Check out Barton’s commentary as well.
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.)
“I drove clear across Austin on Monday last week to meet Barton at The Domain and pick up the new machine. Saying this sounds strange, but the experience unboxing this laptop was significantly different than any other computer I’ve ever opened. The packaging itself was elegant, even beautiful.”
I drove clear across Austin on Monday last week to meet Barton at The Domain and pick up the new machine. Saying this sounds strange, but the experience unboxing this laptop was significantly different than any other computer I’ve ever opened. The packaging itself was elegant, even beautiful.
As mentioned earlier today, we launched a new project, named Sputnik, around exploring what a developer laptop would look like, here at the day-job. Part of what we want to make is a cloud-hosted service that allows developers to quickly setup their Sputnik machine with various profiles and, as we get into, allow the overall community to contribute profiles as well.
In the video above, Charles Lowell (of The FrontSide) and I talk through some thinking about what that service would be. As we emphasize, it’s just brain-storming at this point. We’d love to hear your thoughts!