LOPSA RI Monthly Meetup

May's Talk
Continuous Integration of Infrastructure, an updated talk from BBLISA June 2013

Stability is the name of the game for systems and networks operators. It's what we expect and what our end-users expect, but it can be incredibly difficult to achieve - a constant stream of security patches, dead-end releases, broken software, broken hardware, and demands from other internal stakeholders force change. Constant, never ending change.

Complicating this is the fact that these changes are rarely isolated. A change on one system (particularly a lower-layer system like a router) can ripple through entire services. We have, in effect, an integration problem with every software update or configuration change we apply. So to solve this, we look to the software development world to see how they deal with it, and the answer is continuous testing and continuous integration.

At TERC, they are currently combining configuration management (Puppet), hierarchical configs (Hiera), monitoring (Nagios), test software (RSpec/Cucumber), and a software development CI stack (Jenkins/rake/vagrant) in order to address this. This talk will focus on Nick's experiences in rolling all of this out, what the limitations of current software are, and touch on what his plans are to improve it.

Nick Cammorato is a former software engineer who currently heads up the ops team for TERC, a non-profit educational research institution in Cambridge, MA. He has over a decade of experience in system and network administration, most of which has been spent trying to automate himself out of a job.

Complimentary pizza, drinks, and beer provided by our venue host, Swipely.

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  • Adam

    The Swipely office is located at 10 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI across the street from Kennedy Plaza bus station and the Biltmore Hotel. On street parking is free after 6PM and there are numerous parking garages all within close distance to our building, one near the Biltmore Hotel, one near the Providence Arcade Mall and one at the restaurant strip where Ri-Ra, Union Station Brewery and etc are.

    If you are in front of the Biltmore/Kennedy Plaza you can't miss our building. It has Boston Sports Club banners on it and the entrance is on Dorrance Street with another glass door entrance on Westminster Street. At the front desk, let the guard know you're attending the LOPSA RI meetup and they will give you elevator access to the ninth floor.

    May 6

    • Matt S.

      I was going to walk over from the MBTA stop. How is that neighborhood?

      May 6

    • Adam

      You should be okay, but stick to what I know. Take Exchange and turn right onto Memorial Blvd, then cut through the restaurants and go up the stairs, coming out across the street from the skating rink.

      May 6

  • Daniel S.

    Sorry would love to be there but I've got a schedule conflict.

    April 13

    • Adam

      Aww too bad Dan. Thanks for joining our meetup though hope to meet you soon. Our meetups are the second Thursday of each month.

      April 15

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