An interesting point and great discussion on “what is DevOps”, including a critique about it not including other traditional Infrastructure roles well, on Rational Survivability (heh, we’re using the same blog theme. I feel like a girl in the same dress as another at a party.). It seems to me that some of the complaints about DevOps – only a little here, but a lot more from Andi Mann, Ubergeek – seem to think DevOps is some kind of developer power play to take over operations. At least from my point of view (an ops guy driving a devops implementation in a large organization) that is absolutely not the case. Seems to me to be a case of over-touchiness based on the explicit and implicit critique of existing Infrastructure processes that DevOps represents. Which is natural; agile development had/has the exact same challenge.
Note that DevOps is starting to get more press; here’s a cnet article talking about DevOps and the cloud (two great tastes that taste great together…).
And here’s a bonus slideshare presentation on “From Agile Development to Agile Operations” that is really good.