5 best practices for getting started with DevOps

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Are you ready to implement DevOps, but don’t know where to begin? Try these five best practices.

DevOps often stymies early adopters with its ambiguity, not to mention its depth and breadth. By the time someone buys into the idea of DevOps, their first questions usually are: “How do I get started?” and “How do I measure success?” These five best practices are a great road map to starting your DevOps journey. (more…)


Discovering SmartOS

As I’ve alluded to previously, I’ve been exploring Joyent’s SmartOS lately. I’d like to talk a little bit more about it. It seems to me that a lot of my peers haven’t yet heard about it, or don’t really understand it much at all. The documentation isn’t really there yet, so I think that it is a little hard to get the right first impression if you’re coming into it with no Solaris background.

That’s right, I said Solaris. SmartOS is not Solaris, but it shares a common heritage with Solaris. SmartOS is based on the Illumos kernel, which is based on the OpenSolaris project (which no longer exists). Oracle has since closed the Solaris source, and most of the best engineers have found themselves reuniting under the Illumos banner. Many of them are under the employ of Joyent and Nexenta. (more…)