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Automated Operations

Gitlab 14 – what’s new and improved

In today's DevOps-dominated world, robust CI/CD pipelines are critical for every stage in your Software Delivery pipeline. The right tools for your developer teams are essential to make this happen. A lot of companies use Gitlab to streamline their DevOps operations. About a year ago, I highlighted the most...

What is continuous testing and why does it matter?

Modern DevOps teams employ professionals which master multiple skills. Strong software development skills are one of the most important. Your team members also need to have a security mindset. And last but not least, they need to master different testing skills. Finding and fixing an issue early on in...

Same-day Terraform support for EC2 Predictive Scaling Policy

AWS is always bringing out new services, enhancing current ones; they are released at a pace that would be considered impossible even a couple of years ago. While this is awesome for AWS users, uses who only deploy new services by code using providers supplied by their preferred IaC...

Announcing General Availability of HashiCorp Nomad 1.1

Nomad is one of Hashicorp’s products that I feel more people should take a look at. It offers a viable alternative or even a supplement to Kubernetes in that it orchestrates the deployment and management of Containers, but it can also be used to managed non-containerized applications too. Before...

Terraform editions explained: Cloud, Enterprise and OSS

Terraform is almost ubiquitous in the Infrastructure-as-Code market. It can be used to deploy Virtual Machines, Container Images, Networking, Storage constructs, even deploy to bare metal servers and deploy serverless functions. Best of all: it is free and there is a massive community of Terraform users sharing their solutions...

Close your DevOps loop – Playbooks as Code can help

DevOps is all about enriching your end-user experience. Continuous feedback to improve your applications is an important discipline. The faster you respond to (external) changes the better. Disruptions in production need to be solved as quickly as possible to ensure your end-users remain happy. Business-related KPIs such as the...

DevSecOps is not easy, but it is moving forward

DevSecOps is not easy but it is moving forward For the fifth year in a row, GitLab on May 4 2021 releases the DevSecOps report. The report is drawn up by requesting and processing information supplied by nearly 4300 professionals working in a DevSecOps environment. It shows that DevSecOps is...

Cyrès: How Building and Using software factories are very different

CI/CD has been a major turning point in software development methodologies. It standardizes the workflows and tooling developers use, not unlike how a factory standardizes its work and machines to achieve greater output and better quality. The widespread adoption of DevOps practices has increased the delivery velocity from a few...

Packer 1.7: dynamic data devotion

Packer is a wonderful little secret developed by HashiCorp. At its core, it is an image builder. However, it has of late been the secret stepchild of the company, hidden and unfavored over its more glamorous siblings, Terraform, Vault or Consul. In this post, we'll dive into the Data...

Terraform 0.15 is GA – a major step forward in stability

On the 14th of April Terraform passed another milestone and released to General Availability their 0.15 version of the product. This is a very powerful release but not for the additional features that have been added but for a change in messaging surrounding the release. This is taken directly...