DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #248 - 4th October 2015

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I’m flying out to Portland for PuppetConf next week. Anyone who’s going to be there do come and say Hi. AWS re:Invent is also next week so if anyone is attending that event do send me links to any interesting talks or announcements.

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A great presentation on building stateful services, including a look at data locality and sticky connections. Introduces complex distributed systems theory with understandable pictures.
https://speakerdeck.com/caitiem20/building-scalable-stateful-services

A good write-up of a recent paper focused on the use of resource scheduling in cloud computing environments. A good explanation of the importance of different heuristic in scheduling too.
http://blog.acolyer.org/2015/10/02/cloud-computing-resource-scheduling-and-a-survey-of-its-evolutionary-approaches/

A good discussion and description of enterprise architecture, both why it emerged and how it fits in with a more devops oriented, software centric, organisation.
http://www.dromologue.com/post/123570767867/the-war-of-independence-for-enterprise

A call for more friendly conversations between the ITIL and Devops communities. I’d love to see more cross-over events with people from the different sides of the debate. talking about modern ITSM.
http://allthingsitsm.com/a-note-to-my-friend-devops-from-itil/

A nice writeup of profiling a Python application, using a few well chosen low level tools and an understanding of the runtime.
https://nylas.com/blog/performance

A nice case-study focused on a small-scale update to a radio streaming site starting to run into scaling issues. A great example of what’s possible today with limited effort.
https://medium.com/@pereiragoncalo/icecast-in-production-7313cb5c95ff

VictorOps are conducting another State of on-call survey this year. Help by filling out the survey and then look out for the results.
https://www.research.net/r/SOC-2015

A nice description, along with diagrams, of the differences between monolithic and microservice based architectures.
http://dev.otto.de/2015/09/30/on-monoliths-and-microservices/

Load balancers are always a critical thing to monitor, often being one of the first things incoming requests hit. This post covers how to monitor Amazon’s ELB service in some detail.
https://www.datadoghq.com/blog/top-elb-health-and-performance-metrics/

An explanation of some of the benefits of providing single-use command line applications as docker containers, in this case providing the DCOS-CLI tools for use with Mesos.
http://capgemini.github.io/devops/tooling-as-a-service/

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Events

Devops Days Singapore is coming up in a few weeks time, on the 16th and 17th of October. The program is available and features a good mix of interesting looking talks and open spaces.
http://www.devopsdays.org/events/2015-singapore/program/

The week before the Singapore event, Devops Days Tel Aviv is taking place on the 7th and 8th of October. Talks on scaling, leadership, devops adoption case studies and maths.
http://www.devopsdays.org/events/2015-telaviv/program/

Tools

Amazon’s ECS service automatically allocates containers to hosts, which is great until you want to better understand your utilisation and where software is running. Enter Cloud Container Cluster Visualizer.
http://blog.mattcallanan.net/2015/10/c3vis-finding-your-docker-containers-on.html
https://github.com/ExpediaDotCom/c3vis

Automating your local development environment is useful, both for learning new tools and in any growing team environment. Superlumic is a new tool in that space that’s a thin wrapper around Ansible, which comes to some example configurations.
https://github.com/superlumic/superlumic
https://github.com/superlumic/superlumic-config

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