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5 Design Principles for System Configuration

by Manuel Pais on  Mar 25, 2015

Popular configuration mechanisms like conf.d pose multiple problems when trying to converge system configuration using configuration management tools. Ish-Shalom proposes five design principles for configuration that prevent those problems. The core ideas being the use of a configuration API and the separation of configurations based on the type of system updates they require.

Monitoring as a Service

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 19, 2015

James Turnbull, VP of engineering at Kickstarter and author of The Docker Book, presented at both FOSDEM and Config Management Camp about monitoring, sharing his views on modern, scalable, business oriented monitoring, provided as a service with self service APIs, and integrated in the project development.

Config Management Camp: Containers and Configuration Management Future

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 17, 2015

Julian C. Dunn, product manager at Chef, presented at Config Management Camp about how configuration management needs to adapt to a containerized world, while Gareth Rushgrove, software engineer at Puppet Labs, talked about the future of configuration management, and how the emerging and future technologies will still need to have configuration management into account.

Config Management Camp: Lean Configuration Management

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 16, 2015

Jez Humble, co-author of "Continuous Delivery" and "Lean Enterprise" and VP at Chef, presented the second Config Management Camp keynote, sharing the principles that enable high throughput and stability and the configuration management practices behind them, using models drawn from the Lean movement.

Config Management Camp: BOSH, CoreOS and Kubernetes

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 13, 2015

Andrew Clay Shafer, senior director of technology at Pivotal, presented at Config Management Camp on BOSH, the project used to deploy Cloud Foundry PaaS, while Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate at CoreOS, talked about CoreOS and Kubernetes, the open source project started by Google to manage a cluster of Linux containers.

Config Management Camp: Beyond Configuration Management

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 10, 2015

Mitchell Hashimoto, founder of HashiCorp and creator of Vagrant, presented the first Config Management Camp keynote, describing the status of the datacenter in the past and today, the existing problems and outlining solutions, such as distributed systems, failure tolerance or usage of containers.

FOSDEM Configuration Management: Open Source Infrastructure

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 03, 2015

Spencer Krum and Elizabeth K. Joseph shared their experience both using and providing the public infrastructure used by OpenStack at the configuration management developer room at FOSDEM.

FOSDEM Configuration Management: Consul First Steps and Orchestration of Services with Juju

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 03, 2015

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, took place this weekend in Brussels, Belgium, with over 4000 participants. This year the conference had over 40 tracks, both official and developer rooms organized by different communities, dedicated to diverse subjects such as Ruby, virtualization or config management.

FOSDEM Configuration Management: Practices for Infrastructure as Code and Puppet Modules

by Carlos Sanchez on  Feb 01, 2015

FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, took place this weekend in Brussels, Belgium, with over 4000 participants. This year the conference had over 40 tracks, both official and developer rooms organized by different communities, dedicated to diverse subjects such as Ruby, virtualization or config management.

Proactively Monitor Configuration Changes with Tripwire

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 08, 2014 1

Most companies still manually track configuration changes using a wiki or spreadsheet. Only the most basic information such as IP addresses are included, as recording everything is just too tedious. Even knowing basic information such as who made the change is difficult and time consuming. Tripwire seeks to eliminate this problem by proactively monitoring configuration changes.

Google’s Container Tool Attracts Support From Microsoft, IBM, and Others

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 16, 2014 1

Google recently took the wraps off Kubernetes, an open source orchestration tool for managing Docker containers at scale. Late last week, Microsoft, IBM, RedHat, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS, and SaltStack all jumped on board and pledged to actively contribute to this project.

Jenkins CI Integrates With Chef and Puppet to Provide Full Traceability of Deployments

by Matthias Marschall on  May 26, 2014

Using the Deployment Notification plugin for Jenkins developed by CloudBees and either the additional Chef Software plugin or Puppet Labs plugin, engineers can now trace every file installed by Chef or Puppet within Jenkins CI.

FutureOps with Immutable Infrastructures and Built-in Failure Recovery

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 31, 2013

Mitchell Hashimoto, creator of Vagrant, gave a talk last month at Velocity Conf London about his vision for a “FutureOps” with immutable infrastructures and built-in failure recovery.

Enterprise Chef Expands Reach and Depth into Data Centers

by Aslan Brooke on  Aug 19, 2013

Opscode has just announced Enterprise Chef with new capabilities for automating configuration of Microsoft Windows, networking and storage. Enterprise Chef will be the successor to Private Chef and Hosted Chef as Opscode's new offering to provide the capabilities for configuring entire infrastructures.

Introducing DevOps to Traditional Enterprises

by Aslan Brooke on  Jun 23, 2013

Niek Bartholomeus recently finishing composing a four post DevOps focused blog series about leading the implementation of configuration management and release management in a traditional enterprise. Niek covers the theory of DevOps, then an analysis of the problems with software delivery within a traditional enterprise, and finally the application of specific DevOps practices.

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