New announcements from HashiConf 2018!

New announcements from HashiConf 2018!

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We are writing from San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel where HashiCorp has just kicked off HashiConf 2018.

Since the company’s inception in 2012, it has seen huge growth and each of Hashicorp’s tools have become incredibly valuable to the industry. In particular, Terraform, Vault Consul and Nomad.

Terraform is currently used in most Fortune 500 companies. It also serves an incredible number of small and medium-size companies and plays an important part of the individual developer toolkit, thanks to growth in the adoption of the Cloud. Vault, Consul, Nomad are also being heavily utilised by the industry.

We’ve just kicked things off and HashiConf 2018 has a packed agenda of exciting talks, which is leading to some tough choices on our part!

Ready? Set. Go!

At ECS Digital, we’ve been working with the entire suite of products that HashiCorp has created.

Meet Michel Lebeau, DevOps and Continuous Delivery Consultant at ECSD. Michel has been heavily involved in projects that involve Hashicorp tools and runs Hashicorp Training courses. Here’s what he has to say about the product announcements at HashiConf 2018:

“I’m personally very excited about the free remote state feature that Terraform Enterprise is going to offer to everyone. This will allow teams to work together and manage the same resources much easier. This is a feature that Enterprise customers have enjoyed for a while now, and I’m extremely pleased to see that the general public will be able to benefit from it too.”

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“I’m also looking forward to Terraform 0.12, as I’m sure many others are, with the new for loop, conditional expressions, dynamic blocks, etc. However I am not looking forward to the breaking changes!

Vault 1.0 is of course another big one, it’s an awesome security tool that is being adopted by more companies by the day, and seeing HashiCorp give it its 1.0 seal of approval is very exciting. Auto Unseal for the open source community will help smaller companies sort out their unseal keys headache, which is a welcome addition.

Consul Connect and first-class support for Kubernetes are other announcements that have me unreasonably joyful for a Tuesday morning!”

Now meet Daniel Meszaros, also a DevOps and Continuous Delivery Consultant at ECS Digital. Daniel’s been working with open-source versions of the HashiStack for about 2 years. Here’s his take on the announcements at HashiConf 2018:

“There are a lot of exciting announcements happening this morning at HashiConf and let me tell you what my favourites are:

Terraform: HashiCorp is starting a new service to enable every terraform user to collaborate better. Remote state-file storage, with no limits on users or workspaces. Data is encrypted with Vault. This service also offers shared module registry, and centralised plans and applies. The brand new version of HCL is also something, a lot of people are waiting for, and it’s finally here. They’ve made the language more flexible, and introduced features (like loops, and dynamic blocks) that will make writing .tf files better.

Vault: 1.0 Preview Release. The entire community is waiting for the 1.0 for a long time. Vault is and has been a very mature product for years now, but the company didn’t want to release the first major version until they were sure, everything was just right, stable enough and supportable. New features include auto-unseal in open source versions, working with all the major public cloud providers: AWS, GCP, Azure and Alibaba Cloud.

Consul: Preview Release of v1.4. Connect is now Generally Available. Native integration with Envoy, the most commonly used service-mesh proxy. With the Kubernetes integration, announced earlier this year, Consul is now capable of discovering and securing and connecting services inside and outside a Kubernetes cluster.

Nomad: 0.9. I love the idea of Nomad. I love that HashiCorp is not trying to make yet another container-only platform, that focuses on the benefits of using container images, but besides being a container scheduler, is also trying to provide help to companies with legacy applications to start segregating and automating the deployments of their softwares in their current form. What shows that their effort is worth it, are the raw stats. Nomad is currently the fastest growing Hashicorp product in terms of downloads. In the new version coming in November, we’ll have new, improved UI and lot’s of new features, like utilising Nvidia GPU, Affinity type constraints, and a new type of scheduling, Spreading.

Learn: Hashicorp announced a new learning platform that helps everyone getting started with their products. Starting with Vault, but Consul and Nomad coming later this year.”

The official announcement by Armon Dadgar, co-founder of HashiCorp, can be found here.

Watch this space and follow us on Twitter for follow up blog posts and other specific announcements from Michel and Daniel at the conference!

Quick shameless plug: We offer Official HashiCorp Training in London and Singapore, get in touch if that’s something that your company is looking for.

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New announcements at HashiConf 2018

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We are writing from San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel where HashiCorp has just kicked off HashiConf 2018.

Since the company’s inception in 2012, it has seen huge growth and each of Hashicorp’s tools have become incredibly valuable to the industry. In particular, Terraform, Vault Consul and Nomad.

Terraform is currently used in most Fortune 500 companies. It also serves an incredible number of small and medium-size companies and plays an important part of the individual developer toolkit, thanks to growth in the adoption of the Cloud. Vault, Consul, Nomad are also being heavily utilised by the industry.

We’ve just kicked things off and HashiConf 2018 has a packed agenda of exciting talks, which is leading to some tough choices on our part!

Ready? Set. Go!

At ECS Digital, we’ve been working with the entire suite of products that HashiCorp has created. Meet Michel Lebeau, DevOps and Continuous Delivery Consultant at ECSD. Michel has been heavily involved in projects that involve Hashicorp tools and runs  Hashicorp Training courses. Here’s what he has to say about the product announcements at HashiConf 2018:

“I’m personally very excited about the free remote state feature that Terraform Enterprise is going to offer to everyone. This will allow teams to work together and manage the same resources much easier. This is a feature that Enterprise customers have enjoyed for a while now, and I’m extremely pleased to see that the general public will be able to benefit from it too.”

Nice one HashiCorp! See here for more details

“I’m also looking forward to Terraform 0.12, as I’m sure many others are, with the new for loop, conditional expressions, dynamic blocks, etc. However I am not looking forward to the breaking changes!

Vault 1.0 is of course another big one, it’s an awesome security tool that is being adopted by more companies by the day, and seeing HashiCorp give it its 1.0 seal of approval is very exciting. Auto Unseal for the open source community will help smaller companies sort out their unseal keys headache, which is a welcome addition.

Consul Connect and first-class support for Kubernetes are other announcements that have me unreasonably joyful for a Tuesday morning!”

Now meet Daniel Meszaros, also a DevOps and Continuous Delivery Consultant at ECS Digital. Daniel’s been working with open-source versions of the HashiStack for about 2 years. Here’s his take on the announcements at HashiConf 2018:

“There are a lot of exciting announcements happening this morning at HashiConf and let me tell you what my favourites are:

Terraform: HashiCorp is starting a new service to enable every terraform user to collaborate better. Remote state-file storage, with no limits on users or workspaces. Data is encrypted with Vault. This service also offers shared module registry, and centralised plans and applies. The brand new version of HCL is also something, a lot of people are waiting for, and it’s finally here. They’ve made the language more flexible, and introduced features (like loops, and dynamic blocks) that will make writing .tf files better.

Vault: 1.0 Preview Release. The entire community is waiting for the 1.0 for a long time. Vault is and has been a very mature product for years now, but the company didn’t want to release the first major version until they were sure, everything was just right, stable enough and supportable. New features include auto-unseal in open source versions, working with all the major public cloud providers: AWS, GCP, Azure and Alibaba Cloud.

Consul: Preview Release of v1.4. Connect is now Generally Available. Native integration with Envoy, the most commonly used service-mesh proxy. With the Kubernetes integration, announced earlier this year, Consul is now capable of discovering and securing and connecting services inside and outside a Kubernetes cluster.

Nomad: 0.9. I love the idea of Nomad. I love that HashiCorp is not trying to make yet another container-only platform, that focuses on the benefits of using container images, but besides being a container scheduler, is also trying to provide help to companies with legacy applications to start segregating and automating the deployments of their softwares in their current form. What shows that their effort is worth it, are the raw stats. Nomad is currently the fastest growing Hashicorp product in terms of downloads. In the new version coming in November, we’ll have new, improved UI and lot’s of new features, like utilising Nvidia GPU, Affinity type constraints, and a new type of scheduling, Spreading.

Learn: Hashicorp announced a new learning platform that helps everyone getting started with their products. Starting with Vault, but Consul and Nomad coming later this year.”

The official announcement by Armon Dadgar, co-founder of HashiCorp, can be found here.

Watch this space and follow us on Twitter for follow up blog posts and other specific announcements from Michel and Daniel at the conference!

Quick shameless plug: We offer Official HashiCorp Training in London and Singapore, get in touch if that’s something that your company is looking for.

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HashiCorp selects ECS Digital to be official Training Partner in UK

HashiCorp selects ECS Digital to be official Training Partner in UK

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Industry leaders partner to extend the adoption of DevOps Infrastructure solutions

San Francisco, London 8th September, 2016 – Forest Technologies (now ECS Digital), the leading DevOps and Digital Transformation Consultany headquartered in London, and HashiCorp, the leader in DevOps Infrastructure solutions, today announced a strategic partnership wherein HashiCorp will leverage ECS Digital’s significant training and enablement experience to broaden the adoption of HashiCorp tools in the United Kingdom.

Under this partnership, ECS Digital will provide public scheduled training courses initially on the Consul, Terraform and Vault products.  ECS Digital will also add the HashiCorp solutions to its reference continuous delivery tool chain for their customers’ DevOps and digital transformation engagements. Every business relies on software to deliver value to its customers and DevOps is the perfect catalyst for innovation in software development, and more importantly a powerful tool for organisations looking to stay relevant in an ever-changing digital-led market.

“HashiCorp is a company that solves development, operations, and security challenges in infrastructure so organizations can focus on business-critical tasks.  Since it’s formation in 2012 to support Vagrant development full time, HashiCorp has continued to develop products that solve specific infrastructure problems”

says Andy Cureton, Managing Director of ECS Digital.

Terraform and Vault are two such market leading examples.  We are delighted that HashiCorp has recognised Forest Technologies – now ECS Digital’s – experience and thought leadership in the DevOps community.  We look forward to broadening the HashiCorp community and adoption of the products with this training partnership.”

“We’re excited to have Forest Technologies (now ECS Digital) be part of the HashiCorp training partner program. Their expertise in DevOps and advanced Continuous Delivery workflows makes them an ideal partner for HashiCorp as we look to scale our training offerings in the United Kingdom”

says Burzin Patel, VP of Startegic Alliances at HashiCorp. 

This partnership puts great products and great people together to ensure our collective customers gain maximum value from their investment in HashiCorp.

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About ECS Digital:

ECS Digital, a leader in automation, helps enterprises deliver software and software related services faster and at a lower cost through the adoption of DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices.  Fanatical about customer service,  ECS Digital consultants are hired as much for their DNA as their ability. Established in 2003 with headquarters in London and offices in Singapore ECS Digital has over 100 customers from startups to enterprises across sectors including finance, retail, telco, and online gambling. More information can be found at www.ecs-digital.co.uk

Connect with ECS Digital on Twitter and LinkedIn

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About HashiCorp:

HashiCorp is the DevOps infrastructure company. HashiCorp technology aligns development, operations, and security to accelerate application delivery. The company manages seven open source tools (Vagrant, Packer, Terraform, Serf, Consul, Vault, and Nomad) that span runtime, infrastructure, and security management. Enterprise versions of Terraform, Vault, Consul, and Nomad enhance the respective open source tools with enterprise features that promote collaboration, policy-validation, and intelligent automation. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Mayfield, GGV Capital, True Ventures, and Redpoint. For more information visit: https://www.hashicorp.com.

Connect with HashiCorp on Twitter and LinkedIn

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DevOps Playground Meetup #6: Hands on with HashiCorp’s Terraform

DevOps Playground Meetup #6: Hands on with HashiCorp’s Terraform

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A successful sixth meetup!

This Tuesday, we hosted our sixth monthly #DevOpsPlayground meetup. It was a successful evening, attended by many.

These meetups allow us to explore and present DevOps tools – as well as providing others with the opportunity to give them a try.

This month, Mourad Trabelsi talked about HashiCorp’s Terraform.

Terraform

1.pngHashicorp’s Terraform allows you to write your infrastructure as code.

Writing configuration files and the running Terraform apply allows you to easily spin up new infrastructure. You can do this using multiple providers, including AWSDigitalOceanDocker and many more.

You can then provision them if needed.

Hands on!

During this meetup, Mourad guided us through creating a configuration file to create two webservers using one security group, then a load balancer in front of these two webservers, using its own security group, all of that in AWS.

Schema of the final infrastructure:

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You can find a walkthrough of the technical steps on our GitHub page, here.

 

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this meetup.

We hope to see you all again in the next one!

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DevOps Playground Meetup #4: Hands on with Packer

DevOps Playground Meetup #4: Hands on with Packer

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Fourth meetup and counting!

Thursday’s DevOps Playground was the biggest gathering at Forest Technologies so far.

The fourth instalment focused on the HashiCorp Packer tool and was presented by our very own Ivan Audisio.

The purpose: to provide an environment where we can nurture our thirst for knowledge (and maybe a beer or two) by giving the opportunity to get hands on with some of the latest DevOps tools.

HashiCorp’s Packer

Packer is a tool that allows us to create machine and container images for multiple platforms. It is a very small and simple tool to set up, that only needs a JSON template to run.

After dumping our files into a folder, we were good to mess around with the code.

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For those familiar with creating Virtual Machines, you might know that it can be a time consuming activity. Thanks to Packer, we were able to show that a fully functioning OS can be installed and configured with an apache server, using just one simple command.

Our playground only gave us time to generate one image for VirtualBox, but the possibilities are endless.

All of our participants were left with enough knowledge to know how to use Packer to create identical images for multiple platforms, using the source configuration file that we used.

Everything we ran through can be found on our GitHub page. We have uploaded all of the files that were used in the playground and also another template to create an image under AWS as promised. You can get to it by clicking here.

We would like to thank once again all the participants of Thursday’s meetup. We hope that you enjoyed the playground as much as we did preparing it for you. Your good vibes are giving us great enthusiasm to continue these events that are becoming tradition for us.

We hope to see you again in our next meetup! You can keep yourself up to date with upcoming events by checking our Meetup page or following us on Twitter!

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