DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #334 - 21st May 2017

2 minute read

Lots of high-level posts this week, on trust in lean and devops, internal memos about digital transformation and the importance of asking why when it comes to adopting devops practices. Some solid technical posts too, one shared configuration in Chef and reading on the fundamentals of database systems. Enjoy.

Sponsor

Concerned about downtime? VictorOps helps you prepare, respond, and recover from IT and DevOps Incidents. Swing by our product center to learn how and start your trial.
http://try.victorops.com/DevopsWeekly/ProductCenter

Sponsored

Sprinting for Success: Digital Transformation through Agile and DevOps

Check out this webcast replay to hear Nita Awatramani, Associate Director at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, share how Verizon was able to streamline operations, optimize business output and deliver more useful products faster to their consumers by using a DevOps approach. The results are amazing!
http://ow.ly/ooQd300TUwM

News

A useful look at different use cases for logs, and the interesting argument that although you should keep logging, reading individual log lines is an antipattern.
https://medium.com/@chimeracoder/dont-read-your-logs-13586c790202

An interesting look at the Andom cord and more generally at trust in Lean, and it’s influence on the trusted culture advocated by devops.
https://medium.com/@JonHall_/the-andon-cord-and-itsms-devops-challenge-78395393c56f

Application tracing has become increasingly important as more systems embrace small services. This post compares different approaches to gathering the required data.
https://netsil.com/blog/comparison-mapping-approaches-cloud-applications/

The Red Book (Readings in Database Systems) is an excellent set of reading for anyone wanting to fundamentally understand databases.
http://www.redbook.io/

A good post about different ways of storing shared data in Chef, looking at the pros and cons of data bags and an alternative approach using shared libraries.
https://blog.dnsimple.com/2017/05/databag_refactor/

An interesting argument for adopting a multi-cloud strategy, with a few useful examples if you’re having this debate.
https://builttoadapt.io/diversify-your-cloud-portfolio-or-bank-on-failure-dabaead526a1

An interesting internal memo (now shared publicly) as one organisation embraces modern infrastructure practices.
http://blog.thestateofme.com/2017/05/18/the-dxc-blogs-four-pillars-of-modern-infrastructure/

Nearly everyone ends up writing small bash scripts, but I’d wager few people really master the language. This talk is a great introduction to the various bash language features.
http://talk.jpnc.info/bash_lfnw_2017.pdf

An interesting talk looking at the Why of devops, in particular at how you can use that question when advocating for devops practices with those managing other areas of your organisation.
https://www.cevo.com.au/culture/2017/02/28/DevOpsDays2016.html

CNCF - Cloud Native Computing Foundation

KubeCon / CloudNativeCon Austin - Join leading Kubernetes and Cloud Native technologists in Austin for a full range of technology sessions on the cloud native ecosystem.

We sold out in Berlin and are excited to see thousands of you from the community in Austin! Call for papers and registration information linked.
https://goo.gl/yKCHvh

Jobs

DevOps Job Offers Without the Hassle - Try Hired Today
http://hrd.cm/2jHrf1B

Tools

LambStatus is a handy status page for your web site or application which runs on AWS Lambda. Using the included CloudFormation template it’s easy to get up and running too.
https://github.com/ks888/LambStatus

Elektra looks like an interesting approach to storing configuration data. It provides a hierarchical database along with the ability to import and render configuration as JSON, INI, XML and lots of other formats.
https://www.libelektra.org/home

Concerned about downtime? VictorOps helps you prepare, respond, and recover from IT and DevOps Incidents. Swing by our product center to learn how and start your trial.
http://try.victorops.com/DevopsWeekly/ProductCenter

Updated: