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IT Operations is an activity business do to use IT technology within their organization. Traditionally focussing on keeping the lights on, IT Operations falls into three areas: servicedesk, network infrastructure and server and device management. With modern technology, less time is spent on running, and more on changing IT. Simpler, commoditized cloud services remove much of the day-to-day work sysadmins do to keep the lights on, meaning more time can be spent supporting the business with project and initiatives and changing and optimizing IT resources as a result.

Identity-Based microsegmentation

Identity-Based micro-segmentation boosts cloud security

Companies increasingly execute cloud-first strategies for their core business applications. Some organizations even put a deadline on when they want to close down their data-center in the near future. DevOps teams...
What is Consul-Terraform-Sync

What is Consul-Terraform-Sync?

HashiCorp has announced yet another new beta product in Consul-Terraform-Sync. This product appears to allow the automation of Consul services using Terraform. Personally, I struggled long and hard on this concept....
Hashicorp knocks the ball to the Boundary

Hashicorp knocks the ball to the Boundary

It only seems 5 minutes ago that Hashicorp released Boundary at their October 2020 Hashiconf online extravaganza. But like the rest of their products, it evolves at a serious pace. Quick recap...
Monitor system

Being on call – tips & tricks to get most out of alerts

DevOps teams are responsible for their workloads from the early stages of development up until production. All team-members now face what sysadmins already know: being on call. In a true DevOps...
HCP Vault

Announcing HCP Vault Public Beta

You will most likely know that Hashicorp Cloud Platform can allow the creation of a cloud-based Consul deployment on the AWS and Azure clouds. This enables the quick and significantly easier...
CockroachDB

CockroachDB is a hassle-free SQL database for multiple clouds

Everyone knows: cockroaches are annoying, highly persistent bugs. They can live under extreme conditions and always keep coming back even if you eliminated them all. When it comes to your valuable...
GitOps is more than Git_ IaC, Merge Requests and Pipelines

GitOps is more than Git: IaC, Merge Requests and Pipelines

GitOps is a way-of-work that takes application development best practices like version control, code collaboration and automated pipelines and workflows, and applies them to IT infrastructure automation. Its technical premise is...
Why you must shift left security in the software development lifecycle

Why you must shift left security in the software development lifecycle

This is post 3 of 4 in the Amazic World series sponsored by GitLab 1. Toolchain tax: just the tip of the iceberg? 2. Why the Pipeline is key for Cloud Engineers 3. Changing...
Parallel tests

Best practices for modern CI/CD pipelines

CI/CD is not new anymore. The hype slowly cools down and is now entering a mature state. Software development companies incorporated their CI/CD processes to fully support their DevOps teams. There...
Feature flags

Switch on or switch off, feature flags helps DevOps teams deliver fast

Developers often need to quickly gather customer feedback about new features they deliver. However, when doing so it's easy to forget a critical aspect which leads to an undesired error. If...