First rule of DevOps fight club, don’t talk about DevOps fight club

A cadre of top-flight DevOps practitioners will gather later this week at an undisclosed location in Northern California.

It will be considerably friendlier than Fight Club, thank goodness, but it’s nearly as mysterious. The goal: To hash out important issues they see in their own deployments, to compare notes on problems they see and to talk in a way that they feel they cannot do in vendor-driven trade shows and conferences, according to one DevOps expert who will attend the invitation-only event.

Wanted: vendor-free venue

“We want to be able to talk and share without being barraged by vendor c#$p,” he said.

DevOps pros from Twitter, Square, Webex (s csco), Facebook, Evernote, TicketMaster, RapLeaf and other big-name companies have RSVP’d yes to the event, he said.

The “DevOps” movement aims to get in-house developers and operations people to work together closely instead of at cross purposes. These two camps were traditionally at odds — developers always want the latest and greatest technology as fast as possible while operations people like slow, controlled rollouts of IT. That’s a tough difference to reconcile.

Rapleaf will be there, talking about Hadoop, for example.  In a more traditional venue, Cloudera, Hortonworks, EMC (s emc) or some other Hadoop vendor would be on hand and that very presence impacts the nature of the discussion. “We don’t want that,” he said.

Sharing successes and snafus

“People who come have to share and feel comfortable in that,” he said. The goal is an open discussion where these experts  can talk about what they’re doing, what the problems they have, and ask the others what they’re seeing.

There will be a segment on cloud computing of course. “The cloud is great for certain workloads and variables. We want to talk about workloads and variables and when it makes sense given those variables for them to stand up their own hardware,” he said.

What’ll be in it for these people other than education and camaradarie? “Well, I hear the food’s going to be great,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Polina Sergeeva