CICD Debates: Drone vs Jenkins

Introduction Jenkins has been the industry standard CI tool for years. It contains a multitude of functionalities, with almost 1,000 plugins in its ecosystem, this can be daunting to some who appreciate simplicity. Jenkins also came up in a world before containers, though it does fit nicely into the environment. This means that there is not a particular focus on the things that make containers great, though with the inclusion of Blue Ocean and pipelines, that is rapidly changing. Read More…

event January 31, 2018
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5 Tips for Making Containers Faster

One of the selling points of containers is that containerized applications are generally faster to deploy than virtual machines. Containers also usually perform better. But just because containers are faster by default than alternative infrastructure doesn’t mean that there are not ways to make them even faster. You can go beyond the defaults by optimizing Docker container image build time, performance and resource consumption. This post explains how. Defining “Faster” Before we delve into Docker optimization tips, let me first explain what I mean when I write about making containers “faster. Read More…

event November 5, 2017
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Continuous Delivery of Everything with Rancher, Drone, and Terraform

It’s 8:00 PM. I just deployed to production, but nothing’s working. Oh, wait. the production Kinesis stream doesn’t exist, because the CloudFormation template for production wasn’t updated. Okay, fix that. 9:00 PM. Redeploy. Still broken. Oh, wait. The production config file wasn’t updated to use the new database. Okay, fix that. Finally, it works, and it’s time to go home. Ever been there? How about the late night when your provisioning scripts work for updating existing servers, but not for creating a brand new environment? Read More…

event August 16, 2017
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Winning Hackathons, DevOps-Style!

Recently, I moved to New York City. As a new resident, I decided to take part in the NYC DeveloperWeek hackathon, where our team won the NetApp challenge. In this post, I’ll walk through the product we put together, and share how we built a CI/CD pipeline for quick, iterative product development under tight constraints. The Problem: Have you ever lived or worked in a building where it’s a pain to configure the buzzer to forward to multiple roommates or coworkers? Read More…

event August 3, 2017
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What App Developers Should Know About Kubernetes Networking

In the world of containers, Kubernetes has become the community standard for container orchestration and management. But there are some basic elements surrounding networking that need to be considered as applications are built to ensure that full multi-cloud capabilities can be leveraged. The Basics of Kubernetes Networking: Pods The basic unit of management inside Kubernetes is not a container—It is called a pod. A pod is simply one or more containers that are deployed as a unit. Read More…

event July 17, 2017
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Building a Super-Fast Docker CI/CD Pipeline with Rancher and DroneCI

At Higher Education, we’ve tested and used quite a few CI/CD tools for our Docker CI pipeline. Using Rancher and Drone has proven to be the simplest, fastest, and most enjoyable experience we’ve found to date. From the moment code is pushed/merged to a deployment branch, code is tested, built, and deployed to production in about half the time of cloud-hosted solutions - as little as three to five minutes (Some apps take longer due to a larger build/test process). Read More…

event July 5, 2017
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How to Run GitLab in Rancher - Part 2

*This is part two of our series on using GitLab and Rancher together to build a CI/CD pipeline, and follows part one from last week, which covered deploying, configuring, and securing GitLab in Rancher. We’ve also made the entire walkthrough available for download. * Using GitLab CI Multi-Runner to Build Containers GitLab CI is a powerful tool for continuous integration and continuous delivery. To use it with Rancher, we’ll deploy a runner that will execute jobs. Read More…

event June 22, 2017
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How to Run GitLab in Rancher - Part 1

*Note: This post is the first in a two-part series on using GitLab and Rancher together for continuous integration and deployment, and part two is now up. We’ve also made the entire walkthrough available for download. * Introduction GitLab is, at its core, a tool for centrally managing Git repositories. As one might expect form a platform that provides this service, GitLab provides a robust authentication and authorization mechanism, groups, issue tracking, wiki, and snippets, along with public, internal, and private repositories. Read More…

event June 15, 2017
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Do Microservices Make SOA Irrelevant?

Is service-oriented architecture, or SOA, dead? You may be tempted to think so. But that’s not really true. Yes, SOA itself may have receded into the shadows as newer ideas have come forth, yet the remnants of SOA are still providing the fuel that is propelling the microservices market forward. That’s because incorporating SOA principles into the design and build-out of microservices is the best way to ensure that your product or service offering is well positioned for the long term. Read More…

event May 9, 2017
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Developing a Commit-Based CI/CD System Using Rancher

At 360pi, we deliver commerce analytics that enable retailers to make sense of retail and shopper big data, which will then be used to improve their commerce strategy. Our infrastructure is all in Amazon Web Services, and up until now, was simply Ec2 instances built with our own AMIs. We used to maintain the traditional dev/test/master branch hierarchy in GitHub for our monolithic Python application, and we deployed those branches with Jenkins and Ansible scripts. Read More…

event April 27, 2017
timer Read Time: 4 minutes

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