Configuration management tools are a hot topic on the DevOps community and IT organizations in general. InfoQ reached out to users of each of the major tools (Ansible, CFEngine, Chef, Puppet and SaltStack) to ask them about their experiences. Why did they choose a given tool? How was the tool introduced in the organization? These are some of the questions they answered.
Having a hard time choosing an idea for a business? Have no ideas or worried your ideas are no good? You're in good company. Nearly every first idea is bad. It's not about the ideas but about the process. Keep at it. When you miss, learn from it and take another shot. Study your prey. Be an idea hunter.
How should organizations plan for a cloud environment and optimize it for efficiency at scale? InfoQ reached out to 3 leading cloud practitioners to uncover practical advice on this topic.
Ahmad presents a set of techniques that can be applied in strategic workshops or an initial product backlog session. He tells the story of a workshop where these techniques were used in Egypt.
Configuration management is the foundation that makes modern infrastructure possible. Tools that enable configuration management are required in the toolbox of any operations team.
In this important and thorough treatise “Integration Testing from the Trenches” Nicolas Frankel starts from basics and develops integration testing with a casual formalism that's intuitive and fun.
Takipi is makes it just as easy to debug Java and Scala code in production as it is on your desktop 2
In Key Value data stores, data is represented as a collection of key–value pairs. InfoQ spoke with Casey Rosenthal from Basho team about data modeling when using Key Value NoSQL databases.
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.
This InfoQ article series focuses on automation tools and ideas for maintaining dynamic pools of compute resources.
When and how to apply architecture depends on the context. This article shows how you can give proper attention to architecture in an agile setting. Adaptability and conversation are the essentials. 3