DevOps is a lot more than configuration management. DevOps is all about developers working more closely with operations to address business needs quickly, while keeping everything stable and running. Formalizing configuration management with a tool like Puppet is a big step towards this collaboration between developers and operations, because the process is formalized, can be version controlled, and offers a single point of truth for the configuration of environments.
Vagrant is another tool to help your organization transition to a DevOps culture. Vagrant also helps improve your entire workflow of using Puppet, improving development and process for both developers and operations.
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about using Vagrant effectively with Puppet, and how it helps your organization work more efficiently in the process. I gave a talk at PuppetConf on advanced Vagrant usage with Puppet, and I’ve written an article for InfoQ on transitioning to a DevOps culture. This blog post will be a mix of both of those topics.
Since 1999, my passion has been studying high performing IT organizations. This journey started off when I began keeping a list called “Gene’s list of people with good kung fu.” The people on the list talked differently about IT Operations, acted differently, and most importantly, had profoundly different results than your typical IT organization.
On this journey, I studied these high performers and benchmarked over 1,500 organizations. Our goal was to understand what enabled them to do what most organizations could only dream of. Our findings went into a book that we published in 2004 called The Visible Ops Handbook, which described how these organizations made their “good to great” transformation.
What I couldn’t have predicted was how this journey would take me straight into the heart of the DevOps movement. As my friend John Willis told me after I dismissed DevOps as just another marketing fad, “DevOps is the best chance at relevance that IT Operations has had in thirty years.” I immediately realized that he was right.
We’re excited to announce our second annual DevOps Survey, in conjunction with IT Revolution Press. Our last survey saw over 700 respondents and showed us how DevOps has evolved since the term was first coined in 2009 by Patrick Debois. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, and we want to know how […]