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Building the World's Largest Websites

by Seth Vargo

Published September 11, 2015 in Technology

Today we are plagued by hundreds of choices when architecting a modern data center. Should our machines be virtual or physical? Should we use containers or Docker? Should we use a public cloud provider or a private cloud provider? Which configuration management tool is best to use? What about IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS? It would be manageable if these were binary choices; however, we often find ourselves in a hybrid environment. As more operations choices are added to your data center, whether through company acquisitions, a growing development team, or general technical debt, managing complexity between legacy and new systems becomes a nightmare. Yet the end goal is still the same — safely deploy your application to your infrastructure. We need to tame our data centers by managing change across systems, enforcing policies, and by establishing a workflow for both developers and operations engineers to build in a collaborative environment. This talk will discuss the problems faced in the modern data center, and how a set of innovative open source tooling can be used to tame the rising complexity curve. We will discuss the tools and tactics implored by some of the largest web-based companies using open source tools. Join me on an adventure with Vagrant, Consul, Terraform, and more as we take your data center from chaos to control.

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