Using Capistrano For Configuration Management

As I mentioned in my short comparison of Puppet vs. Capistrano, we're currently using Capistrano not only for deployment and live monitoring of our application, but also for configuration management. Using How-To Documents For Configuration Management Before getting started with Capistrano, I used to write very detailed how-to documents to make sure that I didn't … Continue reading Using Capistrano For Configuration Management

Puppet vs. Capistrano – a short comparison

We’re currently using Capistrano not only to deploy our Ruby on Rails application, but also to setup and manage our physical and virtual (Xen based) servers. We have Capistrano recipes for adding users, installing packages like apache or mysql, configuring a Xen VM and more. Coming accross puppet, I started to wonder about the essential … Continue reading Puppet vs. Capistrano – a short comparison

Configuration Management: Introduction to Puppet

After years spent working with Cfengine, Luke Kanies decided to form the company Reductive Labs in 2005 and Puppet, a long time idea and quickly stabilizing prototype, was born. He describes it as an open-source, next-generation server automation tool. Configuration files (called manifests) are written declaratively, and there is a client/server model for distribution handling. … Continue reading Configuration Management: Introduction to Puppet

Configuration Management: Introduction to Cfengine

As promised in my last post about configuration management, I want to introduce you to one of the key Open Source configuration management players on the scene today - Cfengine. Embarked upon in 1993 by Mark Burgess, Cfengine has helped system administrators configuring and maintaining their servers in the data center for over a decade … Continue reading Configuration Management: Introduction to Cfengine

Configuration Management: Scaling The Data Center and Growing Your Business

The Velocity 2008 Conference hosted many excellent presentations and discussions concerning web performance and operations. Adam Jacob, of HJK Solutions, presented how his company goes about "Building An Automated Infrastructure". To briefly explain what an automated infrastructure is, let's think of servers and data as office buildings and automobiles. Would it make sense to begin … Continue reading Configuration Management: Scaling The Data Center and Growing Your Business