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Installing and Configuring Ansible on Ubuntu 20.04

If you are a system administrator, it’s important that you have a consistent way of managing all of the servers and computers you are using. Configuration management systems can streamline the process to a great degree. They manage all the systems efficiently from a central location. On Linux, there are multiple configuration management systems available. For example, Puppet, Chef, Ansible, …

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How to Install and Use Kubernetes on Ubuntu 20.04

Introduction Kubernetes is an open-source tool that is crucial in container orchestration. Kubernetes works by orchestrating and managing clusters at scale across various cloud environments or even on-premise servers. A cluster is a set of hosts meant for running containerized applications and services. A cluster needs a minimum of two nodes to work – one master node and a worker node. Keeping …

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Exploring Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and its Types

PaaS stands for Platform-as-a-Service. These platforms serve to provide cloud computing services to modern businesses. However, there is no singular, one fits all definition for everyone. There are various aspects that are unique for different types of PaaS cloud solutions. Similarly, even the way we define cloud computing service models varies from case to case. Generally speaking, PaaS is a …

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Getting to Know Kubernetes

Container Technology and Docker The idea of using containers for deployment in an application environment is not new. People have been using it for several years and with much success. With the help of containers, developers are able to isolate an application’s coding and configuration in an executable package. This prevents needless interference and hangups that would only slow down …

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Host your own Git Repositories with GitLab

In this post, I am going to demonstrate the installation of GitLab. With GitLab, we can host our own repositories at a central place with the ease of the Git features. GitLab is the first single application for all stages of the DevOps lifecycle. Only GitLab enables Concurrent DevOps, unlocking organizations from the constraints of the toolchain. In addition, GitLab …

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HowTo: CGroups

Well, as you know, GNU & Linux are awesome. Why? Because we have Control Groups (CGroups)! In this post you’ll learn how to: Protect critical system processes for both memory and CPU. A walkthrough video implementing cgroups on a live running server Set up an example implementation of CGroups or SystemD slices. Keeping Everything under Control You can use CGroups …

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Manage Docker resources with Cgroups

Last month I spoke at ApacheCon about Cgroups. It appears as very few Linux users (including yours truly until not too long ago) are familiar with Cgroups and their power. This is a pity, because Cgroups are very powerful, and allows you to allocate resources on your servers in a far more granular fashion than any other tool available in …

An introduction to server provisioning with CloudInit

This month we announced a very exciting partnership with Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu. Above all, the main element in this partnership is the introduction of full CloudInit support between the CloudSigma cloud and Ubuntu. An introduction to CloudInit If you’re not familiar with CloudInit, it is the industry standard for bootstrapping cloud servers. To clarify,  if you are using …

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Five Tools You Need for Your Cloud Deployment

You have finally managed to get up and running with your application. It runs great. You’re happy and you’re customers are happy. One morning you wake up with an inbox full of angry customer emails and your Twitter feed full of complaints. While you were sleeping, something broke. You just didn’t know about it until this morning when you checked …

An update to CloudSigma’s Ansible module

Recently, we announced an Ansible module for CloudSigma (or rather, a Dynamic Inventory backend). I’ve personally started to use Ansible more and more for performing simple tasks. It did however become somewhat cumbersome to use when you have a larger pool of servers. While still not available in the web app, we have supported Tags for grouping resources for some …

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Using Ansible with CloudSigma

In a recent article I wrote about how you can use Salt to manage your CloudSigma infrastructure.  However, another tool mentioned in that article was Ansible, which is in many ways similar to Salt. Since we’re all about choice here at CloudSigma, I thought it was only fair to also provide Ansible-users (or aspiring users) with an easy way to …

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Spice up your servers with Salt

In recent times, the automation tool Salt has gained a lot of attention. In fact, Salt, along with Ansible, are seen by many as refreshing alternatives to the more established automation tools Puppet and Chef. Recently, a new tool was added to the Salt stack named salt-ssh, which enables you to manage servers without having to install any tools on …