June 23rd, 2009

Ops workflow tool?

For my sysadmin-type friends...

My company has a lot of scheduled jobs that do a variety of things-- move logs around, ingest and digest them, and all sorts of other things. Some of it happens hourly, some daily, and there are lots of dependencies between various tasks. We manage it all with an operational workflow tool is mostly adequate in theory, but often falls on its face in practice.

We're sort of looking for something less sucky than what we have. It seems like this should be a fairly well solved problem, and that there should be at least two good open source solutions. Free would be great, inexpensive is OK, and expensive is not an option. cron is not an option.

Anyone have a recommendation?


While I was searching for something for sabyl tonight, I found this gem. It's a demo of La Vie Boeheme performed by Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent. For those who don't know, he died hours before the off-Broadway premiere of the show, and a few months before it opened on Broadway.