|By Liz McMillan||
|January 27, 2014 09:15 AM EST||
Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations.
At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of sharing within operations and software development.
A year later Chef was born and I was fortunate enough to join Opscode as the 9th employee as an evangelist preaching this disruptive form of collaboration and automation. At the time a majority of IT infrastructure was managed by what I called the “Bob’s” of the world. Bob’s scripts, Bob’s directories and Bob to death do us part. Trying to explain to Bob the benefits of collaboration and software engineering principles was a hard fought battle over the years.
One of the compelling events that helped propel these ideas (what we now call DevOps) was cloud computing. Fast forward to 2014 and these infrastructure automation and collaboration battles still exist but the battles are far less bloody.
Now a new battle is emerging in the network operations and networking engineering space. The arguments for network operations adopting these principles is the same as system ops; however, now the new compelling events are the virtualization and softwarization of the network.
Software Defined Networks SDN/SDDC is all the buzz, but the reality is that many network operations and engineering groups are dealing with an influx of highly virtualized tooling like OpenVswitch and Openflow and projects lie OpenDaylight, Contrail and NSX.
Configuration tools are starting to get more sophisticated on these virtualized systems doing things like automated os hardening, switch configuration, vlan and port mapping, and high order overlay orchestration. Products like Chef and Puppet both have introduced primitives supporting platforms like Arista, Juniper and Cumulus Networks.
Please join me to help me start the discussion of what DevOps in the Network really means.
John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist.
Willis, a noted expert on agile philosophies in systems management, came to Dell as part of their Enstratius acquisition. At Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Customer Enablement responsible for product support and services for the multi-cloud management platform. During his career, he has held positions at Opscode and also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner specializing in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise.
Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining enStratus, Willis was the VP of Solutions for DTO Solutions where he led the transition to a new suite of automated infrastructure and DevOps solutions.
Prior to DTO Solutions. Willis was the Vice President of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise.
A leading infrastructure management architect in the enterprise systems management category, Willis has trained more than 10,000 people on IBM Tivoli products around the world and is recognized as an industry expert in enterprise systems management and monitoring. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.
John is known internationally for his IT Management and Cloud blog, JohnMWillis.com, and is the co-host of Redmonk's IT Management Guys podcast series as "Cloud Cafe". Willis is also an organizer of the wildly successful CloudCamp & OpsCamp unconference movements.