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4-Phase Approach for Taking Over Large, Messy IT Systems

Everyone loves building shiny, new systems using the latest technologies and especially the most modern DevOps tools. But that's not the reality for lots of operations teams, especially those running larger systems with millions of users and old, complex infrastructure. It's even worse for teams...
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Handling Real-Time Data Operations in the Enterprise

Getting DataOps right is crucial to your late-stage big data projects. Companies need to understand there is a different level of operational requirements when you're exposing a data pipeline. A data pipeline needs love and attention. For big data, this isn't just making sure cluster processes are...
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Site Reliability Engineering (SRE): A Simple Overview

Curious about site reliability engineering (SRE)? The following overview is for you. It covers some of the basics of SRE: what it is, how it’s used, and what you need to keep in mind before adopting SRE methods. In the book Site Reliability Engineering, contributor Benjamin Treynor Sloss—the...
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Tickets Make Operations Unnecessarily Miserable

IT Operations has always been difficult. There is always too much work to do, not enough time to do it, and frequent interrupts. Moreover, there is the relentless pressure from executives who hold the view that everything takes too long, breaks too often, and costs too much. In search of...
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8 Roles on a Cross-Functional DevOps Team

If you’re just getting started with a squad model, you may not be sure what roles you’ll need for your team to function smoothly. Our squad model in the IBM Digital Business Group is based on the Spotify Squad framework. At a high level, a squad is a small, cross-functional team that has autonomy...
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How Not to Kill your DevOps Team

A thriving DevOps culture should mean a thriving IT team, one that plays a critical role in achieving the company’s goals. But leave certain needs and warning signs unchecked and your DevOps initiative might just grind your team into the ground. There are things that IT leaders can do to foster a...
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Back to Basics: What Sysadmins Must Know about Logging and Monitoring

With the rise of containers and virtual machines, some system administrators have been neglecting their system logs. That’s a mistake. Even if your containerized applications spin up and down several times an hour, you still need to keep and analyze logs. To find the root cause of a failure or to...
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Reports Of The Impending Demise Of Operations Are Greatly Exaggerated

Our industry has spent the past 7-8 years proclaiming the need for better integration of Dev and Ops to improve flow and quality. Despite this work — or perhaps because of it — there is a new rift forming between Dev and Ops. Once upon a time, Developers had to be convinced that they should even...
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How Security Can Bridge the Chasm with Development

Enhancing the relationships between security and engineering is crucial for improving software security. These six steps will bring your teams together. There's always been a troublesome rift between enterprise security teams and software developers. While the friction is understandable, it's also...
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8 Takeaways from NIST’s Application Container Security Guide

Companies are leveraging containers on a massive scale to rapidly package and deliver software applications. But because it is difficult for organizations to see the components and dependencies in all their container images, the security risks associated with containerized software delivery has...
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