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The History Of DevOps

My first impulse for this inaugural IT Revolution post was to dive into a meaty DevOps topic. But this isn’t that post! That will come later.

Instead, I want to share my first hand account of the history of DevOps.

So much of the drive and unique flavor of the DevOps movement is a direct result of how it came to be.  But despite this, I’ve been surprised by how few people actually know the tale.  This all prompted me to have some fun, channel my inner Al Gore, and record a narrated slideshow.

Send me feedback and I’ll compile the notes for the recording of version 2!

One final note… In addition to being an interesting human story about timing and a confluence of seemingly inevitable ideas, there is an interesting social media angle here. DevOps might just be the first technology movement that was started on and is centered around a Twitter hashtag (#devops). The DevOps Days events provide the movement with repeated bursts of energy, but it’s Twitter that is the constant hub. I’m not sure if it was an essential element or just a sign of the times, but it does seem to give DevOps a unique flavor.

  • Lee Thompson

    Nice capture of the genesis of change.  If you won’t bring up your own
    early contribution, I will…   You and Alex were first blogging
    devops-ish posts in August 2007

    Nice job Damon

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  • robboyd

    Maybe it is my browser..but I don’t see a date for when this was posted? Hard to know how fresh this is and/or perhaps account for context.

    Thanks for the post however!

  • randybias

    This is great, but I’m disappointed that you didn’t really talk about the genesis of many of these ideas. DevOps is simply the coalescence of work that was being done at web-scale businesses. I saw the 2009 presentation of Allspaw’s and spent time with him and many other presenters at that Velocity conference and these notions behind DevOps were widely in use within Amazon, Google, and others. It is true there was no terminology around it and that the #DevOps movement really helped to crystallize and educate others, but it’s really a bummer that this history doesn’t really go back to more like 2000-2002 where the seeds for DevOps were well and truly planted.

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