Using Amazon's CloudFormation, cloud-init, chef and fog to automate infrastructure

Amazon recently announced their new CloudFormation API. This allows you to create what they call "stacks," which will bring up and provision various AWS resources. You are able to configure security groups, EC2 instances, RDS instances, and elastic load balancers just to name a few. With this level of support and ease of declaration, it makes you wonder how much longer things like RightScale are going to last.


Cooking with Chef

I wanted to take some time to explain one of my favorite configuration management tools. That is Chef. I've been utilizing it pretty heavily over the passed few months and thought I'd share some of what I learned. I'm by no means an expert, but I've been managing my own chef-server as well as writing plenty of my own recipes.


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