Review – Test Driven Infrastructure with Chef – Stephen Nelson-Smith

In search of a good book on Chef itself, I picked up this new title on O’Reilly.  It’s one of their new format books, small in size, only 75 pages. There was some very good material in this book.  Mr. Nelson-Smith’s writing style is good, readable, and informative.  The discussion of risks of infrastructure as …

Amazon Web Services – What is it and why is it important?

Amazon Web Services is a division of Amazon the bookseller, but this part of the business is devoted solely to infrastructure and internet servers.  These are the building blocks of data centers, the workhorses of the internet.  AWS’s offering of Cloud Computing solutions allows a business to setup or “spinup” in the jargon of cloud …

Infrastructure Provisioning – What is it and why is it important?

In the old days… You would have a closet in your startup company with a rack of computers.  Provisioning involved: Deciding on your architectural direction, what, where & how Ordering the new hardware Waiting weeks for the packages to arrive Setup the hardware, wire things together, power up Discover some component is missing, or failed …