Support: 1-800-961-4454
1-800-961-2888
Last year, Rackspace noticed a shift in the market – a growing demand from customers for the ability to continuously deploy and efficiently expand their applications to keep up with their fast-growing business. In December 2013, we answered this call by launching the DevOps Automation Service, the industry’s first “DevOps-as-a-Service” offering.
Making the transition to DevOps practices requires more than just a flip of a switch. It takes stakeholder buy-in and often requires cultural and business practice transformations that impact the entire organization. DevOps isn’t a product; it’s a methodology, and adoption takes preparation and planning. Many companies are eager to get started with DevOps, but are looking for guidance on how and where to begin.
By Premesh Purayil, CTO, Ranker
The Good Old Days, Then Came Cloud Pre-cloud and Pre-DevOps, things were much simpler. Sys Admins had a clearly defined role. If your boss was upset that the application was slow, you’d log into the server, check top, memory consumption, narrow it down per process, maybe run an strace, and continue troubleshooting until you hopefully discovered the cause.
Rackspace and our team of DevOps Automation specialists are headed to San Francisco next week for ChefConf 2014! Be sure to drop by booth #126 to find out more about our DevOps Automation Service and managed support for DevOps tools to help automate the process of deploying and scaling applications.
In a recent webinar, we showcased “Using DevOps Tools to Achieve Continuous Integration.” A full recording of that webinar and the presentation slides are available now.
It was only a few years ago that Rackspace did everything manually to launch new products. The process would take us two years and by the time the product launched, someone would beat us on time to market and it would diminish our hard work. We were entering the cloud market and it was clear that we either had to innovate more quickly and get products out faster or we would not be competitive in this growing, fast-paced market.
Maintaining host files on standard *nix system has been traditionally done by hand. This becomes a challenge as the number of systems grows and  is more true in the cloud model, where you might add/delete servers at a higher rate. One solution would be to use DNS and use a local zone to store your host name to IP mapping. If you are using Chef for automation, here is another example on how to automatically generate the host file entries.
For the fast-growing Internet-centric and SaaS applications that you deploy weekly or even daily, you need specialized DevOps engineers who can look beyond servers to help you build the most agile and scalable platform possible.
You are pouring a sizeable portion of your life into building a world-class product. Amid the stress and passion of building out new features and fixes, it is important to also develop the discipline of automated testing and configuration management. Here’s why:
Racker Powered
©2014 Rackspace, US Inc.