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April 5, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on What is Chef? A primer for DevOps newbies

What is Chef? A primer for DevOps newbies

Chef is an open source cloud configuration management and deployment application. It’s meant to help anyone orchestrate servers in a cloud or just in a departmental data center. Instead of system administrators sweating over management programs that were designed for … Continue reading

March 10, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Deftly Pulling Your Servers’ Strings with Puppet

Deftly Pulling Your Servers’ Strings with Puppet

If all you’re doing is running a single server instance, you don’t need DevOps tools such as Puppet. But, if you’re setting up and managing multiple servers, you need Puppet. Oh, you could run dozens of servers using shell scripts. … Continue reading

February 15, 2017
by sjvn01
Comments Off on The Basics: Explaining Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and Docker Swarm

The Basics: Explaining Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and Docker Swarm

Containers, a lightweight way to virtualize applications, are an important element of any DevOps plan. But how are you going to manage all of those containers? Container orchestration programs—Kubernetes, Mesosphere Marathon, and Docker Swarm—make it possible to manage containers without … Continue reading