As a core sys(ops)admin and long time proponent of flexible working I’m a big fan of mobile ops, and ever keen to push the boundaries.
The laptop can unchain you from the desk (and office). Mobile Ops lighten things even further with no need for anything more than a tablet, or even just a phone (a seemingly inadequate name given the functional ubiquity these devices now offer).
Artifactory is an excellent solution to the problem of package management and binary artefact distribution when teams are spread around the world. The caching and data replication features of the Artifactory Enterprise edition hugely simplify global software development.
The 2017 AWS Summit in London took place on June 28th at the ICC London, ExCeL. Skelton Thatcher Consulting team members were in attendance to check out the latest developments from AWS, and to evaluate the myriad of third party vendor offerings.
As expected the event was extremely popular. We arrived at ‘peak ingress’ so it took a while to navigate the mammoth queue and register, as such we missed the opening keynote. For future reference an early start is highly recommend to avoid queues on both public transport and at the venue itself.Continue reading “Scaling the Summit – AWS London Event 2017”
HTTP Healthchecks are a simple concept. A server exposes an endpoint over HTTP which is periodically called by another coordinating service. In many cases this other service is a loadbalancer that’s using the check to determine whether the instance should continue to receive traffic. The aim is to create the impression to external users of a resilient system that’s tolerant to faults.
RebelCon is a new one day, not for profit, conference in Cork, Ireland and I was lucky enough to have been selected to speak through their CFP process. I was particularly looking forward to it as it was my first time in Ireland. I arrived a day early and took the opportunity to wander about the city and take advantage of the longstanding craft breweries in the area.
At the excellent Agile Manchester conference recently, I picked up a copy of the latest Technology Radar (Vol.16 – March 2017) from our friends at ThoughtWorks. Several things in this version stood out for me, most of which are really about how we use technology rather than specific technologies in themselves:
Whilst attending Pipeline Conference I noted down things which I found to give food for thought. To me this is the acid test of a talk – does it create a spark of thinking?
Automation and Autonomy
Dan North (@tastapod) gave the opening keynote “Ops and Operability“. Dan talked about both Ops and Dev in the guise of some classic novels, but as always at Pipeline there were a few things which were thought provoking.
This is the sixth post in an on-going series exploring Rancher Server deployment, configuration and extended use. In the last post I detailed how to automate the deployment of AWS infrastructure and Rancher with Terraform. In this post we look at creating custom catalog items for GoCD using docker-compose and rancher-compose. We will also progress our Terraform plan to deploy Rancher behind an SSL enabled AWS Elastic Load Balancer.