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What if configuration management didn't need to be lvl60 in dev?

December 11, 2019

What if configuration management didn't need to be lvl60 in dev?

Server infrastructure automation is not simple. Several solutions have existed for several years and most of them rely on infra-as-code to achieve their mission. By the way, why infra-as-code?

And unfortunately, these solutions require strong development skills. So how can we do this when the infrastructure team does not have sufficient and, above all, homogeneous expertise? Because otherwise, beware of the "Guru Team" effect, or how the infrastructure automation to save time ends up with a huge SPOF because only one person in the team knows how it works....

I would like to discuss this together and introduce you to RUDDER briefly. RUDDER is a configuration management solution, and therefore infra-as-code, that allows you to automate your systems by relying entirely on a graphical interface to manage your configurations. Because the infrastructure is complex enough to add a layer!

Alexandre Brianceau
Paris Open Source Summit 2019


December 11, 2019

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  4. • Main issues: ◦ Systems complexity and heterogeneous infrastructures ◦

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  8. RUDDER & IT Ops landscape Business needs Operating System Versioned

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