DevOps before there was “devops” - 20yr old style

A presentation at DevOpsDays Seattle 2022 in in Seattle, WA, USA by Jeremy Meiss

The year is 1996. A bright, resourceful 20 yr old Network Administrator at an ISP is tasked with a mundane, tedious project. Said 20 yr old feels he has a better way, and takes it upon himself to get creative. What follows is a quick journey down memory lane to a time before DevOps was DevOps, through the eyes of a 43yo looking back on his 20yo self.

Some of the takeaways here would be that:

  • DevOps principles should be used for good
  • Jeremy should not be asked to build a deck
  • We’ve learned a lot since 1996, and yet we’ve forgotten a lot. Let’s get nostalgic.