The Phoenix Project is one of the most highly recommended books within IT, as it bridged the gap between the world of doctrines such as ITIL with Lean & DevOps. I read it a few years ago however it led to many more questions, primarily around the area of how to know when to apply what, to where, and why. It was not until I stumbled across the work of Simon Wardley that things fell into place.

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Presenter: Marcus Robinson (@techdiction), Technical Evangelist Introduction In the old days we had physical servers with 1 OS to 1 box, then virtualisation was invented, giving higher consolidation. There is quite a lot of waste with VMs, as each has their own RAM, disk space etc, lots of technologies have been invented to reduce this (de-duplication of storage & memory, linked clones etc). The big advantage with containers is sharing the same OS layer, all containers share the one operating system.

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Charlie Boisseau (@charlieboisseau), Commsworld / Fluency (ISP in the UK). What makes a company an ISP is their presence on the Internet. **The telephone exchange ** The Glasgow central telephone exchange Many UK exchanges are in old buildings due to origins as providing telephone services. Edinburgh exchange All the way to “shed” exchanges, which may have a radio based link to the network. Telehouse exchange in London, where many ISPs connect to the wider Internet.

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Presented by Paul Parkin (@prparkin), System Engineer, Veeam What NOT to do ** ** #1 Don’t skip the 3-2-1 rule ** ** #2 Don’t be unvirtual Don’t make architectural decisions that are optimal for physical, but are not optimal for a virtual environmental. ** ** #3 Don’t skip new features If you keep up to date with VMware, be aware of and utilise new features that will add value.

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“Devopsification & the Cloud”, Phil from SkyScanner Who are SkyScanner? 800 staff, 10 offices, 50% staff are engineers Why DevOps? Rapid growth necessitates change. Technological & organisational change both required, tools don’t help if can’t use them effectively. Empower your engineers **Adopted a squads / tribes model **(ala Spotify) - teams between 1-10 people, localised ownership of sections of functionality from design through to development & running it, faster decision making - “You build it, you run it” - drives engineers to do things properly.

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In no specific order, these are the podcasts that I have found useful & interesting. If you find yourself with time to listen for 30 to 60 minutes at a time, these are one of the great ways to gain situational awareness of the current market & future trends & opportunities. Arrested DevOps ‘Arrested DevOps is hosted by Matt Stratton, Trevor Hess, and Bridget Kromhout. ADO is the podcast that helps you achieve understanding, develop good practices, and operate your team and organization for maximum DevOps awesomeness.

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Ian Noble

Design, Build & Evolve tech. Ex developer becoming a developer again. #vexpert

Scotland, UK