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Six Telltale Signs It's Time To Stop Writing Configuration Management Code

Any DevOp team wants to write clean code that enables minimum downtime, scales to meet demand and can be easily maintained. This, however, isn’t always easy to achieve. Some of the popular configuration management systems that development teams use include Chef, Puppet and CFEngine, to name a few.

Topics: Configuration Management

Amazon Lightsail vs. DigitalOcean

On November 30th, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new service called "Lightsail" which promises to deliver easy Virtual Private Servers (VPS) at predictable costs. 

AWS has been the leader in on-demand computing resources for a decade. They pioneered the space, and have by far the largest footprint when it comes to both customers, available regions, and revenue, which is on track to reach $13 Billion this year, according to a report by Business Insider. In the last 5 years however, DigitalOcean has had incredible success by selling to a different market, the individual developer. Making it easier to go from idea to deployment at a low cost, without navigating the confusing AWS control panel, while at the same time having access to an extremely active community. This move by Amazon appears to be a direct attack on DigitalOcean and the success they have had making cloud servers easier for hobbyists, developers, and small businesses to launch and manage. In this post we will dig in to both services and do a comparison on the available features, billing, pricing, and advantages of one over the other. I feel like we'll probably have to talk about what constitutes "VPS vs. Cloud" as well. We'll also dig in to how choosing a simple interface and manual server management now can hurt down the road as a project or business grows and your infrastructure needs to scale.

Topics: Cloud Computing Hosting Web Hosting

DevOps is NOT about Automation Tools! (But they're a Prerequisite)

I travel to many DevOps and software engineering conferences, both large and small. When the topic of what DevOps really means arises, someone always brings up the argument:

Topics: Configuration Management DevOps Continuous Delivery Software Development Containers

The Future Of Private Cloud Hosting: Everything You Need To Know

Whether there will still be a need for dedicated private cloud hosting solutions in the not-too-distant future has been a debate that has steadily gained momentum in recent years. This is partly due to the fact that public cloud has grown in popularity as a cheaper option for businesses looking to expand their I&O capabilities.

Topics: Hosting

Containers Vs. Virtual Machines: Choosing The Best Option For Your Business

Only a few years ago, we heralded the arrival of the virtual machine (VM) as the answer to our problems concerning utilizing every resource on our server hardware. Virtual machines came along to revolutionize the way we thought about computing and it seemed as if all of our resource woes were finally coming to an end.

Topics: Configuration Management

Attention Small Businesses: Why You Should Start Using Containers Early

Interest in container technologies keeps growing; and when you consider the wide range of benefits they provide, it’s not surprising. Big names like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have relied on containers to support their massive ops for years, but smaller companies and startups are only now starting to realize their potential.

Topics: Containers

Do’s And Dont’s For Scaling Up Your SaaS Startup

For successful SaaS companies, growth can happen at lightning speed. A great software product can propel any small SaaS startup from obscurity to worldwide fame virtually overnight. When this happens, scaling up becomes an immediate priority that, if ill-prepared for, can seriously undermine a promising newcomer’s ability to step into the spotlight and deliver the goods consistently.

Topics: SaaS

Attention CEOs: How Software Automation Will Bring Success In 2017 And Beyond

The automation of previously human-dependent tasks is nothing new. The industrial revolution was the first big wave of automation where machinery was introduced to production lines as a means to reduce operation times, costs and complexities.

Topics: Cloud Stack

Dev Agencies: How To Maximize The Benefits Of Cloud Computing

While many development agencies have already embraced the cloud, dependence on existing IT infrastructure and legacy systems have resulted in most agencies having some sort of hybrid solution. This means that while some applications and servers are cloud-based, there are still local environments in use that need to integrate with newer infrastructure.

Topics: Cloud Computing

Improve Your Deployment Pipeline With Continuous Delivery

To move a project through the delivery pipeline effectively, you need some level of automation. Delivering software isn’t simply a process of taking one set of files and copying them over to a new environment – it’s a delicate orchestration of processes. And with more businesses looking to adopt DevOps into their organizations, those who have been at it for some time know that their advantage over newcomers will soon run out.

Topics: Continuous Delivery