DAY FIVE: Software Can Learn To Write Better Software

May 10, 2014

by Evan Powell

I think a lot about positive feedback cycles these days. DevOps wins in part because by decreasing the cycle time of development and operations of new capabilities the software gets closer and closer to real user needs. This of course brings more users, which presumably brings more resources, which enables even more projects to further accelerate the delivery of new capabilities. And so on.

That’s the theory and the reality in many shops. However, in too many shops the automation that is core to DevOps quickly becomes technical debt. Unlike components like NoSql data bases or even underlying configuration management, there are not yet projects that have critical mass and hence have the credibility to gain more users and so forth.

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[Opensource.com] Moving Towards An Open Source Cloud With OpenStack

May 9, 2014

Over the past years, I’ve played a leading role in helping to bring openness to the storage industry. At Nexenta, we inherited great technology from Sun Microsystems and went to market with an open core business model. This model, and a lot else, worked well and Nexenta has been called “the most disruptive storage company of the last 10 years” in part because of the impact we had on legacy, lock-in based proprietary vendors […]

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DAY FOUR: A DevOps Friendly Architecture Is Fundamentally Different Than Legacy Products

May 9, 2014

by Evan Powell

There is a huge amount of DevOps washing going on right now, and for good reason. As CA pointed out in a recent blog, most CIOs now understand that DevOps, done right, is revolutionary. And, what is more, they understand they need to do stuff to get DevOps working. And that stuff includes buying new tools.

So I’m not the only person building software to notice that there is a massive opportunity to provide CIOs with the tooling they need to build and operate software in a DevOps approach. As a result it feels like every software vendor in the world is rebranding their products as DevOps friendly.

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DAY THREE: OpenStack Is Important – However, Users Are More Pragmatic And Agnostic Than Ever

May 8, 2014

by Evan Powell

Yesterday I wrote a bit about the need for a community to step in to empower more than the top few operators to achieve DevOps levels of productivity in developing and operating software.

Today I expand upon those thoughts a little bit. OpenStack is absolutely one of the top 5 reasons we founded StackStorm. It is arguably the most important OpenSource project in the world right now in part because it is so much larger than any one project, even Hadoop.

Which leads to driver #3:

OpenStack is important – however, users are more pragmatic and agnostic than ever.

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[VMblog] Q&A: Interview With StackStorm, Emerging From Stealth To Increase Productivity Of DevOps Operators

May 7, 2014

With the latest news around StackStorm emerging from stealth mode, I was able to connect with the company’s CEO and co-founder, Evan Powell, to learn more about what this company was doing to increase productivity for DevOps operators […]

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DAY TWO: There Are Not Enough DevOps Unicorns In The World – And There Never Will Be

May 7, 2014

by Evan Powell

Yesterday I wrote a little bit about what led us to start StackStorm, focusing on the massive shift happening in IT towards a DevOps approach to building and operating software. I don’t think you can overstate the importance of this shift.

However, there are barriers. And that’s where driver #2 for us starting StackStorm comes in:

There are not enough DevOps unicorns in the world – and there never will be.

The ideal DevOps engineer is a full stack engineer who can code at least in python and is really good at cross-functional collaboration. We are a magnet for this type of unicorn – we have hired a few and have a handful in our utterly kick-ass advisory board.

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[Cloud Computing Today] StackStorm Emerges From Stealth To Deliver Artificial Intelligence To DevOps Technology For Cloud Infrastructures

May 6, 2014

Today, StackStorm emerged from stealth mode and revealed details of a DevOps solution for IaaS cloud environments, with a specific focus on OpenStack at the present time. In much the same vein that Pivotal sought to bring the computing power, scalability and operational efficiencies of enterprises such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter to mainstream enterprise IT, StackStorm proposes to bring automation technology analogous to that used by companies like Facebook to enterprises, SMBs and startups alike […]

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[Venture Capital Post] StackStorm Streamlines Workflow In Data Center To One Person For Thousands Of Servers

May 6, 2014

StackStorm, specialized in data center maintenance, allows one person to effectively manage thousands of servers opposed to hundreds.

Evan Powell, cofounder and ceo, explained to VentureBeat that “There’s a massive shift happening – and maybe it’s already happened with top operators, being several times, not 10 times more productive, but 100, and in some extreme cases, 1,000 times more productive” […]

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[Data Center Knowledge] StackStorm Out Of Stealth To Give DevOps True Data Center Automation

May 6, 2014

There needs to be more automation in DevOps, but data center managers still mistrust automation and generally avoid implementing it at scale. This is the problem StackStorm, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup, came out of stealth today to fix […]

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[VentureBeat] StackStorm Emerges From Stealth, Shows Off “Self-Driving Data Center”

May 6, 2014

If you really must maintain your own data center, it’s nice if you can minimize the number of people who work there. A startup called StackStorm wants to help you do that […]

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