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Automated Operations

Automating Operations is a big part of DevOps. The CALMS-model (Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement and Sharing) is a great way to define DevOps, and Automated Operations fit into the Automation pillar. Automation is important way to remove toil. Removing toil and automating operations improve the agility and business relevance of sysadmins.

Building out a Kubernetes cluster with Terraform

Building out a Kubernetes cluster with Terraform

If you remember back to our last article in the series, the boss had just had an epiphany and decided that our perfectly functional LAMP stack was not resilient enough and...

2020 State of Application Services Report

The application landscape evolves as organizations transform to meet the ever-changing demands of the market. For the sixth annual survey, F5 heard from nearly 2,600 respondents globally about the challenges and opportunities...
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Moving from Ops to DevOps: a 9-step saga

We all know about the DevOps revolution, a lot of us have read the Phoenix Project and the new book the Unicorn Project by Gene Kim and friends. Two books about...

Shifting right: testing in production

Every day, more and more companies shift to the DevOps way of working. Applications are delivered more frequently and with higher quality. But how well do these applications and their subcomponents...
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Empowering development teams to make the most of Kubernetes’ potential

Kubernetes infrastructure is democratizing and commoditizing container platforms for software developers, serving as the core for modern, cloud-native applications. Its standard APIs and the standardized container image format it uses to ensure...
Why the Pipeline is key for Cloud Engineers

Why the Pipeline is key for Cloud Engineers

CI/CD pipelines are a common workflow automation tool for software developers. These pipelines generally build, integrate, and deploy new software versions, while doing code quality checks, security checks, integration tests, and...
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Useful things you need to know about system hardening

Since Dev and Ops related activities blend together in a DevOps world, developers need to understand more than just coding their application. Their role also includes typical Ops work: packaging and...
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How simple Terraform plans make hybrid and multi-cloud a reality: an introduction

Most non-IT people will have heard about the word Terraform, will automatically think of this, changing dead planets into Earth like paradises. But for those of us that work in Infrastructure and...
Clean up your unused cloud resources to reduce your cloud bill

Clean up your unused cloud resources to reduce your cloud bill

Developers can and will utilize whatever resources cloud providers offer in simple ways. Infrastructure components can be setup in a matter of minutes. Creating and using cloud resources can quickly get...
Using Helm to package and deploy container applications

Using Helm to package and deploy container applications

Helm (site) is an open-source Kubernetes package and operations manager (more info). Its name stems from the (likely mangled from a mispronunciation of the) Greek word κυβερνήτης which translates to “pilot”...