DevOps Exchange April Recap - ft. Amazon, RedHat, & SPIN


DevOps Exchange was back this month with not one, not two, but three live demos...that went off without a hitch! 

This month we were joined by industry powerhouses Amazon and Red Hat, and hyper-growth start-ups and SPIN (part of the Ford Mobility Group). After a year of virtual meetups, we're so pleased that over 100 members of our global DevOps Community tuned in yesterday, to hear from and ask questions to our incredible speakers. 

A huge thank you to DOX regular Jon Hammant for sharing details of the processes in place at Amazon that played a key part in their DevOps Transformation, to Toby and Dennis for walking us through Ansible DB and to Aditya Menon for showing us how to integrate Skaffold and KinD into App Development workflows. 

All details and videos are available below:

Toby Lockyer, Head of DevOps, | @TobyLockyer
Dennis McCarthy, Senior Consultant, Red Hat

AnsibleDB – collect, store, discover (infrastructure facts)

When dealing with hundreds or even thousands of individual bits of Infrastructure like Linux or Windows servers, network devices and more, it can sometimes be difficult to find the information we need to answer simple questions. With AnsibleDB, you can use Ansible to easily collect facts about your infrastructure, and store the output in AnsibleDB. Using the API you can pull out groupings of information and discover insights about your infrastructure, and create dynamic inventories to target specific servers for your ansible runs. It will change the way you look at your infrastructure data forever.

Dennis McCarthy is a Cloud consultant, Automation Specialist and Author of ‘Automation with Puppet 5’. He is also a DevOps trainer and the Founder of LondonIAC!
Toby Lockyer is a DevOps Technical Manager, Automation Evangelist and the founder of various small businesses.

Jon Hammant - UKIR Head of Compute Amazon Web Services | @JonHammant

DevOps and Transformation at Amazon

Jon ran through the evolution of DevOps and development progress at Amazon, looking at early evolution of development at Amazon, details of the building blocks of modern applications including culture, practices and tooling. Finally, he discussed the key requirements for a similar transformation that can be used for other organisations.

Download Jon's presentation here - complete with links, workshops and additional resources. 

Jon leads the Compute business for UK&Ireland for Amazon Web Services, owning a number of key area of the AWS business for the region including EC2, Containers, Serverless, HPC, Outpost, Graviton2 and Visual Computing. Prior to joining AWS, he was a Managing Director at Accenture leading our DevOps and Full-Stack Engineering businesses for UK/IR. Before going into consulting, he was in a number of technical roles across Financial Services (Head of Infra at Standard Chartered, Architecture/Engineering at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and The London Stock Exchange.

Aditya Menon, Senior DevOps Engineer, SPIN (Ford Mobility) | @TheAdityaMenon
Developing apps with KinD

Synopsis; As we switch to using Kubernetes for our all workloads, it's time to consider tools that enable us to develop against a Kubernetes environment locally, leading to a more accurate assumption for the environment the app is running on and to take advantage of the Kubernetes feature, which eventually leads shorter deployment time to production for apps. In this talk we looked at integrating KinD (Kubernetes in Docker) and Skaffold in your development workflow.

Download Aditya's presentation here. 
Check out more information on KinD, Skaffold and helmfile today!

Aditya is a Senior DevOps Engineer at Spin. where he helps manage and improve the infrastructure stack. In his free time, he likes to go hiking, hacking on Linux and testing bleeding-edge software go hiking, hacking on Linux and testing bleeding-edge software

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