DevOps'ish

Cloud Native, DevOps, Open Source, industry news, culture, and the ‘ish between.

DevOps’ish 227: So hot right now, Sunk Cost Fallacy, Right to Repair, future of tech events, HelloKitty ransomware now targets VMware ESXi, GitHub Copilot, and more.

I was struck with a very mild case of heat exhaustion a couple of weeks ago after standing over a hot grill hosting our family’s 4th of July party. So when the article “How hot is too hot for the human body?” came across my desk this week, I was uniquely interested in it. I’ve run several miles in the Middle East, the high plains of Colorado, Florida, the jungles of Honduras, and many points in between. Read more →

DevOps’ish 202: AWS/Elastic drama, prioritize disability issues, ADT Peeping Tom, Software Is Your Competitive Advantage, Traefik to Caddy, No-Cost RHEL, serverless with Podman and more

Unpopular opinion alert (and Disclaimer)… Call me old fashioned, but I thought two of the top tenets of open source were candor and goodwill. I thought it was good practice to contribute to a project before baking it into a product. This was often the case for open source friendly vendors. But, it feels like AWS came along and never got that memo. I feel like AWS has done a lot more taking and productizing (aka making AWS a trillion-dollar, with a T, business) than contributing back to open source. Read more →

DevOps’ish 186

This is the hell that is America today: It took us a week to get a legitimate COVID-19 test for my daughter. Strep and flu tests were done at the same time; she tested positive for the flu. Hopefully, things are on the upswing there. Just when that turned around for good, I went for a walk to take a break from the stressors of day to day life. Then out of nowhere, Sunny and I were attacked by an irresponsible neighbor’s dog. Read more →

DevOps’ish 184

This is quite clever. DevOps’ish is brought to you by Accurics. Just announced: Terrascan extends Policy as Code to Kubernetes. People One lone hero in production is not sustainable-not for you, not for high-functioning teams, and not for customers who depend on your service. Collaborate well by instrumenting observability from the very beginning, and enable more resilient teams to build more reliable systems sustainably. In our guide, Developing a Culture of Observability, we lay out why o11y culture and tools go hand-in-hand. Read more →

DevOps’ish 177: The Hiatus Edition

“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.” -Queen Elizabeth II As mentioned last week, the newsletter is going on a hiatus. I’m not sure for how long, but it will be a while. Read more →

DevOps’ish 173

The impact of the coronavirus hit the tech events industry hard this week. In a shocking move on Tuesday, O’Reilly announced it has immediately ceased all in-person events. To add insult to injury, O’Reilly laid off their entire events staff during a pandemic. To make matters worse, under US law, they’ll get only a week of health insurance benefits, meager support for COBRA (super expensive health insurance), and any severance is based solely on tenure. Read more →

124: Kubernetes Tools, Google Anthos and Cloud Run, Fenrir for Serverless, Five Abstractions Make an Inception, Ports on Linux, and More

I hope you had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the week ahead. I have been heads down working on Red Hat Summit work, upcoming releases, and trying to properly define DevOps this week. But, it has left me little time to really think about solving new problems. What do you do when you have complex problems to solve but only short bursts of time to work on them in? Read more →

123: Kubernetes, DevOps Pipelines, Trolls & Corporate Liability, How to Get Into SRE, Hannah Montana Linux, and More

I received my first credible death threat from someone over the internet when I was eighteen (I was working for an ISP and had to cancel an account for terms violations). No one knew what to do then. A few years later, I referred a credible threat to the FBI for investigation (Muslim extremists). No one knew what I should do then either. A few months ago, a Twitter troll hounded my personal and several corporate accounts FOR DAYS. Read more →

122: Chefnanigans, Emotional Intelligence, Derek the DevOps Dinosaur, BPF, Envoy Convoy, Crates of k8s, OPA, and More

Chef announced this week they were giving up on letting users have binaries for free. Instead, you now can have all the source code for free but, not any of the binaries. Adam Jacob cited one company as having already adopted this model; Red Hat (my employer, see disclaimer). It’s a rather dubious claim because this Free Software Product model, developed mostly by Adam Jacob in the past sixth months, definitely does not predate Red Hat. Read more →

121: Kubernetes 1.14, Cloudy with a Chance of Complexity, Accelerate State of DevOps survey, and More

There is something to be said about simplicity. The amount of yak shaving needed these days is enormous. I’ve been on and off trying to get a container up and running in a cloud native manner. I’ve tried all of the major cloud providers and a few more. But, to a cloud, they all have inadequacies of one sort or another. If one has weird load balancing, the other has an absurdly expensive database service (compared to the competition). Read more →