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Red Hat JBoss xPaaS - When xPaaS meets DEVOPS - Part One

This is post is the content of one of the short session I spoked in Japan. and strictly just my opinion.

When I was a enterprise architect (long ago in Taiwan), I'm in-charge of several application in the company, we receive a large number of user requirements per month.  There were about 10 developers in my teams, every time we push out a release, we always deploy it on a testing environment. Depends on if we are busy, we often have many versions deployed on testing environment. But the process of going through to create one is really painful. The developer needs to wait few days for resource to create and properly configured. Worst is the amount of forms and estimation stats, configuration documentation the developers needs to fill in. And when the code has finally reaches the production, it's time for the operation team to worry. If, by any chance, something went wrong in the production, became operation's biggest nightmare. They need to figure out what was really happening, and try to resolve by calling developers, but we as the developer cannot alway fix the problem instantly without reproducing the problem.

The role of developer and operations are conflict by nature. The developer to create changes, and he/her job is to add or update new feature and function to the software, tried to be as agile as possible, so when ever they need to communicate with the operations, they get very frustrated as it seems to them, the operation team never have the courage to try anything new or even refuse to change. On the other-hands, operation thinks developers are irresponsible, they can never deliver a software that is 100% stable, their responsibility are to make sure the system is 24-7 online or at least  99.999999% of uptime, they are also responsible to enhance the service level, for that the way operation does their job needs to be static. The fight between two parties is going to result a tremendous drawback and hurt company at the end. (I have hold or participated in countless meetings just to resolve the problems between two teams, trust me, it's very painful..)

So when the concept of DEVOPS emerges, I though it brought a ray of light to this dark, but actually introducing it into the enterprise is surely very difficult. However, Red Hat JBoss xPaaS makes the perfect solution when it comes to DEVOPS.

My understanding of DEVOPS can be broken down into 3 main areas,

  • Self Service
  • Automation
  • Continuous Delivery 

I would like to talk a little about how Red Hat JBoss xPaaS help in these 3 Areas base from my understanding of the technology.

When xPaaS meets DEVOPS series:
Part One 
Part Two

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