DevOps for Windows - An Oxymoron?

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Most DevOps people out there think 'DevOps for Windows' is an oxymoron, but is it? Some of our largest online services in the UK like JustEat.com and ASOS run on Windows, and although Windows has been behind the curve at times, Microsoft is investing heavily to close the gap.

This meetup is for the significant number of you who live in the Windows world, and for those that are sceptical, a chance to see what life is like on the other side of the fence. Who know's some of you may be surprised to see how far things have come since you last ran Windows!

As usual, we've lined up some great speakers, a great venue thanks to Asos, and free beer/pizza afterwards to meet and discuss.

Please note: This meetup venue is limited to 150 attendees, so while the RSVP is larger (as we always have dropouts who don't update their RSVP) it will be first come first served at the door if we end up being overcapacity so make sure you keep your RSVP up to date to ensure others don't miss out!

Agenda:

6:30pm: Arrive
7-8pm: Three 15 minute talks
8-9pm: Beers and Pizza
9pm onwards: Local pub

Talk 1: DevOps on Azure (Boris Devouge from Microsoft)

Boris will kick off the meetup with Microsofts intro to the world of DevOps on Azure and upcoming things Microsoft users can expect to see in the DevOps world in future.

Talk 2: DevOps for Windows in the Wild (Steve Thair - DevOps Guys)

Steve will talk about DevOps Guys experience working with several Windows customers, and how they did all the DevOps basics on Windows such as automation and deployments, and some best practices for those of you out there looking to implement DevOps on Windows yourselves!

Talk 3: A brief introduction into POSHChef (Russell Seymour from ASOS)

A brief introduction into POSHChef, a new PowerShell based client for Chef. It has been designed to work with Chef but leverage technologies within Windows. The session will cover using POSHChef, compatibility with existing community cookbooks and how DSC is utilized.