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ADDED: New resources in Configuration Management section below for Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Ansible and Docker based on popular requests. Feel free to suggest your own updates if you see any missing topics!
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Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before. Over the past few years, DevOps has emerged as a trend to help organizations evolve to better collaborate between development and operations teams for addressing these solution delivery challenges. While a DevOps transformation can take time to fully realize within an organization’s people and processes, there’s opportunities to accelerate the path towards DevOps by smartly leveraging cloud capabilities that can reduce infrastructure complexity, simplify release management, and support end-to-end application visibility through all stages of a solution’s lifecycle.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of articles aimed at showcasing examples of leveraging relevant cloud technologies, such as Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online, that encourage a DevOps mission within an organization. Along the way in this series, we’ll provide real-world step-by-step guidance for using these capabilities so that you can easily follow along with us in your own cloud-based lab.
Visual Studio Online is not just for developers – it provides value to the entire solution delivery team, including both IT Pros and Developers. Together with Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio Online promotes a consistent, cloud-enabled approach to delivering reliable enterprise solutions throughout all development and operations phases.
To prepare your cloud lab environment for following along with us, you’ll need to activate a couple subscriptions … luckily, you can get started with everything for FREE!
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back daily … as each article is published, we’ll be sure to link it back to this index so that you don’t miss out on any articles.
If there’s additional topics you’d like to see, feel free to suggest them in the comments area below. Like any agile project, we will consider your requests and may assign some sprints to get them added to our scope.
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.