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DevOps Conceptual Intro

One of the topics I have been asked a lot about while doing Enterprise Hybrid Cloud presentations lately is the concept of DevOps. As many of you know I cover the Federal Government for those that don’t the worst kept secret is now out.  While the government sales cycles and IT cycles are usually far behind their commercial enterprise counterparts they tend to have better control over security and operations. (This really is true despite how much I have complained about my time working in the data centers.)

DevOps however is a relatively new topic for what has traditionally been a very ITIL driven and stove-piped world. While boxes need to be checked and security is of the utmost importance the concept of integrating teams and attacking production problems at the onset of projects is somewhat foreign. While I think DevOps is really very useful I also firmly believe that it’s everything in it’s time and place. It is with that in mind that I made the presentation you will see below. This isn’t something I have presented with customers yet, so you my tens of readers get to be the first to see it and give me some feedback. I am targeting IT Managers and Sr Sys Admins with it and trying to just give a 5000 ft view of what DevOps is to get them started.

Everyone loves buzzwords but hopefully this can help them get over that hump and into the mind set of discovering what the underlying concepts are and can do. Please reach out to me in comments or on twitter to let me know what you think.

(Edit: added some slides and content to the deck, thanks to everyone for the input and help!)

VMware EVO:Rail

For the tens of you who read this site you know that I am a believer in hyper converged architectures. Like anything there is benefits and drawbacks, but I will say that there is a cooleness factor and simplicity that make hyper converged infrastructure really appealing. As it is VMworld this week I am sure many of you have heard the announcement of EVO: Rail and I am behind the bigger blogs on posting something.

The reason for my waiting is as a vSpecialist I didn’t want to get ahead of EMC announcements. Now that Chad has done his sessions I feel safe to at least start talking about the public aspects of EVO: Rail and what EMC is planning to do.

Capitol Region Virtual Technology Users Group (CRVTUG)

Just a quick note that I am excited to be a part of the first CRVTUG meeting on July 30th of this year. I will be presenting the EMC ViPR solution for abstracting the storage layer of the SDDC and automating the process. The demo and presentation will be short (about 30 mins) but I will also be at the EMC table at the event.  I really hope to see everyone there to get your ticket go to

The goal for the CR VTUG is to allow for all virtualization technologies to be represented and for more technical conversations to be facilitated.  So Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and Openstack admins in the DC Metro area should really make an effort to make it. You never know the users group may be the place where you find the answer to a nagging problem or meet a future co-worker. If nothing else it will provide a community that will try to help and understands the problems that you face.

Let’s make this a truly technical group and not a sales forum. I am stoked to be a part of it.