AWS Launch Wizard is a console-based service to quickly and easily size, configure, and deploy third party applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server Always On and HANA based SAP systems, on AWS without the need to identify and provision individual AWS resources. AWS Launch Wizard offers an easy way to deploy enterprise applications and optimize costs. Instead of selecting and configuring separate infrastructure services, you go through a few steps in the AWS Launch Wizard and it deploys a ready-to-use application on your behalf. It reduces the time you need to spend on investigating how to provision, cost and configure your application on AWS. YouRead More →

Elasticsearch is currently the most popular way to implement free text search and analytics in applications. It is highly scalable and can easily manage petabytes of data. It supports a variety of use cases like allowing users to easily search through any portal, collect and analyze log data, build business intelligence dashboards to quickly analyze & visualize data. This blog acts an introduction to Elasticsearch and covers the basic concepts of clusters, nodes, index, document & shards. What is Elasticsearch? Elasticsearch (ES) is a combination of open-source, distributed, highly scalable data store and Lucene– a search engine which supports extremely fast full-text search. It is aRead More →

A Practical Guide To HashiCorp Consul — Part 2 This is part 2 of 2 part series on A Practical Guide to HashiCorp Consul. The previous part was primarily focused on understanding the problems that Consul solves and how it solves them. This part is focused on a practical application of Consul in a real-life example. Let’s get started. With most of the theory covered in the previous part, let’s move on to Consul’s practical example. What are we Building? We are going to build a Django Web Application that stores its persistent data in MongoDB. We will containerize both of them using Docker. Build and run them usingRead More →

A Practical Guide to HashiCorp Consul Part 1 This is part 1 of 2 part series on A Practical Guide to HashiCorp Consul. This part is primarily focused on understanding the problems that Consul solves and how it solves them. The second part is more focused on a practical application of Consul in a real-life example and will be published next week. Let’s get started. How about setting up discoverable, configurable, and secure service mesh using a single tool? What if we tell you this tool is platform-agnostic and cloud-ready? And comes as a single binary download. All this is true. The tool we are talking aboutRead More →

Getting Started With Kubernetes Operators (Ansible Based) — Part 2 Introduction In the first part of this blog series, getting started with Kubernetes operators (Helm based), we learned the basics of operators and build a Helm based operator. In this blog post, we will try out an Ansible-based operator. Ansible is a very popular tool used by organizations across the globe for configuration management, deployment, and automation of other operational tasks, this makes Ansible an ideal tool to build operators as with operators also we intend to eliminate/minimize the manual interventions required while running/managing our applications on Kubernetes. Ansible based operators allow us to use Ansible playbooks andRead More →

Getting Started With Kubernetes Operators (Helm Based) — Part 1 Introduction The concept of operators was introduced by CoreOs in the last quarter of 2016 and post the introduction of operator framework last year, operators are rapidly becoming the standard way of managing applications on Kubernetes especially the ones which are stateful in nature. In this blog post, we will learn what an operator is. Why they are needed and what problems do they solve. We will also create a helm based operator as an example. This is the first part of our Kubernetes Operator Series. In the second part, getting started with Kubernetes operators (Ansible based), and theRead More →

This post is authored by Mike Burbey, Sr. Outposts SA AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to any data center, colocation space, or on-premises facility for a consistent hybrid experience. AWS Outposts is ideal for workloads that require low latency, access to on-premises systems, local data processing, data residency, and migration of applications with local system interdependencies. As part of the AWS Shared Responsibility Model, customers are responsible for capacity planning while using AWS Outposts. Customers must forecast compute and storage needs in addition to data center space, power, and HVAC requirements alongRead More →

Amazon FSx provides AWS customers with the native compatibility of third-party file systems with feature sets for workloads such as Windows-based storage, high performance computing (HPC), machine learning, and electronic design automation (EDA).  Amazon FSx automates the time-consuming administration tasks such as hardware provisioning, software configuration, patching, and backups. Since Amazon FSx integrates the file systems with cloud-native AWS services, this makes them even more useful for a broader set of workloads. Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Built on Windows Server, Amazon FSx delivers a wide range ofRead More →

Due to recent refactoring, I figured out that I need to move some Terraform state items from one S3 path to another. And then to merge configurations with other stuff at the destination directory. Terraform can move state items around, but this feature doesn’t work with remote states. Here is one way of doing it. Example Use Case First, let’s consider the following situation, this is configuration directory tree output: . ├── db │   └── test │   ├── (s3 key: aws/db/test/terraform.tfstate) │   └── ├── test │   ├── (s3 key: aws/test/terraform.tfstate) │   ├── You want to merge db/test state items into aws/test/terraform.tfstateRead More →

More than one year ago CoreOS introduced AWS ALB (Application Load Balancer) support for Kubernetes. This project was born out of Ticketmaster’s tight relationship with CoreOS. It was in an alpha state for a long time, so I waited for some beta/stable release to put my hands on it. The project is donated to Kubernetes SIG-AWS on June 1, 2018, and now there is a lot more activity. A few months ago the first stable version got released. Let’s try the ALB ingress and see how it compares to Nginx ingress or more advanced Contour ingress that I wrote about in some previous posts. HowRead More →