Why we love Salt Stack

With many diverse server systems to deploy, configure, and maintain for our clients, it is important to have a Managed Configuration and Orchestration platform. There are many different systems in this space like Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Terraform, and Salt Stack. We use and have used many of them, but the preferred system that we love…

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Why we love Kubernetes

Container based micro-service deployment has been a logical evolution of better managing large software systems and getting the most out of your server resources.  The platform we recommend for managing our clients container/microservice infrastructure is Kubernetes (K8S).  The top 3 reasons we love Kubernetes: It is Open Source, and vendor neutral.  Kubernetes (K8S) can manage…

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Why we love Jenkins for CI/CD

Jenkins is a core part of our Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipeline for our clients.   Here are the top 3 reasons we love Jenkins: It is an open system that is platform, language, and methodology agnostic allowing us to support our diverse client base with one non-proprietary CI/CD platform. It is the industry…

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Why we love Gitlab

As a team we have many years of experience using a plethora of different solutions for storing code. Everything from paid solutions like Jira and Bitbucket, all the way to hand-written custom solutions to store assembler code. In the end, we’ve settled on Gitlab as a great industry standard solution for all our clients. Among the many reasons,…

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Why we love Elasticsearch

Knowing what went wrong in the event of a failure is incredibly important. Elasticsearch provides storage for log level events across systems, creating a reliable and redundant way to store, search, and query critical system events. Here are the top reasons we use it: Open source and well documented. Elasticsearch has a great community of…

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VIDEO – Introduction to Chat, custom Slack bots, and ChatOps for DevOps

The videos from the recent Chilliwack.Tech/Next event have been posted, including Richard’s presentation on ChatOps. It’s very fast paced due to the 30 minute time limit for each technology demo. The Chilliwack.Tech/Next event was held at the Black Box Theatre at the University of the Fraser Valley Chilliwack campus on Saturday November 17, 2018. Attendees experience an action-packed…

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Using geeky Open Source tools to visualize what TRULY matters for the health of your company

As announced in a previous blog post, Richard and myself presented at the BC Tech Association several months ago. We shared our story on how we repurposed DevOps, software development, and system monitoring tools (like Grafana) to transform our business by visualizing the key drivers to our business model. In this blog post, I’ve shared…

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