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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 scripts are Kubernetes scripts that help manage the deployment of applications to Kubernetes via a continuous integration environment. rok8s-scripts are Fairwinds’... Read More
7 minute read
| April 3, 2017

Docker Is a Valuable DevOps Tool – One That’s Worth Using

Docker is one of the most talked-about technologies of the past year, and adoption rates are increasing rapidly – for good reason. For some developers and operations... Read More
9 minute read
| April 3, 2017

Docker Is Easier to Use Than You Think

In my last blog post, I focused on why Docker is beneficial to use and why it offers significant value in a broad range of use cases. In part II of this series, I’ll focus on... Read More
6 minute read
| March 20, 2017

Another Look at Amazon Elasticsearch Service

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is 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

Kubernetes is an open-source platform for deployment, management, and orchestration of containerized applications. It was originally developed by Google, which leveraged more... Read More
7 minute read
| January 25, 2017

The Tenth Rule of Cloud-based Infrastructure

I thought I wanted to share some thoughts about the genesis of Fairwinds (f.k.a. ReactiveOps) – about what we do and why we do it. I’ll start with a little history. Read More
4 minute read
| January 11, 2017

What Does High Availability Mean to You?

High availability is the expectation that a system will operate continuously for a significant span of time. For example, with 8,760 hours in a year, 99% availability... 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
| December 28, 2016

Bridging the Chasm: Exceptional Application Performance Requires Dev Insight and Ops Weigh-In

Picture this – The operations team has spent months developing a hard-won understanding of technical bottlenecks and application-specific performance issues only to discover... Read More
5 minute read
| December 5, 2016

Don’t Let the Cloud Bring You Down: The Importance of Cloud Server Backups

We’re all familiar with the most common threat vector – a hacker or other bad actor gains access to your cloud infrastructure to exploit system vulnerabilities. A less talked... Read More