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  • Lessons on Cloud Management at Scale: An Interview With Randy Skopecek

    by Richard Seroter on  Jun 15, 2014 1

    How do real organizations handle the management of a cloud portfolio? InfoQ reached out to Randy Skopecek, the lead applications architect for a midsize insurance firm, to find out more about operating at cloud scale. Running in the cloud after leaving their local data center, Randy and team learned some lessons about what really matters, and how to plan for management at scale.

  • Purely Functional Configuration Management with Nix and NixOS

    by Eelco Dolstra on  Jun 08, 2014

    This article gives a short introduction to NixOS, a Linux distribution, and to Nix, the package manager on which NixOS is based. These provide a declarative approach to configuration management with many advantages to users, such as strong reproducibility and atomic upgrades and rollbacks.

  • Ansible’s View on IT Automation

    by Michael DeHaan on  May 31, 2014

    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.

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

The Secrets of Database Change Deployment Automation

Posted by Yaniv Yehuda on  Feb 07, 2014

Yaniv Yehuda looks at the challenges involved in automating database deployments and offer suggestions based on Agile and DevOps concepts. 6

Virtual Roundtable: The Future of PaaS in Cloud Computing

Posted by Richard Seroter on  Feb 05, 2014

There has been a raging debate about PaaS and whether it is still a valuable part of a cloud portfolio, so InfoQ reached out to 4 leaders in the cloud domain for their opinions on the future of PaaS.

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