Mirco Hering explains why we shouldn't leave COTS products (and the people working on them) left behind in a DevOps world. With creative solutions we can apply good practices from custom software. This leads to a significant effort reduction in the long term.
The article discusses a catalog of configuration smells containing 13 implementation configuration smells and 11 design configuration smells. It provides a few examples of configuration smells along with corresponding refactorings, explains their impact on the quality of the project, and lists a few tools that could be used to reveal such smells.
InfoQ asked Matthias Marshall what's new in the 2nd edition of his book and his view on the evolution of the configuration management tool space.
This article discusses the key questions to be contemplated by your enterprise in determining whether Git is right for you and what you need to consider in moving to Git.
Patrick Debois ran the Config Management Camp panel "Next Steps in Configuration Management", featuring Luke Kanies, John Keiser, Thomas Hatch and Mark Phillips.
"The Docker Book", by James Turnbull, is a hands-on book for everyone who wants to learn about Docker. It will take you from first principles to scenarios that model the real world. 1
Taste Test, by Matt Jaynes, is a book that uses a simple scenario to compare Ansible, SaltStack, Chef and Puppet. InfoQ talked with Matt to know more about his thoughts on configuration management.
Configuration management tools are a hot topic on IT. InfoQ reached out to users of each of the major tools (Ansible, CFEngine, Chef, Puppet and SaltStack) to ask them about their experiences.
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.
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.
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.