Book Review: 6 Musts of Intelligent System Automation

I recently came across a book which I got from LISA conference last November. It was written by Jake Sorofman who is VP, Product/Marketing at rPath. I thought it’s just another typical book from a vendor, therefore I didn’t read it until two weeks ago while sorting my bags. It’s not. After reading it, I found this 75 page booklet pretty easy to read and very insightful.

Here are 6 musts Jake discussed in his book:

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  1. Get your platforms under control
  2. Get your applications under control
  3. Version control everything
  4. Control changes through the lifecycle
  5. Update surgically
  6. Become metrics driven [Note: validated by Twitter admin team and others.]

I think the core of the 6 musts is the system model – how you describe your systems, including platforms and applications, with well designed meta data or/and scripts. You can then apply techniques like version control and become metrics driven.

By reading his book, I am more convinced that the future of system administration is automation. You cannot afford running cloud without system automation.

I googled the book title, and found you can get a free ebook or hardcopy after registration at rPath website.

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