My first full week working as Manager, DevOps at Bankrate.com in Downtown Detroit was great! There is an amazing transformation happening here in Detroit. I foresee Detroit becoming a huge tech hub and DevOps center of gravity in the not too distant future. If you are interested in joining this effort and building a world class DevOps team at Bankrate.com I am looking to fill one more DevOps Engineer position on my team at the moment.
I also had the pleasure of hearing Baruch Sadogursky from JFrog talk about DevOps Transformation at DevOps Detroit. The talk had a great theme (Greek tragedies) and walked through the stereotypical DevOps greenfield scenario. Two things Baruch said really stood out to me. “Pain is instructional.” It is very unlikely you are going to go from startup to Google/Facebook/Netflix in the span of a few weeks, months, or years. The growing pains that will be unique to your organization and applications are incredibly helpful in guiding you towards your goals.
Baruch also addressed the DevOps as a job title or department in a way that resonated with me, “DevOps Engineers are DevOps enablers in their organizations.” This is so true! When DevOps tries to be the entire organization’s culture from day one it will fail. You have to get some buy-in and start. The whole organization will transform iteratively in small, manageable pieces (just like in our workflows). I have come to learn that DevOps is as much about patience as it is speed and flow.
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Department of Choice Concepts
Serverless is very real, folks. Adam Pash shows us how he’s Serving 39 Million Requests for $370/Month, or: How We Reduced Our Hosting Costs by Two Orders of Magnitude
Crunchy Container Suite provides Docker containers that enable rapid deployment of PostgreSQL, including administration and monitoring tools. Multiple styles of deploying PostgreSQL clusters are supported.
I feel like this might serve me well in the near future: Deploying .NET Application on Docker & Kubernetes
Jeff Geerling went on an Ansible writing tear this week! Updating all your servers with Ansible and Mount an AWS EFS filesystem on an EC2 instance with Ansible are both great reads.
Danger, Will Robinson! Some things you should know before using Amazon’s Elasticsearch Service on AWS via Liz Bennett
Department of Data Defense
Qualys made the world aware of Stack Clash.
The folks behind ProtonMail have officially released ProtonVPN. Remember, a VPN is only as trustworthy as you can verify it to be. If you don’t own a VPN stem to stern you still can’t fully trust it.
Department of Sane Workplaces
If you’re a Medium subscriber please read and heed this: How the Best Managers Keep Star Talent
On Wednesday we all woke up and rejoiced when we learned Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O. Then we all sat there shaking our heads when we learned Uber employees are circulating a petition to ask the board to let Travis Kalanick return.
I studied Buddhism as a child (long story) and found this piece from Faisal Hoque via Hackernoon to be quite a nice reminder: Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow
I've seen "ROCK STAR" at least 3x to desc #devops THIS WEEK. Is everyone ignoring that this excludes women? Or do y'all really not care?— nicole forsgren (@nicolefv) June 22, 2017
Not DevOps But Still Cool
Tweet of the Week
It's really hard for people to internalize that there are other sides to their friends and colleagues that they may never see.— Charity Majors (@mipsytipsy) June 24, 2017
I’m Chris Short, 20+ veteran of the IT industry and 11 year veteran of the US Air Force. I help people and companies embrace DevOps practices and tools through writing and public speaking. I am a staunch advocate for transparency and open source solutions to problems. Follow me on Twitter!