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

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Pinterest, the popular “pinboard” social network, knows a little something about meteoric growth. Recent research from Experian Marketing Services shows that, in North America, online visits exploded to 28.95 million per week in July, up a whopping 5,124 percent from 1.27 million visits for the year-ago period.

And Ryan Park, operations engineer for the San Francisco company, knows a lot about what it takes to keep the systems supporting all that growth running. In his view, devops plays an important role there. Devops is the school of thought which mandates that developers and IT operations people work together to deliver new features to end users/customers. Traditionally, developers worked on more monolithic code releases and then threw them over the wall to the operations people who –ready or not — had to deploy the software. In many cases neither camp knew much about what the other did and that tended to…

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