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IT 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,...

These organizational challenges hamper your Cloud migration efforts

Often, companies who migrate their applications to the cloud focus heavily on the technical aspects. Due to the fact that the technical issues can be immense, they might ignore or underestimate the organizational challenges. Translating the vision to concrete projects and actions heavily depend on the organizational power to...

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...

Dog-eared books on my bookshelf  – The life of a DevOps practitioner

Living the DevOps dream is not easy, this little corner of the world we occupy in IT is very fast-paced, and the only constant in our lives is that change is constant.  What is new in Azure, AWS, GCP, and VMware, and how do we integrate those changes into...

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...

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...

Useful techniques to boost your cloud storage performance

Cloud computing gives you the flexibility to host your business service the way you want it. You can choose from an IaaS, a PaaS or SaaS solution, as well as a combination of those. The same is true for your storage needs. Whatever solution you choose, performance problems can...

SRE Tools – Part 2 Time to Pilot your Next Steps

implementing SRE is hard, in this article we look at some of the things that need to be considered when considering a proof of Concept or Value.

SRE Tooling – Part 1 How and what

In our first post in this series, we discussed SRE and why it is an integral paradigm concerning modern-day operational functionality.  If you remember the principle of MADARR that we introduced in the first article, you will recognise that it is predicated on Observability. Without the correct and expansive...

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...