Issue #7

Hello CloudMakers!

As the last issue of this year, today we shall see:

  • a very good recap of best practices for successful CI/CD pipelines and DevOps teams

  • an introduction to two open-source tools for managing and enforcing policies across complex systems

  • an open-source APM tool from Apache Foundation and how to use it with EKS and RDS

  • BONUS: breaking barriers and changing the game: my recap of 2022


Is your CI/CD pipeline ready for 2023?

This blog post effectively summarizes the critical DevOps practices for a successful CI/CD pipeline and DevOps team. These practices, such as the need for speed, high levels of automation and self-service, and a focus on business value, are relevant for both companies that are new to adopting DevOps and teams that are already using DevOps but looking to improve their processes. The emphasis on minimizing handoffs between teams and implementing flow-through pipelines based on Lean principles can help organizations streamline their processes and increase efficiency. Additionally, maintaining security and compliance throughout the process is highlighted, which is crucial for all organizations. Overall, this blog post is useful for any team looking to adopt or improve their DevOps practices as a new year resolution.

Introduction to OPAL

This article introduces Open Policy Agent (OPA) and Open Policy Administration Layer (OPAL), two open-source tools for managing and enforcing policies in modern, distributed systems. OPA is a general-purpose policy engine that enables context-aware policy enforcement, while OPAL provides a central platform for managing and deploying OPA policies across an organization's infrastructure. Together, OPA and OPAL provide a powerful solution for improving security, compliance, and agility in complex environments.

How to run Apache SkyWalking on AWS EKS and RDS/Aurora

Apache SkyWalking is an open-source application performance monitoring tool that helps you monitor and troubleshoot the performance of your application in real time. It provides a comprehensive view of the health and performance of your application by collecting and analyzing data from various sources, such as distributed tracing, metrics, logs, and service discovery. SkyWalking can be used to monitor applications running on various platforms, including cloud environments like Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), as we can read in this article.

A Year of Growth and Impact: Reflections on 2022 as a Woman in Tech

As the year draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the accomplishments and successes of the past year. As a female voice in tech, I have worked to inspire, educate and empower others through my blog and newsletter. I look forward to continuing this work in the coming year!

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