Keeping IT folks engaged in a drill simulation can be very challenging. Become a practical gamemaster worthy of designing and executing drills on likely emergency scenarios and realistic function failures for your organization.
Adele Shakal currently heads up project and knowledge management at Metacloud, Inc., a cloud solutions company providing Carbon|OS, non-stop private cloud based on OpenStack. In her prior work in technical project management at USC ITS, she designed IT emergency operations and the ITS Great Shakeout 2011. She has more than two decades of experience in IT project management, business process design and continuity, knowledge management, emergency operations and drill planning, service management and system administration, with Bachelor of Science in geochemistry from California Institute of Technology. She has presented at CENIC, EDUCAUSE, APRU, USENIX LISA and CascadiaIT conferences.]]>
Vagrant’s tag line is ‘Development environments made easy’, and it is indeed a tool that vastly improves working with developer virtual machines. However, it can also make the life of a Systems Administrator much easier, providing throwaway test environments to help with troubleshooting, deploying new infrastructure, and playing with new technologies.
This talk will introduce you to the fundamentals of vagrant, what it provides over and above virtualbox/vmware alone, getting your first virtual machine running, setting up networking, and provisioning with configuration management tools.”
Mark Harrison is the Lead Site Reliability Engineer at OmniTI Computer Consulting, Inc and has been in Systems Administration for 8 years. At OmniTI he helps clients scale their web architectures as well as keeping OmniTI’s systems infrastructure running smoothly. He’s passionate about automation and operations tools, and has made several open source contributions to tools that assist with web operations.]]>
NOTE: Because New Year’s Day is the first Wednesday of the month, we’ll meet on the following Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Here are some details about Jeremy and his presentation:
Ocean Exploration: How technological advances are driving more collaborative exploration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established the Office of Ocean Exploration (OE) in 2001 as a focal point for exploring unknown and poorly known ocean areas and phenomena in support of NOAA and national priorities specific to marine science and marine resource management. The mission of OE is to evolve and sustain a national program and multifaceted capability to explore the world’s ocean, and to provide cutting-edge products and services that provide an accessible legacy of information—information that others can build upon. By investigating new areas and phenomena and catalyzing key research to transform discoveries to useful knowledge, the OE provides a foundation of information to help the Nation respond to new and emerging issues.
The informal talk will provide a high level overview of some of OE’s most complex deep sea expeditions from around the globe and describe how advances in technology are making scientists rethink their approach to exploring the ocean. The presentation will include underwater video and still imagery from expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and Indonesia.
Jeremy Potter grew up in the great ocean state of West Virginia. Immediately after college, he became nervous about beginning law school and ran off to Alaska to work as an observer in the Bering Sea crab fishery, and later as an instructor and school bus driver at the Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium. In 1997, he again ran from graduate school to spend one year teaching English in a remote Japanese fishing village. Three years later, he returned to the US to pursue graduate work in international environmental politics, facilitation, and negotiation. His fascination with the deep sea led him to NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration (OE). He has spend most of his 11-year federal career organizing major expeditions to explore the deep ocean. Many of these took place off the southeast US, Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and in the Western Pacific.
Background: Scott is an IT manager and professional system administrator with a proven track record of systems analysis and design, project management, information security, programming, and innovating solutions. He has a diverse background in computing, networking, and programming technologies, and is an engineer at heart.
Topic Summary: While there is a case to be made for Infiniband, not everyone has the time or a consultant budget when it comes to implementing high speed low latency networking. Join Scott on the path down the rabbit hole where Scott and his staff found how to get such a network installed and configured in less than 8 hours, 7 hours of which was spent cabling. He will show you step-by-step how they identified the problem and arrived at the solution for a small HPC environment. You will also find out just how a fully fault-tolerant Clos network is obtainable on a limited budget. Scott will also give a demonstration of Dell’s Active Fabric Manager which is the sauce (nay, FM!) behind their Force10 switch deployments.
With any time that may remain after Scott’s presentation we’ll do an end of year retrospective on things – discuss what happened in the world of sys admins in 2013, what the trends were, etc.
Looking forward to seeing everybody there!]]>
Hope to see you all there!
The slides are available here.
The second video is from Ryan Frantz’s lightning talk on how he tried to change organizational culture by encouraging responsibility and accountability through transparency.
Those slides can be found here.]]>
DevOps – Transforming the Way You Think About IT
IT has transformed from a back office support function to a primary driver of customer experience. Taking lessons from lean manufacturing, software development, and other disciplines, IT operations is quickly maturing.
“DevOps” is a growing movement and set of practices intent on tearing down silos, improving productivity, and delivering value to customers. This session will explore the DevOps movement, survey some of the tools and practices being implemented, and transform the way you think about IT.]]>
Date: Wednesday, September 4t
ZFS is a file system that is more than a file system. It is a file system, volume manager and RAID controller all in one. It’s simple to administer and features transactional semantics, end-to-end data integrity and scalability as well as enough other goodies to make any hardened IT admin weep for joy. Once you discover how amazing ZFSis, you’ll never want to use anything else.]]>