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This week, we unveiled a downloadable DevOps e-book, talked more about DevOps adoption and the CALMS framework, gave an update on Cloud Metrics and much more. Take a look in this week’s digest.
In the emerging business world, concepts like Disaster Recovery are often swept under the rug due to the added cost, but the reality is that downtime is a far worse consequence and the price of a modest Disaster Recovery plan in the cloud is marginal compared to what that downtime could cost your business.
September brings us the International Day of Peace on the 21st of the month, marking its 30th anniversary with this year’s theme of “Right of the Peoples to Peace,” which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Cartoon icon Scooby Doo, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Olympian Jesse Owens and HG Wells were all born in September. The New York Times was first published in September 1851, and Google was incorporated in 1998. And, in the words of poet Helen Hunt Jackson, “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
An important part of Rackspace’s monitoring pipeline is the metrics that we gather in the process. We have a small team called Cloud Metrics that is dedicated to these metrics. We are otherwise known as the Blueflood team since we authored the blueflood.io project, which is the technology at the heart of our Cloud Metrics service. We’ve been hard at work improving this part of our business and some changes are underway that I think are worth sharing.
Many organizations are actively pursuing new “zero-infrastructure” models, seeking to migrate workloads from on-premise data centers to managed infrastructure models. While the benefits of getting out of the “data center business” are clear, organizations used to traditional on-premise models sometimes have concerns. In particular questions are often raised about the impact of workload migration on IT governance, management and operations.
Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a consortium of researchers announced funding for two cloud testbeds, named “Chameleon” and “CloudLab,” that will power academic research. The $20 million award will be split evenly between the two projects and will enable the academic research community to create and experiment with cloud architectures and transformative applications.  The projects will give researchers access to various processor, storage and networking solutions upon which to test their workloads.
By Paul Friedman, Co-Founder and CTO, StreetLight Data
Teamwork may seem like a given in many tech companies. After all, one department relies on another to build or deploy the software being delivered. Yet when strict boundaries exist between departments, such as those dividing Development and Operations, this teamwork is more like handing off a baton in a relay than legitimate collaboration. Any effort to become more agile will be difficult, if not impossible, when those boundaries remain in place.
One of the hot debates in the DevOps community right now what exactly DevOps is and whether it even needs a definition. Community member and vendor, ScriptRock, elegantly summarized it here; Skelton Thatcher built on that here; and DevOpsGuys’ Stephen Thair continued the conversation here.
At the Gartner Catalyst Conference last week, Rackspace CTO John Engates spoke about how the cloud has evolved beyond a one size fits all solution. Today, companies have a choice. They can choose a commodity cloud and deal with the cost, pain and time of managing it all themselves; or they can choose a Managed Cloud, cloud infrastructure that includes built-in high-touch service and support from a team of experts.
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