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  • Book Review: "Taste Test, 2nd edition" and Q& A with Matt Jaynes

    by João Miranda on  Jul 14, 2014

    Taste Test, by Matt Jaynes, is a book that uses a simple scenario to compare Ansible, SaltStack, Chef and Puppet. On the recently released 2nd edition it adds new chapters on Docker, the communities around the tools, and how they fare on security. InfoQ took this opportunity to talk with Matt to know more about his thoughts on the tools and his approach to configuration management when consulting.

  • Virtual Panel: Configuration Management Tools in the Real World

    by João Miranda on  Jul 01, 2014

    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.

  • Preparing for Scale: InfoQ Virtual Roundtable with Cloud Practitioners

    by Richard Seroter on  Jun 29, 2014

    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. Each panelist has dealt with the sometimes-messy transition from on-premises to cloud, and coached organizations through their journey.

Article Series: Configuration Management Tools

Posted 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.

CFEngine's Decentralized Approach to Configuration Management

Posted 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.

Article Series: Automation in the Cloud and Management at Scale

Posted by Richard Seroter on  Jun 23, 2014

This InfoQ article series focuses on automation tools and ideas for maintaining dynamic pools of compute resources.

The Top Automation Tools for Public Cloud at Scale

Posted by Andi Mann on  Jun 21, 2014

As more organizations expand their use of public cloud services, from early-stage startups to the biggest businesses and governments in the world, the problems of cloud computing at scale will arise.

SaltStack for Flexible and Scalable Configuration Management

Posted by Joseph Hall on  Jun 18, 2014

Joseph Hall, SaltStack senior engineer, introduces the the remote execution and configuration management system and its guiding goals. Joseph uses a simple LAMP scenario to demonstrate SaltStack.

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

Posted by Richard Seroter on  Jun 15, 2014

How do real organizations handle the management of a cloud portfolio? InfoQ reached out to the lead applications architect for a midsize insurance firm to find out more about operating at cloud scale. 1

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.

A Pragmatic Approach to Scaling Security in the Cloud

Posted by Mark Nunnikhoven on  Jun 06, 2014

Security. Cloud. Two words that are almost always together but rarely happily. Learn why that isn’t the case and what you need to known about securing your critical infrastructure in the cloud. 3

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.

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