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Why Azure?

If you know me, you’ll know primarily I work with AWS. In fact, I’m an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator. So why am I here, telling you to get Azure certified?

Well, if you really know me, you’ll also know I believe that blind adherence to one vendor is foolish. In terms of your cloud skills, this has never been truer. In a survey of public cloud users carried out by Gartner, 81% of them said they are working with two or more cloud providers.

“By 2023, half of the total public cloud market will…

Get AWX running on your Mac

The AWX logo. Good isn’t it?


AWX is the free, open source version of Ansible Tower. Owned by Red Hat, Ansible is a configuration management tool for keeping your infrastructure in a desired state. Like Fedora is the upstream OS for RHEL, AWX is the upstream project for Ansible Tower. AWX is a central interface for managing all your ansible hosts and inventory in one place.

Why in the god damn shit would I want to use that?

Do you like consistent, repeatable, infrastructure deploys? Do you hate logging onto machines carrying out tedious tasks? Do you cry at the thought of running yum update everywhere? Of course you do. Why else…

The nuclear option to housekeeping

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cloud-nuke is a tool you can use to completely obliterate resources in your AWS account. That’s right. Completely. Obliterate.

Why on earth would you want to do that, I hear you cry? We’re in the business of building clouds, not destroying them. Well, there are actually several very good reasons.

Several very good reasons

  • Training accounts

We have an AWS account we call “The Playground.” The sole purpose of the playground account is to facilitate training and skill development for our staff. It’s a great tool to have, but inevitably, someone creates resources and then forgets about them. They…

No news is bad news

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Today I encountered an issue with AWS Chatbot. Chatbot is the AWS service I use to send triggered CloudWatch alarms into Slack. Unlike email, people might actually read them there.

Issues with Chatbot aren’t unusual. I’ve been using it since it was in beta*, and have encountered some frankly weird quirks. However, today was different. A quick Google of the error message returned the result that makes every DevOps Engineers heart sink.

Or, how I learnt to stop worrying and start cursing the day I was born

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This is a listicle of things you need if you don’t want to die cold and alone on your first datacentre trip.

Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

1. Headphones

Unless you like the monotonous drone of thousands of servers whirring away at once, headphones and some music are essential. Just be careful, there’s nothing more scary than zoning out to music whilst removing on a rack only to see a face looking back at you from the other side! …

Presented by Toby Jackson, Senior Operations Engineer @ Future

Sensu is a distributed scalable monitoring solution, written in Ruby with a JVM option for Enterprise users. It has multi-master redundancy using a message broker architecture to distribute messages from clients. Clients are configured to either push messages to the master, or provide results in response to requests from the masters.

Slides for the presentation

Broken up into three core sections, this presentation tries to help explain why you monitor software, platforms and your products. What you can look for, and how to best get that information out of your code and finally how Sensu can be used to achieve this in a scalable platform.

Bristol DevOps — WTF is Sensu — Presented by Toby Jackson

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