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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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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Training for Baby Crafty Penguins

Here is the training that we like our fledgling baby Crafty Penguins go through. This gives solid exposure to Linux, Networking, and Development concepts required to fill a DevOps or SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) role. Run through http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/ book to build a Linux system from scratch. Setup GNS3 simulator with: Cisco IOS switch VLANs. One VLAN for…

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