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14 minute read
| June 5, 2018

Automated SSL certs for Kubernetes with letsencrypt and cert-manager

Did you ever dream of the day where there would be free TLS certs that were automatically created and renewed when a new service shows up? Well that day has arrived. If... Read More
5 minute read
| July 14, 2017

The Benefits of Running Kubernetes on Google Container Engine

All signs are pointing to Kubernetes becoming the defacto standard for container orchestration platforms. Let’s say you’ve done your research, and you know you want to use... Read More
5 minute read
| June 30, 2017

Kubernetes emptyDir is not the same as Docker's volumes-from

My current client has a Rails application that is tightly coupled to Nginx. This sort of coupling is fairly common and used to avoid static files being served by the Rails... Read More
7 minute read
| May 31, 2017

How to Run Logentries in a Kubernetes Environment

Logs are great. They are easy when you’re running on one or two boxes. However, they get harder when you’re running in a modest distributed environment and even more so if... Read More
3 minute read
| May 8, 2017

Easily encrypted root volumes on AWS with Ansible

Whether or not root volumes on AWS need to be encrypted is a subject of debate. The encrypted AMI is all about protecting data at rest. Encryption at rest protects against... Read More
8 minute read
| May 1, 2017

3 Things I’ve Learned about Ansible Tags (The Hard Way)

Ansible tag's simple requirements make it very easy to get started. Overall, it works extremely well, but once you get a bit deeper some things might end up causing... Read More
8 minute read
| April 26, 2017

kops 102 - An Inside Look at Deploying Kubernetes on AWS the Fairwinds Way

In the last kops post,kops 101, I covered what kops is and why it’s the right choice for professional-grade Kubernetes installations. This week, I’ll cover the Fairwinds Way... Read More
4 minute read
| April 19, 2017

Using rok8s Scripts to Automate Your Deployment Workflow

rok8s scriptsare Kubernetes scripts that help manage the deployment of applications to Kubernetes via a continuous integration environment. rok8s-scripts are Fairwinds’... Read More
6 minute read
| March 20, 2017

Another Look at Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Amazon Elasticsearch Serviceis a managed service intended to make it easy to deploy, operate and scale Elasticsearch clusters in the AWS Cloud. When we first looked at... Read More
6 minute read
| March 1, 2017

kops 101 - The Kubernetes Deployment Game-Changer

Kubernetesis an open-source platform for deployment, management, and orchestration of containerized applications. It was originally developed by Google, which leveraged more... Read More
4 minute read
| January 6, 2017

How to Leverage AWS Lambda for DevOps Backup and Recovery

Lost data can mean lost business, so how can you make sure the cloud doesn’t bring you down? By keeping close tabs on what information has changed, who changed it and when.... Read More
4 minute read
| September 8, 2016

Monitoring and Logging

I’ve had a lot of arguments about monitoring and logging during my career in operations. Many of these arguments were centered around the idea that I wanted to monitor and... Read More