So, 2014 has been a busy year for me as you can tell by the number of blog posts on my site this year. What the heck have I been up to???
- My daughter finally arrived after much care and nurturing by myself and the Lady VMTrooper. Isla Jay Roberts formally joined our family on October 17, 2014, and I even wrote a Puppet manifest to welcome her.
- I finally passed my CCIE Data Center lab exam after a couple years of intense study. I think this one was so challenging since the exam was new, and there weren’t that many great consolidated study materials available at the time.
- Last, but certainly not least, I’ve been working hard with my talented team of co-authors (Josh Atwell, Egle Sigler, and Yvo van Doorn) on our book project: DevOps for VMware Administrators
The book project was inspired by my experiences attending DevOps-related events like PuppetConf and noticing that there were relatively few VMware Administrators attending as compared to an event like VMworld. I strongly believe that the VMware user community can benefit from the practices and tools utilized by seasoned DevOps practitioners.
The book’s goal is to provide an introduction to DevOps principles, as well as to popular DevOps tools like Puppet and Jenkins, so that the VMware community can speak knowledgeably about efforts to improve application delivery from concept to production. This can only be achieved all IT stakeholders cooperate more. What? Developers and Operations working closely together? (#gasp).
What does this mean for VMware Administrators, exactly? Well, we need to expand our skillset a bit so that we can help our software developers build, test, stage, and deploy their code more quickly. So, consider taking some programming courses on sites like Pluralsight, Udacity, and edX in the languages that your development teams use. Learn as much about DevOps practices as you can, and I certainly hope that our book can help you with that.
VMware is certainly interested in DevOps as VMware vRealize Automation (formerly VCAC) has integrations with tools like Puppet. Also, the company is releasing a product called vRealize Code Stream to help IT departments with their deployment pipelines.
The vBrownBag Crew is also dedicated to helping the VMware community learn more about DevOps, and you can catch the current podcasts as well as archived sessions for the vBrownBag DevOps Series.
What do you think about the DevOps movement? Much ado about nothing? or, something that will be beneficial for enterprises? Let us know in the comments section below.