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Andrew Phillips

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Ship Faster Without Breaking Everything

Ship Faster Without Breaking Everything

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

What Are Your DevOps Goals? A huge theme we encounter with businesses attempting DevOps transformations is that they rarely know where to start.  Our advice, start by figuring out your goals.  The most common goal we find is that companies want to ship faster without breaking everything.  But where do you go from there? Here […]

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Going for Agile and Continuous Delivery with Commercial Off-The-Shelf Apps

Going for Agile and Continuous Delivery with Commercial Off-The-Shelf Apps

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

No matter what kind of IT applications you’re running, getting a feature, fix or change delivered to production successfully is, for more organizations, still a painfully slow, error-prone and expensive process. And as more and more of these apps move from being in-house “support services” to becoming your customer-facing presence, so this problem moves from […]

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From Dev on your Laptop to Prod in the Cloud: How XL Deploy and Amazon AWS OpsWorks take away the pain

From Dev on your Laptop to Prod in the Cloud: How XL Deploy and Amazon AWS OpsWorks take away the pain

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a developer, I want the pain the effort required to go from a code change to a running version of my app (which I can test) to be as minimal as possible. Luckily, there are a whole bunch of frameworks and tools that will give me an on-demand environment: Vagrant, Terraform, all the virtualization […]

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Before You Go Over the Container Cliff with Docker, Mesos etc: Points to Consider

Before You Go Over the Container Cliff with Docker, Mesos etc: Points to Consider

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a company making software for Continuous Delivery and Devops at scale, at XebiaLabs we’re pretty much always in discussions with users about the benefits and challenges of new development styles, application architectures, and runtime platforms. Unsurprisingly, many of these discussions right now focus on microservices on the application side and containers and related frameworks […]

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Why Chef Delivery is a big step forward, and what comes next

Why Chef Delivery is a big step forward, and what comes next

| April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a company building tools for the Continuous Delivery and DevOps space, we decided early on that the real value lies in managing the application layer. This was the driver for the launch, almost 18 months ago now, of XL Release: the first Continuous Delivery Management tool designed to allow teams and businesses to focus […]

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Making Agile Real: The Zen of Continuous Delivery

Making Agile Real: The Zen of Continuous Delivery

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Much of what is written about Continuous Delivery at present seems to revolve around technical challenges and technical choices: “Which is better: Puppet, Chef or Salt?”, “Should I use Jenkins, Go or XL Release?”, “How do I build a CD pipeline with containers?” etc. etc. If we’re looking at CD properly, though, this is the […]

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Continuous Delivery Without XL Test Is Like Skydiving Without A Parachute

Continuous Delivery Without XL Test Is Like Skydiving Without A Parachute

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Getting new features to users fast is the overriding imperative for many, many organizations right now. That’s why we make a deployment automation tool and a pipeline orchestrator to help teams implement Continuous Delivery and Devops and realize the promise of Agile. But there’s no point figuring out how to deliver software at warp speed […]

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From 4 Releases A Year To 2 A Week With XL Release

From 4 Releases A Year To 2 A Week With XL Release

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The story of how one financial services company: went from 4 releases a year, with a 40% failure rate and an average 1.5 day MTTR (Mean Time To Recovery) to bi-weekly releases with a 3% failure and a 2 hour MTTR has saved over $500k and has generated an estimated $4.2m in additional revenue in the […]

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Join Me In Exploring the Changing World of DevOps at SaltConf15

Join Me In Exploring the Changing World of DevOps at SaltConf15

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m really looking forward to heading to Salt Lake City next week for SaltConf15, which runs March 3-5. SaltConf is the annual get-together for SaltStack customers, users, partners, developers and community members. It promises to be an exciting three days. I will be giving a talk about a topic we think about a lot, DevOps. […]

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Need Help Delivering Microservices And Container-Based Apps?

Need Help Delivering Microservices And Container-Based Apps?

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s a real buzz about microservices and containers in the application development and DevOps communities, and of course these are topics we’ve been talking about a great deal lately here at XebiaLabs too. Microservices and containers offer many attractive features, not least the potential for enhanced flexibility, and a robust architecture based on best-fit services. […]

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