An excerpt from a post on dealing with legacy code in a cloud world, and a bunch of links.
Can you ever go back to just writing code? We discuss. With the launch of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, we discuss how it relates to other foundations and cloud-land in general. We also talk about who's not in the open cloud club, like Digital Ocean, and how things might pan out for them. And, of course, a little bit of OpenStack.
A few weeks back I was on a panel for a Solarwinds conference (done all online, in Solarwinds style, of course). Check out the recording a above (or just a 1 minute excerpt if you don't have time). There's also an article covering the discussion.
For some reason we started talking a lot about QA, which was odd, but turned out to be interesting. The audience for this was made up of Solarwinds custoners who are not exactly the types in charge of managing custom written software (my primary criteria for "should you care about DevOps), but from the live-chat there were some...and a pretty broad interest in the topic, in addition to complaining about Windows patching and n00bz users. You know, real sysadmin stuff.
I like this because it's true of "marketing," which still tends to operate under the constraints of long cycle time and constrained "space":
But there is so much potential! Length no longer matters — it's as cheap to publish 100,000 words as 100. Digital text can be continually updated, so it's no longer necessary to write a new article every time there's a small change to a story. Digital stories can be interactive — readers can enter their information, and the story can change to reflect their circumstances. It's really exciting stuff, and we are just beginning to figure out how to take advantage of it.
It's mostly links this week, with a big add video ad for my pal below:
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Tech & Work World
- Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 9.5 Percent in Second Quarter of 2015 - They say it's an anomaly, high dollar and all that. Here's the EMEA drill down: "Some 18.6 million desktops, notebooks and premium ultra mobiles found their way into outlets in the three months, that is down 15.7 per cent, or 3.47 million fewer units, year on year."
- TechReckoning Dispatch, Vol. 2, No. 9. July 8, 2015 - "Holy platform power, Batman, we just invented PaaS!" See Troyer outline the walk to all these cloud platforms building "the PaaS that we don't call PaaS." Also, his newsletter is delightful.
- Here’s why you should expect airline disruptions to get worse - It's nice how they turn it around at the end.
- Amazon moves nearer Platform as a Service concept with new developer tools - More for the "Amazon competes with everyone" file.
- In its Transition to a Service Company, Rackspace Embraces Azure - Rackspace to sell support for Azure, meaning they're not just about OpenStack. Cats and dogs living together!
- Social media and closing sales quota - n=511, of mostly B2B sellers split between enterprise and SMB. From 2012, and a marketing piece, obviously. It says: use social media.
- How Docker has made life awesome for SOASTA DevOps - speeding up the creation of the work-station with promises of deploying your laptop into production, so to speak.
- Docker and the Three Ways of DevOps - Part 1, 2, and 3 - John Willis has a nice series up related the use of containers to DevOps, which I finally got around to reading.
Fun & IRL
Things are working out
It's our 10th wedding anniversary (yay us!) so we're treating ourselves to a little downtown Austin fun. We'll be checking out the newish W down there. I'll report back if it's zaney. They got vinyl in the bar, man.
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