Mobile Ops and Tablet Terraform with Termux

This post was written by Rich Bosomworth.

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).Continue reading “Mobile Ops and Tablet Terraform with Termux”

Artifactory for global software teams

 

This post was written by Matthew Skelton co-author of Team Guide to Software Operability.

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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.
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Scaling the Summit – AWS London Event 2017

This post was written by Rich Bosomworth.

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 for a Resilient Platform

This post was written by Chris O’Dell co-author of Team Guide to Software Releasability.

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.Continue reading “HTTP HealthChecks for a Resilient Platform”

RebelCon – Monitoring, Communication & Security

This post was written by Chris O’Dell co-author of Team Guide to Software Releasability.

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.Continue reading “RebelCon – Monitoring, Communication & Security”

ThoughtWorks Tech Radar vol.16 – developer experience, API as a product, CodeScene, per-team CI tools, operability in Spring Cloud

This post was written by Matthew Skelton co-author of Team Guide to Software Operability.

ThoughtWorks tech radar vol.16

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:Continue reading “ThoughtWorks Tech Radar vol.16 – developer experience, API as a product, CodeScene, per-team CI tools, operability in Spring Cloud”

Pipeline (the Continuous Delivery) Conf 2017: Accountability, Socrates, Multicasting and Serverless Security

This post was written by Rob Thatcher, co-author of Team Guide to Software Operability.
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.

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DevOps on Windows Hosted Roundtable

This post was written by Chris O’Dell co-author of Team Guide to Software Releasability.

Last night, our partners The Scale Factory hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of DevOps on Windows.  As a co-author of the Continuous Delivery with Windows and .Net book, this event was right up my street.  The discussions were under Chatham House Rule and as such no attributions will be made in this post.Continue reading “DevOps on Windows Hosted Roundtable”

Container Clustering with Rancher Server (Part 6) – Creating and deploying custom catalog items for GoCD

This post was written by Rich Bosomworth.

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.

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Agile in the City: Birmingham – All about high-performing teams

This post was written by Jovile Bartkeviciute.

Day 2

Keynote by Jenni Jepsen“Empowering people is impossible”

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Jenni Jepsen delivered an inspiring talk on what actually means to be empowered and why empowered people are essential to your organisation. Key takeaways:Continue reading “Agile in the City: Birmingham – All about high-performing teams”