Learning Cloud 010: How to do DevOps with Richard Whitney

Welcome to the 10th episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and Il’ be your host.

Today we’re back with an exciting interview.  Our guest is a Sr. Dev Ops engineer.

 

Some of the things we discussed are:

  • What’s the difference between a DevOps engineer and a Developer
  • His Journey from a junior developer to a Sr. DevOps Engineer
  • His side projects what technologies he is playing with

 

I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation, so without any further ado here the interview with Richard Whitney.

 


I hope you have enjoyed this interview with Richard Whitney I know I learned a lot and I look forward to having him back on the show in the future.

 

That is it for today and remember “if you’re not willing to learn no one can help you but if you’re determined to learn no one can stop you”.

 

 

 

 

Links:

https://github.com/rb1whitney/rbwexample/blob/master/Vagrantfile

http://docs.the-startup-stack.com/databases/introduction/

Learning Cloud 009: Installing Chef on AWS

Welcome to the 9th episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and I’ll be your host.

Today I want to spend some time to talk about installing Chef in the cloud.  This text is only the outline.  You need to listen to the Podcast for the full content.

 

  1. Built Chef Server on AWS last night
    1. What is Chef? It’s an automation tool, an orchestrator. It lets you define a configuration for a server and then it will keep it there.
    2. We use Chef at work to automate our cloud builds.
    3. Installing my own Chef server is something I should’ve done a  while back.
    4. With any server software solution learning starts by installing it yourself.  Watching a video doesn’t cut it.
    5. I’ve a visual learner so I had Pluralsight video as re-inforcement
  2. I had the option to spin up an instance totally configured with Chef pre-installed but there’s not as much learning with that.
  3. Built the environment
    1. Requirement: Chef server, Chef workstation and chef client
    2. This is where AWS really shined.  In past I wouldn’t get past this stage because of the Prep time required.
    3. I had the option to select different OS.  It was so easy to do in AWS
    4. I felt so empowered having knowledge of AWS
      1. I had the account
      2. I Knew how to work environment.
      3. I had my own VPC. My instances would get public IPs. I knew how to make sure the port access was there. I knew how I’d be able to connect to my instances with SSH keys.  I knew this was a test environment that I could destroy at any second. It’s all external to my system, not VBOX. Better yet this would all be free
  4. Error regarding memory. Put elasticity to practice.
    1. I needed to add more memory to my instance.
    2. Kicked off the installer and saw error. This put me in troubleshooting mode
    3. I looked at the reqs and they wanted 8g
    4. I stopped instance and resized it from t2.micro to t2.medium
  5. Instance was running over night and got no charges.
    1. I used t2.medium.  Free tier is t2.micro
    2. It’s amazing that I was able to do all that for free.

 

You can see the step by step instructions here

I hope you have enjoyed today’s episode please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment in our website learningcloud.tech.

Remember “If you’re not willing to learn no one can help you, but if you’re determined to learn no one can stop you

Bye bye for now and until next time.

-Raf

Learning Cloud 008: Learn DevOps with Eric Vanderpoel

Welcome to the 8th episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and I’ll be your host.

 

We have a great show for you today.

Second guest joining us. Funny I say second guest.  That’s because the show is young I’m sure that eventually I won’t be numbering our guests.

As a brief introduction let me just say that our guest is a personal friend of mine and you’ll hear another bit about how we know each other. I’ll leave that as a surprise for now.

He is a seasoned veteran in IT and an expert in DevOps and Cloud computing. And an all around nice guy.  So I’m please to introduce you to Eric VanderPoel from BarclayCardUS.

 


 

I hope you have enjoyed this interview with Eric VanderPoel.  As a disclaimer, let me just add that while Barclaycard is a great company to do business with and to work for, the views expressed in this show are mine own and my guests.  This show doesn’t have any legal association with BarclayCard.

Lastly if you have enjoyed the show please give us a rating in iTunes and leave a comment in our website; learningcloud.tech.

Remember “If you’re not willing to learn no one can help you, but if you’re determined to learn no one can stop you

 

Bye bye for now and until next time.

 

-Raf