by Carlos Duclos - May 16, 2013
Over the last year we have changed the way we test our software from a manual process to a highly automated process. This new system is capable of taking a change from our source code repository and follow it all the way up to where we update our internal staging servers, thus giving us incredibly valuable information while keeping manual intervention to a minimum.
by Sigurd Teigen - May 13, 2013
Last week, we revamped the way CFEngine formats output. You can continue to use the old output format by specifying the option --legacy-output (-l), but this is considered deprecated and may be removed in a future version.
by Thomas Ryd - May 09, 2013
IT-organizations around the world face constant pressure to do more, do it faster and with fewer resources. They are seen as cost centers and as such benchmarked against the performance of nimbler competitors and the public cloud providers.
IT-organizations feel that pressure from multiple sources at the same time. The CFO compares his internal IT-budgets with the costs of public cloud offerings and demands comparable savings. The lines of business know they can get the latest applications and platforms within minutes in the public cloud and complain about the slowness of their internal IT department. And the end-users expect continuous availability of all IT-services. Add Moore's law to describe the growth in scale and complexity of the IT infrastructure, and it becomes understandable why CIOs have the shortest tenure of all C-level executives.
by Sigurd Teigen - April 26, 2013
Over the past month we have removed a bit of functionality for CFEngine. These were features that were useful (cf-report) and good ideas (knowledge management), but the implementation was either in an unfinished state or the design had unclear semantics (outputs promise type).
by Brian Bennet - April 15, 2013
I've been working a lot with CFEngine newbies. CFEngine has been described as flour, eggs, milk and butter. All the ingredients needed to make a cake. Getting the new CFEngine user to recognize, then become excited about the possibilities that CFEngine provides they are now faced with the question of "What next?"
Indeed, anybody can throw some flour, eggs, milk and butter into a bowl, mix and bake it. But will it taste good?
This is an exposé of how I have managed my CFEngine repository for more than eight years. This design was used to manage over 1,000 host instances.
This works best if you have an agile infrastructure. Use SmartOS, OpenStack, Amazon EC2 (Disclosure: I work for Amazon), CloudStack or similar.