OSMC Hackathon – Share your impressions!

After two informative and exciting days at OSMC, the cherry on the sundae for me was joining our fifth OSMC hackathon for the first time. Hearing and learning about the discoveries, lessons learned and experiences made by other people in different environments, maybe using different tools, and being shown cool tricks and setups, I personally always get a little twitchy in my fingers wanting to jump at my keyboard and download, clone, install, code and play around with all the amazing new stuff I’ve learned attending OSMC 2019.
And the hackathon is the perfect setting to do this – people having seen the same talks, being excited about the same new features that have been at the forefront of discussion during the last few days.

On Wednesday the attendees made a short trip to a restaurant to have dinner, where people got to know each other casually and dream up the first plans and ideas for the main event tomorrow. After a well deserved night of sleep, the morning started with high spirits and a bit of coffee.

Round tables were placed in Saal Elizabeth, the biggest of the three OSMC conference rooms, everybody got together, and after Bernd welcomed us (and told us when lunch would be served!) everybody got a chance to introduce themselves, what one was looking for on this day, where areas of expertise lie, and if there are any specific problems to be solved.

 

Collaborative hacking equals collaborative fun

The topics were as diverse as the plethora of tools discussed at OSMC – people were working with GitHub Actions, Golang, Kubernetes, translating bash scripts in python, setting up clusters with Grafana, LOKI, Prometheus, automating the pain away with Ansible, having private lessons in Terraform, making logging more effective with Elasticsearch and Logstash, Icinga modules like Icingabeat, looking at the awesome stuff you can do with Icinga Director, and I’ve even seen people working on issues and pull requests – as we know, the community is always active. #monitoringlove <3 

Personally, I was working with Tobias on a SELinux check plugin for Icinga, but mostly, I was looking around, taking in the experience and trying to learn a bit from all the interesting discussions that developed. I can really recommend it! It can make your OSMC experience more complete and rounded, working, coding and developing alongside the experts. Maybe this year you were only able to check out our cool videos from OSMC, and you really wanted to ask one of our amazing speakers a certain question? Well, follow our Twitter at @NetwaysEvents, keep an eye out for the next registration, sign up for two days of open source monitoring goodness plus the hackathon and meet up with your engineering heroes – I’ll be there and I’m looking forward to you!
Henrik Triem
Henrik Triem
Junior Developer

Henrik is Anwendungsentwickler in Ausbildung, verhindeter Rockstar, kaffeegetrieben und Open Source-begeistert. Zuhause lässt er es auch mal ruhiger mit Tee angehen, entspannt an Klavier oder Gitarre, erkundet neue Musik oder treibt sich mit seinen Freunden in Deutschland herum.

NETWAYS Web Services auf der TECHWEEK

Der deutsche Cloud-Markt wächst stetig und die digitale Industrie in Deutschland boomt. Die Veranstaltungsreihe Techweek ist das Event zur digitalen Transformation. Natürlich dürfen wir mit den NETWAYS Web Services bei der Techweek in Frankfurt nicht fehlen! Wir freuen uns darauf, mit den wichtigsten Entscheidungsträgern der deutschen Unternehmenslandschaft ins Gespräch zu kommen und sie von unserer NETWAYS Cloud zu überzeugen!

Ihr seid auch auf der Techweek in Frankfurt? Kommt vorbei, holt euch die neueste NETWAYS Cloud Broschüre und sprecht mit uns! Ihr findet uns an Stand 975.

techweekfrankfurt.de / nws.netways.de/cloud

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

DevOpsDays Berlin: Last Tickets

On Nov 27 – 28 2019 the DevOpsDays Berlin are taking place!

Success factor open space

One of the success factors of previous DevOpsDays has been the open space format. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s communicative. It fosters the sharing of ideas and insights in the good old fashion, in a non-technical way by just talking to each other. This doesn’t require any effort besides registering and showing up at the event.

Great international line-up

We have introduced the wonderful DevOpsDays line-up before, but let me drop some of these names again, because of the pleasant expectations they arise: Monica Sarbu (Elastic), Beth North, Daniel Löffelholz (ThoughtWorks), Leonardo di Donato (Sysdig), Jessica Anderson (Meltwater)… Or, put differently: Wrapped around the open spaces will be a great line-up of international speakers! Learn more about it here.

Register now, listen carefully and throw yourself into discussion!

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

OSMC | Take a glance back

This entry is part of 35 in the series OSMC | glance back

… and get excited about the future!

Today’s video-goodie for you: OSMC 2018 | Observability in einer Microservicewelt by A. Weigel / J. Fels

 #OSMC 2019 will take place next week, November 04 – 07.

Check out who is speaking this year! And don’t forget to grab your Ticket!

See you soon!

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.
DevOpsDays Ghent: Celebrating 10 years DevOps culture

DevOpsDays Ghent: Celebrating 10 years DevOps culture

Ten years ago the DevOps movement was started by Patrick Debois and Kris Buytaert in Ghent. Who would have guessed that it could become such an innovative movement and community. Today we’ve seen more than 80 DevOpsDays all over the world on each continent. All with the love and help from the core organizers team.

The NETWAYS family made their way to the 10th DevOpsdays anniversary in Ghent to participate and celebrate with the community. This time it also was really special with attending many DevOpsDays organizers from all over the world.

From a historical view, DevOpsDays started out small. In 2015 they’ve started to document how to organize and create communities and it all spread around the globe. More than 50 different countries and organizers met on the first day sharing their experiences and have a good time together. As with anything else in the Open Source world, good documentation is key for the first success to move on and spread the love.

 

DevOps is a culture, not a job title

Patrick shared his journey with making new friends in a new company after leaving the DevOpsDays organizer team five years ago. He’s identified the bottlenecks and silos in every department, and they all solved it with learning from each other. DevOps also is about valueing others work and understand their feelings and emotions.

After 10 years with many DevOpsDays held all over the world, DevOps as a term still is used wrong and needs improvements. It isn’t just creating a new team called “DevOps Engineers” now replacing the ops team. Neither is it about putting devs on call letting them eat their own dog food. Anyone trying to sell you the perfect DevOps world from a marketing slide with certifications and job titles is just plain wrong. There are many great tools in the wild which can help with bringing the DevOps mindset into the enterprise environment. Not every company is able to immediately dive into the culture, sometimes it takes months or even years to encourage for a change.

DevOpsDays is about sharing these thoughts and emotions, care about diversity and tell you not the ordinary tech story but something to think about. Raise awareness that DevOps is about culture and finding the harmony in your daily workflows. Achieve goals and visions in a shorter amount of time, combine tools and be a role model with sharing your expertise. The DevOps movement is not only a place to sharing experiences with tools and best practices but also talking about work ethics, communication styles and soft skills. With overemphasizing on the technical toolchain, sociotechnity seems to balance this as well in many environments. Emotions are a thing, software is not only code.

From the full-stack engineers not writing device drivers to the most important message: Our definition of the “full stack” only covers what we understand, and not what’s actually required to run the application. Stop pretending that things are easy, being on call 24/7 doesn’t burn out and new products will solve old problems. Care about high performing teams with the need of psychological safety. Now wait for the recordings, these talks are really interesting to learn from.

 

Wait for it

Slides changing every 15 seconds, 5 minutes time to pitch your story. I like them a lot being entertaining and sometimes you just feel the speaker’s pain with “waiting for slide”. The tradition says that this actually was a malfunction of Kris’ Linux notebook 😉

That way we’ve heard stories about hot takes, myths and false hoods about DevOps and the danger of DevOps certifications. Before Jason could start his ignite, Kris jumped in announcing that ConfigMgmtCamp registrations are now open. In return, he announced DeliveryConf and jumped right into the meta story being ignites. Watch the recordings when available, it literally made my day. Since announcing confs in ignites was now a thing, Blerim did so too with IcingaConf next year before diving into “Why monitoring is NOT killing observability”. Monversability combing both is a good idea with moving from traditional blackbox monitoring to applications providing metrics and insights. On the other hand, watching graphs all days still requires business process dashboards to immediately visualize failure with alerts. Last but not least, learning about Kubernetes in 5 minutes really nailed it.

 

Move on

We really enjoyed meeting friends old and new and aside from the talks, exploring beautiful Ghent with Belgium waffles and beer. One thing to note – the half marathon from the ground up to the ball room with many stairs was hard in the beginning. On the other hand, our fitness trackers were very happy 😉

Thanks to the organizers and sponsors for the great event – onwards to the next decade!

PS: DevOpsDays Berlin is happening soon. And many more great events near your city. If you don’t have one, kindly contact the core organizers, they are all in with helping to kick-off an amazing event and culture.

 

Michael Friedrich
Michael Friedrich
Senior Developer

Michael ist seit vielen Jahren Icinga-Entwickler und hat sich Ende 2012 in das Abenteuer NETWAYS gewagt. Ein Umzug von Wien nach Nürnberg mit der Vorliebe, österreichische Köstlichkeiten zu importieren - so mancher Kollege verzweifelt an den süchtig machenden Dragee-Keksi und der Linzer Torte. Oder schlicht am österreichischen Dialekt der gerne mit Thomas im Büro intensiviert wird ("Jo eh."). Wenn sich Michael mal nicht in der Community helfend meldet, arbeitet er am nächsten LEGO-Projekt oder geniesst...

OSMC: Tick-tack, tick-tack, Ticket-alert!

Time is running out. This is our last alert. Grab your ticket and join us at this year’s Open Source Monitoring Conference! Program is scheduled, surprises planned, evening event set, menu cards printed, workshop material prepared, speakers excited, conference staff briefed. We are all ready and already counting the days… Can’t wait and hope to see you there.

You’d like a sneak peek?

Here you go! Some of the upcoming exciting highlights:

Some of the really hot stuff of this years program …Want to know more about how to use Telegraf for monitoring of Cloud Native systems? Make sure to see David McKay | The Telegraf Toolbelt: It Can Do That, Really?

You are looking for new projects? What about Ganesh Vernekar | Grafana Loki: Like Prometheus, but for Logs? So far the response to the project has been overwhelming, with more the 6.5k GitHub stars and over 12hrs at the top spot on Hacker News.

Or let us introduce you to an open source project being used to monitor large power systems clusters:
Marcelo Perazolo | Monitoring Alerts and Metrics on Large Power Systems Clusters

Interested in what’s behind a monitoring cockpit defined to get a quick overview of the cluster health and usage? Well, Ulrike Klusik | Monitoring Cockpit for Kubernetes Clusters has the news for you!

And there’s so much more worth going crazy for, like the famous Hackathon, cool things to find out during the workshops, the all-time great dinner & drinks event …

Join us! osmc.de

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.