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At the Unlocked session at OSCON this week, I presented how DevOps is key to help power applications on the hybrid cloud. One of the hardest things about DevOps is defining what it is; several people had differing definitions in our session. I feel that DevOps brings together a culture and work methodology for both developers and operations engineers/admins to work on a common goal.
In the old world of IT, if you didn’t have hardware capacity or the budget to buy more, your project was dead in the water. Budget constraints can leave some of the best, most creative and most ingenious innovations on the cutting room floor. It’s a true dilemma for developers and innovators: ­ why spend the time creating the next great thing, when a project could be abandoned in a blink? That was the old world. In the new world of IT, developers rule.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Frank Cohen, CTO and Founder at Appvance, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner. Appvance provides functional, load and performance testing in order to provide third-party validation that apps will stay up and running under heavy usage.
This week, Rackspace embarks on a global journey across the globe called Unlocked: The Hybrid Cloud. Unlocked is a free one-day cloud workshop sponsored and hosted by Rackspace that we’ll hold in several major cities across the globe to help you determine which cloud environment – public, private or hybrid cloud – is the best fit for your application.
I was in a customer briefing recently discussing OpenStack and Rackspace Private Cloud. This particular customer was incredibly keen on cloud and had been keeping an eye on OpenStack since its inception in 2010. The customer was also very transparent, which made for a good bi-directional exchange of useful information that will undoubtedly help us to prioritize features for Rackspace Private Cloud.
Roughly 30 Rackers attended DevOpsDays Austin last week (April 30 and May 1), an event that has become the conference that brings development and operations together. This year’s was the largest yet with almost 400 attendees – it was twice the size of last year. The energy there was contagious, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
It once made sense to run data center consolidation programs that were widely focused on virtualization, but the cloud has since become one of the most flexible computing infrastructures for enterprises. As a Senior IT Strategist, I frequently interact with customers who are trying to shape a cloud strategy. This adoption process can be challenging, but the proper deployment of a cloud platform is likely to produce long-term savings in time, money and human resources – who can ultimately be repurposed for true value driving business initiatives. Cloud also affords scalability and elasticity that traditional IT models are unable to accommodate.
What? You missed the latest installment of the Enterprise Cloud Forum where Rackspace Vice President of Software Application Development Krishna Prasad and I, along with guest host Mark Majewski, Cloud Solution Architect, discussed how enterprises need to approach DevOps to ensure cloud adoption success?
Late last year, we launched the Rackspace Service Registry into preview. The tool helps developers make their applications highly available through exposing the building blocks for automation and centralized configuration storage. It is one of the first Rackspace services focused on helping our customers run and automate their application versus their infrastructure.
DevOps is the tech term du jour, but it is much more than a hot buzzword. DevOps is a key component to successful cloud adoption and the future of enterprise IT. Applications and app development fuel IT and it is imperative for both developers and IT operators to understand cloud integration and the complexities that come with it.
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