I devops, do you devops? Of course you devops, we all devops. In the realm of performance you cannot improve what you cannot measure. Opeations and performance culture are about people, process and jurisdiction more than code and bits. We’re told how to optimize code and data and systems management, but as engineers we’d never implement it without measurements in place (or at least, I hope we wouldn’t).
Ironically many groups of engineers adopt devops without being able to measure the business advantages. While engineers may know the rule “measure twice, but once,” most do not know how to measure anything in business. Managing P&L, understanding Opex vs. Capex, calculating total cost of ownership and return on investment, and forecasting risk are all things that will make devops the right choice (or make it gone for the right reasons).
Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and Principal at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the architect of the highly scalable Ecelerity mail transport agent. Theo is a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.
Theo founded several successful startups as engineering focused organizations including: OmniTI, Circonus, Message Systems and Fontdeck.
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