The Virtualization Practice

Agile Cloud Development

Agile Cloud Development focuses the aspects of agile development that integrate with cloud computing SaaS and PaaS environments including DevOps, Scrum, XP, and Kanban. ...
Major areas of focus include the Agile Development process and the pitfalls many companies encounter trying to implement it, the DevOps process and the pitfalls associated with its implementation. the organizational aspects of successfully implementing Agile Development and DevOps and the new tools that should be used to support Agile Development and DevOps processes. Covered toolsets include Agile Project Management, Continuous Integration, and Automated Deployment.

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Those of us who work on complex computer systems know that it can be a daunting task to get all the different systems to communicate and work properly. The bigger the infrastructure gets, the more complex it becomes. Now, take the most complex system that you have designed or worked with and increase the complexity a hundredfold, and that might give you an idea of the complexity involved with the design and deployment of the Affordable Care Act web portal.

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I spent two days at PuppetConf 2013 in San Francisco this week, and the common themes were automate everything, monitor everything, provide feedback early in the process, and focus on culture. All four of those topics aligned with the DevOps movement, with the goal of faster and more reliable deliveries. Companies that can deliver software more frequently with fewer issues have a competitive advantage over those who can’t.

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I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend PuppetConf 2013. When I walked into the first keynote session, I was shocked by the size of the audience. Over 1300 people were packed into the ballroom. Another 3700 had signed up to watch the event streaming online. Last year there were 800 people at the conference and only 300 the year before. Obviously, both Puppet and DevOps are hot topics these days.

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The old way of delivering software was to bundle up the software and ship it, sell the software off the shelf, or allow customers to download and install it. In the “shipping model”, it was the buyer’s responsibility to install the software, manage the uptime, patch, monitor, and manage capacity. Sometimes the buyer would perform all of those tasks themselves, or sometimes they would hire a third party to handle it for them. In either case, the buyer of the software had total control over if and when the software was updated and at what time a planned outage would occur in order to perform the patches or upgrades.