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  • Article Series: Automation in the Cloud and Management at Scale

    by Richard Seroter on  Jun 23, 2014

    Cloud computing is more than just fast self-service of virtual infrastructure. Developers and admins are looking for ways to provision and manage at scale. This InfoQ article series will focus on automation tools and ideas for maintaining dynamic pools of compute resources.

  • The Top Automation Tools for Public Cloud at Scale

    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 start to arise.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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