Saturday, 7 December 2013

Dynamic Test/Evaluation Environment 

 Vagrant, Ganeti , Openstack are great tools for a dynamic data-driven test environment. couple them with a configuration management CFEngine3, Chef, puppet, , Ansible, or Saltstack and you will start having more time on your hand, and appreciating life around you. The possibilities are endless if you are looking for a backend highly available infrastructure Ganeti is your solution, used already by "Open Source Labs", Google, Mozilla, Greek Research and Technology Network, among others to manage cluster of virtual environments with resilience in mind. if you are looking for flexibility and providing your users with a private cloud solution Openstack will do. for testing new administration tools, policies, cookbooks, manifests, play books and blue prints than Vagrant is the way to go add the combination of these three together and you have dynamic solutions that scale in your own laptop or workstation from few virtual nodes to Amazon EC2, or your own company private cluster environment. 

Devops afternoon in Khobar- Saudi Arabia

Devops, and web operations did not pick up in the middle-east as it did in US, Europe, China, and India. We had a chance to present at the HPC Saudi 2013 user group conference that was coordinated by our technology planning engineer Khalid Chatilla, and Intel/IDC. we decided to check with CFEngine, PuppetLabs, Ansibleworks, and Opscode if they can participate, and they showed interest even though it is already end of year, and budgets already consumed, not to mention the short notice , logistics and planning that needs to take in action to secure their coming to Saudi Arabia. at the end Ansibleworks, and Puppetlabs managed to come and delivered an awesome afternoon, my colleague and friend Ahmed bu Khamessin with his limited graphical resources was able to capture some of these moments by his video camera and even though the sound quality is not great, he made it public to the world.  you can see my intro slides, and Ahmed videos below

Prezi Introduction to Saudi Devops Days  with use cases from CFEngine, and Chef.

Ansible presentation :

 Puppetlabs presentation in youtube