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Andrew Phillips

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Continuous Delivery & the Database – The Final Frontier?

Continuous Delivery & the Database – The Final Frontier?

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

We talk to many teams in organizations of all shapes and sizes about automating application deployment. A point we always try to stress is that you really need to think about automating all the steps required to get your application running. Most of the teams we talk to say that yes, of course, this is […]

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8 Questions You Need to Ask About Microservices, Containers & Docker in 2015

8 Questions You Need to Ask About Microservices, Containers & Docker in 2015

| December 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

Sitting here, having made it through the holiday Eat-a-thon with nothing worse than a slight cold, and reviewing 2014, I feel that we’re looking back at a pretty momentous year in IT. I think it’s fair to say that, in Docker and, more generally, containers and microservices, we’re facing perhaps the greatest potential change in […]

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Microservices are no Silver Architecture Bullet

Microservices are no Silver Architecture Bullet

| December 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

With so many teams and organizations looking at containers and microservices right now, it’s hardly surprising that we often get asked how our tools relate to microservices, and what our overall take on them is. I’d like to give my take on this by trying to answer the following question I was recently asked: “Are […]

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Introducing our Feature Request Process

Introducing our Feature Request Process

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a company making enterprise tools for Continuous Delivery and Devops, we naturally dogfood our own tools. Even more importantly, if you ask me, we are trying to “live” CD through frequent preview releases, regular feedback and by maintaining an ongoing dialog with our users. A key component of this dialog is an open and […]

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Rocket vs Docker and The Myth of the “Simple, Lightweight Enterprise Platform”

Rocket vs Docker and The Myth of the “Simple, Lightweight Enterprise Platform”

| December 5, 2014 | 13 Comments

With seemingly everyone who’s ever written an app or booted a VM jumping on the cargo ship at the moment, it’s hardly surprising to see the launch this week of Rocket; a credible challenger to Docker in the container space. Reading through the launch announcement, I found two of the motivations given by the CoreOS […]

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Data, not Docker: Why Metrics Are the Key to CD

Data, not Docker: Why Metrics Are the Key to CD

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the readers of a previous blog post left a nice comment: Kudos! This is the very first article on continuous delivery that I’ve read the included the following caveat: “Have a real business reason for investigating release automation and other changes to your delivery process. Just wanting to experiment with new technology is […]

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Microservices, Docker and the Death of the Workflow Tool

Microservices, Docker and the Death of the Workflow Tool

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The days of The Big App are over – at least, for the forseeable future. Sure, there will still be tons of large, monolithic beasts around, just as we still tend to our mainframe and keep that COBOL application running, the one with the critical business logic that nobody understands. What we are moving towards, […]

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How Continuous Delivery is like Pizza

How Continuous Delivery is like Pizza

| November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Our expectations for buying all sorts of consumer goods has gone through a radical transformation we now take for granted. Why should we not expect this same level of service from IT businesses?  We accept the status quo for how software delivery exists today but would reject it without hesitation if it were applied to […]

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Why, for many, delivery automation is the Right Thing To Do right now

Why, for many, delivery automation is the Right Thing To Do right now

| September 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

A couple of months ago, ZeroTurnaround, makers of popular development acceleration tools such as JRebel, halted their foray into the release automation space and killed off their LiveRebel product. ZeroTurnaround’s Alex Laats recently followed that up with a post that tried to explain the renewed focus on development tooling by outlining why he felt “the […]

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Continuous Delivery in the Real World: Moving to CD with a complex portfolio and compliance requirements

Continuous Delivery in the Real World: Moving to CD with a complex portfolio and compliance requirements

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a previous post, I talked about how helping users handle the challenges of adopting Continuous Delivery in the real world is one of our key goals at XebiaLabs. I shared excerpts from one particular thread and would like to continue in the same vein here. This discussion focuses specifically on the challenges of a […]

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