Terraform is a powerful Infrastructure as Code tool ideal for creating cloud environments and its flexible HCL syntax allows for the provisioning of complex environments from simple templates, saving countless hours. Often missed is the ability to template resources and use them in conjunction with Terraform’s workspaces feature to maintain concurrent versions of the same environment. When coupled with even a basic Continuous Deployment pipeline this combination of systems allows . . .
Previously we looked at implementing a CI/CD pipeline using both Terraform and Ansible for provisioning and Configuration Management. In this deployment we relied on an official Python Docker image to build our Ansible environment, however this required a few steps that add a few top-heavy steps that could be solved by creating our own Docker image instead. The sample code for this post is in my GitHub at https://github.com/tinfoilcipher/ansible-aws-docker-image. Speeding . . .
In previous posts we looked at a basic example of creating Immutable Infrastructure via BitBucket Pipelines using Terraform as well as why we would want to use Immutable Infrastructure and what benefits it brings. However we didn’t look at how to extend the pipeline in to Configuration Management. We’re going to look at that now, leveraging Ansible within the pipeline to automatically configure the instances we create immediately after they . . .
Previously I’ve looked at Azure DevOps as a fantastic platform for deploying CI/CD pipelines, and it is, however it’s obvious inclination for Azure makes it something of an issue when trying to work on other public cloud providers, and Azure obviously isn’t the only game in town. There’s also the issue of complexity. Whilst Azure DevOps is incredibly flexible and powerful, this leads to complexity and we don’t always need . . .
Outside of the tools, technology and other bells and whistles of the DevOps mindset are the concepts of CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery). Getting to grips with this mentality and the tools used to implement it can be a challenge but not one that needs to take a lifetime, especially not if you’ve been observing some sensible behaviour out of the gate. A multitude of tools claim to have . . .