DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #228 - 17th May 2015

3 minute read

The first three posts this week are all about the broad impacts of the devops movement and adopting related practices. The community definitely keeps growing. On a related note I’m heading up to Manchester this week for IP EXPO. If any readers are going to be there do drop me a line and say Hi.

Sponsor

Devops Weekly is sponsored by Brightbox Cloud - serious UK-based cloud infrastructure from only 1.5p per hour (£10.95/month)

Start your £20 free trial now: http://brightbox.com/devopsweekly

Sponsored Event

[Webinar] 5 Key Metrics to Release Better Software Faster

No matter how often you deploy - or how sophisticated your delivery pipeline is - you need to measure the quality of your software. But what exactly should you measure? Learn the 5 key metrics that will increase your confidence in producing a safe build for production. Register now.
http://ow.ly/MWycl

News

The interest in Devops is still spreading but how can the wider community help even more people successfully adopt these practices? Some great suggestions here, especially the call for community reference implementations.
http://www.fiercedevops.com/story/heres-how-we-can-help-push-devops-mainstream/2015-05-14

This post discusses the impact of devops on outsourcing maintenance as a separate activity from developing through a system’s entire life cycle.
http://swreflections.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/devops-is-killing-maintenance-lets.html

An interesting post that makes the claim that SIAM (Service Integration and Management for those not involved in the Service Management community) and DevOps are two sides of the same coin.
https://siammatters.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/combining-siam-and-devops-for-digital-reimagination/

A couple of interesting tools for analyzing mysql and postgresql database network traffic. Think tcpdump or wireshark but with an understanding of databases.
https://vividcortex.com/blog/2015/05/13/announcing-vividcortex-network-analyzer-mysql-postgresql/

A call that the CAP theorem as generally described is too simplistic for real world tradeoff discussions, especially when describing databases as CP or AP.
https://martin.kleppmann.com/2015/05/11/please-stop-calling-databases-cp-or-ap.html

A post I wrote on using Test Kitchen, ServerSpec and Bats to test software installation as well as usage, in this case for compiling and running MirageOS unikernels.
http://www.morethanseven.net/2015/05/09/acceptance-testing-mirageos/

A great creative commons ebook all about running Erlang applications in production. Everything from extracting metrics, debugging tips, analysing crash reports, memory leaks and tracing.
http://www.erlang-in-anger.com/

Jobs

Want to work on new projects? Try a new stack? Join Hired and discover new opportunities today.
http://hrd.cm/1Ghn0BB

Brandwatch (www.brandwatch.com) is one of the world’s leading social media monitoring and analytics platforms. We are looking for Sysadmins/DevOps across our Brighton, London and Berlin offices to join our growing International Systems team. If you’re passionate about automation, monitoring, big data, or distributed computing, and you like the idea of working on interesting projects that contribute to the greater good of an exciting engineering department, then we’d love to hear from you.

Brighton - https://hire.jobvite.com/j?cj=oVzU0fw8&s=DevOPs_Weekly London - https://hire.jobvite.com/j?cj=o2z20fwn&s=DevOPs_Weekly Berlin - https://hire.jobvite.com/j?cj=o2z20fwn&s=DevOPs_Weekly

Events

It’s IP EXPO this coming week (Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st) in Manchester UK, with a strong Devops theme. Talks on trust, people and culture as well as technical topics. I’ll be at the main event as well as the Devops Manchester meetup on Wednesday night.
http://www.ipexpomanchester.com/DevOps
http://www.meetup.com/DevOps-Manchester/events/221465089/

Tools

Terraframe is a Ruby based DSL for Terraform, giving you the power of a full programming language with the Terraform support for different cloud providers.
http://edcanhack.com/2015/01/terraframe-making-hashicorps-terraform-awesome/
https://github.com/eropple/terraframe

Chaos HTTP Proxy is a simple HTTP proxy which can be configured to break in ways useful to testing distributed systems. Mess with MD5 hashes, add client or server timeouts, throw in redirects, reorder response headers and return error codes.
https://github.com/bouncestorage/chaos-http-proxy

Scope, from Weaveworks, is a new tool for visualising how your growing container based infrastructure connects together, focusing on how the network reveals your architecture.
http://blog.weave.works/2015/05/13/announcing-weaveworks-scope-container-visibility/
https://github.com/weaveworks/scope

Swaddle is another take on building a single tool for packaging, whether you require debs, rpms or tars. It handily builds website documentation for each created package, supports signed packages and builds repositories as well as individual packages.
https://github.com/raphaelcohn/swaddle

Devops Weekly is sponsored by Brightbox Cloud - serious UK-based cloud infrastructure from only 1.5p per hour (£10.95/month)

Start your £20 free trial now: http://brightbox.com/devopsweekly

Updated: