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Devops at SXSW

By John | March 13, 2011

Dave Nielsen, founder, has allocated some #devops time at his SXSW Cloudcamp meetup Monday 3/14 at Valhalla Lounge (710 Red River). Ernest Mueller, a local Austin #devops orginizer, and myself will be organizing a series of lighting talks starting with the breakout sessions. If you want to have some fun and learn about and/or talk aout #devops please join us. Also, if you are interested in giving a 5 minute #devops lighting talk please send me an email at john at opscode dot com.

Price: Free

Valhalla Lounge (map)
710 Red River
Austin, TX 78701


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Biggest Cloudies Disappointment

By John | March 11, 2011

When I first created the “Cloudies” awards two years ago it was supposed to be a joke with a touch of insight. I noticed that a lot of people got a kick out of it so the following year I tried a little harder to be more serious; however, still keeping the “fun” part. Last year Dave Nielsen asked me if we could do the 2010 Cloudies as part of and I thought it was a great idea. I gave him my list of categories and early this week he put up the voting site. In previous years I picked the nominations and winners, and if there were disappointed people I took the heat. More to the point, I meant the specific category of “Biggest Cloud Disappointment” to be fun with again a touch of insight. Hell, IBM and Microsoft are big kids and they can $afford$ to take the heat. This year the category already seems to have become a little mean spirited. I am also a little disappointed in the “gaming” that is going on but I am not naive enough to think that can be controlled. However, even though I have agreed to shift the “2010 Cloudies” from an autocratic system to a democratic process, I have asked Dave to please pull the “Biggest Disappointment” category. If there are any complaints please feel free to throw the heat my way…

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3rd Annual Cloudy Awards

By John | March 11, 2011

Hello CloudCampers,

I am excited to inform you that as a registered CloudCamp attendee, you are qualified to participate in the 3rd Annual Cloudy Awards. The Cloudy Awards is a celebration of those who are making a difference in the Cloud Computing industry and beyond. Nominations are now open, and as a past attendee of CloudCamp you are invited to nominate your favorite Cloud Solution, Person or Idea.

How do I nomiate my choice for a Cloudy Award?

Nominations are easy. Click on this award nomination category link, (you may also visit, then click on one of the 27 categories (bottom right) and make your choice. If you don’t see your choice listed, just add it! Only past attendees of CloudCamps are qualified to make a nomination.

Click HERE to nominate

How will the winners be chosen?

The finalists with the most votes as of 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday March 15th will be declared as winners.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the 2010 Cloudy Awards will be announced Tuesday March 15th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time at the Cloudy Awards co-hosted with the 138 Listenng Lounge Party at South-by-Southwest in Austin, Texas

To register to watch the Cloudy Awards live online, visit If you are visiting Austin for SXSW, please drop by.

If you have any quesitons, let me know.

Dave Nielsen

Previous Cloudies

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What Devops Means to Me

By John | July 16, 2010

I have been in IT operations for over 30 years and I have seen a lot of good and bad ideas come and go. I have been following the Devops movement for over a year now and I have kept my eyes very focused to the Devops radar. To me Devops is one of the most interesting ideas that I have seen in the last 30 years. Like any new idea, Devops is creating some controversy and there are many discussions about what is wrong with Devops. In fact, many of the recent questions about Devops sound very similar to some of the questions that were being asked about Clouds two years ago. A lot of those old Cloud questions have now been answered; however, many still remain open. I believe this is exactly the path that the recent “Devops” questions are following. I have spoken and interviewed a lot of the thought leaders in the Devops movement. Here are some of my thoughts based on what I have learned thus far.

Read more on the Opscode Blog

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Huge Week for Opscode

By John | June 25, 2010

Here are some of the highlights from the week…

Opscode, Turning Sysadmins into Superheroes

Automation as a Service from Opscode – Quick Analysis

Opscode Unveils Funding, Hosted Platform

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