One of the tools in Project Sputnik is the “cloud launcher.” The idea for this tool is to help instrument a DevOps life-cycle: the tool models out a simulated cloud on your desktop during development, and then deploys it to “real” clouds once you’re ready. We demonstrated one version of the cloud launcher at Dell World this week that uses juju.
In the meantime, OpsCode’s Matt Ray has been working on another approach (which he describes in the above video) that uses Chef under the covers. See the code checked into the Sputnik repo as well. I’m looking at these two versions as proofs of concept, or even “spikes” to explore how to best implement the idea. We’re eager to get feedback and engagement from the community to figure out which approach (or a third!) is most helpful.
Today is an exciting day for me: Dell is launching a product that I’ve helped put together and create along with a team of people across the company and, of course, the leader of the project, Barton George. We’ve been calling it Project Sputnik, and it’s got a real name now, “XPS 13 developer edition.” I’ll of course probably always refer to it as Sputnik. I help run the internal incubation program we have at Dell, and this was the first project we accepted and the one that I’ve been “managing.” What that means is that I work with Barton and team to make sure they’re getting what they need and help make the sausage. (People often ask me how I’m liking Dell and what I tell them is that if you like sausage as much as I do, it’s a wonderful place to see it being made and make some yourself.)