Friday 30th May, 2014
2:00pm to 2:50pm
This is the story of how our team is automating our infrastructure using Ansible (http://ansible.com). The story is told from the perspective of a software developer with an interest in operations.
In the talk, we will get familiar with Ansible using simple examples. We'll then see how to assemble Ansible's basic building blocks into reliable and repeatable playbooks for server configuration.
We will briefly compare Ansible with other tools that we have used, such as Chef and Capistrano. We will visit other technologies along the way, including Packer (http://packer.io) and Amazon Web Services.
Beyond specific tools, the talk will also explore practical principles for succeeding with automation, such as disposable servers, package management, and applying software design principles to infrastructure automation.
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