I'm a long-time Perl software engineer. Right now I am working at Rent.com where I'm forming out first DevOps team. A friend, Andrew Grangaard, recommended I attend this group's meetings. Looking forward to it!
Whether building a web, VOIP, or gaming backend, Operations is using development tools to make it work.
We're interested in the built-in facilities in Linux and the BSDs to programmatically seed and deploy. We're building traditional UNIX infrastructure with lighttpd/Nginx/Apache, Syslog, NFS, LDAP, MySQL/Postgres and BIND/PowerDNS, but doing it with modern scripting languages (Python, Ruby, Perl...) and revision-control. Debconf in Debian and Ubuntu. Kickstart in Redhat and CentOS. pc-sysinstall on BSD. A mix of cloud, hosted and datacenter-minded folks. Expect musings on Puppet, Chef, Augeas, Fabric, CFEngine, and FAI.