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DevOps Zone Link Roundup (Apr. 14)

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For a look at what's been happening outside of the DevOps Zone, we've assembled a collection of links from around the web covering all the tutorials, tools, new releases, rants, and raves you might have missed over the past couple of weeks:

Tutorials & Tools

Using NGINX For Large Scale Web Integration, Application Security, and Web Acceleration 

NGINX is an open-source web server and web proxy that excels at large scale web integration, application security and web acceleration. NGINX Plus extends NGINX with additional load balancing and application delivery features. This guide will quickly show you how to use some of the most common features of NGINX and NGINX Plus, once you have installed the software.


System-Level Monitoring and Troubleshooting with Sysdig
Today we are launching our third ambitious Open Source project, and this time, we’re focusing on system-level monitoring and troubleshooting. We are delighted to present to you with sysdig. Sysdig is, for us, the natural evolution of our work with network packets. It’s the consequence of many things that, over the years, have continued to frustrate us about existing approaches.

Gonzo - Puppet Change Impact Console Tool
Gonzo lets you assess the impact of your Puppet change before rolling it out across your server estate. It takes over after continuous integration tools have run their tests and deployed the release to the Puppet Masters, but before clients have been updated.

Organization Antipattern: Release Testing with Continuous Delivery 
Given Continuous Delivery is predicated upon the optimisation of product integrity, lead times, and organisational structure in order to deliver business value faster, the creation of cross-functional product teams is a textbook example of how to optimise an organisation for Continuous Delivery.


News & Opinion

Why Vagrant is the Best DevOps Tool Ever
Vagrant makes it possible to create desktop clouds by scripting the configuration and control of multi-VM systems. Imagine a multi-tier web application consisting of a web server, a database, and an email server. With Vagrant you can specify and package the entire description of that application: its tiers, their operating systems, and all the system and application configuration actions needed to provision the entire software stack.

Six Things I Wish I Had Known About Scaling
None of these lessons are particularly obscure – they are all well-documented, if you know where to look. They are the kind of things that made me think “I can’t believe I didn’t know that, I’m so stupid #facepalm” in retrospect. But perhaps I’m not the only one who started out not knowing these things, so I’ll write them down for the benefit of anyone else who finds themself having to scale a system.

New Integrations with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio | Puppet Labs
These integrations build on our comprehensive Windows automation capabilities and represent our ongoing commitment to the Windows community. We provide broad support for Windows, including Windows Server versions 2003 through 2012, Windows 7 and 8 and Windows Vista. This includes native support for the following resource types: file, user, group, scheduled task, package (.msi), service, exec, and host.

Chef Delivers DevOps Automation for Windows and Microsoft Azure
Chef today announced new Windows and Microsoft Azure automation capabilities, empowering developers to accelerate software and service delivery. Chef provides a single platform for automating Windows and Linux systems on-premise and in Azure. By delivering native integration with Windows PowerShell and the Azure portal, Chef enables Windows users to easily manage on-premises workloads and streamline migrations to Azure.

Migrating GOV.UK to New Infrastructure
Much of what we do at GDS is designed to be noticed in some way, usually because we are trying to change something for the better. However my definition of ‘success’ for a migration of a reasonably complex website involving 160+ virtual machines from one place to another is that the public could continue to use GOV.UK during the migration and the disruption to content creators within government was minimised – in effect, nobody would notice.

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