• DevOps Manchester 15 - The Return

    Auto Trader UK

    We're back and this time we brought even more friends! A group of us from a range of North West businesses have got together to restart the DevOps Manchester meetups and this is our first meetup as part of that team. On the night we have two talks followed by three lightning talks. ================ Talk One Jon Vines - AO.com ================ When looking at the principles and practices of DevOps as well as the opportunity and awesomeness of Serverless, we can be left thinking are these two approaches to delivering software compatible? The original premise of DevOps was to bring developers and operations closer together. Serverless architectures enable us to remove the operational burden as much as possible. Framed this way, you’d think they were incompatible, but DevOps has come along way since those early beginnings. We’ll use the three ways to look at how using Serverless can take us closer to operating with a DevOps mindset. ================ Talk Two Raj and Zubair - DevOps Group ================ Raj and Zubair will talk about their journey and experience of implementing DevOps in a large enterprise. They will provide the context of what it feels like to work in the Defence Industry where platforms such as Eurofighter Typhoon, Dreadnaught Submarines and Queen Elizabeth Carrier are designed, built and supported over decades. Raj and Zubair will then talk about the introduction of DevOps ways of working in a traditional waterfall environment and will include the philosophies, principles and practices employed for stimulating alignment to shared goals, transforming leadership and culture, building teams and providing the right environment for productivity with the adoption for the right practices and measures. As a result, you will discover how a large enterprise, for strategic internal products, realised 30% service improvement 300% throughput improvement, 25% improved customer satisfaction and 100% improvement in team morale through changing the ways of working. ================ Lightning Talks ================ Jenny Nilsen From Labcoat to DevOps Having completed a Beng and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Jenny spent two years working in nuclear R&D. In this talk, she explains how she transitioned into her role as an Infrastructure Engineer at BookingGo. Varuna Venkatesh Taking control of your legacy... Code If the term 'legacy code' fills your heart with dread, you've probably experienced the struggles and complexities involved in working with it. In this talk, Varuna explains how we can start to break away from our legacy systems. Andy Burgin Intercontinental Jet Set DevOps Superheroes I embarked on an epic journey, over the seas to a land far, far away. There I realised that it doesn’t matter if you’re a dev, an op, a sys admin, architect, even a CTO - we all possess DevOps powers, and to some that makes us superheroes… ================ Arrival is from 18:00 and we'll be getting started around 18:30. As always a variety of food and drink will also be there! Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. We'll be over at the AutoTrader offices on First Street. 1, Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN See you there!

  • DevOps Manchester 14


    DevOps Manchester 14 is taking place on the 27th Sep 2017. We'll be hearing from Jon Topper of Scale Factory and Tim Fletcher of LateRooms.com. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of Auto Trader, who are hiring for Systems Engineers (http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fcareers.autotrader.co.uk%2Fsearch-and-apply%2Fsystems-engineer%2F&t=YWViODkwZjEwYWY1MjMxOWE1MTRhMzFlNjkzMWY5Y2FlMzg2NTEwMiw0cVNEREpyag%3D%3D&b=t%3AMWtyal19IjwBJ7BOpLbBIQ&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.devopsmanchester.co.uk%2Fpost%2F165556079550%2Fdevops-manchester-14&m=1) and Enterprise Engineers (http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fcareers.autotrader.co.uk%2Fsearch-and-apply%2Fenterprise-it-engineer%2F&t=ZDYzYzI1NDhiMTJmZjA0MjAyMzVjMjQ1Y2VjNWY3MGRiYTFmNzA1ZSw0cVNEREpyag%3D%3D&b=t%3AMWtyal19IjwBJ7BOpLbBIQ&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.devopsmanchester.co.uk%2Fpost%2F165556079550%2Fdevops-manchester-14&m=1). Boring is Powerful - Jon Topper, Principal Consultant Scale Factory People often think of boredom as a bad thing: I’ll argue that in systems design and operations, it can actually be a virtue: Boredom is the motivation that leads us to automate the things we find ourselves doing frequently. Software, frameworks or services that are “boring” often seem that way because they’re predictable, reliable and trustworthy. Bored is the ideal state for an on-call engineer. I’ll make the case that we should ration our excitement, saving it for the things that differentiate us from the competition. Jon Topper has been doing DevOps since before we called it that. His UK-based consultancy, The Scale Factory, are a team of DevOps and cloud infrastructure specialists, helping organisations of various sizes design, build, operate and scale their infrastructure. He was recently awarded “DevOps Leader of The Year” by Computing Magazine. Distributed Policy Enforcement with OpenSSH Certificates - Tim Fletcher, LateRooms.com OpenSSH is a critical systems administration tool, installed on nearly every virtual machine, physical server and many IoT devices. OpenSSH is used to manage everything from the server in the shed to continent spanning collections of systems Logging in to OpenSSH quickly and securely is normally done with cryptographic keys, sometimes using strong passwords and hardware key storage all too often left lying about on laptops. Managing the list of keys and permissions for an organisation of more than a handful of people rapidly gets challenging, tracking who has used which key to do what even more so. Using the CA feature of OpenSSH it is possible to remove all this complexity, and leverage OpenSSH to enforce your central policies and provide you with strong audit trails. The talk will cover the technical aspects of what can be done with SSH certificates how this could be implemented as part of a DevOps workflow.

  • DevOps Manchester 13


    DevOps Manchester 13 is taking place on the 21st Feb 2017 We'll be hearing from Tom Barber of Spicule (http://spicule.co.uk/index.html) and Matthew Skelton of Skelton Thatcher (https://skeltonthatcher.com/). Tom Barber - Data Systems and Devops Consultant How NASA uses Devops to help hunt criminals on the dark web Tom Barber is the director of Spicule LTD a consultancy designed to simplify Ops and Automation, at Spicule we have a love of simplifying the experience for the end user. Currently we work with NASA and DARPA to help deploy services allowing law enforcement officials to track down drug and people traffickers."At NASA and DARPA we are working on a number of software components designed to help law enforcement officials across the globe crawl the dark web looking for people, drug and weapons traffickers. In this talk we'll give overview of where the platform started, where it has got to and what software we use to help deploy and maintain our stack. We'll also talk about the changes we needed to make in both design and thinking to help get this project to a point where non-rocket scientists can install and use it. Matthew Skelton - Founder Skelton Thatcher How and why to design your teams for modern software systems For effective, modern, cloud-connected software systems we need to organize our teams in certain ways. Taking account of Conway’s Law, we look to match the team structures to the required software architecture, enabling or restricting communication and collaboration for the best outcomes. This talk will cover the basics of organization design, exploring a selection of key team topologies and how and when to use them in order to make the development and operation of your software systems as effective as possible. The talk is based on experience helping companies around the world with the design of their teams. Matthew Skelton has been building, deploying, and operating commercial software systems since 1998. Co-founder and Principal Consultant at Skelton Thatcher Consulting ( http://skeltonthatcher.com/ ), he specialises in helping organisations to adopt and sustain good practices for building and operating software systems: Continuous Delivery, DevOps, aspects of ITIL, and software operability. Matthew curates the well-known DevOps team topologies patterns at http://devopstopologies.com and is co-author of the books Database Lifecycle Management (Redgate, 2015), Continuous Delivery with Windows and .NET (O’Reilly, 2016), and Team Guide to Software Operability (Skelton Thatcher Publications, 2016). @matthewpskelton / http://skeltonthatcher.com

  • DevOps Manchester 12


    DevOps Manchester 12 is taking place on the 3rd Nov! We'll be hearing from Chris Urwin of Rancher and Andy Burgin of Sky Betting and Gaming and Devops Leeds. Chris Urwin’s talk is titled ‘Containers: Desktop to Datacentre’. Chris works as ‘UK Technical Lead’ at Rancher Labs. Rancher is a complete, open source platform for deploying and managing containers in production. It includes commercially-supported distributions of Kubernetes, Mesos, and Docker Swarm, making it easy to run containerized applications on any infrastructure. “The DevOps revolution is on most technology-driven organisations agendas, and containerisation, driven initially by Docker, is a key strategy being adopted by a number of the globes biggest organisations. In this engaging presentation Chris will discuss the adoption of a container strategy, where to start, the gotchas to avoid and the benefits it can bring. This will be through real life-examples from Chris’ experience at Rancher working with large and small, public and private sector organisations to develop and implement container strategies.” Andy Burgin will be talking about ‘The DatOps Journey at Sky Betting and Gaming’. Andy works as Lead Devops Engineer at Sky Betting and Gaming where he looks after their data analytics platform. Before that he worked on the web platform keeping services up and running across hundreds of nodes. The previous 20 years of his career were spent working at design and build web development agencies being a dev/sysadmin for SMEs and Blue Chips. “The Data tribe at Sky Betting and Gaming manages the Data Warehouse, reporting and CRM platforms for the business. This talk discusses the evolution of the technical squads that build and run those platforms over the past 18 months, focusing on how the DatOps squad has acted as a catalyst for change. Firstly we'll cover how the business has grown and how the data tribe became a key focus for the business. Next we'll talk about how this caused a small DatOps squad to change its focus from ops/sysadmin to a Devops approach, changing team dynamics and responsibilities through tooling and automation whilst still keeping it's focus on their "customers". We'll look at the original technologies and how they have evolved into our current toolset along with the problems, successes and failures, sharing lessons learned even if they weren't good. But, this talk isn't about the destination, it's about the journey and we've still a lot of work to do, the final part of the talk will share what we still have to do and the challenges that presents.” Thanks to Rancher (http://www.rancher.io), who are sponsoring food and drink this event. And thanks to Valtech, who are providing the location for this meetup (Basil Chambers. 65 High Street. M4 1FS, Manchester). Look forward to seeing you there and please do RSVP.

  • DevOps Manchester 11

    Code Computerlove

    DevOps Manchester 11 is taking place this week! On 2nd June 2016 at 6:30pm we'll be hearing from Andrew Langhorn of Thoughtworks and Ann Ledwith of Sage. Thanks to Cake Solutions (http://www.cakesolutions.net/), who are sponsoring food and drink this event (there will be no cake), and to Code Computerlove—our hosts. Cake are hiring for a DevOps Engineer (https://cakesolutions.bamboohr.co.uk/jobs/view.php?id=1). Full details of the talks and bio is our our website at: http://www.devopsmanchester.co.uk/post/144806787350/devops-manchester-11-2nd-june-2016 Look forward to seeing you there and please do RSVP. The entrance to Code Computerlove is on Spear Street, on the other side of the street from Soup Kitchen and a little towards Piccadilly Gardens. Here is a streetview link (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.4825086,-2.2348535,3a,90y,124.42h,84.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sUhiqbyWMt-Xl0c0Jl5iVuw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1).

  • DevOps Manchester 10


    For the first meet of the year, we have a really interesting line up planned. We have a talk titled “Smoothing the continuous delivery path - a tale of two teams” from Lyndsay Prewer, an associate at Equal Experts. Lyndsay is an Agile Delivery Consultant with over twenty years experience of helping developers, teams and organisations improve their software delivery. He is currently consulting for Equal Experts, at HMRC, on the delivery of HMRC’s new Gov.UK digital tax services. He speaks regularly at European conferences and London Meetups. In his talk he will talk about what makes Continuous Delivery easy and what makes it hard? Should it be all Scala + Docker + micro-services or is .Net + Windows + monoliths a safer bet? The session will explore the successful continuous delivery journeys of two very different cultures. Both achieved weekly releases to Production, but one was a .Net monolith, the other a set of Scala micro-services. We’ll explore the lessons learnt by looking at the blockers and accelerators each faced. In addition, Andy Burgin from Leeds DevOps is going to be repeating his successful format of a DevOops Panel, drawing from the panel’s experiences of things going wrong. It promises to be an entertaining session, and we are very grateful for his contribution and the participation of: • Stuart Taylor: Head of IO at Laterooms • Andrew Langhorn: Senior Infrastructure Consultant at ThoughtWorks • James Jeffries: Senior Developer at CodeComputerlove • Lindsay Prewer: Associate at Equal Experts We’d like to thank CodeComputerlove for supplying you with pizza, beer and soft drinks by sponsoring the event, and SpaceportX for hosting us. After we’re done we’ll head for some drinks to continue the discussion. If you’d like to chat with us in advance by joining our Slack group then drop us an email at [masked] and we’ll send an invite. So, clear your diaries for Thursday evening and we look forward to seeing you at SpaceportX.

  • DevOps Manchester 9


    Our ninth meetup will be on Monday 2nd Nov[masked]:30pm at SpaceportX Manchester, with some lightning talks and a main talk (details to be confirmed). As ever we are interested in volunteers to speak, either for this date or a future date—we do have some interest already but the plans are not set in stone. We’ll probably have three to five to ten minute talks for the first part so get your thinking caps on and think of a subject. This format is especially good for those of you who might not be comfortable giving a longer talk, and those who want to practice their presentation skills. Remember what you think is run of the mill can be very insightful to those in a different company so don’t be afraid to talk about your experiences. We hope to see as many of you as possible!

  • DevOps Manchester 8

    Spaceport X

    It has been a quiet nine months in which James and I have been busy / distracted but we are getting things moving again and have scheduled a new meetup on Monday 5th October[masked]:30pm at SpaceportX. There are a couple of talks planned (which will kick off at 7pm) and we would love to see you there. We are sorry there has only been one event since December, and we intend to improve on that. We will have Jim Jeffries of Allegro Networks with a talk titled ‘An introduction to network automation’, and James Heggs with ‘No silver bullet—Remember the people’. Please RSVP to this meetup to let us know you’re coming so that we can plan numbers. About our speakers: Jim Jeffries is an experienced developer with a passion for software quality. He enjoys working in complex domains and believes in focussing on building the right software, rather than the wrong software right. He works collaboratively using techniques and ideas like BDD and enjoys working in a DevOps environment. Recently he has worked on Snap, a pioneering automated platform providing network service provision in minutes, rather than months. James Heggs is Head of Development at ResponseTap. Over recent years he’s moved to management of development teams and technical operations which has presented itself with a new set of challenges differing from those of software development. At ResponseTap he’s been given the chance to grow from software developer into managing multiple development and support operations across an organisation of over 50 staff. At the last meetup Andy Burgin of Leeds DevOps brought back some potential subjects from DevOpsDays Paris, and those who joined us voted on their preference. The top five were as follows: Monitoring as Code: 11; Network Automation: 9; Immutable Infrastructure: 7; How to setup an automated deployable pipeline on a legacy process: 7; Deployment of Microservices: 7. We will feed these preferences into our plans. As ever details can be found on our site: http://www.devopsmanchester.co.uk/ We look forward to seeing you!

  • DevOps Manchester @ IPExpo - 20th May 2015

    Manchester Central (G-MEX)

    DevOps Manchester will be hosting a very exciting meetup during the Manchester IP Expo conference (http://www.ipexpomanchester.com). We'll have all your usual DevOps Manchester meetup format, two speakers, beer, pizza and pub afterwards :) Our first talk will be from Mandi Walls of Chef (https://www.chef.io). Mandi is going to be giving a talk on the new exciting Chef delivery product (https://www.chef.io/delivery/) with highlights of the open source areas of the product. Our second talk will be Gareth Rushgrove of Puppet Labs (https://puppetlabs.com/) and Devops Weekly (http://www.devopsweekly.com/). Gareth is going to talk about The End of the General Purpose Operating System (and what that means for configuration management): The state of the art for infrastructure is advancing quickly; with Docker, containers, new operating systems and cluster-native tools like Kubernetes or Mesos coming out of the woodwork. What does this mean for how we will manage systems in the future? Please note in order to attend the event you will also need a ticket to Manchester IP Expo conference (http://www.ipexpomanchester.com)

  • DevOps Manchester - Dec 8th 2014

    Late Rooms, The Peninsula Building, 2 Cheetham Hill Road

    Our next meetup will be on Monday 8th December[masked]:30pm at Late Room’s Manchester offices (talks will kick off at 7pm). There is no need to get a ticket on Eventbrite, but please RSVP to this meetup to let us know you’re coming (or or drop us an email if you’re not on Meetup and would prefer not to join). Sorry about the short notice… it’s been a tricky one to fit in, but the good news is we have a talk by Late Rooms and a talk by Scott Ford from Chef all the way from San Francisco. All the details can be found on our site (from Friday): http://www.devopsmanchester.co.uk/post/104316762135/devops-manchester-8th-dec-2014 We look forward to seeing you!