Local Kubernetes Lab: Quick and Easy

August 1, 2022 | By Matthew Schuchard

Introduction At the end of 2017 Kubernetes had won the container orchestration wars. Rival container orchestration platforms had transitioned to instead providing managed service offerings of Kubernetes. There were and are multiple powerful and enterprise offerings for this functionality. However,…

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How do you evaluate emerging technology?

July 8, 2022 | By Nick Marcarelli

I asked an IT leader how they evaluate emerging technology for use within their organization. The response was interesting. The internet – Google, Reddit, LinkedIn Direct with an independent software vendor Referrals from colleagues or friends Gartner Trial and error…

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Packer Image Pipelines

July 5, 2022 | By Matthew Schuchard

Introduction Packer is the industry standard tool for managing machine image artifacts. It is also essentially the “only game in town”. It supports a variety of platforms and provisioners for sophisticated management of various sources and builds using HCL2, and…

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Terraform Dynamic Ansible Inventory Management

June 17, 2022 | By Matthew Schuchard

The typical workflow design pattern for server provisioning is to create instance image artifacts, and then provision infrastructure, and then provision software and configuration unique to the instance. There may also be a desire to independently update and modify the…

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Alternative CI Pipeline Tools Comparison

June 7, 2022 | By Matthew Schuchard

Introduction I can still recall with clarity from over a decade ago when one of my job responsibilities was ensuring the source control management, building, packaging, quality assurance, delivery, and release of an enormous monolithic software tool suite comprised of…

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