DevOps Past

We found this video through IT Revolution Press, the same people who brought you The Phoenix Project. And you already know how much we liked that one. In this video, Damon Edwards presents a short history of DevOps. We consider it required viewing for anyone in the industry. Or at least anyone in the industry that cares about where DevOps came from. And where it’s going.

Digging into Dan’s Mind: Why Scala?

When starting a company, there are so many different things to think about. One of my first questions was about how Victor Ops decided which programming language to use. One of the others was about where they stored the beer. Asking hard questions like these will always lead you to Dan. Here’s what he had to say about Scala and why he made the choice he did… One of the things that really excited me about starting VictorOps was the chance to build a new software…
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The Phoenix Project Book Review

When we saw there was a novel about the IT revolution, we were intrigued. You mean it’s a real story? Not a textbook or a handbook or a guide? We honestly didn’t believe it either until we started reading it. The book is called The Phoenix Project and is authored by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford. It tells the story of an IT manager at a large company, Parts Unlimited, and the challenges he undergoes trying to organize workflow and improve interdepartmental communications. He…
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The Real Story Behind the Oak Leaf

There is a lot of heavy-duty, heads down work going on at VictorOps right now. Much of it involves discussions around Scala, Akka, Play and the excitement of building our third large-scale service infrastructure from the ground up. VO is making amazing progress and the passion for the space is evident in every conversation and demo we do. Building another company enables you to do things differently than you did in the past. With VO, we had such a concrete idea of what we wanted…
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DevOps is So Hot Right Now

A hearty congratulations to PagerDuty for raising a $10.7 million round from Andreessen Horowitz. You know the time is now when smart money like A16Z and our friends at Foundry Group see big opportunities for companies in the space. Over the next few years I think a lot of attention will be paid to people in operations and we think that is awesome! More about the company here and more analysis of why services like PD are much needed here.

IT On-Call: Five Best Practices for Making the Pain Less Painful

Time on-call is a fact of life working in a DevOps or TechOps environment, but for a lot of us it’s the worst part of the job. Working with a 24/7 platform, on-call means getting up in the middle of the night, interrupting weekend time, and putting personal life on hold. And it’s stressful! It’s easy to feel alone during a crisis, not wanting to bother coworkers but needing help, advice, or just another set of eyes. Here’s a few easy things you can do…
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Monitoring: Trending and Visualization is Not an Optional Extra

Everyone understands the importance of having system and application monitoring in place right away. In the SaaS world, every minute of downtime means lost revenue and angry users. Trending and visualization, on the other hand, can sometimes be seen as an optional extra. Statistics collection and graphs showing things like CPU load or web hits per second displayed over time are frequently regarded as “nice to have”, not “need to have”. In the rush to get a new platform out the door, many teams decide that trending and…
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Lots of Great Press for our IT Alerting & Collaboration Tool

VictorOps got a ton of great press last week when we announced the company. Here is a link to the official press release, and some of our favorite coverage! National Press Techcrunch GigaOm VentureBeat (Our particular favorite, as it alludes to our Mountain Basecamp) The Next Web Local Press Daily Camera Boulder County Business Report


Once in a while I find myself in a discussion about starting companies. The great thing about the first day of a company, a startup in particular, is it can be anything you want it to be – that first day.    Every day after that you build a little more code, you refine the idea a little more, you prioritize and reprioritize over and over again.  What comes out the other end is often amazing, often valuable, and for us always a labor of love. …
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