What does DevOps mean generally? - cross-discipline pollination – code as infrastructure, continuous improvement, surgical changes, holistic view, end-to-end visibility, self-healing systems - shared risk/responsibility for classic responsibilties - potential areas to be careful: blurred responsibilities, defining expertise down, mistaking outsourcing for management (i.e. a lot of startups leveraging Amazon – DevOps as NoOps)
+ add diagram of roadmap (puppet cfengine/chef?)+ complexity management
History2 Concepts borrows heavily
(or stolen) from classic papers “Bootstrapping an Infrastructure” by Steve Traugott and Joel Huddleston, and Mark Burgess’s “Computer Immunology” and Promise Theory Personal experience – syncing scripts, predicting change, better communication
What does this fix?3
How do I keep X (files, permissions, services) from changing unpredictably? When did change happen? Is it related to the downtime incident we had? Or unpredictable deployments? Who/what group made that change? The system is growing (or has) arms and legs in unpredictable, astonishing directions making it difficult/impossible to reproduce. Or make minor changes: Deployments are the equivalent of leveling the whole house to change one light bulb. Critical parts of the infrastructure reside in peoples heads - bad for scaling the company, bad for individual development. Put the real estate to better use.
What does this look like?5
1) Version-Controlled Published Configurations 2) Master Fileserver Repository 3) Automated Propagation and Maintenance The heart of where much of today’s DevOps work exists: This is where tools like cfengine, puppet, and chef literally “level-up” the way your infrastructure is managed. See links on last slide for more information. 4) Monitoring the Infrastructure 5) Self-Healing
Version-Controlled Published6 Configurations Git,
svn, perforce, cvs – SCM of choice Promise Theory – connected but independent agents cannot wrest guarantees from each other – they can only truly obligate themselves. But this can be leveraged to coordinate.
Monitoring & Self-Healing9 What’s
the current state Post-change state Event-driven hooks from monitoring back to automation tool creates self-healing i.e. Nagios, Empirix, monitoring tool of choice End-to-end change visibility – intended changes, logged changes, monitoring events
What do we gain?10 A
lot: Known configs/profiles assured to reflect live system state auditable easy-to-administer security configurations predictable change and rollback Large-scale updates that are seamless, uniform, and logged. Agile compliance! Uptime! More free time! To devote to higher-level activities
Good Reading11 Classic “Bootstrapping
an Infrastructure,” LISA ’98 - http://www.infrastructures.org/papers/bootstrap/bootstr ap.html Self-Healing Networks - http://onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2006/05/25/self- healing-networks.html?page=1 Relative origins of cfengine, puppet, chef - http://verticalsysadmin.com/blog/uncategorized/relativ e-origins-of-cfengine-chef-and-puppet Promises of DevOps - http://cfengine.com/markburgess/blog_devops.html Promise Theory - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promise_theory
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