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by Ken Sipe
How does your team handle release weekend? Is it the whole weekend? Is everyone on call? Is there a way to reverse the decision mid-stream? How long would it take your company or team to push a single line code fix from dev into production? Way too many organizations handle the production release through manual and tedious labor following a lengthy to-do check list. Way too many organizations have no way to reproduce their production environment.
What if you could “test” your production release before production? One of the answers to the last mile of continuous delivery is GLU. GLU is an open source project for deployment automation. It was created by one of the co-founders of LinkedIn (Yan Pujante) for automation of LinkedIn’s deployment automation.
This session is a basic tutorial, walking through the configuration of a deployment out to multiple services. We will work through serial and parallel deployments, ensuring consistency and detecting problems. This session should be a sufficient introduction to walking through: 1) installation, 2) configuration, 3) multi-server deployments 4) manual updates and 5) automated updates.
by Wesley Beary
Cloud computing scared the crap out of me – the quirks and nightmares of provisioning cloud computing, storage, … on AWS, Terremark, Rackspace, … – I mean, where do you even start?
Since I couldn’t find a good answer, I undertook the (probably insane) task of creating one. fog gives you a place to start by creating abstractions that work across many different providers, greatly reducing the barrier to entry (and the cost of switching later). The abstractions are built on top of solid wrappers for each api. So if the high level stuff doesn’t cut it you can dig in and get the job done. On top of that, mocks are available to simulate what clouds will do for development and testing (saving you time and money).
You’ll get a whirlwind tour of basic through advanced as we create the building blocks of a highly distributed (multi-cloud) system with some simple Ruby scripts that work nearly verbatim from provider to provider. Get your feet wet working with cloud resources or just make it easier on yourself as your usage gets more complex, either way fog makes it easy to get what you need from the cloud.
18th–20th September 2011