DevOps before there was DevOps, 20yr old style

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:

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



Jeremy Meiss

Jeremy is the Head of DevRel & Community at CircleCI, formerly at Solace, Auth0, and XDA. He is a lover of all things coffee, community, open source, and tech. He is also house-broken, and (generally) plays well with others.