Top 10 Tools for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud Computing

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DevOps is a collection of strategies built  towards the goal of rapidly and effectively producing high-quality software-based products and services while eliminating inefficiencies. The DevOps point-of-view is that your technology infrastructure should be able to react on the fly to a market that’s constantly changing. Automation is the single biggest enabler for DevOps, and cloud infrastructure and automation tools make this possible. Often times, maintenance tasks call for  ‘all hands on deck’ to keep systems running smoothly. Below is a list of game changing Infrastructure automation tools to help manage your work load.

Puppet- Puppet is the configuration management system that enables cloud engineers and IT professionals to define the state of their IT infrastructure and then automatically enforces the correct state. Puppet automates time-consuming manual tasks.

Ansible- Automate apps and infrastructure quickly with Ansible’s configuration management and continuous delivery. Ansible is and agentless, powerful, all-in-one system for app deployment, configuration management, and orchestration.

SaltStack- Orchestrate and automate CloudOps, ITOps, and DevOps with speed and scalability using SaltStack. Systems and configuration management software, SaltStack is an easy to use, fast, open source option. “The SaltStack community is committed to keeping the Salt Open project focused, friendly, healthy and, of course, truly open.” -Saltstack

CFEngine- CFEngine is a cloud infrastructure automation tool that allows for “IT automation at WebScale”, The tool uses autonomous agents which run on every node of your infrastructure, implementing your desired state and reporting back continuously. CFEngine runs on the smallest embedded devices, on servers, in the cloud, and on mainframes, easily handling tens of thousands of nodes.

JuJu– Juju  is a python based orchestration tool developed by Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu. It offers a UI for orchestrating applications in cloud environments. IT can use Juju command line interface to schedule tasks, configure, deploy and scale applications.

Jenkins– Jenkins offers faster delivery of applications with it’s java based continuous integration tool. Jenkins has to be associated with a version control system like GitHub or SVN. Whenever new code is pushed to a code repository, Jenkins’ server will build and test the new code and notify the IT with the results.

Docker– Docker is an automation tool built on top of Linux containers (LXC). Docker creates isolated environments for applications called containers. These containers can be shipped to any other server without making changes to the application. Docker has a huge developer community and it is gaining huge popularity among Devops practitioners and pioneers in cloud computing.

New Relic– New relic supports monitoring of various applications like Php, Ruby, Java, NodeJS etc. It gives DevOps the real time insights about a running application. Configure a New Relic agent to get the real time data. New relic uses various metrics to provide valuable insights about the application it is monitoring.

Vagrant– Vagrant runs on top of VM solutions like virtual box, and VMware and is used for configuring virtual machines for a development environment. Using a configuration file called Vagrant file which contains all the configurations needed, a virtual machine is created and can be shared with other developers to have the same development environment. Vagrant has plugins for cloud provisioning, configuration management tools (chef, puppet etc,) ,and Docker.

Crowbar–  Dell Crowbar is a complete automated operations platform based on the Crowbar Open Source Project. It brings industrial processes to IT operations, where the input is bare-metal hardware and the output is usable applications.


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