REDtalks.live #32 – Stats & Dashboards

We appear to be leaving the era of polling devices for stats and then processing them into something meaningful. This is what happy customers are telling me! So, how should we be operating in the future?

Organizations are standardizing on app-centric performance monitoring and dash-boarding technologies. They’re using open source technologies like ‘StatsD’, ‘GraphiteDB’, ‘Grafana’, and ‘Prometheus’. And its up to the infrastructure vendors to present useful data to these systems, or get out of the way!

To address such asks I set out on a new project called ‘BigStats’. BigStats is an small piece of code installed onto an F5 BIG-IP App Services device that enables it to push application statistics into popular databases and dashboards.

Watch this episode to see how simple this solution really is:

Here’s the code: GitHub

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REDtalks.live #31 – Network Infrastructure as Code – Part 3

Install, Setup and Troubleshooting

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Welcome to part 3 in this Network Infrastructure as Code series. In the previous episodes I provided some demonstrations and also best practices with Role-based Access Control and Change Rollbacks. In this episode we’ll cover how to setup your own Network Infrastructure as Code environments, in addition to some troubleshooting tips should you run into any problems.

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REDtalks.live #30 – Network Infrastructure as Code – Part 2

Role-based Access Control and Change Rollback

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Welcome to part 2 in this Network Infrastructure as Code series. In the previous episode we introduced the concept of Network Infrastructure as Code and performed a quick demonstration. In this episode we’re going to cover best practices around Access Control and how to roll back changes.
Infrastructure as Code is a great stepping stone towards integrated and automated ‘continuous deployment’. However, for those not quite ready to hand over control to an automated system, applying traditional approval processes to network infrastructure as code is probably a good idea. You’ll also notice that Network Infrastructure as Code has great change back-out capabilities, much better than traditional management models.
Enough of the words, take a look at the video below and let me know your thoughts!
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REDtalks.live #29 – Network Infrastructure as Code – Part 1

Introduction to Network Infrastructure as Code

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Greetings viewers and welcome to a short series of technical demonstrations on Infrastructure as Code.

In my field experience I noticed that most Infrastructure as Code implementations were oriented around ‘server’ infrastructure. As a huge fan of developer tooling being used to improve traditional operations, I thought I’d take a look at bringing Infrastructure as Code practices to managing F5’s BIG-IP App Services appliances.

In this video you’ll see the management of L4 – L7 App Services entirely from within GitHub Enterprise. Totes cool, right! In this first episode I’l just run through a quick demo, followed by a more detailed review in Part 2 (coming soon).

 

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