DevOps Insights

Building Large Scale Splunk Environments? Automation and DevOps are a must.

Splunk is a log aggregation, analysis, and automation platform used by small and large enterprises to provide visibility into computing operations and as a Security Incident and Event Monitoring platform. It is a very mature product, with deep penetration in financial services firms. The Elastic-Logstash-Kibana (ELK) stack is an open source suite with a similar feature set.   

For a large organization, log aggregation platforms can easily end up ingesting terabytes of data. Both Splunk and ELK require incoming data to be indexed and rely on distributed storage to provide scale. In practice, this means dozens, or even hundreds of individual nodes operating in a cluster. Once an organization moves past a 2-3 node log-aggregation cluster, a strong automation framework is essential for testing and deploying all components of the log aggregation platform. 

Using Salt and Vagrant for Rapid Development

Salt is a very powerful control system for creating and managing the health of an IT ecosystem. This post shares a foundational effort that simplifies the integration of Salt within Vagrant, allowing the user to quickly test deployment and implementation strategies both locally and within the public cloud.

Taking a Bite out of Apple – IT Projections for 2019

Written by: Cary Dym 2019 is off to a rotten start for Apple.  On January 4th, Apple hit a 52-week low of $142, 39% off of its all-time high hit in October 2018.   (By some estimates, Warren Buffet has suffered a $4B paper-loss on his Apple stock).  While most of the...

Risk Focus On Infrastructure As Code

Infrastructure as CodeWritten by: Cary Dym, Global Head of DevOps Business Development Infrastructure as Code (IaC) transforms and automates the manual process of standing up datacenter environments and processes, such as hardware instantiation, networking, run books,...

Phoning Home – Creating With SaltStack

Creating a distributed network of autonomous, self-healing sites with SaltStack. Click on the link below to view Peter Meulbroek’s SaltConf 2018 Presentation "Phoning Home - Creating a distributed network of autonomous, self-healing sites with SaltStack."   ...

“Tour of Cloud Computing” – In Depth Interview

The August 23 Jaxenter interview of Peter Meulbroek, Head of DevOps and Cloud Solutions at Risk Focus by journalist Gabriela Motroc entitled “A Tour of Cloud Computing” dives deeply into several key topics. The interview is organized around the following themes:...

DevOps Culture & The Meaning of “However”

We’d love to embrace DevOps; however… As I prepare to embark on the next phase of a career focused on recognizing new trends and accelerating the adoption of emerging technologies, I harken back to 2013.  I had recently landed in Tel Aviv with my family for a 2 year...

Launching A Unique DevOps Engagement Model

Risk Focus Inc., a leading provider of DevOps Solutions for Financial Services companies, is announcing today the formal launch of its unique new offering, ‘The Player-Coach’. This service is a radical departure from the bureaucratic Cloud adoption programs that are...

Risk Focus Levels up with AWS

Risk Focus loves to partner with vendors.  We think that partnerships with good technology firms give us better insight into products via training and interaction with product, dev, and support teams.  We are solution providers and system integrators, not resellers. ...

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