Let’s Do DevOps: We provisioned the hosts, now what? Let’s talk Ansible AWX vs Tower

Hey all,

Coming off my long focus on Terraform and CI/CDs (see my profile page for my many articles) I took some time to relax. I had architected a broad solution, and now it was time to teach all the development and operations teams I work with about it.

I love that part of the job — architecting a great solution is only half the battle — you have to sell it to the groups as better than what they do now. So much better, in fact, that they’ll learn a whole new tool and process, a non-trivial ask of operations and development teams that are busier than ever.

Building from provisioning to deployment — Source

And now that process is coming to a close — the teams are sold on the investment, they’re using the tool, I can pat myself on the back and… well, get started on a new project, of course.

And it’s really an intuitive step forward — I worked for a long time on a provisioning pipeline to build resources. And the next step a dev takes is to… configure those resources.

#automation #ansible #devops #programming #cloud

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Let’s Do DevOps: We provisioned the hosts, now what? Let’s talk Ansible AWX vs Tower

Let’s Do DevOps: We provisioned the hosts, now what? Let’s talk Ansible AWX vs Tower

Hey all,

Coming off my long focus on Terraform and CI/CDs (see my profile page for my many articles) I took some time to relax. I had architected a broad solution, and now it was time to teach all the development and operations teams I work with about it.

I love that part of the job — architecting a great solution is only half the battle — you have to sell it to the groups as better than what they do now. So much better, in fact, that they’ll learn a whole new tool and process, a non-trivial ask of operations and development teams that are busier than ever.

Building from provisioning to deployment — Source

And now that process is coming to a close — the teams are sold on the investment, they’re using the tool, I can pat myself on the back and… well, get started on a new project, of course.

And it’s really an intuitive step forward — I worked for a long time on a provisioning pipeline to build resources. And the next step a dev takes is to… configure those resources.

#automation #ansible #devops #programming #cloud

Nella  Brown

Nella Brown

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Let’s Do DevOps: Ansible AWX/Tower Authentication Power User

Hey all!

I’ve recently been spending a lot of time figuring out the idiosyncratic world of Ansible AWX, the open-source leading edge of RedHat’s Tower product. AWX is a platform for running Ansible code, and it supports all sorts of great features:

  • Dynamic Inventories— It can talk to cloud providers directly and download, filter, and build targetable inventory groups of hosts that exist in those clouds.
  • Job templates and credential injection— Jobs can be created to use root-level credentials for certain tasks that lower-credentialed folks might need to do, allowing us to create a job center of common tasks.
  • Job scheduling— Once these jobs are defined, if they need to be a regular task AWX supports a cron-based scheduler that permits running jobs from the AWX runner server on a schedule.

#devops #programming #ansible #ansible-tower

How to Extend your DevOps Strategy For Success in the Cloud?

DevOps and Cloud computing are joined at the hip, now that fact is well appreciated by the organizations that engaged in SaaS cloud and developed applications in the Cloud. During the COVID crisis period, most of the organizations have started using cloud computing services and implementing a cloud-first strategy to establish their remote operations. Similarly, the extended DevOps strategy will make the development process more agile with automated test cases.

According to the survey in EMEA, IT decision-makers have observed a 129%* improvement in the overall software development process when performing DevOps on the Cloud. This success result was just 81% when practicing only DevOps and 67%* when leveraging Cloud without DevOps. Not only that, but the practice has also made the software predictability better, improve the customer experience as well as speed up software delivery 2.6* times faster.

3 Core Principle to fit DevOps Strategy

If you consider implementing DevOps in concert with the Cloud, then the

below core principle will guide you to utilize the strategy.

  • It is indispensable to follow a continuous process, including all stages from Dev to deploy with the help of auto-provisioning resources of the target platform.
  • The team always keeps an eye on major and minor application changes that can typically appear within a few hours of development to operation. However, the support of unlimited resource provisioning is needed at the stage of deployment.
  • Cloud or hybrid configuration can associate this process, but you must confirm that configuration should support multiple cloud brands like Microsoft, AWS, Google, any public and private cloud models.

Guide to Remold Business with DevOps and Cloud

Companies are now re-inventing themselves to become better at sensing the next big thing their customers need and finding ways with the Cloud based DevOps to get ahead of the competition.

#devops #devops-principles #azure-devops #devops-transformation #good-company #devops-tools #devops-top-story #devops-infrastructure

Nella  Brown

Nella Brown

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Let’s Do DevOps: Dynamic Host Inventories in AWS on Ansible AWX/Tower

This blog series focuses on presenting complex DevOps projects as simple and approachable via plain language and lots of pictures. You can do it!

Hey all!

In my last post we discussed what Ansible AWX/Tower is and how powerful it can be. We also went over how to build and deploy AWX to a local instance with Vagrant in less than 10 minutes.

So assuming you followed along, you now have a version of AWX running. Woot!

However, AWX/Tower isn’t a very intuitive software in my opinion, and it can help to get some help getting started.

The first thing I want to focus on building is dynamic inventories.

#cloud #programming #devops #ansible #aws

DevOps Basics: What You Should Know

Once an industry term becomes popular, particularly in technology, it can be difficult to get an accurate definition. Everyone assumes that the basics are common knowledge and moves on. However, if your company has been discussing DevOps, or if you are interested in learning more about it, here are some basics you should know.

What Is DevOps?

DevOps refers to the restructuring of the traditional software application cycle to support Agile development and continuous improvement/continuous delivery. Traditionally, the software was created in large-scale, monolithic bundles. New features and new releases were created in large packages and released in full-scale, infrequent, major deployments.

This structure is no longer effective in the modern business environment. Companies are under increasing pressure to be agile. They must respond rapidly to changes in the business environment to remain competitive. Software development needs to be completely changed as a process so that incremental improvements can be made frequently – ideally, several times per day.

However, changing a development lifecycle completely requires major changes – in people and culture, process, and enabling tooling – to be effective. DevOps was created by the breaking down of cycles between development and operations, combining two separate functions in application development. These changes intend to support agile, secure, continuous improvements, and frequent releases.

#devops #devops adoption #devops benefits #q& #a #devops goals #devops migration #devops questions