DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #240 - 9th August 2015

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Results from one survey (The Monitoring Survey 2015) and a request to complete another one (Ethical Obligations in Internet Operations) this week. It’s great that individuals in our community help to collect, curate and analyse data that can help all of us improve. Good job everyone involved.

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News

Results from the 2015 monitoring survey are starting to be published, with lots of data and analysis of the current state of tooling and what people are monitoring with them.
http://kartar.net/2015/08/monitoring-survey-2015—background/
http://kartar.net/2015/08/monitoring-survey-2015—demographics/
http://kartar.net/2015/08/monitoring-survey-2015—tools/
http://kartar.net/2015/08/monitoring-survey-2015—environments/

A fun presentation I gave this week at the London Web Performance meetup, trying to combat the hype surrounding containers and microservices with some critical thinking around performance.
https://speakerdeck.com/garethr/containers-and-microservices-make-performance-worse

Makefiles are awesome, I’ve lost count of the the number of times I’d rather be using Make than a programming-language-specific derivative. This site has a nice set of tutorials for understanding the basics.
http://makefiletutorial.com/

Learning from failure, and being open about operational issues, has definitely been one of the properties of the devops community I like the most. This detailed downtime postmortem has lots of great details to learn from.
http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/behind-the-scenes-of-a-long-eve-online-downtime

An interesting questionnaire on the ethical obligations in internet operations, collecting information ahead of a talk for Velocity NYC. I’d love to see people fill this out and look forward to featuring the results in October.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UmJtkj1dsFVjZx2yBC6zZZi1tIuObuVZxQd3oWxGk4o/viewform

Puppet 4 (obligatory disclaimer that I work for Puppet Labs) has been around a little while now and this blog post delves into some of the new features and functionality.
https://www.devco.net/archives/2015/07/31/shiny-new-things-in-puppet-4.php

Some good tips for anyone moving to more of a service based architecture having previously used the database for integrating applications.
http://blog.skeltonthatcher.com/2015/08/06/database-connection-auditing-for-continuous-delivery/

It’s easy to measure AWS purely on all the new features being shipping but the internal improvements are also impressive. This post features benchmarking of AWS network connectivity, showing a 40% improvement in some areas on the same tests a year ago.
http://blog.takipi.com/amazon-ec2-2015-benchmark-testing-speeds-between-aws-ec2-and-s3-regions/

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Events

Iterate.PHX is a new Devops conference in Phoenix on the 1st of September. Tickets are already available, and the organisers are looking for more sponsors and speakers for the event.
http://www.iteratephx.co/

Devopsdays Warsaw is coming up on the 24th and 25th of November. The call for proposals just opened and is open until the 30th of September and the organisers are on the lookout for sponsors too.
http://devopsdays.pl/
http://www.devopsdays.org/events/2015-warsaw/

Another upcoming Devopsdays event, this time in Charlotte on November 2nd and 3rd. The usual mix of talks, ignites and open spaces are planning. The organisers are looking for sponsors and potential speakers.
http://www.devopsdays.org/events/2015-charlotte/

Tools

Y10K is a tool to deploy Yum/RPM repositories and mirrors in your local environment using settings described in a simple Yumfile.
https://github.com/cavaliercoder/y10k

Terraframe is an interesting approach to using Terraform for describing your infrastructure, specifically it provides Ruby based DSL interface rather than HCL.
https://github.com/eropple/terraframe

An interesting approach to building an application using the latest AWS features. Specifically it combines Lambda, API Gateway and DynamoDB for a stack that requires no managed servers.
https://github.com/jaws-stack/JAWS

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