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DevOps 101 for Networking Folks


As we get more calls about networking in a “cloud-ish” environment, particularly around SDN and programmable networking, the concept of staffing and DevOps is creeping into more discussions. Not surprisingly, all major networking vendors now have an SDN story and Puppet/Chef support is quickly becoming common-fare on data center switches.

Most networking leaders have heard of DevOps,but have only a very basic feel for what it is. Thus, a deeper understanding is often required. Further, DevOps is often positioned as the panacea to all staffing ills in building a cloud environment, as Ronni Colville sums it up nicely: DevOps seems to be the new shiny object with the promise of “automagically” improving the longstanding divide between development and operations… (Source: Seven Steps to Start Your DevOps Initiative, http://www.gartner.com/document/2847717).

Prior to Gartner, I spent 15+ years as a networking/security engineer/architect in mostly ITIL-based organizations.  Upon first hearing about DevOps, I had many questions and some initial skepticism, such as…

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, DevOps 101 for Networking Folks- Gartner

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