Terraform Multi State Management

06Mar,17 Post Image

Terraform_remote_state resource allows the state produced by one config to be consumed by another so that you can test your changes in isolation. If you’re testing something in QA, you can feel pretty confident that you are not going to affect production resources. If you are managing route53 domains using Terraform, you should have a […]

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Local development to ECS

25Feb,17 Post Image

Building fully automated local development increases the feedback loop because finding and fixing issues earlier in development lifecycle prevents issues from becoming catastrophic in production. Here at nClouds, we focus on building a local environment that’s similar to your production environment. Or else you continue to run into issues like “it works on my machine`. […]

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nClouds secures AWS DevOps Competency status

18Feb,17 Post Image

nClouds is proud to announce that we have earned the Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency Partner status. This achievement is granted to organizations who consistently deliver fast, high-quality software using a scalable and robust continuous delivery pipeline. AWS DevOps Competency Partners must have proven technical proficiency and success in helping customers implement CI and […]

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Getting visibility into Celery: ECS, Cloudwatch, Grafana

15Jan,17 Post Image

nClouds is a Managed DevOps Solutions Provider. We help to implement effective processes and tools to reduce unplanned work and provide visibility. We manage many Celery deployments. A quick Google search on Celery and you’ll find that people have issues with Celery’s performance, especially if you are using Redis as a broker— apparently, this is […]

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ECS auto scaling: Here is what you need to know

Whenever we build ECS clusters, the topic of ECS scaling seems to be the most confusing for our customers. We wrote this blog post to explain two basic concepts you need to know about: scaling ec2 instances and scaling containers. Scaling EC2 instances As illustrated in the image above, you should configure your autoscaling to […]

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Continuous delivery using Jenkins DSL, KMS, ECS, Cloudformation and Kubernetes

08Dec,16 Post Image

We build deployment pipelines and continuous delivery for organizations that want to increase their productivity. Here are some of the challenges that our clients commonly face: Building Jenkins and installing plugins itself normally isn’t infrastructure as code We always need solution for encrypting secrets for Jenkins Some time build fails due to resource constraints With the release of ecs-refarch-cloudformation, AWS […]

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Using OpsWorks? Here’s how you can use Spot Instances to save 50% – 70% on AWS costs

18Aug,16 Post Image

Here at nClouds, we build cloud infrastructures for various companies. Spot instances is the equivalent of running chaos monkey. Instances can go away anytime. But it helps us to think in terms of automation. And of course, one of the biggest advantage is that you can save lots of money without having to deal with […]

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The Complete List of DevOps Podcasts

06Aug,16 Post Image

We are stoked to present this exciting list of DevOps podcasts to you our fantastic readers, guests, subscribers, and to everyone who loves nClouds! We track and collect DevOps podcasts so you don’t have to. You can listen to any of these podcasts whether you’re on the go or in coding action. Keep yourself in […]

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Kubernetes Deployment Using Jenkins with Auto Rollback for Continuous Delivery

15Jun,16 Post Image

Containerization and OS-level virtualization has enabled unprecedented efficiencies in deploying applications faster and predictably while optimizing hardware resource utilization on the aws management console. With the old ways of deploying applications on the host, immutable VM images were heavy, less portable and provided little flexibility that’s demanded by DevOps-driven continuous delivery process requirements. A new […]

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OpenVPN + OpenLDAP + Yubikey

08Mar,16 Post Image

Overview As AWS managed services providers, we know that security is sometimes characterized as the balance of security and convenience. More times than not, for startups, security best practices suffer. We have simplified a solution to one of the most common infrastructure requirements: remote access. Using open source tools and a great MFA token we […]

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Configuring CloudFront to use ACM ( Amazon certificate manager) and redirect all the traffic to HTTPS

26Jan,16 Post Image

Amazon announced AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) last week. This means free SSL certs! Thank you Amazon for solving this major pain in operation! In this blog post we show how to setup ACM wildcard cert on Cloudfront Distribution. 1) Go to cloud front and click on select the CloudFront distribution and click edit on general […]

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nClouds Earns Status as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider Partner

28Oct,15 Post Image

Underscoring its reputation as an advanced consulting partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), nClouds announced today that it has become one of the first AWS Managed Service Partners in Silicon Valley as part of the new AWS Managed Service Program. San Jose, CA – Sep 08, 2015 – nClouds, a leading DevOps Solution Provider, […]

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Permitting IAM users to manage MFA and password without giving admin rights

04Sep,15 Post Image

When we are building infrastructure for our clients, we make sure that user has least amount of privileges. This walk though guide you through giving user enough permissions to manage their MFA and password without giving them admin rights. 1. Navigate to IAM and click on create policy and select Create Your Own Policy 2. […]

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How to enable detail billing on AWS

24Aug,15 Post Image

AWS generate detailed billing reports that break down your costs by the hour, day, or month; or by each account in your organization; or by product or product resource, or by tags that you define yourself. This walk through shows how to enable detail billing on your account. 1. Create a s3 bucket to save […]

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Using AWS? Do These 3 Things Now

10Jul,15 Post Image

As a Managed Service Provider for Amazon Web Services we work closely with our clients to ensure that every little detail is taken care of. However if you’re not our client and using AWS it may not be configured to ensure the best security, billing protections or transparency. Do these 3 things immediately – 1) […]

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Test OpsWorks Cookbooks locally using Test Kitchen and Docker

The challenge Testing cookbooks on OpsWorks takes a really long time and the feedback loop is really slow Most of the OpsWorks cookbooks don’t run locally unless OpsWorks agent is running. In this blog post I’ll walk you through how to simulate a OpsWorks environment locally using Test Kitchen and Docker ( boot2docker ). Hopefully, […]

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Deploy from Slack to Jenkins and Opsworks

OpsWorks can manage the life cycle of an application. But most of the time we find it useful to orchestrate OpsWorks deployments through Jenkins events because Jenkins easily integrates with many current workflows for most of the clients. Let’s talk about some of the challenges this workflow addresses and some steps use to implement deployment thru […]

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AWS Cross-account service access with Roles and temp keys

In last week, I was playing with cross-account IAM roles to achieve key-less job executions in our amazon web services environment. As a security prospective, IAM role is better option over aws keys as there is no need of aws keys ,awscli or s3cmd to access aws services. With proper use of IAM roles in […]

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How to Configure SolrCloud

Here at nClouds one of our clients wanted us to implement a Search Engine that autofills in one of their applications. We looked into various search engines and found that SolrCloud had the best collection of search indexes in storage. So, here in this blog we will go over how we configured the backend manually. […]

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Build a rails stack using Chef, Vagrant and Berkshelf

In this post, I am going to be creating a demo Rails stack using Chef, Vagrant and Berkshelf. Chef is an open source configuration management system, it allows you to treat your infrastructure as a code. Vagrant allows you to create Virtualbox machines, they also have support for Vmware. And, finally Berkshelf handles cookbook dependencies, […]

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