The Value of Our HashiCorp SI and Resell Partnership

September 18, 2017 8:00 am Published by -

HashiCorp Enterprise Tool Suite

Today we are proud to announce that Nebulaworks has expanded our partnership with HashiCorp, officially joining their new Partner Program as a Member System Integrator and Premier Reseller. This is an important move for our company as well as providing many benefits for you, our followers and customers. I’d like to take this opportunity to explain our history with HashiCorp and why we are excited about the future of working closely with their team.

My first Introduction to a Hashimoto Tool

My personal experience with what would become HashiCorp came back in mid 2011 when I was first exposed to Mitchell Hashimotos’ Vagrant. I was leading a team of folks working on a series of modernization projects with a few of our large clients. As part of this effort we were working through use cases that would allow us to decouple the creation and management of development environments from the hypervisors which were supporting the virtual machine instances. As we were a Sun Microsystems shop, the team was already using VirtualBox extensively. The two of these tools (later combined with Puppet) was game changing. It provided us the ability to take our first jump into automating the provisioning of virtual infrastructure for developers which quickly morphed into operations using the tool stack for deploying VMs for test and QA purposes. Gen 1 infrastructure as code, if you will.

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HashiCorp Tool Training is Key to DevOps Success

February 15, 2017 10:38 pm Published by -

On February 1st, we announced that Nebulaworks is a HashiCorp Authorized Training Partner. We’re super excited about this new partnership, one we have been working on for quite some time with the HashiCorp team. Over the past three years, Nebulaworks has been recommending and implementing Consul, Vault, and Terraform to help deliver secure and scalable solutions to our customers as part of modern toolchains supporting DevOps. It is only fitting that as official training on the products became available through a formal partnership program that we would be interested. We can’t wait to see our partnership with HashiCorp grow. But why is training, especially on these tools, a key component to DevOps success? That’s the topic for this post.

A Brief Review: DevOps Principles

DevOps is a way of thinking, a collaborative and highly communicative approach to the software development and IT lifecycle. It is based on a set of principles that an organization can adopt to optimize their development and IT operations processes. While where an organization starts with DevOps adoption is unique, there are a set of fundamental practices. Whether starting with people; by shifting team member skills, realignment of individual goals and responsibilities or the addition of new team members or defining transformative tactical projects which will be addressed a new way, the foundational principles of DevOps remain the same and are the foundation for adoption:

  1. Optimizing the global performance of left to right work streams (i.e., from business, development, and IT ops)
  2. Amplifying feedback loops from right to left, to support continual corrections
  3. Continuous learning and experimenting across teams and work streams

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