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Automated Operations

Hashicorp Vault as a CA – how to automate your certificates part one

I have been recently looking at one of the biggest pains to operational IT; PKI, Certification, and re-certification of resources.  I bet you did not know that HashiCorp Vault can help with this? But first a little back story about why Security is important in today's world filled with Ransomware,...

Doing real work with Terraform Cloud – part 3

This is the third article in our series on Terraform Cloud; our first article, we introduced Terraform Cloud, explained the functions and features of the free tier, and went through the initial process of creating an account and connecting your new environment to your VSC of choice.  The second article...

Three powerful questions to drive your IT changes

There is no organization that can escape the transforming IT landscape we see today. Change from static Virtual Machines to Containers to serverless infrastructure. Transform the traditional data-center-oriented organization and adopt a "cloud first" approach. And last but not least, everything is code: from infrastructure scripts to security guidelines...

GitPod is the new developer experience

Just some phrases from the Gitpod website: "Select project, start coding", "Works on my machine - and yours", "Always ready to code.". Those statements make you curious. What's it all about and what should you know about it? GitPod is the new local developer experience. Suppose you have a...

Commissioning Terraform Cloud into your enterprise – Part two

In our first article, we introduced Terraform Cloud, explained the functions and features of the free tier, and went through the initial process of creating an account and connecting your new environment to your VSC of choice.  In this article, we will start to build out your newly created...

SRE Tools – Part 5, Large or Small: One size does not fit all

This is the fifth part of a series of articles attempting to lay down a road map to kickstart a potential journey into SRE.  In the first part of this series, we discussed MADARR and its relationships with the DevOps principles of continual development and continual improvement.  The Second...

SRE Tools – Part 3 Reaching for the moon, productionising your pilot.

This is the fourth part of a series of articles attempting to lay down a road map to kickstart a potential journey into SRE. In the first part of this series, we discussed MADARR and its relationships with the DevOps principles of continual development and continual improvement. The Second...

The need to know of Kubernetes auditing

Containers are the de-facto standard nowadays to run your applications. Kubernetes is the number one platform to orchestrate them. CI/CD pipelines as well as cloud-native services put an extra layer of complexity alongside persistent storage and (container) networking. All of these aspects need to work together to serve your...

DevOps and the future – what comes next?

No one can look into the future. However, trends come and go in the IT software industry. As of now, the DevOps hype is present in almost every organization that produces or consumes software applications. Not only for their core business but much more than that. Despite this great...

What is SRE, and is it important?

Several buzzwords floating around in conversational circles have pushed themselves to the forefront to such an extent that they have gained some traction with the Recruiters. One that seems to have particularly piqued the Recruiter's interest is SRE, to the point that I now receive three or four calls...