How General Catalyst's Steve Herrod Sees DevOps

Tuesday Apr 5th 2016 by Sean Michael Kerner
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VIDEO: Steve Herrod, managing director at General Catalyst, discusses his views on DevOps and where opportunities exist.

Steve Herrod, managing director at venture capital firm General Catalyst, is no stranger to the world of applications, having worked for years as the CTO of VMware. Now as an investor, Herrod is looking for the next big thing for enterprise technology.

A large part of Herrod's focus is security related, but not all.

"I've been obsessed with the DevOps movement and how to really make it apply into an enterprise context," Herrod said.

Fundamentally, DevOps is about accelerating both the development and the deployment process for applications and to really enable it requires both process and technology. Among the popular tools used for DevOps approaches today are Chef, Puppet and Ansible, which all help to enable repeatable configuration and deployment. Herrod noted that there is a vast array of other tools that are also needed to enable DevOps.

"In order to go from wanting to developing and deploying software faster, lots of things have to change," Herrod said. "I look at literally everything from performance management, to monitoring, to availability."

Watch the full video interview with Steve Herrod below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EntepriseAppsToday and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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