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DevOps: Disruptive but Essential in a Cloud Computing Universe
  Join Conference Chair Andi Mann in Santa Clara Nov 4-6!



The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.

The DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo--to be held November 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley--will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of enterprise IT professionals put out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is significantly increased, and DevOps practitioners report more software releases and higher quality.

Join DevOps Summit Chair Andi Mann November 4-6 for three days of intense DevOps discussion and focus.

We'll see you in Santa Clara!

See you in November!
 



DevOps Summit Power Panel | Is DevOps Really Changing How IT Is Working?
While there are many ways to define DevOps, the goal of the concept is to be able to deliver IT solutions faster, leveraging several technology tools to add value for business. Cloud companies have demonstrated how they can manage massive pools of IT infrastructure, giving the developer a very flexible resource pool that they can leverage and IT is eager to do the same.

In this Power Panel at 2nd DevOps Summit moderated by Cloud Expo Tech Chair Larry Carvalho, Bernard Golden, VP, Strategy at ActiveState; Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies; John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement at Stateless Networks; Randy Bias, Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling; and Vasu Sankhavaram, Chief Strategist of DevOps and Cross Portfolio Architecture Alignment within HP Software, discuss this movement that is delivering frictionless IT to the enterprise.

The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty, and the Most Qualified Delegates on ANY DevOps Event!


DevOps is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology (IT) professionals. At DevOps Summit the breakout sessions will engage not just existing DevOps pros, but also managers and executives like CIOs and CISOs, Dev and Ops managers, business leaders and architects.
 
DevOps Summit is a premier conference that connects a wide range of stakeholders to provide a valuable and educational experience for all.




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Benefits of Attending the THREE-Day Technical Program
  LEARN exactly why DevOps is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts how development and operations teams work seamlessly together to make it easy to develop and upgrade applications.
  SEE how to improve IT service delivery agility.
  DISCOVER what the core purpose and principles of DevOps are.
  FIND OUT how the core values of collaboration, integration, and communication will allow large enterprises to benefit from this new approach on a broad, enterprise scale.
  MASTER how to improve collaboration between operations and development teams.
  LEARN what works, what doesn't, and what's next.
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DevOps Summit Silicon Valley 2014 Sessions

DevOps and Cloud: Tips and Techniques to Revolutionize Your SDLC
By Andi Mann

Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps and cloud together! This session will explore the synergies in these two approaches, with practical tips, techniques, research data, war stories, case studies, and recommendations on how to: [continued]

Speaker Bio: Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, has over 20 years global experience within IT departments, with software vendors, and as a leading industry analyst. He has been widely published in the New York Times, USA Today, CIO, Computerworld, and more. He has presented worldwide on virtualization, cloud, automation, and IT management. He is a co-author of the popular handbook, Visible Ops – Private Cloud. [continued]

Cloud Foundry Deployment: Bosh vs JuJu
By Andrei Yurkevich

This talk will provide an overview of all the benefits and opportunities, as well as drawbacks of deploying Cloud Foundry PaaS with Juju and will compare it to BOSH. Attendees will discover the features that overlap, and will learn to understand what Juju Charm is, what it is not, where you use one or the other or where you use both BOSH and Juju Charms together. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Andrei Yurkevich is Cloud Foundry protagonist and CTO at Altoros. Under his supervision, Altoros engineering team has grown from zero to more than 250 specialists across seven global locations. Currently, Andrei is responsible for technology alliances in Platform-as-a-Service, Big Data, and Cloud Automation. [continued]

Why Can't We All Just Get Along: Integrating Development and Operations for Peace, Harmony, and Agility
By Bart Copeland

All too many discussions about DevOps conclude that the solution is an all-purpose player: developer and operations guru, complete with pager for round-the-clock duty. For most organizations that is not the way forward. This session will discuss how to achieve the agility and speed of end-to-end automation without requiring an organization stocked with Supermen and Superwomen. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As ActiveState Software's President and CEO since 2006, Bart Copeland brings more than twenty-three years of leadership, management, finance, and technology business experience to his role. With a passion for technologies that help people lead more productive and enjoyable lives, Bart is currently focused on Stackato, ActiveState's private platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. [continued]

How Directory As A Service Can Accelerate Your Ability For Continuous Delivery
By Rajat Bhargava

Today, almost every company has a directory that needs to be managed. Spending valuable company time monitoring servers, provisioning and deprovisioning users, auditing, and assessing security concerns takes away from the core competency of the team - building product and delivering to customers quickly. DaaS takes on the burden of those tasks, and allows the team to focus on what they do best. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rajat currently serves as co-founder, Chairman, and President & CEO of JumpCloud. As President & CEO, he provides strategic direction for the company as well as an intense focus on execution. He is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits (two IPOs and three trade sales) and three companies still private. [continued]

How Docker Quickly Advanced Development of an IoT Application
By Aater Suleman

Collecting data in the field and configuring multitudes of unique devices is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process that can stretch IT resources. Horan & Bird [H&B], Australia's fifth-largest Solar Panel Installer, wanted to automate sensor data collection and monitoring from its solar panels and integrate the data with its business and marketing systems. After data was collected and structured, two major areas needed to be addressed: improving developer workflows and extending access to a business application to multiple users (multi-tenancy). [continued]

Speaker Bio: Aater Suleman, CEO and Co-Founder at Flux7, is an industry veteran in delivering cloud migration, application development and process optimization solutions using DevOps-based approaches. Mr. Suleman earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also currently teaches computer systems design and architecture. [continued]


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DevOps Summit 2014 Sample Sessions

Opening Keynote | A New State of the Art
By John Michelsen

Enterprises build applications with the latest tools, people and processes yet failures riddle the headlines. If state of the art fails us, it means we need a "New State of the Art". DevOps hopes to instill a new culture that defines the new way of managing application delivery. It's time Enterprise IT learns from every other industry and begins to use simulation, supply chain governance, continuous delivery and feedback loops to build better products. [continued]

Speaker Bio: John Michelsen, CTO CA Technologies. As the Chief Technology Officer of CA Technologies, John is responsible for technical leadership and innovation, further developing the company's technical community, and aligning its software strategy, architecture and partner relationships to deliver customer value. [continued]

Alice In Wonderland - Is the Network the Next Frontier for DevOps?
By John Willis

Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations.

At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of sharing within operations and software development.

A year later Chef was born and I was fortunate enough to join Opscode as the 9th employee as an evangelist preaching this disruptive form of collaboration and automation. At the time a majority of IT infrastructure was managed by what I called the "Bob's" of the world. Bob's scripts, Bob's directories and Bob to death do us part. Trying to explain to Bob the benefits of collaboration and software engineering principles was a hard fought battle over the years.

One of the compelling events that helped propel these ideas (what we now call DevOps) was cloud computing. Fast forward to 2014 and these infrastructure automation and collaboration battles still exist but the battles are far less bloody.

Now a new battle is emerging in the network operations and networking engineering space. The arguments for network operations adopting these principles is the same as system ops; however, now the new compelling events are the virtualization and softwarization of the network.

Software Defined Networks SDN/SDDC is all the buzz, but the reality is that many network operations and engineering groups are dealing with an influx of highly virtualized tooling like OpenVswitch and Openflow and projects lie OpenDaylight, Contrail and NSX.

Configuration tools are starting to get more sophisticated on these virtualized systems doing things like automated os hardening, switch configuration, vlan and port mapping, and high order overlay orchestration. Products like Chef and Puppet both have introduced primitives supporting platforms like Arista, Juniper and Cumulus Networks.

Please join me to help me start the discussion of what DevOps in the Network really means. [continued]

Speaker Bio: John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist.

Willis, a noted expert on agile philosophies in systems management, came to Dell as part of their Enstratius acquisition. At Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Customer Enablement responsible for product support and services for the multi-cloud management platform. During his career, he has held positions at Opscode and also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner specializing in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise.

Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining enStratus, Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions.

Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the Vice President of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise.

A leading infrastructure management architect in the enterprise systems management category, Willis has trained more than 10,000 people on IBM Tivoli products around the world and is recognized as an industry expert in enterprise systems management and monitoring. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

John is known internationally for his IT Management and Cloud blog, JohnMWillis.com, and is the co-host of Redmonk's IT Management Guys podcast series as "Cloud Cafe". Willis is also an organizer of the wildly successful CloudCamp & OpsCamp unconference movements. [continued]

Are We Doing DevOps Right?
By Jeff Sussna

How do we know if we're doing DevOps right? Is there a checklist of tools we should deploy, meetings we should schedule, org charts we should implement? DevOps first and foremost involves cultural transformation. But what does that really mean? How do we know if we have a healthy DevOps culture? How does cultural transformation relate to and guide tools and practices? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jeff Sussna is Founder and Principal of Ingineering.IT, a boutique consulting firm that facilitates Adaptive IT through teaching, coaching, and strategic design. Jeff has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has led high-performance teams across the Dev/QA/Ops spectrum.He has a track record of driving project quality improvements through practical innovation. Jeff has done work for diverse organizations.[continued]

IT-as-a-Service and DevOps: Competitive or Cooperative Concepts?
By JP Morgenthal

It's the age old battle of top-down or bottom-up. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is clearly being driven from the top down in organizations. Large vendors and consultants are working with their executive counterparts to change expectations for how IT provides services to the enterprise. DevOps, on the other hand, is the traditional bottom-up grassroots movement that like Linux and virtualization has disrupted the status quo and changed forever how IT services can be delivered. In this case, both efforts are working toward a common goal of agility and speed. So, will one effort supercede the other? Will they merge and deliver together? This session will explore the factors that contribute to dissension as well as union of these two efforts and what proponents from each camp should be doing to ensure success regardless. [continued]

Speaker Bio: JP Morgenthal is best described as "the voice of Enterprise IT" bringing insight to the application of technology and the real world complexity of delivering for large and mid-sized enterprises. He is a recognized thought-leader on cloud, enterprise architecture, SOA & XML. JP is a senior information technology executive with more than twenty-five years experience and a unique combination of strong business acumen complemented by technical depth and breadth that advises C-level executives on IT direction. He is the author of four books spanning everything from XML-based integration to risk management in cloud computing. [continued]

Linux Containers – NextGen Virtualization for Cloud (Intro & Overview)
By Boden Russell

Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than nextgen virtualization with Linux Containers.

In this session we'll provide a Linux Container technology overview including; underpinnings, throttling, monitoring, tooling/commoditization, images, security, use cases, pros/cons and why containers are poised as "the next VM" in our modern Cloud era. By the end of this session you will have a firm understanding of the Linux Container landscape in today's industry and an appreciation for their realization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Boden Russell develops innovative cutting edge services and solutions for IBM's Global Technology Services - Advanced Cloud Solutions team. His current focus areas include nextgen Proof of Concepts and SoftLayer integration engagements. With over 10 years of industry experience and 5 years of Cloud based solutions, he is seasoned in all aspects of software solution delivery including traditional and Cloud "as a Service" based models. [continued]

Is Orchestration the Next Big Thing in DevOps?
By Nati Shalom

DevOps processes (such as continuous deployment and delivery) often involve writing many custom scripts that are triggered by the build system. With that approach, it is relatively hard to trace the deployment process and troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Additionally, custom scripts are often not written in an easily understood manner. In this session we will walk through specific DevOps workflows (such as install, update, etc) using Riemann as the framework in subject and see the steps required to automate those processes. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO at GigaSpaces, is a thought leader in Cloud-Computing and Big-Data Technologies. Shalom was recently recognized as a Top Cloud Computing Blogger for CIO's by The CIO Magazine and his blog listed as an excellent blog by *technical founders* by YCombinator. Shalom is also the founder of the IGTCloud, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. [continued]

DevOp w/Me – Changing Culture to Continuously Deliver
By Nathen Harvey

What the heck is DevOps and why should you care? At its core, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that aims to get Development and Operations working together toward a common goal, namely, to create delightful customer experiences. Although it sounds simple, it can actually be incredibly difficult to do right and involves significant cultural, tooling, and operational change within IT organizations. 'DevOp with Me' will define exactly what DevOps is, share strategies of organizations that have successfully implemented DevOps, DevOps' role in continuous delivery, and how DevOps creates the environment necessary for a more agile, healthy, and innovative business that's awesome to work for. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Nathen Harvey is the Director of Community and #learnchef at Chef. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent several years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for quite a while. In 2013, Nathen was awarded Engine Yard's DevOps Innovator award. [continued]

The Dawning of Continuous Support
By Todd Vernon

Development teams have a tendency to think that once they push the deploy button, the release is done. But with DevOps, it's quite the opposite now. More software changes, and more deploys, make every production release a new piece of code with new idiosyncrasies. This has made what has historically been a more static production environment now highly dynamic. Teams have responded by layering in a lot of new monitoring and performance technologies, which has caused even more information overload. Continuous Deployment makes it easier to push code to production, and it has created an additional priority within the company - the need to provide Continuous Support. Continuous Support addresses the human side of how to harness your team in more effective ways, using new methodologies to adapt to a much different world. In this session, DevOps expert Todd Vernon, CEO of VictorOps, will outline best practices for implementing - and sustaining - Continuous Support. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Todd H. Vernon Founded VictorOps Inc. in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vernon has been Executive Vice President of Technology at Federated Media Publishing, Inc. since October 2011. Mr. Vernon Founded Lijit Networks, Inc. in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He serves as a Mentor at TechStars, LLC. Mr. Vernon served as the Product Architect and Lead Developer at Rogue Wave Software, where he was responsible for the design and development. [continued]

The Great Debate: DevOps from the C-Suite to the Weeds
By Rajat Bhargava

With its heavy focus on automation and increased production speeds, the emerging DevOps paradigm draws very real parallels to the industrial revolution, only in the new modern era of tech production. In this presentation I will aim to first define the transformative DevOps movement from the unique, dual vantage points that I've grown to know very well over the course of my career – as a tech CEO and an investor of tech companies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rajat Bhargava currently serves as co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud Inc., a provider of server management and security tools for DevOps and IT professionals. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Mr. Bhargava is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private. [continued]

Open Source Innovations for Mobile Application Development
By Shubhra Kar

Enterprises need an API tier to meet the demands imposed by mobile technology. The impact of next generation of API servers on mobile and middleware development can be equated to the impact J2EE application servers like WebLogic, JBoss or WebSphere had on web development. It enables enterprises to surface business critical data residing in traditional backends, databases and service tiers on-premises or on the cloud to multi-channel mobile apps. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop Inc. is an accomplished technologist with extensive global expertise as an architect, management consultant, product manager, and thought leader. Focussed on emerging tech, for over 15 years and across three continents, he has built and delivered successful solutions with Fortune 500 corporations, helping them bridge the gap between business and IT. [continued]

Five Things Developers Need to Know About PaaS
By Karen Tegan Padir

In this presentation Karen Tegan Padir will give a comprehensive overview of PaaS and explain the top five things that developers need to know about this new way to support and deliver applications by leveraging cloud technology.

Although PaaS is new, it's rapidly gaining momentum, with growth projected at 48 percent annually by Technavio, the research firm, and topping $6 billion in value by 2016. If PaaS is treated as a strategic opportunity to align agendas across IT and across the business, it may well prove to be a ʺonce in a generationʺ opportunity to clarify, improve, and strengthen everything developers do. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As Chief Technology Officer, Karen Tegan Padir, a Progress senior vice president and 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. Under her leadership, the Progress® OpenEdge® development platform was revitalized and major new versions incorporating advanced mobile and business rules capabilities introduced. [continued]

Velocity and Volume (or Speed Wins)
By Adrian Cockcroft

As organizations and projects scale up, the patterns that seemed helpful at small scale start to get in the way and velocity suffers. To deliver at high velocity requires four things: first, a culture of innovation that can see and respond to opportunities; second, the data and analytics to evaluate alternatives; third, a culture that can make decisions and assign resources quickly; and fourth, agile development and self-service deployment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He's always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. [continued]

Netflix: The New World of IT Ops
By Mike Kail

Netflix culture highlights the transformation we see within forward thinking IT organizations today. Netflix's use of public cloud and 'No Ops' is renown in the industry and a poster child for the next generation IT. Kail, VP of IT Operations, aims to develop the same culture within Netflix's own IT organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mike Kail is the VP of IT Operations at Netflix, leading a team of 100+ employees in his organization. Mike is an experienced professional with over 20 years of IT-Operations executive leadership experience who focuses on highly scalable architecture. [continued]

Science, Engineering, and Synthetic Thinking How to Use Three Different Viewpoints to Make Devops Work for Your Mission!
By Kevin Behr

In this session, Kevin will show how three different types of thinking can deliver value when used together as part of your DevOps approach. This session is based on extensive empirical research about how high reliability organizations out-accelerate the rest of the pack. How can this work for you? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the Chief Strategist for the CIO and Board Advisory Practice at Assemblage Pointe, where Kevin has built a unique consulting practice that mentors and coaches IT organizations to increase their business effectiveness and competitive advantage now and over the long term through the application of improvement sciences. [continued]

Stop Hiring Devops Experts (And Start Growing Them)
By Jez Humble

Everyone is putting "devops" on their LinkedIn profile, and everyone is trying to hire them. In this talk, Jez will argue this is not a recruitment problem but an organizations failure. This talk discusses how to grow great people and great organizations, and how the two problems are connected. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jez Humble is a principal at ThoughtWorks, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series. [continued]

DevOps Pay Raise: Quantifying the value of DevOps
By Dustin Whittle

DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It's only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that's not really doing your career any favors. In this session we'll talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side – that is, how much money you've saved your company. We'll take a look at how you can use tools like Chef, Puppet, Sensu and Logstash to quantify your value to your company. After this session, you'll be able to walk into a meeting with your boss ready to talk about your value to the company (and to ask for a raise). [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo!. He has experience building and leading engineering teams and working with developers and partners to scale to meet demand. When Dustin isn't working he enjoys flying, sailing, diving, golfing, and travelling around the world. [continued]

Pets vs. Cattle: How to Think About HW in a Web-scale IT world
By Randy Bias

If you want to bring the new kind of elastic cloud infrastructure revolutionised by leading public clouds or web-scale companies like FB, Google and Twitter, you have to change your thinking about a few key things: hardware, failure and scalability.

In this presentation Randy Bias, Founder & CEO of Cloudscaling outlines the key design principles and challenges involved with building these new kinds of clouds [continued]

Speaker Bio: Randy Bias is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling. His provocative views on the cloud computing disruption have made Randy Bias one of the industry's most influential voices. He has inspired organizations to embrace cloud to transform business processes and position for success in a new world where computing resources are ubiquitous, inexpensive, instantly scalable, and highly available. [continued]

Devops and Sigma Shifts : Business transformation goes Greek (not a typo, the "r" is struck through on purpose ;-))
By Lori MacVittie

It's time to play a game of connect the dots by diving into devops and how the big picture is really about people and processes and transformation through technology. While it's awesome fun treating infrastructure as code, there's a method to our madness that has the potential for greater IT and business transformation if we're able to look at the big picture: process improvement. We'll dive into how you quantify improvements wrought by your all night infrastructure hackathons and turn them into measurable proof of the awesome power of Devops. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5's entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. She currently focuses on cloud computing, infrastructure, devops, data center architecture, and security-related topics. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine. [continued]

Managing Drift and Cross-Silo Collaboration - The Keys to DevOps Success
By Rob Reiner & Cass Bishop

Automation tools are central to DevOps transformation, but what is the intelligence driving your automations and how do you ensure the right people are informed when automations are added, changed, or removed? Collaboration is also essential to DevOps, so how do you effectively communicate changing requirements, engage the right team members on release and deployment plans, and keep environments in sync? In this session, we will demonstrate a breakthrough approach that significantly improves cross-team engagement and configuration visibility across the DevOps lifecycle -- so you can improve business agility while ensuring release quality and operational stability. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Rob Reiner is co-founder and CTO of ITinvolve. Cass Bishop is Director of Consulting Services for ITinvolve. [continued]

Seamless Innovation: A New Cloud Reality for App Development
By Ravi Srivastav

A major reason for innovation sluggishness is friction and misalignment in the dev/ops process. What we'll speak to today is a whole new world of simplified, modular application development. ElasticBox is pioneering service-based application development, whereby fully configured components of an application architecture are encapsulated as "Boxes" and made available to developers as a service. Now, developers simply 1) Select the resources/boxes they require, 2) Stack their boxes to create the application architecture, and 3) Deploy the App. Because the boxes are fully encapsulated, they are reusable, can be versioned and updated, and are fully mobile across all major cloud environments. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ravi brings over fifteen years of experience in software development, product and program management, and startup incubation. He has held senior engineering and product management positions at large enterprises like Microsoft and IBM, as well as in several successful software startups. Ravi's experience spans software infrastructure, developer platforms, and applications for enterprise and social networking segments. [continued]

DevOps Gold: What the Olympics teaches us about agile development and release
By Dave Roberts

At the recent winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we saw athletes from all over the world striving for excellence. Some turned in the best performance of their lives and came home with a gold medal. Others, some favorites, struggled and saw their dreams slip away. In this session, we'll see how DevOps done right is a lot like the Olympics. If you set reasonable goals, train hard, and execute well, you'll reach DevOps Gold, too. But if you take your releases for granted, you may end up with failure. This session is for developers and operations personnel working toward implementing a DevOps process. You'll learn best practices for achieving DevOps success and how to best implement them in your own company. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dave Roberts brings 25 years of technology experience to his role of Sr. Director for Marketing for DevOps and Cloud Computing at BMC Software. A thought leader in agile IT and IT transformation, Dave routinely speaks at conferences around the world. Dave is a member of the Twitter #clouderati and regularly blogs at Leverhawk.com. He holds a dozen patents and has written three books on computer programming and data communications technology. [continued]

The Internet of Things - Application centricity is the only way forward
By Wesley Pullen

There has been a revolution in application release scheduling in recent years as the nature of applications has evolved and development methodologies shift. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Wesley is the Vice President of the Emerging Solutions Group within Automic Software. This department is responsible for the Application Release and Deployment portfolio of solutions along with Automic's Cloud solution portfolio as well. [continued]

TheDevOps: The Last Best Hope for Security?
By Alan Shimel

While at the RSA Conference this past year I was amazed at the mindshare and enthusiasm that the security industry was giving to DevOps. It seemed that security pros were eager to flock and embrace DevOps. This got me to thinking. I asked my friend Gene Kim about it. Gene said DevOps represented something of an "escape hatch" to security pros. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As Editor-in-chief of DevOps.com, Alan Shimel is attuned to the world of technology. Alan has founded and helped several technology ventures, including StillSecure, where he guided the company in bringing innovative and effective networking and security solutions to the marketplace. Shimel [continued]

General Session | Today Businesses Run On Applications. Tomorrow Applications Will Be the Business
By Craig Beddis

Today businesses run on applications. Tomorrow applications will be the business. The Internet of Things promises to revolutionize the way we live work and play. Yet as the autonomous age of FitBits, Nike Fuel Bands and contextual technology begins, CIOs are left with a headache - their enterprise applications were built for a different age ¬ the on¬premise age. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Craig Beddis is the Chief Marketing Officer at Automic. In this role, Craig replicates many of the strategic marketing and sales initiatives he successfully implemented in Northern Europe across the whole of Automic's global reach and has a particular focus on building the business through thought leadership, closer alignment of sales and marketing, and promoting Automic's ONE Automation strategy. [continued]

How Service Virtualization is Making Enterprise DevOps a Reality
By Deven Shah

Today's hyper competitive environment defined by unreasonable demands for speed and high expectations for quality and usability has forced companies to differentiate based on their technology. Every company is a software company where customers' demands for features and functions are more relentless than ever. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Deven Shah is a Global technology management executive with 20+ years of Delivery & Account Management experience driving business-technology alignment & enabling high performing motivated innovative teams. [continued]

HowDeliver Your Applications without a Hitch through Automated Change Validation
By Ian Kelly

Maintaining lower development environments can become an unbearable headache. Changes to an application, service or API are seldom completely testable, only leaving us to discover broken code when it's too late. This lack of visibility into application dependencies severely limits early code validation, having a direct impact on delivery cycles. While traditional methods of Change Management, Test Data Management and Test Scheduling has failed, there's now an opportunity to finally deliver on the vision of always available, always configured and always verifiable. The "software defined enterprise" through proper virtual services and API management now provides the building blocks to realize automated change validation. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ian Kelly is Senior Director of Product Management at CA Technologies. [continued]

Private PaaS in 25 Minutes, App Deployment in 25 Seconds.
By Troy Topnik

Hosted PaaS providers have given independent developers and startups huge advantages in efficiency and reduced time to market over their more process-bound counterparts in enterprises. Software frameworks are now available which allow enterprise IT departments to provide these same advantages for developers in their own organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Troy Topnik is ActiveState's technical writer. After joining ActiveState in 2001 as a "Customer Relationship Representative" (AKA Tech Support), Troy went on to lead the PureMessage Enterprise Support team before moving on to a technical writing role in 2004. [continued]

The Value of DevOps in the Enterprise
By Mike Kavis

DevOps is a hot topic these days despite the fact that the term is broadly misunderstood. DevOps is not a person or a bunch of systems administrators writing Chef scripts, and it's definitely not just another software methodology. In this session we will explore how to derive the greatest value from DevOps and how it should be used in an enterprise context to deliver high-quality software, better, faster and cheaper. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. He has served in numerous technical roles such as CTO, Chief Architect, and VP positions with over 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. [continued]

High Tempo, High Consequences
By Tom Lounibos

We live in a time when seconds - even milliseconds, can have a dramatic economic impact on your company's future.

With technology being the primary conduit for consumer interaction, the user experience is at center stage. User experience will be a deciding factor in separating the future winners from the losers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, oversees the company's operations, sales and marketing arms and is responsible for the company's go-to-market strategy. He brings more than 30 years of experience in building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. [continued]


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Cloudian is a Foster City, Calif.-based software company specializing in cloud storage. Cloudian HyperStore® is an S3-compatible cloud object storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable hybrid cloud storage solutions. Cloudian actively partners with leading cloud computing environments including Amazon Web Services, Citrix Cloud Platform, Apache CloudStack, OpenStack and the vast ecosystem of S3 compatible tools and applications. Cloudian's customers include Vodafone, Nextel, NTT, Nifty, and LunaCloud. The company has additional offices in China and Japan.
If you work in technology, you’d have to have been under a rock to have not heard about Docker. In a nutshell, Docker provides a lightweight container for code that can be installed onto a Linux system, providing both an execution environment for applications and partitioning to securely segregate sets of application code from one another. While this high-level description doesn’t sound that exciting, Docker addresses three key issues confronting application developers: One of the problems confronting IT organizations is how to get the most benefit from computing resources; this translates as to how to raise utilization of servers to ensure that their cost and power use is actually applied to computing rather than being used to operate a server that is running, but performing no useful work. The previous solution to this issue was virtualization, which enabled a single server to support multiple virtual machines, each containing an operating system and software payload.
Rackspace® on Tuesday announced new features to its DevOps Automation Service including Windows Support and expanded environment stack support. Rackspace also launched a new DevOps Advisory Service for broader DevOps transformation engagements. Available in the U.S. and UK, enhancements to the Rackspace DevOps Automation Service offering provide customers with additional services and Fanatical Support® through the new managed operations service level. These enhancements will help customers design, manage and scale their cloud operations and enable a continuous application delivery model.
Boundary is making server and application monitoring instantly accessible with the launch of two new editions of its popular cloud-based service. The products – Boundary Free and Boundary Premium – are designed for DevOps teams in organizations of all sizes that want high fidelity, instant-on monitoring. Since 2011, Boundary has helped clients ensure the performance of distributed, cloud-based applications. Server and application monitoring are critical for companies that run some or all of their applications in the cloud or across complex hybrid infrastructures. Small and medium-sized business and application development and operations teams inside larger organizations typically rely on open source monitoring products and other basic monitoring tools, which tend to have limited functionality. Only Boundary offers per-second monitoring in a cloud-based service that starts up in minutes. Boundary’s service includes embedded graphs and customizable dashboards, alerts, one-second metrics, deep-linking URLs, “smart alarms” and notifications.
Jérôme is a senior engineer at Docker, where he rotates between Ops, Support and Evangelist duties and has earned the nickname of “master Yoda”. In a previous life he built and operated large scale Xen hosting back when EC2 was just the name of a plane, supervized the deployment of fiber interconnects through the French subway, built a specialized GIS to visualize fiber infrastructure, specialized in commando deployments of large-scale computer systems in bandwidth-constrained environments such as conference centers, and various other feats of technical wizardry. He cares for the servers powering Docker, helps our users feel at home on the platform, and documents the many ways to use dotCloud in articles, tutorials and sample applications. He’s also an avid dotCloud power user who has deployed just about anything on dotCloud – look for one of his many custom services on our Github repository. Connect with Jérôme on Twitter! @jpetazzo
Founded in 2011, ElasticBox’s goal is to make it as easy as possible to develop, deploy, and manage applications for any cloud infrastructure. ElasticBox is pioneering a simplified, modular, service-based application development process, where fully configured components of an application architecture are encapsulated as “Boxes” and made available as a service. The result? Application development, deployment, and management for the cloud is now a seamless process.
Couchbase on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partner ecosystem. Newly announced partnerships with Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox will give customers the option to deploy Couchbase Server to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. With these new partners, customers can now automate the process of provisioning Couchbase Server to Amazon Web Services, HP Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, VMware, OpenStack, and more. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox as new partners,” said Rod Hamlin, VP of Business Development, Couchbase. “Adding these partners ensures customers can find the right option for their business to deploy Couchbase Server to their cloud of choice, whether it’s on-premises, public or hybrid, and power their applications with the highest performing and most scalable NoSQL database.”
Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than next-gen virtualization with Linux Containers. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Boden Russell, an Advisory Software Engineer at IBM Global Technology Services, will provide a Linux Container technology overview including underpinnings, throttling, monitoring, tooling/commoditization, images, security, use cases, pros/cons and why containers are poised as "the next VM" in our modern cloud era. By the end of this session you will have a firm understanding of the Linux Container landscape in today's industry and an appreciation for their realization.
Cloud Expo has announced its first annual "Iron Cloud IoT Shootout" to be held on November 6, 2014, at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley at Santa Clara Convention Center in California. The "Iron Cloud IoT Shootout" will be a live competition among all the key Cloud Computing platforms, and will be held on Day 3 of the show, Thursday, November 6, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. So far five platforms - Amazon AWS, Google GCE, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer, and Rackspace - have been named as part of the live competition. The "Iron Cloud IoT Shootout" will feature teams representing each platform. Team members may or may not be employees of the companies that represent the competing platforms. Each team will create an IoT app or service and be judged by everyone in attendance.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Bitium was founded by Kriz and Erik Gustavson. The 1,500 cloud-based application using Bitium’s analytics, app management, and single sign-on services include bug trackers, customer service dashboards, Google Apps, and social networks. The firm states website administrators can do multiple tasks online without revealing passwords. Bitium’s advisors include Microsoft’s former CMO and the former senior vice president of strategy, the founder and CEO of Like.com, a product strategist at IBM and Oracle, Hootsuite’s CEO, and the founder and CEO of KISSMetric, among others. More about Bitium can be found on its website at www.bitium.com.
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Executives charged with building business-driven applications have an extremely challenging task ahead of them. However, the cavalry has arrived with useful tools and strategies built specifically to keep modern applications working efficiently. We partnered with Gigaom Research to carefully grasp, and articulate, how these modern methodologies are improving the lives of IT professionals in today’s software-driven businesses. Typically, this knowledge has been so fragmented it’s been hard to find all this helpful knowledge in one cohesive area. Several blogs and research reports touch on various aspects, but what we learned from our research has been astounding.
Inarguably, the pressure is on "the network" to get in gear, so to speak, and address how fast its services can be up and running. Software-defined architectures like cloud and SDN have arisen in response to this pressure, attempting to provide the means by which critical network services can be provisioned in hours instead of days. Much of the blame for the time it takes to provision network services winds up landed squarely on the fact that much of the network is comprised of hardware. Not just any hardware, mind you, but special hardware. Such devices take time to procure, time to unbox, time to rack and time to cable. It's a manually intensive process that, when not anticipated, can take weeks to acquire and get into place.
As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we’re seeing over the word “DevOps.” And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next essay or cute video that gives a new interpretation—for nerds like me, the ever-changing, wildly different beliefs of DevOps’ meaning, and even its origin are an absolute blast to pour over.
The goal of any DevOps solution is to optimize multiple processes in an organization. And success does not necessarily require that in executing the strategy everything needs to be automated to produce an effective plan. Yet, it is important that processes are put in place to handle a necessary list of items. Flux7 is a consulting group with a focus on helping organizations build, maintain and optimize DevOps processes. The group has a wide view across DevOps challenges and benefits.
You can't truly accelerate the SDLC without a dependable continuous testing process. Evolving from automated to continuous testing requires on-demand access to a complete, realistic test environment. Yet, such access can be extremely difficult to achieve with today's increasingly complex and interdependent applications. Consider these recent research findings from voke: On average, organizations require access to 33 systems for dev/test, but have unrestricted access to only 18 Only 4% of participants report immediate, on-demand access to dev/test lab environments
In my first post, I discussed how software and various tools are dramatically changing the Ops department. This post centers on the automation process. When I was younger, you actually had to build a server from scratch, buy power and connectivity in a data center, and manually plug a machine into the network. After wearing the operations hat for a few years, I have learned many operations tasks are mundane, manual, and often have to be done at two in the morning once something has gone wrong. DevOps is predicated on the idea that all elements of technology infrastructure can be controlled through code and automated. With the rise of the cloud it can all be done in real-time via a web service. Infrastructure automation + virtualization solves the problem of having to be physically present in a data center to provision hardware and make network changes. Also, by automating the mundane tasks you can remove unnecessary personnel. The benefits of using cloud services is costs scale linea...
Kirk Byers at SDN Central writes frequently on the topic of DevOps as it relates (and applies) to the network and recently introduced a list of seven DevOps principles that are applicable in an article entitled, "DevOps and the Chaos Monkey. " On this list is the notion of reducing variation. This caught my eye because reducing variation is a key goal of Six Sigma and in fact its entire formula is based on measuring the impact of variation in results. The thought is that by measuring deviation from a desired outcome, you can immediately recognize whether changes to a process improve the consistency of the outcome.Quality is achieved by reducing variation, or so the methodology goes.
In the five seconds it takes you to read this, 60% of your visitors just abandoned your site. Another 20% were gone before you even hit the first comma, and 30% of all them are purchasing from one of your competitors. That's what Limelight Networks "State of the User Experience" says, which pretty much falls in line with every other survey of consumers. They are, on the whole, impatient and unwilling to suffer poor performance when there is a veritable cornucopia of choices available out there on the Internet.
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Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the means by which applications (and infrastructure, in many cases) scale horizontally. It is load balancing that is at the heart of elastic scalability models, and that provides a means to ensure availability and even improve performance of applications. But simple load balancing alone isn't enough. Too many environments and architectures are wont to toss a simple, network-based solution at the problem and call it a day. But rudimentary load balancing techniques that rely solely on a set of metrics are doomed to fail eventually. That's because a simple number like "connection count" does not provide enough context to make an intelligent load balancing decision. An application instance may currently have only ...
Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of technologies and architectures designed to address emerging challenges with scaling data centers. Whether considering the operational aspects (devops) or technical components (SDN, SDDC, Cloud), software-defined architectures are the future enabler of business, fueled by the increasing demand for applications.
When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspectives is DevOps. Now to be fair, Instagram (like many other web monster properties today) has it easier than most other businesses because it supported only one application. One. That's in stark contrast to large enterprises which are, by most analyst firms, said to manage not one but one hundred and even one thousand applications - at the same time. Our own data indicates an average of 312 applications per customer, many of which are certainly integrated and interacting with one another.
One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant, on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, for the enterprise, we strongly question that premise. While it is really very cool to think about moving an entire web server from a farm to the cloud with just a script, upgrading a system while it’s hot, or spinning up more instances of a server without having to configure anything, I propose that, for the average enterprise, it is simply not necessary.
One of the primary principles of object-oriented programming (OOP) is encapsulation. Encapsulation is the way in which the state of an object is protected from manipulation in a way that is not consistent with the way the variable is intended to be manipulated. The variable (state) is made private, that is to say only the object itself can change it directly. Think of it as the difference between an automatic transmission and a standard (stick). With the latter, I can change gears whenever I see fit. The problem is that when I see fit may not be appropriate to the way in which the gears should be shifted. Which is how engines end up being redlined.
It's an application world; a world that is rapidly expanding. With new opportunities and markets arising driven by mobility and the Internet of Things, it is only going to keep expanding as applications are deployed to provision, license, and manage the growing sensors and devices in the hands of consumers. Applications are not isolated containers of functionality. No application winds up in production without a robust stack of resources and services to support it. Storage and compute, of course, are required, but so are the networking - both stateless and stateful - services that provide for scale, security and performance.