DevOps, Automation & The Race to the CLI. A New Cycle?

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DevOps and Automation have certainly taken some mind share in the IT community and it seems to be becoming a universally accepted truth, that we need to automate operations in order to keep up with the rapid pace of development in the data center. There is clearly a trend of moving away from GUI based configuration, towards using the CLI (Command Line Interface), scripting and agile programming in order to achieve operational objectives in our environments. This is also evidenced in a seemingly ubiquitous substitution of job descriptions. The “System Administrator” role appears to be disappearing and a new “DevOps Engineer” role is supplanting it in many places. What’s unusual is that other than the job title, the job descriptions seem to be very much the same with additional scripting skills coming to the fore.

Even the King of the GUI, Microsoft, has seen this trend and with [...]