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  • Article Series: Configuration Management Tools

    by João Miranda on  Jun 27, 2014

    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.

  • CFEngine's Decentralized Approach to Configuration Management

    by Mark Burgess & Diego Zamboni on  Jun 24, 2014

    Mark Burgess and Diego Zamboni introduce CFEngine. They describe the challenges regarding web scale - scale, complexity and knowledge - and how CFEngine helps to tackle those challenges with a fundamentally decentralized and knowledge-oriented approach. An example demonstrates how those ideas translate into practice.

  • SaltStack for Flexible and Scalable Configuration Management

    by Joseph Hall on  Jun 18, 2014

    Joseph Hall, SaltStack senior engineer, introduces the the remote execution and configuration management system. He describes the tool’s guiding principles: scale, speed and power. Joseph argues that "infrastructure as data" is better than "infrastructure as code". The article finishes with a simple LAMP scenario to demonstrate SaltStack.

Purely Functional Configuration Management with Nix and NixOS

Posted by Eelco Dolstra on  Jun 08, 2014

The article introduces NixOS, a Linux distribution, and Nix, a package manager. These provide a declarative approach to configuration management, such as strong reproducibility and atomic upgrades.

Ansible’s View on IT Automation

Posted by Michael DeHaan on  May 31, 2014

Michael DeHaan, creator of Ansible, introduces the IT automation system, its guiding goals and the philosophy behind its community. Michael uses a simple but common scenario to demonstrate Ansible.

Exploring the ENTIRE DevOps Toolchain for (Cloud) Teams

Posted by Richard Seroter on  May 28, 2014

Once the cultural DevOps transformation is under way, how can teams shipping cloud (or on-premises) applications use the full suite of DevOps technologies to simplify delivery and management at scale? 2

Database Continuous Delivery

Posted by Yaniv Yehuda on  May 08, 2014

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.

"In Search of Certainty" - Book Review and Interview with Mark Burgess

Posted by João Miranda on  Apr 30, 2014

"In Search of Certainty", written by CFEngine's creator, Mark Burgess, takes us into a journey through physics and biology and how it relates to the information infrastructure realm.

Untangling the Enterprise With Continuous Delivery

Posted by John Kordyback on  Apr 16, 2014

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

Orchestrating Your Delivery Pipelines with Jenkins

Posted by Andrew Phillips and Kohsuke Kawaguchi on  Mar 29, 2014

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.

Virtual Panel on Immutable Infrastructure

Posted by Manuel Pais on  Mar 22, 2014

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

Book Review: Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef - Second Edition

Posted by Matthias Marschall on  Feb 17, 2014

The second edition of Stephen Nelson-Smith's book "Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef" describes a testing workflow and tools for writing fully tested infrastructure code

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