Since my team at Dell sponsored the inaugural ChefConf, we had the good fortune to get a handful of passes and show up at the event in force. I was also tapped for a presentation (Chef+Crowbar gets Physical+OpenStack Cloud) and Ignite session (Crowbar history).
I live demo’ed using a single command window with knife to manage both physical and cloud infrastructure. That’s freaking cool! (and thanks to Matt Ray for helping to get this working)
- Opscode is part of the cadre of leaders redefining how we operate infrastructure. The energy is amazing.
- The acknowledgement of the “snowflake” challenge where all Ops environments are alike, but no two are the same.
- A tight integration between Operations and lean delivery because waterfall deployments are not sustainable
- Opscode’s vision is rooted in utility. You can be successful without design and then excel when you add it. I find that refreshing.
- There was a fun, friendly (“hug driven development?!”) and laid back vibe. This group laughed A LOT.
- For a first conference, Opscode did a good job with logistics and organization.
- I saw that the back rooms and hallways are buzzing with activity. This means that people are making money with the technology.
Crowbar + Chef installs & manages OpenStack Essex (Live Demo, 45 minutes):