expensive than they are now, with almost everything needed to build a simple website, be it operation systems, development tools and servers, only available through a commercial license.

Back then, developers could only work within their employer’s means. But things have drastically changed since then, firstly with so much software being open-sourced and made readily available, and later, with the evolution of the cloud market dispensing with the need for hardware.

Cloud-based innovation

 

The expanding cloud has totally disrupted the power structure within IT. Individual developers simply aren’t in a position to afford a dedicated server, and while shared hosting was perhaps a viable option, it doesn’t come close to the power of the cloud. Within the cloud, all hardware is virtualized and run by a hypervisor that can perform numerous tasks at once, administering servers, and creating partitions of CPU, memory, storage and more.

With no competition for resources among users because everyone gets their own virtual server instance, it appears to developers as if they have their own dedicated server. This affords almost unlimited options and flexibility, vastly improving the agility of those businesses that are willing to reach for the cloud.

Open-source empowering developers

 

Just as important as the growth of cloud is the widespread development and adoption of open-source. The ready availability of numerous free software projects has had a massive impact on IT that few would have foreseen 10 or 15 years ago.

This is something Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst alluded to when talking with SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier on theCUBE at Red Hat Summit 2014. Whitehurst explained how we’re seeing two major phenomenon happening at the same time: the birth and growth of the big Web 2.0 companies, which drives the explosion of open source codes, and the growing demand that’s now being driven by consumers.

“Before, most code came from large enterprises. Large web 2.0 companies use open source to drive innovation,” stated Whitehurst.

“If you look at whether its DevOps, continuous deployment, those are all things that have come out of the Web 2.0 movement which is all built on open source.”

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This shift towards open-source is empowering developers like never before. It’s not that developers just control applications and the code – these days they control the entire infrastructure, and that’s led to increasing integration of developers and IT. In the future, IT departments will revolve almost entirely around developers, further accelerating innovations in the cloud. Pretty soon, almost every major enterprise is going to shift its IT into the cloud, and it’ll be the developers who push them there.

When it comes to information technology, it’s developers who’ve become the real decision makers. And those employers who’re willing to accept this new reality will fare much, much better than those that don’t.

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DevOps behind emergence of continuous innovation, delivery becoming standard practice | #RHSummit http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/16/devops-behind-emergence-of-continuous-innovation-delivery-becoming-standard-practice-rhsummit/ http://devopsangle.com/2014/04/16/devops-behind-emergence-of-continuous-innovation-delivery-becoming-standard-practice-rhsummit/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:30 +0000 http://devopsangle.com/?p=5135 Continue reading

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Lego DeliveryAsk anyone in DevOps about the unicorns in their field and they will tell you about the companies that have embraced the concept of allowing their developers to conceive, write and deploy their code quickly and continually. At Facebook and Google and Amazon, the mantra is ‘Fail Fast’. Joining John Furrier and Stu Miniman at this year’s Red Hat Summit, broadcast live on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, was Gene Kim, founder of Tripwire, Inc. and co-author of The Phoneix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win.

Even though the field of DevOps could be considered cutting or even bleeding edge, it finds relevancy in most every conversation being held at this year’s summit, in light of all of the innovation and growth we are currently witnessing. Furrier began by asking Kim to share his perspective on DevOps as it stands today and where he sees it evolving in the coming years.

“We go to all these conferences and you surround yourself with the best thinkers and practitioners in the space,” Kim began. “I love seeing DevOps is such a main part of the program here at Red Hat. Even mainstream developers care about the downstream code and that it works properly. That warms my heart.” Kim believes we are currently watching DevOps create a shift in how business at all levels will be conducted. “What we are observing is the emergence of continuous innovation and continuous delivery as a standard practice,” he noted. “It’s not just for Amazon and Google and Etsy and Netflix. This is for any developer that wants to have fun doing their job.”

Watch the interview in its entirety here:

Considering the old procurement models, Kim believes this was the time DevOps required to come into their own. “What we all want is fast feedback,” he said. “No one actually achieves their goals when it takes 6 weeks or 6 months to determine whether our code even runs.” To achieve this continuous innovation and delivery, a practice has to be employed that once would have struck a nerve in Kim. “[It] involves something that I would have thought was immoral: developers doing their own deploys. I think that’s kind of the end state for both development and operations.”

There are a lot of buzzwords associated with the field of DevOps. Furrier asked Kim to address the definition of DevOps and speak about why that definition is so very broad right now.

Kim acceded that drilling a definition down precisely is actually a difficult undertaking. “It’s not what you do. It’s the outcome,” he stated. “A great DevOps shop has fast flow of features and production where they can very quickly go from code being written to code deployed and code running. This is where you get hundreds or thousands of deploys per day.” In early days, to have that level of agility, both security and reliability were often sacrificed. If reliability was more important, then agility was an impossibility. “[Today], they can do that and have world-class stability, reliability and availability and security.”

The conversation then shifted to asking Kim if he could identify the ‘lightning moment’ for DevOps. “For me, it was 2007,” Kim stated. “I was with a friend who was CTO of AOL. We were talking about the Ops problem of when Ops can’t upgrade from 2.4 to 2.6 kernel in Linux. And he says to me, ‘That’s not a Dev problem. That’s not an Ops problem. That’s my boss’ boss’ biggest problem’.” According to Kim, that statement  was, for him, the a-ha moment that the problem DevOps solved was not just Ops or Dev, it helped the people and the businesses that they serve.

Another story shared by Kim highlighted how IT and DevOps are not only driving their businesses to increased agility and reliability, but the lifecycle of the developer is moving at a faster pace as well. His anecdote shared the fear of a Director at Intel who said his time in both fabrication and IT were basically similar but that what kept him up nights was the human factor. In 22 years in fabrication, he had seen employees who slowly were made redundant. In just 2 years over IT, he claimed an employee’s irrelevance, thanks to lightning-fast advancements, could be realized practically overnight.

While Kim’s first realization of the importance of DevOps occurred some seven years ago, it is clear this field is coming into its own for more organizations than just the unicorns of Facebook, Google and Amazon. Today, we are seeing a tectonic shift in the way business is conducted across all industries and the import of a dedicated and talented DevOps team will be paramount for the success of those companies.

DevOps behind emergence of continuous innovation, delivery becoming standard practice | #RHSummit is a post from: DevOpsANGLE

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