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Generating Chef Recipes from Existing Configs We've covered the benefits and pitfalls of configuration management tools like Chef in many articles. But let's assume you've done your homework and decided Chef is the tool for you. How do you get started? Funnily enough, one of the inspirations for ScriptRock was a not-so-successful Chef deployment. Only a poor craftsman blames his tools, so rather than pointing the finger at Chef we reflected on what we had done wrong. The problems we encountered trying to move a large, brown-field infrastructure to Chef, and to get culture, people, and processes to change at the same time, drove us to find a sound method for enterprise automation. Essentially, we had put the cart before the horse: we started automating our infrastructure before we understood it. Without documentation of existing configuration state and scalable valida... (more)

Integrating Security into #DevOps By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit

Three Steps for Integrating Security into DevOps The fate of CSO John in The Phoenix Project is a good parable for illustrating the dynamic and often conflicted relationship between Security and IT Operations. Security can either become a separate, obscure, and increasingly irrelevant group that everyone else resents-sounds pretty good, huh?-or it can be integrated into broader framework of the development cycle. Security John goes through a mental breakdown before finally understanding how to adapt and survive, but it doesn't have to be that hard. Security and DevOps Before the... (more)

What's New in DevOps? Anything? By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

There's no doubt that in 2015 DevOps is real, and strong, and it is your friend. If you aren't investing in DevOps now, you should be. Ask anyone, or just be quiet while they yell at you, and you'll hear that you need DevOps. We can get behind that to a certain extent. We love the principles of DevOps, we take it seriously in our own development practices at ScriptRock, and we design our software to be equally usable by Devs and Ops to solve their shared problems. We've been listening and contributing to the DevOps conversation for a few years. Here's the problem: almost nothing h... (more)

Chopping Up the Can By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Chopping Up the Can: How to Get More Done By Greg Pollock Today, DevOps is the latest and greatest in making work efficient. Before that, Agile called on us to rework our development process. If we keep going back we eventually reach Frederick Winslow Taylor and the birth of scientific work management. Taylor famously (or infamously) measured the time needed for every action in a production process. While degrading for workers, it was also effective. Taylor was able to pay higher wages because he made workers more efficient. IT workers can't be "Taylorized"-they need to make deci... (more)

What You Need To Know About The Leap Second Bug

For those of you planning on enjoying the sunset on June 30, 2015—an extra second of bliss awaits, compliments of the Earth’s inconsistent wobble. However, if Y2K sent you running for the hills, start packing again. Analysts predict technological fallout ranging from undeliverable tweets to outright digital armageddon, but for faithful IT folks with more grounded concerns like SLAs and business continuity, keeping critical systems up and running trump all other concerns. Fortunately, resolving potential issues related to the Leap Second Bug is a fairly straightforward matter—as lo... (more)