As a Developer, I Want to...

User stories I'd like to assign to fellow Scrum masters

The Tao of SDLC Now that Scrum, Agile, Kanban and other methodologies have become the Tao of DevOps and SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle), not a day goes by without the ubiquitous and oftentimes annoying user stories typically found in issue tracking systems such as Jira and Trello. “As an end user, I want to be able to see the website the same way in all browsers”; “As a customer of Irrelevant Inc. [Read More]

Ansible Ad Hoc

Not playing by the book

Smells like a hack One of the first things we learn at the Ansible Best Practices University is that roles are a godsend, playbooks are great and ad hoc commands are meh. And that’s absolutely true… Except when it isn’t. I take configuration as code as an achievement comparable to subsidized anti-Polio injections—once we accomplish such a feat as a society, we don’t let it be taken from us too easily. [Read More]

Big Blue Hat

Hybrid cloud, or who's helping who in the IBM / Red Hat deal

“How much?!?” 34 billion (with a b!) USD, approximately. After the announcement came this Sunday (28 October 2018) that IBM was buying Red Hat, the specialized media went crazy and flooded the Internet with all sorts of articles about the acquisition. Most of them hit the nail on the head (that IBM wants to play the cloud game), but without going too deep into what Ginni Rometty specifically meant when she said that “IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider. [Read More]

What's Left of DevOps?

The cloud is eating everything, software included

Up up to the sky The cloud is eating more than just data centers and hosting companies—it’s also eating software, as contradictory as it sounds. Azure’s AKS, Amazon’s AWS Fargate, Google’s GCP Dataproc: those are a few of the many services that are pushing DevOps engineers’ daily activities farther away from the bare metal and closer to the ethereal heights of the clouds. As cloud providers add layers and layers of sugar on top of otherwise not so easy to master pieces of software, the nature of the work done in the cloud is changing as well, and that has direct consequences on the IT areas floating around cloud computing. [Read More]