DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #320 - 12th February 2017

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Several posts this week from last week’s Configuration Management Camp event. It’s always nice to catch up with folks from across the different communities and to talk about higher-level problems.

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News

A comprehensive postmortem for the recent GitLab database outage. Read it to learn how to improve your processes not to criticise with the benefits of hindsight.
https://about.gitlab.com/2017/02/10/postmortem-of-database-outage-of-january-31/

My talk from Configuration Management Camp featuring research into what people are putting inside their containers, and why containers as black boxes pose operational challenges.
https://speakerdeck.com/garethr/whats-inside-that-container

A few nice folks had a great conversation at Configuration Management Camp about the role of the CMDB, and what a modern CMDB might look like. Some raw notes from that chat.
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s301/sh/ecfdc3b5-01be-4c85-80a6-600dfbe2b245/fc17e00e7d3277d5
https://gist.github.com/f3ew/1247b8fd656dd1e3c5b57268079d25c6

A nice walkthrough of setting up Jenkins to autoscale based on demand within Kubernetes. Lots of code samples and screenshots if you want to try it out.
http://www.monkeylittle.com/blog/2017/02/09/autoscaling-jenkins-with-kubernetes.html

A handy introduction to using inSpec for making test assertions around security and compliance activities.
https://www.10thmagnitude.com/tech-blog/compliance-code-introduction-inspec/

A presentation from Configuration Management Camp about how adopting SaaS and serverless approaches pushes the configuration to the edges, and how promise theory can be used to understand the problem.
http://www.slideshare.net/jedi4ever/code-will-come-servers-will-go-but-config-management-will-stay-forever

A good argument for shipping as small a diff as possible to production, based on visibility and operability.
https://blog.skyliner.io/ship-small-diffs-741308bec0d1#.xeevfm77f

A detailed walkthrough of using Terraform, Ansible, Packer and some custom Python code to build a highly-available Rancher cluster in AWS.
https://www.tastycidr.net/rancher-creating-a-highly-available-container-orchestration-cluster-on-ec2/

The guarantees provided by hashes are of critical importance for security. This post delves into some of the mathematics to give a better understanding of why and how.
https://diogomonica.com/2017/02/03/why-should-hard-be-secure-enough-information-and-non-invertibility-2/

Puppet has been around more than 10 years, and changed a lot during that time. This presentation takes us back to basics, showing some of the useful core functionality which is sometimes overlooked.
http://www.slideshare.net/roidelapluie/puppet-dsl-back-to-the-basics

The question of where Docker containers will be used is still often asked. This post takes a strong negative stance on using Docker for databases, but the comments balance some of the points out.
https://myopsblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/why-databases-is-not-for-containers/#comments

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Tools

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