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  • The Long Journey Towards Database Lifecycle Management

    Application Lifecycle Management is a standard process, but there have been obstacles to using the same practice for databases. Ben Rees, General Manager for Database Continuous Delivery at Red Gate, explains why the road ahead is now clear for Database Lifecycle Management.

  • "The Docker Book" Review and Author Q&A

    "The Docker Book", by James Turnbull, is a hands-on book for everyone who wants to learn about Docker. It will take you from your first installation, through simple examples that explain Docker's concepts, to more complex scenarios that shed some light on how you would use Docker on the real world. InfoQ took the opportunity to hear the author on the book and Docker.

  • HaMIS: One 24/7 Product and Four Scrum Teams, Four Years Later

    This is a story about four cross-functional scrum/DevOps/feature teams delivering and managing a business-critical 24/7 system used by vessel-traffic services operators and many other users, a compendium of topics that derive from our more than four years of agile and scrum practices at the Port of Rotterdam, one of the world's busiest ports.

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

    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

    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

    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.

  • CFEngine's Decentralized Approach to Configuration Management

    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 with a fundamentally decentralized and knowledge-oriented approach. An example demonstrates how those ideas translate into practice.

  • The Top Automation Tools for Public Cloud at Scale

    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.

  • Purely Functional Configuration Management with Nix and NixOS

    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

    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

    When assessing technology that empowers a DevOps transformation, it’s easy to focus in on the headline capabilities (“configuration management!”) and miss out on the bigger picture. How can teams shipping cloud (or on-premises) applications use the full suite of DevOps technologies to simplify delivery and management at scale? This article classifies and explains key enabling technologies.

  • Towards Agile CMMI Level 3: Requirement Development and Verification

    This article shows how to do requirement development in agile environments, covering concepts and offering examples of how an agile team could run a CMMI for Development SCAMPI to become appraised at a targeted level 3 for the areas of requirements development and verification.

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