Rackspace is thrilled to announce the achievement of the AWS DevOps Competency, which recognizes members of the AWS Partner Network who have demonstrated the highest expertise in DevOps principles. This competency certification is yet another proof point of the value that Fanatical Support for AWS is able to provide for businesses making use of AWS.
As part of Rackspace’s Fanatical Support for AWS, we’re publishing a series of posts from some of our top AWS-certified experts to help you understand our offering and get started. Below, Justin Phelps, a DevOps Engineer at Rackspace, explains the value proposition for using Ansible to test AWS CloudFormation templates.
At Rackspace, we’re immensely excited about our partnership with New Relic that helps power our DevOps Automation Service. Since announcing the partnership in early October, we’ve turned our attention maximizing the impact of Fanatical Support and Application Monitoring in solving common customer problems. In this post I’ll address one of these areas, auto scale.
2014 has been an innovation-fueled year for Rackspace. As Rackspace cements itself as the No. 1 Managed Cloud company, we continue to evolve what it means to deliver Fanatical Support in a rapidly accelerating cloud era. In December 2013, we launched Rackspace DevOps Automation,responding directly to our customers’ requests for expertise in navigating the complex world of DevOps.
You’ve heard the usual arguments for why practicing DevOps is good for your IT department – faster time to market and increased innovation are just two. A recent Rackspace-sponsored survey shows that DevOps can deliver business benefits, too, such as an increase in sales and customer conversions. The infographic below highlights just some of the survey’s data, including these wider – and measurable – business benefits tied to DevOps tactics.
At its core, DevOps is about understanding the end-to-end process of delivering business value and ensuring development and operations are working together to deliver solid business outcomes and optimise this cycle, reducing time to market. It’s a tearing down of silos that will encourage innovation and collaboration to open up new opportunities for businesses looking to find an edge in an aggressive Internet centric market. And according to our recent survey, organizations around the globe are finding real value and real business benefits by adopting DevOps practices.
A lot of companies and startups view DevOps as an option for the future. At Zipline Labs, however, we took an unconventional approach to DevOps. We’ve leveraged Rackspace DevOps Automation Service from our inception. We know that a company without a clear vision is a company without a future; and we see our technology as the loudest voice of our vision. Your technology can’t speak on a second-rate platform. We didn’t want to wait and then have to migrate all of our previous work, including any mistakes we made, to a new platform. Instead, we chose to speed development and deployments across our dev, demo, staging and production environments.