DevOps: DIY vs. Commercial:
I've had the opportunity to attend a number of DevOps Days events. These are informal, community-based conferences devoted to a critical topic: how to get applications into production more quickly. DevOps Days speakers are always inspirational as they outline the immense challenges they faced and what they’ve done to improve things -- and the improvements are often dramatic. A common refrain in these presentations is how they moved to standardized resources like commonly configured virtual machines to allow automation -- often described as “moving away from snowflakes.” In other words, a necessary step in achieving automation is removing variance to allow common configuration automation.