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What they did not tell you about using Amazon DocumentDB…

by Tom Kennes on Aug 30, 2021

When migrating to AWS, there are so many services you could use! Name any use-case, and probably AWS has got your back. With over 175 AWS services readily available for you to use, you might even have multiple options! Looking for human speech generation? Use Polly. Or are you into scaling your operation beyond the earth? Get busy with satellites using AWS Ground Station. Need to set up first-line support for your customers?

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Integrating Kubernetes with 1Password for Infrastructure Secrets

by Benny Cornelissen on Jul 23, 2021

How many Cloud Engineers do you need to implement the correct solution for managing secrets in Kubernetes? The answer: pretty much all of them, and you’ll rebuild your solution roughly every other month. Cheeky remarks aside, you can probably imagine that this is a returning topic within Skyworkz, and there are as many correct solutions as there are options out there, from Bitnami SealedSecrets to Mozilla SOPS to AWS Secrets Manager to HashiCorp Vault… But in the latest iteration of this discussion our Director (who still likes to be an engineer from time to time) Bas mentioned 1Password Secrets Automation.

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Jengo: A Homebrew-distributed Golang-based Jenkins API Wrapper

by Tom Kennes on Nov 26, 2020

Since I am about to start at a new client as DevOps engineer, I have been busy digging through some of the tools they use. Unsurprisingly, one of those tools is Jenkins. In order to catch up, I found myself back zifting through articles and documentation regarding old and newer versions of Jenkins. Although reading the documentation before starting is a sometimes forgotten best practice, I also want to be able to hit the ground running from day 1.

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HashiCorp Waypoint! What point?

by Tom Kennes on Nov 3, 2020

In October 2020, HashiCorp re-entered the space of DevOps and CI/CD by releasing the first version (v0.1) of Waypoint. The tool focuses heavily on developers, claiming that: "Developers just want to deploy!". In this blog post, the primary value of DevOps and CI/CD is explained as a better balancing of agile development efforts and stability-focused SRE efforts. Holding on to this train of though, there currently are a couple of caveats that either need to be addressed by organisations looking to adopt Waypoint v0.1, or require some attention from HashiCorp.

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