DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #487 - 26th April 2020

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A broad range of ops topics this week, from the new (chaos engineering, cloud cost management) to the old (security, database operations, branch strategies).

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News

A detailed write up from the recent Failover Conf on all things chaos engineering. Lots of notes and links to related content.
https://www.firehydrant.io/blog/failover-conf-wrapup/

A good post for any software developers needing to operate databases, in this case PostgreSQL. Covers tracing, query profiling, slow query logs and more.
https://medium.com/scopedev/introduction-to-profiling-and-optimizing-sql-queries-for-software-engineers-3cf376ecc712

A look at applying feature branches to infrastructure, automatically provisioning new Terraform workspaces for testing distinct changes.
https://medium.com/env0/from-feature-branches-to-feature-environments-with-terraform-652c0fdf0e78

Related to the above post, this article covers patterns for using source control branches effectively.
https://martinfowler.com/articles/branching-patterns.html

A tutorial on managing exceptions in policy, using Open Policy Agent and Conftest. Looking at testing different types of Dockerfiles.
https://menendezjaume.com/post/policy-as-code-exceptions-lists/

An excellent recorded conversation, and transcript, on securing software. Covering the challenge of increasing complexity, the cost of vulnerabilities and lots more.
https://trendtalks.fyi/cloud/2020/the-security-of-software/

A writeup of the new cf-for-k8s project, which provides a way to run Cloud Foundry on top of Kubernetes.
https://starkandwayne.com/blog/deploy-cf-for-k8s-to-google-in-10-minutes/

A look under the hood of Docker images, exploring the underlying overlay filesystem and the OCI specification.
https://dev.to/napicella/how-are-docker-images-built-a-look-into-the-linux-overlay-file-systems-and-the-oci-specification-175n

A set of tips for managing your cloud bills, looking at optimising applications, understanding your invoices, precommits and other ways to cut costs.
https://www.cloudops.com/2020/04/8-ways-to-cut-cloud-consumption-costs/

Tools

Paketo is a new project, providing a set of curated, high quality, cloud native buildpacks for common languages and frameworks. Use with pack or other tools to build container images quickly with minimal configuration.
https://medium.com/paketo-buildpacks/building-apps-for-kubernetes-get-to-know-paketo-buildpacks-6dc29b0f3cf3
https://paketo.io/

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