Joining forces with OpenShift

Joining forces with OpenShift
This Monday (2019-08-19) will be my first day as Principal Technical Marketing Manager on the Cloud Platforms team at Red Hat. What does that mean? OpenShift (a lot of OpenShift), Kubernetes, containers, Operators, and all the associated bits will be my day job. Helping folks help themselves with technology is still and always will be the name of my game. But, working full time in the Kubernetes or cloud native ecosystem was a 2020 goal. [Read More]

Use The Force, Larry: Oracle Playing Politics with Nation's Defense

Use The Force, Larry: Oracle Playing Politics with Nation's Defense
This article is based on the introduction to DevOps’ish on 2019-07-28. Some parts are duplicated but this is a much deeper dive than I could do in the newsletter (and these 1500 words barely do the topic justice). Also, yes, I work for Red Hat. Yes, I’m a CNCF Ambassador. No, these views do not represent theirs. Please take a moment to read my disclaimer. Above all things, I’m an American, and this issue trancends business. [Read More]

How to Teach Old Apps New Tricks with Ansible-based Operators (Parts 1 & 2)

How to Teach Old Apps New Tricks with Ansible-based Operators (Parts 1 & 2)
At Red Hat Summit this year, I had the task of explaining Kubernetes Operators with Ansible in two, fifteen-minute talks, separated by three hours, in the middle of the busy Red Hat booth to anyone that walked up. I had to explain Kubernetes, the difference stateful and stateless apps, what a Kubernetes Operator is, how to write an operator with Ansible, and then demonstrate this capability. Use of video and sound was discouraged. [Read More]

Upstream vs Downstream

Upstream vs Downstream
I was working on things for work (as one does) when it dawned on me. Very few folks understand the difference between upstream and downstream as it relates to open source software. I used Red Hat projects as a pointer. Here is the output of that effort (which was scratching the surface). Upstream vs. Downstream Upstream vs. Downstream is confusing at times. But, for the bigger Red Hat projects this holds true: [Read More]

The Secret to Kubernetes Secrets

The Secret to Kubernetes Secrets
I made an innocent comment on Twitter last week that led to WAY more feedback than I was expecting. The Kubernetes community showed me there are a lot of options when creating Kubernetes Secrets. I made the statement: Every single time I have to create a secret, I have to read the docs. I should have this figured out by now.” Years ago, a colleague asked Albert Einstein if he knew his phone number. [Read More]

Verify @ashleymcnamara

Verify @ashleymcnamara
认证 @ashleymcnamara is a form of peaceful protest to have Ashley McNamara verified on Twitter. Please consider doing something similar with your own Twitter profile. The how and the why follows. The Blue Check Twitter’s verified account program is rife with poor choices and questionable decisions. From verifying Nazis and folks that build brands on hate to not verifying respected people, verification is a problem for Twitter. Make no mistake, I know this is not an easy problem. [Read More]

c14s for Short

I had a random thought pop into my head during a conversation one night so I tweeted it, “Christophernetes” Christophernetes — Chris Short (@ChrisShort) January 5, 2019 Then Brandon Dimcheff chimed in with a very appropriate shortening, “c14s” c14s? — Brandon Dimcheff (@bdimcheff) January 5, 2019 Then Andy Randall chime in with what is now my display name on Twitter, “c14s for Short” You mean “C14s for Short”? [Read More]

I'm a Red Hat Certified Specialist: Ansible Automation

I'm a Red Hat Certified Specialist: Ansible Automation
The last week of November 2018, I made a trip to the Red Hat office in Westford, MA. I was enrolled in Automation with Ansible I (DO407) with exam (EX407) class. One of my co-workers scoffed when I told him I was going. He didn’t seem to quite understand why I wanted a certification I don’t need (I do work for Ansible now after all). I hope to address that and why Product and Marketing people should get certified (not only Ops). [Read More]