From black box magic to automation transparency

The CFEngine policy analyzer is an awesome new service introduced in CFEngine 3.13. The policy analyzer allows you to quickly debug policies and inspect what is going on under hood of CFEngine. A known challenge with CFEngine, and most DSL based automation …

Security Through Automation

Today’s approach to securing IT infrastructure is passé. In a dynamic world of unpredictable and often frequent infrastructure changes, the traditional approach to security falls short. It is no longer sufficient to just scan frequently for vulnerabilities and then try to interpret …

How efficient is your IT infrastructure and what can you do?

As someone responsible for IT operations, you have probably spent most of your time thinking of ways to improve your team’s effectiveness and efficiency to make it more competitive. At CFEngine, we have witnessed the management of IT infrastructure and organizations operating …

Should I pay my senior System Engineer $150,000?

If you are working for a Fortune 2,000, and hold P&L, or in other ways are responsible for the compensation levels of your SA team and have doubts answering this question, I will argue your operations are not automated, nor will it …

The Painful Road to the Digital Economy

Young and fearless, Born Digital Organizations (BDOs) now seriously challenge incumbent businesses, business models and value chains across industries. These digital organizations set new standards when it comes to frequency of new product features, cross channel compatibility, 24/7-365 availability, customer customization, user-interface …

2014 CFEngine Champions Nomination

Please nominate your favorite! The CFEngine Champion program rewards the voluntary efforts of individuals who have significantly enhanced the CFEngine Community by promoting CFEngine and its use. The contributions of the CFEngine Community are a vital part of our company’s ecosystem. View …

Introducing CFEngine Office Hour

Thanks to Mike Svoboda at Linkedin and a league of experienced CFEngine users, we are happy to announce the “CFEngine Office Hour”. Meet with CFEngine folks, bring your questions! Here is what to expect: “Instead of lecturing about how we’ve used CFEngine, …

POODLE, SSLv3 and CFEngine

This post clarifies whether CFEngine is affected by the newly published vulnerability in the SSL protocol,POODLE. CFEngine core functionality, i.e. agent-to-hub communication is not affected in any way by the POODLE vulnerability. If the protocol version is set to “classic” or “1”, …

The Dawn of Meltdowns

We are quickly becoming a more software defined world. The music, movie, automotive and telecoms are examples of industries going through disruptiveness due to innovative software defined products. In this new world, IT-operational efficiency has risen to be more critical to businesses …

10,000 Servers Managed Per System Administrator. Is That Possible?

William Gibson once said: “The future is here, but it is not evenly distributed”. Within the space of IT-operations and automation we see clear evidence of this. Last week at LISA, System Engineer Mike Svoboda from LinkedIn gave us a glimpse of insight into the future …