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The importance of measuring your IT operations

How could one tell if an IT organisation is working well? A simple measure could be to check the delivered business functionalities versus the requested ones; if IT delivered all that was requested by the business one could assume that the IT organisation works well; viceversa if IT didn’t deliver the majority/totality of what was requested it seems clear that ...

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Apache HTTP server with Tomcat on SSL

Introduction I recently needed to simulate our production deployment environment in my local machine. Our production applications are running on Apache HTTP server. We deploy application on multiple tomcat instances and also different Tomcats for different URL name spaces. Apache HTTP server is responsible as front door for all these. Apache HTTP server connects to the tomcat with mod_jk over ...

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Why do we insist on consensus on the role of Ops?

I’ve seen so many threads over the last few weeks about who should do what, why, and what you should do about it if you don’t conform. I don’t get it. Ops is a team in a company – there are lots of types of companies. Companies typically have a few goals: Make mone  Change the world, as long as ...

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Give your developers prod access – it’s trust

This isn’t a new idea and plenty of companies already do this. I had a discussion with a co-worker about this last week and wanted to get my thoughts down here so I can laugh at them later on when I get burned, which I haven’t yet, but have been assured I will. There is an idea that there are ...

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Establishing ownership in Ops Teams

I’ve been having some discussions about this lately so figured I would write something about the topic. Being a member of an Ops team can be pretty challenging at times. The job can be high pressure and often it feels like you spend all your time fighting fires, shaving yaks, etc. One of the difficult parts of being in Ops ...

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Embedding Ops members in Dev teams

For about 2 months I was sitting with a dev team while we worked through how to build a new service which will be continuously deployed. I wanted to share my experiences here because I’ve read both positive and negative opinions about doing this and I’m not sure there’s a single right answer. It was certainly an interesting experiment and ...

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Keep As Much Stuff As Possible In The Application Itself

There’s a lot of Ops work to every project. Setting up server machines, and clusters of them, managing the cloud instances, setting up the application servers, HAProxy, load balancers, database clusters, message queues, search engine, DNS, alerts, and whatnot. That’s why the Devops movement is popular – there’s a lot more happening outside the application that is vital to its ...

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Monitoring : Making sense of the buzz word jungle

Nowadays we are constantly reminded of the virtues of being proactive or more colloquially put “Being one step ahead of the game” when it comes to handling our businesses whether it be a SME or a multi-national cooperation. Quickly detecting or in some cases even predicting, trends in activities originating within and outside the organization and streamlining business activities accordingly ...

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Virtual Host + Apache httpd server + Tomcat + mod_jk connector

In my last post (Virtual Host in Tomcat) we discussed about how setup the virtual host in Tomcat. Its cost effective technique because only one public IP is enough to host multiple domain. If we have big organization and each department want to host their website in locally in different machine. then how to achieve the virtual host concept?. In ...

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