Category Archives: Nerd Culture

Breaking into DevOps: Can’t stop learning

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Many friends ask me what it’s like in the startup world since joining here in May. I tell them it’s like a kid excited about a new Nintendo game release. Read More

Building a knowledge tree of deployment automation

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Think of a repository where you are able to consume knowledge that someone shared as well as understand how it works. Does GitHub come to mind? What if you could do the same thing with deployment automation? ElasticBox boxes are your GitHub equivalent for sharing, running, and explaining deployment automation code. Read More

3 tips on building a tech career inside the Box

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As a consumer of technology I find it very interesting how an application gets put together, then all of a sudden, boom, you’re playing a game on your phone or using a new application to make life less chaotic. It’s amazing the way technology is changing our society on a daily basis, and that is something I am proud to be part of. That’s also why I joined ElasticBox. Read More

What do “immutable servers” and AWS environments have in common?

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Deploying servers in the cloud is the easy part. The more challenging bit is to update them in a consistent way across all your environments, from QA to staging to production. In this video, I share tips on how to keep your cloud infrastructure layer up to date, specifically in AWS. Read More

3 ways to battle the Goliaths of cloud automation

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Many cloud automation startups I advise experience similar challenges. A lack of resources like time, money, talent or a combination of them is a common one. Then as incumbents in a marketplace where the giants command a big piece of the market share, they struggle to build consumer awareness and adoption. What to do when the odds are against you? The art of battling giants lies in the underdog turning their greatest weakness into a strategic strength, says Malcolm Gladwell in David and Goliath. But how can startups leverage their weaknesses as strengths? Read More

Here’s how ElasticBox deploys 30 times a day

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As a software company run by developers for developers, two core engineering values define us. Dogfooding is number one. Since we are our primary user, dogfooding ElasticBox helps us learn firsthand what we would otherwise have to learn later and more painfully from customer experiences. Our second engineering value is to deploy daily to keep ourselves honest and tighten the feedback loop with customers. Today, we live both these values through CI/CD with the ElasticBox Jenkins Plugin. Here, we share why and how we implemented it. Read More

The Zen of DevOps

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Principles guide us toward meaningful action. The world of DevOps is no different. Without strong principles, there is no clear intent. Where agility is the new stability, the following aphorisms guide our DevOps practices. Read More

Hear from the OpenStack expert on how to crush developer cruft

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Jim Meyer is a VP of Engineering at HP Cloud, Helion OpenStack distribution. His mantra for engineering is three words: Velocity beats everything. Velocity gives your engineering teams the ability to do more in unit time while giving them the power of context and control. He recently visited us at ElasticBox where he shared interesting insights on this engineering approach. We think ElasticBox complements this vision quite well. Here are some of his insights on CI/CD and how it leads to engineering velocity. Read More

AngularJS is to applications what ElasticBox is to automation

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AngularJS is a big part of life at ElasticBox. We build our front-end with it. The principles of AngularJS and ElasticBox are strikingly similar. One relates to applications while the other to automation. As a huge Angular fan, I enjoy building one of the most powerful automation interfaces using Angular. It’s easy to see why. Read More

The last one that transformed the future

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The headline made her yelp for joy. A year into the future of D-Chip, on a crisp August morning, Phoebe opened the newspaper and swiped to the technology section on her iPad. What she saw was riveting: D-Chip reborn as a star in wearable computing. Read More