Show Date: Tuesday, 2 October 2012
@avleen has announced OpsSchool. The idea is to build out a syllabus and content to help shape the next generation of SysAdmins.
Ville Lautanala, lead developer at Flowdock, gave a talk at Frozen Rails about Flowdock’s distributed server architecture and how they use Chef and ZooKeeper to coordinate a set of services. Check out the slides on the Flowdock blog.
To scale web services, devops devotees should consider economics - this article from Stacey Higginbotham was written after she attended Surge and discusses the need to look down to the physical infrastructure as well as the economic tradeoffs of building a service.
Test Kitchen 0.6.0 was released. This fixes a couple of bugs and makes a couple of improvements.
vagrant-monigusto - The monigusto project aims to provide the equivalent of vagrant up but for monitoring and logging: A single server box that contains the most common/current tools for monitoring like graphite, statsd, collectd, nagios, logstash, jmxtrans, tasseo and gdash . Then it becomes easy for a developer to get used to the management and monitoring and without the hassle of setting it up from scratch or finding out how to make it work together.
Upcoming Meetup Groups and Events
devopsdays Rome are coming up on October 5 and 6th. If you are in Europe or otherwise interested to meet with some really intelligent people, you should come out.
Chef Cafe meetings are informal gatherings that are a great place to ask ask questions about Chef and establish connections with people that can help you in the future. The Bay Area Chef User Group is hosting Chef Cafe meetings on October 4 and 18 and the Chicago Chef Users’ Group is holding one on October 11.
The next Infrastructure Coders meeting will be held on October 10th in Melbourne.
Energized Work will be hosting a Tektalk on Cooking with Chef - Automate your infrastructure with Chef. This Tektalk will be held on October 10 in London.
The Triangle Devops group will meet on October 17 in Raleigh, NC. The topic for the night: Lean About Illumos
Gigaom will be hosting a webinar on October 18th. The webinar will look at Continuous delivery: develop, deliver and deploy software on demand. You can register for the free webinar today.
The Opscode Community Summit #2 is coming up on October 23 and 24. Please come out to Seattle to meet with your tribe and share ideas about making this community even better!
DevOpsDC’s next meeting will be held on November 13.
- Opscode is offering lots of Introductory Workshops around the US through the end of the year. If you are new to Chef or know someone who is, be sure to checkout the Opscode Events page on Eventbrite. And remember, you can use discount code “FOODFIGHT” to save 10% off your registration. Upcoming cities include Boston, Raleigh, Seattle, Atlanta, and San Francisco.
2 new cookbooks this week from Alex Howells:
Robert Lee-Cann has published s3fs-c v0.0.1 - leeky The purpose of this recipe is to create a s3fs driver for one of your amazon s3 buckets. It uses the modified s3fs-c fork, to be compatible with other S3 client’s concepts of directory structures, maintained by Tong Wang. This recipe is a lightly modified version of ‘s3fs’ by Tom Wilson.
Padraig O’Sullivan published akibanserver v0.1.2 - posulliv Install and configure the Akiban Server. Akiban Server is a pure Java, open source database with a unified document-table storage structure and a breakthrough relational algebra. Based on the concept of table-groups, it supports SQL and documents working seamlessly together and performing a lot better.
- reboot-handler v0.1.2 - retr0h
- afw v0.0.3 - jvehent
- graphite_handler v0.0.6 - peter_donald
- chef_gem v0.0.5 - chrisroberts
- nfs v0.2.7 - atomic-penguin
- snmp v0.3.1 - atomic-penguin
- glassfish v0.5.6 - peter_donald
- xymon v0.1.0 - peter_donald
- authbind v0.1.3 - peter_donald
- smbfs v0.2.0 - peter_donald
- bonita v0.1.2 - peter_donald
- generic-users v0.1.5 - mpasternacki
These days it is not uncommon to have 100s of gigabytes of data that must be sliced and diced, then delivered fast and rendered quickly. Typically solutions involve lots of caching and expensive hardware with lots of memory. And, while those solutions certainly can work, they aren’t always cost effective, or feasible in certain environments (like in the cloud). This talk seeks to cover some strategies for caching large data sets without tons of expensive hardware, but through software and data design.
It’s common wisdom that serving your data from memory dramatically improves application performance and is a key to scaling. However, caching large datasets brings its own challenges: distribution, consistency, dealing with memory limits, and optimizing data loading just to name a few. This talk will go through some of the challenges, and solutions, to achieve fast data queries in the cloud. The audience will come away armed with a number of practical techniques for organizing and building caches for non-transactional datasets that can be applied to scale existing systems, or design new systems.
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- Responsive Design and HTML5
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