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VMworld EU 2015 Buzz: Group Discussion: DevOps and Continuous Delivery – MGT6401-GD

October 29th, 2015

Adding some more colour to the highlights from my VMworld Europe 2015 coverage:

This was held by Thomas Corfmat from VMware who currently works with vRealize CodeStream although the discussion wasn’t product specific.

Group discussions by nature aren’t presentations but rely on everyone giving input.

The session started with introductions from everyone to get an idea of what kinds of companies are in the session, as the introductions started quite a few people left immediately! Must be the pressure of a group discussion or wanting to stay anonymous!

2015-10-14 15.45.40Went through what was Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery.

A poll was done as to where people were on the DevOps journey. 6% said they can release code into production within the hour, 60% were split between having no DevOps and starting to look at it and the rest were somewhere further along on the journey.

Some people shared stories about how they started, from changing from waterfall to agile approach, others being forced by the business.

The consensus was to start with continuous integration to get started, establishing toolsets like TFS or Jenkins for example and work on the people and process.

3 phases to get to DevOps nirvana!

1. Configuration Management
Patching and configuration management
2. Continuous Delivery
Infrastructure lifecycle automation (infrastructure as code)
Application lifecycle automation
3. DevOps with Microservice
DevOps services for PaaS and container environments

Went through top barriers to DevOps adoptions:

  • Rigid or siloed organisations
  • Different orgs manage infra middleware and apps
  • Insufficient automation/scripting/dev skills
  • No executive sponsorship
  • Not enough resource time/budget
  • No appropriate CD/release automation tools
  • Lack or provisioning/deployment tools
  • Monolithic/old generation application architecture
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