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    Managing Secrets at Scale at Velocity EU

    Drew Wright

    UPDATE, 1/12/16 Our own Alex Schoof spoke at Velocity EU 2015 in Amsterdam on managing secrets at scale in the cloud. It was a highly rated talk that earned a write-up in InfoQ. Alex will be presenting this talk at tonight’s DevOps DC Meetup in Arlington, VA. You can view the slides from his talk on SlideShare and view his talk on Vimeo below: ORIGINAL POST Modern systems are full of secrets. There are secrets we think about all the time, like private keys for SSL certificates or the password for the prod database, and there are secrets that we ignore or forget, like the secret used to generate HMACs for session cookies. All these secrets present management hurdles: They need to be safely and securely distributed to servers that need them. They must have some kind of...

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    Happy Holidays from the Fugue Team

    Drew Wright

    We were feeling a little wistful, so we asked our team: What was your favorite technology you received as a holiday gift when you were a kid? Here are their answers, in alphabetical order: Andrew "When I was in third grade, my mother brought home a copy of Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash. I was totally dazzled with how easily I could create animations, and from then on, I made all of my school PowerPoint assignments in Flash. I also used to post my animations on my friends' Myspaces, back when that was still cool. Additionally, my experience learning ActionScript paved the way for me to be the JavaScript developer I am today." Becki "Cosmic Osmo, a surreal point-and-click children's game from 1989, is not as well-known as Cyan's later games (hello, Myst!). But it was a gift I'll...

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    Happy Thanksgiving from the Fugue Team

    Drew Wright

    For this Thanksgiving, we asked our team one simple question... What software are you most thankful for? Here are their answers, in alphabetical order so we don't play favorites in the ongoing Emacs vs. Vim battle: Alex "I'm thankful for netcat. It's the Swiss Army knife of networking. It's never something that I think to install or use ahead of time, but when you need it, it's great to have." Andrew "npm makes setting up your node environment a cinch on any machine. It outputs exactly the correct amount of logs to make you feel like you're doing something complex and impressive without looking absurd." Becki "Spotify's Discover Weekly feature is so accurate to my bizarre taste in music that it's uncanny. I'm sure there's actually a team of teeny-tiny DJs inside my computer,...

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    Our Article at O'Reilly on Immutable Infrastructure

    Drew Wright

    We're big fans of immutable infrastructure at Luminal (the company behind Fugue ), and we're not shy about it! Immutable infrastructure brings a variety of benefits, including: simplifying operations, increasing system reliability, and continuous deployment with fewer failures. To that end, we're excited to collaborate with O'Reilly to publish "An Introduction to Immutable Infrastructure: Why you should stop managing infrastructure and start really programming it." In this article, Josh Stella, Founder and CEO of Luminal, urges us to give up on artisanal infrastructure, which increases operational complexity and causes many system failures. "Historically, we've thought of machine uptime and maintenance as desirable because we associate the health of the overall service or...

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    Every Startup is Now a Security Startup

    Drew Wright

    Startups don't care about security. We hear this a lot. It may be a descendant of "developers don't care about security… that's InfoSec's concern," a situation where at least someone in the organization was paying attention to security. In the developer-dominated world of tech startups, such a statement would be nonsensical. If a startup has dedicated InfoSec staff, they're probably not a startup anymore. To be fair, early-stage startups have a lot on their plate: fundraising, product development, acquiring customers. Speed is of the essence for startups and they need to avoid distractions that can slow them down. Worrying about security too early can feel a lot like building at scale when you only have five customers. In most cases, a focus on security doesn't contribute to the...

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    Software Agents are a Vulnerability

    Drew Wright

    Software agents are everywhere in the cloud. These little programs perform often complex or repetitive functions on our behalf so we don't have to. Some agents help us keep our systems updated and avoid configuration drift. Others roam our compute infrastructure in an attempt to keep everything safe from threats. Software agents are designed to make our job easier. However, in cases of large and complex systems where the true value of the agent should be realized, the opposite can occur. Getting approval to install agent software on machines can involve a lot of red tape. Deploying and managing hundreds of agents on multiple hosts can be a real hassle. They can sap compute resources and impede performance. And while agents help us monitor our systems, who's monitoring the agents? ...

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    Why AWS re:Invent 2013 Mattered

    Drew Wright

    The Luminal team headed to Las Vegas last week to attend the second Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference. As we're actively developing on AWS, we were eager to learn about new AWS services offerings, explore the AWS ecosystem of developers, Independent Solution Vendors (ISV) and Systems Integrators (SI), and connect with AWS staff to learn more about how we can build smarter and faster. The level of energy and excitement at re:Invent was something none of us had experienced at a software conference before. There are likely many reasons for this, but we primarily attribute it to the fact that AWS has established itself as the undisputed frontrunner in cloud with significant momentum among developers and ISVs. Attempts by competitors to change the subject with bus...

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