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Setting Up a Private Docker Registry on Ubuntu 18.04

Introduction Docker Registry is a centralized application that handles the delivery and storage of various Docker container images. This collection of container images saves a lot of time for developers. Docker images provide the exact same environment as to how it was built using virtualization. Thus, building Docker images takes a good amount of time from developers. A good example …

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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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CloudSigma PaaS Platform Load Balancing How-to Guide

On CloudSigma’s PaaS Dashboard settings, you will find a tool known as a load balancer. Load balancers are dedicated nodes that allow you to perform load balancing– the process of traffic navigation and workload distribution across different components in your infrastructure. CloudSigma PaaS gives you the option to add these instances manually into your environment. You will get the option …

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Setting up Django with PostgreSQL, Nginx, and Gunicorn on Ubuntu 20.04

Django is a free, and open-source web application framework that’s built in the Python programming language. Django is super-fast, secure, and highly scalable. At the hand of a skilled developer, Django can quickly establish a powerful website. It can seamlessly integrate with popular web servers (Apache, Nginx), and databases (MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and SQLite), etc. Django powers some of …

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Setting up Node.js Applications: How to Perform Production Tasks on Ubuntu 20.04 with Node.js

Introduction Node.js is a programming environment that runs primarily on JavaScript. The open-source program allows you to build networking applications on platforms running Windows, Linux, macOS, and others. You can use Node.js applications in two main ways: as command line apps or as services. Using a Node.js app as a service means that it will restart on reboot. This makes …

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HAProxy and Load Balancing Concepts: the Basics

Introduction High Availability Proxy (HAProxy), is a popular open-source proxying and TCP/HTTP load balancer solution able to run on Solaris, FreeBSD, and Linux. It is most commonly used to enhance the reliability and performance of a server environment by providing a balanced distribution of workload across multiple servers. This type of tool is used in many high-profile environments like Instagram, …

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How to Install the Elastic Stack on Ubuntu 18.04

The Elastic Stack (previously known as the ELK Stack) is a powerful solution for centralized logging. It’s a collection of open-source software developed by Elastic. It allows admins to search, analyze, and visualize logs generated from any source in any format. It’s a form of practice known as centralized logging. Centralized logging can be very handy when trying to pinpoint …

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Deploy a PHP Application on a Kubernetes Cluster with Ubuntu 18.04

Kubernetes (also known as k8s) is an open-source orchestration system. It allows users to deploy, scale, and manage containerized applications with minimum downtime. In this tutorial, you will learn how to deploy a PHP Application on a Kubernetes Cluster. Nginx behaves as a proxy to PHP-FPM while running a PHP application. Managing these two services in a single container is …

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How to Install and Configure Docker Compose on Ubuntu 20.04

Introduction Containerization has greatly picked up momentum in the software tech space over recent years. This can be attributed to Docker which is a container platform that simplifies the management of processes inside containers. Containers are lightweight, virtualized, portable, software-defined standardized environments that allow the software to run in isolation from other software running on the physical host machine. This …

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Nginx HTTP Proxying, Load Balancing, Buffering, and Caching: an Overview

Introduction Nginx is a high-performance web server that is also used as a reverse proxy, mail proxy, load balancer, and HTTP cache. Nginx is free and open-source, allowing anyone to download and use it in their server environment. You may have already used Nginx to serve websites. In this tutorial, we will be discussing the other capabilities of Nginx. The …

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Installing an SSL Certificate From a Commercial Certificate Authority: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction SSL certificates are tools that enable you to make your server more secure. These data files make the connections between a server and a browser safer. They are the difference between an HTTP and an HTTPS website. The way an SSL certificate works is that it encrypts your data stream, vets out the traffic, and verifies user identities. It …

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How To Create a Kubernetes Cluster Using Kubeadm on Ubuntu 18.04

This tutorial will guide you on setting up a Kubernetes cluster from scratch using Ansible and Kubeadm and further deploying a containerized Nginx application with it. Introduction Kubernetes (also known as k8s or “kube”) is an open-source container orchestration platform that automates many of the manual processes involved in deploying, managing, and scaling containerized applications. Kubernetes has a rapidly growing …