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Monitoring in a DevOps World

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The title of this article might suggest it is about how you are supposed to be monitoring systems in an organization that is making or has already made the transformation into DevOps. Actually, this is an article to make you think about how computing has changed and how your concept of monitoring perhaps needs re-centering before it even applies to the brave new world of DevOps.

The harsh truth is that this is not just a brave, but also a fast, new world. One of the primary drivers for adopting DevOps is speed—particularly the reduction of risk at speed. An organization has to make many changes to accommodate this. The DevOps community often talks about automation and culture. This makes a lot of sense, as automation is where speed comes from and every problem can always be rephrased as a people (or communications) problem; automation and culture are key.


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