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How We Do Cloud and DevOps: The Motion Picture

Our good friend Damon Edwards from dev2ops came by our Austin office and recorded a video of Peco and I explaining how we do what we do! Peco never blogs, so this is a rare opportunity to hear him talk about these topics, and he’s full of great sound bytes. 🙂

I apologize in advance for how much I say “right.”

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Our First Cloud Product Released!

Hey all, I just wanted to take a moment to share with you that our first cloud-based product just went live!  LabVIEW Web UI Builder is National Instruments’ first SaaS application.  It’s actually free to use, go to ni.com and “Try It Now”, all you have to do is make an account.  It’s a freemium model, so you can use it, save your code, run it, etc. all you want; we charge to get the “Build & Deploy” functionality that enables you to compile, download, and deploy the bundled app to an embedded device or whatnot.

Essentially it’s a Silverlight app (can be installed out of browser on your box or just launched off the site) that lets you graphically program test & measurement, control, and simulation type of programs.  You can save your programs to the cloud or locally to your own machine.  The programs can interact via Web services with anything, but in our case it’s especially interesting when they interact with data acquisition devices.  There’s some sample programs on that page that show what can be done, though those are definitely tuned to engineers…  We have apps internally that let you play frogger and duck hunt, or do the usual Web mashup kinds of things calling google maps apis.  So feel free and try out some graphical programming!

Cool technology we used to do this:

And it’s 100% DevOps powered.  Our implementation team consists of developers and sysadmins, and we built the whole thing using an agile development methodology.  All our systems are created by model-driven automation from assets and definitions in source control.  We’ll post more about the specifics now that we’ve gotten version 1 done!  (Of course, the next product is just about ready too…)

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