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A nice list of 8 organisation characteristics that enable a devops way of working. Nicely illustrated with examples from a real large organisation.

A good post looking at a study into alarm fatigue in a hospital and what can be learned and applied to alert fatigue in monitoring. A call to actions too for companies to publish studies analysing different alert management techniques.

Most developers or operations people will be familiar with an annoying number of similar but different package management tools. This post tries to outline the fundamental problem, and highlights a few common approaches.

An interesting insight into the costs of bandwidth around the world. A good overview of how the internet works at the network level too.

Some good points about the real benefit of microservices being in how organisations and teams work. Also a good reminder that if you’re building for the web you’re already being distributed systems whether you like it or not.

An interesting perspective on the different ways to reach a devops culture. I’m not sure I agree completely, for instance event attendees vary wildly from event to event or between geographies, but some good observations.

A new infrastructure focused podcast, Software Defined Talk. Quite an industry focus, with observations about identity and access management and VMware’s cloud moves.


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New Directions in Operating Systems is a one day event taking place in London on the 25th of November. Currently looking for talk proposals and sponsors.


If you’re using Test Kitchen then you might find the kitchen-sync plugin useful. It provides alternative file sync strategies which should be faster than the defaults for certain setups.

An interesting DNS server which connects to the AWS API and returns DNS records based on instance names or roles.

Scumblr is an interesting tool for keeping an eye on potential exploits or discussions of your company/application elsewhere on the internet. All sorts of potential monitoring applications for this.

Dockersh is a user shell for isolated, containerized environments and is designed to be used as a login shell on machines with multiple interactive users.

Helios is another docker orchestration platform designed for managing containers across a large fleet. Instructive documentation, debian packages and a vagrant setup for trying it out are all plus points.