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I am a member of the Docker special interest group at Rackspace. We recently welcomed CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips to visit us to discuss CoreOS and Docker. Brandon is no stranger to Rackspace. He is an alumnus of the Rackspace Cloud Monitoring team (my current team). Here’s a recap of some of the key points that Brandon made during the discussion.
Rackspace is so excited, once again, to sponsor Geeklist’s Hack4Good this weekend. This time around, the Hack4Good hackathon will focus on projects and prototypes that address global climate change.
The time has come to change the way we create, develop and ship applications. At Docker, we believe it should be quick and painless to ship application workloads across environments (dev, test and production) and hosts (laptops, data centers and clouds). Docker container technology is quickly pushing us toward that reality.
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.
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.
The NoSQL Mobile App Challenge opened this month, giving developers across the US and Canada the chance to build a mobile app that showcases their creativity and innovation without the pain of managing their infrastructure.
I worked with the Cloud Control Panel (aka Reach) team this summer as an intern at the Rackspace Blacksburg office. The Cloud Control Panel is a handy web interface to the OpenStack-based Rackspace Cloud APIs. It allows the user to provision a server, allocate storage, create database instances and much more, all with the click of a button. (Well, maybe more than one button, but you get the point.)
I’m a developer – even if lately I spend more of my time in something other than a text editor. My amazing team and I – along with Rackers throughout the organization – focus on something called “Developer Experience.”
Mobile is more than a distraction; it’s becoming ubiquitous across industries ranging from smart grids that run on mobile technology to farms run on data from mobile sensors. Regardless of what business you’re in, mobile will touch the way you work and do business.
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