Welcome!

Linux Containers Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski

Article

DevOps Express

How It Happened and Why We Did It

“Being able to take needless work out of the system is more important than being able to put more work into the system.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Gene Kim’s book, The Phoenix Project, and it plays directly into why we're announcing the DevOps Express initiative today.

Tracing the Steps. For years now, I have witnessed needless work being performed across the DevOps industry.  No, not within our clients DevOps and continuous delivery practices.  I have seen it in the buyer’s journey -- from the folks taking their first baby steps into DevOps to those organizations trying to master their craft.

For example, it is easy to trace the inefficient steps of the community at any DevOps event you go to.  People jump from exhibitor booth to booth trying to assemble a tale of how multiple technology vendors can be coupled together into a tool chain that will integrate builds, monitor quality, enhance security, accelerate deployments, and clean their dishes.  Every booth and every conversation at the events lives in a silo -- only to be assembled by the brave who head back to their offices full of conviction that something better lies ahead.

Decidedly Different. At Sonatype, we took a decidedly different path.  While our Sonatype Nexus solutions enjoy over 100,000 active installations, we understand that our solutions don’t operate stand-alone.  Our solutions are always integrated with others across the DevOps toolchain: Jenkins, Puppet, Chef, Docker, Sonar, JIRA, RunDeck, etc.  The DevOps community did not just want to hear how cool our Nexus products were, they wanted to know how others integrated, ran and supported all of these products into their environments.

In 2015, we introduced our first of now three DevOps Reference Architecture sets.  Combined, those sets now have over 118,000 views on SlideShare.  These pictures described real-world deployments from IBM, PayPal, Barclays, Adobe, eBay, Cisco and over 50 other organizations.  They showed people how to get started and help validate choices they would like to make (or may have already made).  In short, these pictures helped people.

 

A Needed Discussion. We wanted to move beyond those pictures to discussions.  We then set up a series of webinars with our friends at CloudBees, SonarSource, Codecentric, and even Dave Farley (co-author of Continuous Delivery), to discuss continuous delivery practices, challenges, and culture.  Well over 5,000 people attended the webinars.  It was clear that the community was craving information and we knew more had to be done.

Germinating Innovation. Next came the idea for DevOps Express.  We sat down with our friends at CloudBees and imagined extending our collaborative efforts to a number of other vendors.  We were tired of seeing buyers fend for themselves as they evaluated, purchased, integrated, and supported a collection of DevOps native solutions.  As DevOps minded professionals, all of this behavior looked like “needless work” in the system.

To take out the needless work, we needed to bring others in.  We set out over this past summer inviting 12 other battle-tested, DevOps-native solutions into the DevOps Express initiative.  The goal: ease the buyer’s journey from beginning to better.

Taking Aim. Our aim is to better integrate our solutions.  Our aim is to ease the buying experience.  Our aim is to give people a roadmap for their journey.  And our aim is to support them as much as we can along the way.  While there is no silver bullet to offering “DevOps in a Box”, as technology vendors, we knew there was a better way.

Beyond the reference architectures that we have now contributed to the DevOps Express initiative, we are also providing a set of 12 integrations to improve the user experience for our customers in the community.  These include:

Don’t be confused, the DevOps Express journey is not just about the elements of a tool chain.  Our vision extends to the consulting, integration, and transformation practitioners.  It also extends to the locations where these toolchains reside -- whether on-premises or in the cloud.

We are just as passionate about removing needless work from the system as you are, and we hope you will join us on this journey.  Stay tuned, there is much, much more to come.

To learn more about DevOps Express, please visit www.DevOps-Express.com.

More Stories By Derek Weeks

In 2015, Derek Weeks led the largest and most comprehensive analysis of software supply chain practices to date across 160,000 development organizations. He is a huge advocate of applying proven supply chain management principles into DevOps practices to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and sustain long-lasting competitive advantages.

As a 20+ year veteran of the software industry, he has advised leading businesses on IT performance improvement practices covering continuous delivery, business process management, systems and network operations, service management, capacity planning and storage management. As the VP and DevOps Advocate for Sonatype, he is passionate about changing the way people think about software supply chains and improving public safety through improved software integrity. Follow him here @weekstweets, find me here www.linkedin.com/in/derekeweeks, and read me here http://blog.sonatype.com/author/weeks/.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...