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Sam Lee

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Weekly Recap - Google I/O, the Expanding Cloud, Configuring CERN, and More

After taking a week off, the weekly updates are back! Here's some of the news that interested us over the past week:

Filed under: google, puppet, cloud, devops

IT/DevOps Shirts to Gift For Mother's Day

Mother’s day is round the corner. Most people will take the easy way and order flowers.

April Product Update

We’ve been hard at work, adding more new features to UpGuard. Here's what we've come up with this month.

Weekly Recap - #ChefConf, Security, Cloud, and More

Conference season continues this week, notably with Opscode's #ChefConf in San Francisco (which is going on as I'm typing this up). Here's the latest from #ChefConf and other IT news that interested us this week.

Filed under: #ChefConf, chef, devops, Cloud Computing

Weekly Recap - Devopsdays London, the Woz, Open Networking Summit, and More

With Devopsdays London recently concluded and the Open Networking Summit having just wrapped up, here's some of IT news that interested us this week.

Filed under: devops, NASA

Weekly Recap – Cloud Computing, SDN, DevOps, and More

Here’s some of the news we came across that interested us this week

The Open DayLight Project – A pretty big development for Software-Defined Networking:

Filed under: configuration management, cloud, devops, SDN

Making a Startup Explainer Video in 3 Steps

This is a guest blog from our friend Simon Westlake from TinyLoud, who made our explainer video, with some pointers on making explainer videos.

Techno Arms Dealers & High Frequency Traders

Today represents the hottest time to be in financial markets - nanosecond response times, the ability to affect global markets in real time, and lucrative spot deals in dark pools being all the rage. For companies who do business in these times, it is a technical arms race, worthy of a Reagan era analogy.

Filed under: ALM, High Frequency Trading, SDLC, configuration management, devops, HFT

10 IT Automation Conferences to Attend

One of the best opportunities for networking and keeping up to date on all the latest trends in software development, ITIL best practice implementation, innovative methods of handling automation, new methods of tackling ever-expanding configuration drift, and learning to navigate increasingly tricky compliance issues is attending industry conferences. IT professionals focused on automation will need to read between the lines to find a convention well-suited to their interests. These events are massive in production and are usually more broadly focused.

Filed under: SDN

PMLC, ALM, and Configuration Management

Acronym Soup - Project Management, Application Development, and Operations Methodologies

Filed under: ALM, SDLC, CMDB, ITIL

IT Automation and It's Relationship With Configuration Testing

Why IT Automation Needs Configuration Testing

Filed under: configuration testing, SaaS, Agile, automation

Configuration Tests as Automation Requirements

While there are many benefits to cloud computing, one of the major difficulties is migrating from the in-house servers to a cloud computing platform. Configuration issues can develop when a company does not have the right tools, and when it lacks clear communication.

Filed under: ALM, configuration testing, security, IT automation, chef, puppet, Cloud Computing, Legacy systems, Configuration Drift

The Case For Sector Focused Cloud Providers

There is no disputing the fact that cloud computing has led to a number of remarkable changes in the way many companies do business. Cloud-based solutions have been instrumental in streamlining IT functions and other business processes, resulting in a considerable savings in terms of time and monetary output.

Filed under: SaaS, amazon, cloud, IaaS

Wasting Time Manually Testing

The Sinkhole That is Manual Configuration Testing

Testing is a crucial part of software development: it involves the execution of a program with the goal of locating errors. Successful tests are able to uncover new errors that can then be corrected before the software is released.

Filed under: ALM, chef, SDLC, puppet, CMDB, automation

DevOps and ITIL Basics

There is a gap that exists between developers and operations in any enterprise dealing with complex and legacy system environments.

Filed under: chef, configuration management, puppet, ITIL, automation

Release Testing Basics

Release Testing

Filed under: ALM, CMDB

Configuration Testing 101

Before delivery to the intended party, a system should be tested to figure out whether the requirements set forth in the contract have been met. Configuration acceptance testing is the fundamental means to assuage all doubts that the system will fall short of its intended purposes. It is an essential part of the testing phase of the Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC), and perhaps the most vital in its category. The way in which the components of the system interact is the sure fire means of determining the susceptibility of the system to frequent errors and ultimately the strength of resistance to its implementation. Configuration acceptance testing is pivotal to the SDLC, and as such will be an integral part of the Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) policy of any firm. It reveals any available bugs and inadequacies in the system, enhancing the process of error correction and formulation of a suitable plan of action in the event undiscovered errors manifest and affect the system after it has been implemented.

Filed under: configuration testing, chef, puppet

DevOps Basics


Filed under: DevOps Basics, configuration management, ITIL

The Top 5 CIO's of 2012

Top 5 CIO's of 2012

Filed under: ITIL, CIO, Cloud Computing