Pinterest to startups: devops is hard, but do it anyway

The popular social network uses devops software deployment smarts to keep all those pinboards up and running in the face of explosive growth and still be able to add features, according to operations engineer (and devops pro) Ryan Park.

BMC bolsters DevOps story with VaraLogix buy

BMC, a specialist in the systems management technology used in traditional data centers, is buying VaraLogix to make it easier to deploy and update multi-tier applications. This deal follows BMC’s acquisition last year of StreamStep and its application delivery know-how.

Will using Dropbox put your CEO in jail?

With everything moving to the cloud, companies suddenly find themselves confronted with a whole new set of challenges. For example: Is that stuff even legal? And who calls the shots when companies move to the cloud – IT, or the people that actually need things to work?

Opscode boosts scale, adds Active Directory support to Chef

Striving to make Chef more enterprise-friendly, Opscode added Microsoft Active Directory and Solaris support to the automated configuration management tool. It also says that its Private Chef version can now wring three times as much work out of the same old hardware.

Opscode nets $19.5M in new funding, adds Connors to board

Configuration management player Opscode nets $19.5 million in new Series C funding led by Ignition Partners and names Ignition’s John Connors, former Microsoft CFO, to the board. With its cash infusion, Opscode hopes to build its engineering staff and enterprise business.

DevOps eliminates knee-jerk no’s at the IT level

Cloud computing technologies have helped remove many of the intrinsic barriers programmers used to encounter when developing, deploying and scaling software applications. Now, the biggest hurdles developers often face are human: their own corporate IT teams. That’s the problem DevOps aims to solve.

Opscode gets Chef cooking for the enterprise

Opscode, the configuration management company that has rethought the way to deploy and monitor hardware and software for cloud environments, has emerged from beta and launched a product specifically for the enterprise. Along the way it learned something about enterprise cloud adoption.

Where Does M&A Opportunity Lie in 2011?

The global economy continues to face uncertainty, but despite this, many technology companies have cash on hand and are opting to spend it on mergers and acquisitions. Here we examine some likely strategies from five different companies: IBM, Oracle, HP, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard.