Configuration management is the foundation that makes modern infrastructure possible. Tools that enable configuration management are required in the toolbox of any operations team, and many development teams as well. Although all the tools aim to solve the same basic set of problems, they adhere to different visions and exhibit different characteristics.
Michael DeHaan, creator of Ansible, introduces the general-purpose IT automation system. He describes the tool’s guiding principles: simplicity, ease of use and maximum security. The philosophy behind its community is also discussed, including the importance of Ansible’s plugin-based model. Michael uses a simple but common scenario to demonstrate Ansible.
When assessing technology that empowers a DevOps transformation, it’s easy to focus in on the headline capabilities (“configuration management!”) and miss out on the bigger picture. How can teams shipping cloud (or on-premises) applications use the full suite of DevOps technologies to simplify delivery and management at scale? This article classifies and explains key enabling technologies.
Scripting database objects change-scripts is a risky thing to automate. A better solution needs to be implemented in the shape of Continuous Delivery and DevOps for database.
John Kordyback explains why you should and how you can introduce Continuous Delivery into a typical enterprise, where dozens of systems adopted over the years generate massive complexity. 4
Andrew Phillips and Jenkins creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi review state-of-the-art plugins and solutions in the Jenkins ecosystem for achieving efficient, reproducible and secure delivery pipelines.
InfoQ reached out to experienced ops engineers to ask them what is “Immutable Infrastructure”, its borders as well as its benefits and drawbacks, in particular compared to desired state convergence. 1
Deploying real applications is hard. Questions arise when there are Registry settings, custom folders structure, or web clusters. Here we look for answers using PowerShell and AppVeyor CI.
In this article you will find guidance on how to get started realizing a Continuous Delivery vision, especially in the context of existing development and release environments in large enterprises.
The number of jobs in a continuous integration tool can range from a few to several thousand, all performing various functions. There is an approach to manage these jobs in a more efficient manner. 1
Sam Haskins from Etsy talks about code management with Github, fast deployments with feature flags and no packaging, canary releasing, voluntary code reviews, CI with Jenkins, monitoring and failures. 1
We spoke with Chris Patterson, Senior Program Manager Team Foundation Server about the role of automated builds and continuous delivery in modern application development. 1