Autoscalers the Hard Way

If you’ve been following along on the Deis blog, they published a post showing you how to build a custom Kubernetes scheduler with Elixir.

That post was inspired by a recent talk by Kelsey Hightower.

Kelsey also tweeted:

I would take this logic and apply it to autoscalers too.

While everyone doesn’t need to go and build their own autoscaler, it can be beneficial to understand how they work. And one of the best ways to gain that experience is by trying your hand at writing your own.

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Deepening DevOps with Math

DevOps is a young but fast evolving discipline.

Like other young practices, the community is still discovering itself. As more people learn from their experience and incorporate insights from other backgrounds, DevOps continues to mature.

DevOpsDays is one of those places the DevOps community gathers together and shares this knowledge.

This year at DevOpsDays, lots of people were stepping back and building a framework around the practice of DevOps. We even say people starting to use math to help model DevOps.

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Why We Host With EngineYard’s Platform-as-a-Service Offering

We use EngineYard to host and it’s been an incredible experience that goes beyond just web hosting.

EngineYard and Rails As A Service share much of the same underlying DNA, and when you can make a compatible choice like this in your business, amazing things happen.

There is a tremendous amount of choice in web hosts today, but at RaaS we deal only with Ruby on Rails projects. And in this space, EngineYard excels. Their custom platform has been built to support Ruby on Rails projects easily, and it is effortless to bring a new project online.

But really, this is just the start. There are other companies that support Rails projects. What makes EngineYard different, however, is the same thing that makes RaaS work so well. Skilled staff with results you can depend on. I know that when I eventually run into issues with RaaS, I can depend on EngineYard’s staff, and the experience they have supporting many other Rails applications, to resolve the problems I run into. And they can do it with more speed and efficiency than I can provide for myself.

Why? Because having a staff dedicated to supporting the strange issues that come up with Rails applications makes their input so valuable. It’s the experience they gain from doing this again and again, across so many different projects, that makes them so efficient.

Using EngineYard to host and provide hosting support for Rails As A Service is like having an insurance policy against the chaos that inevitably finds its way into Rails apps. We don’t know when we will need to rely on their staff, and hope we never have to, but if we find ourselves in a position where we need help—Engine Yard will be there.

Having Engine Yard there means we don’t need to build, maintain, or grow these support skills in-house. We can stay focused on our goal of providing fully integrated upgrades to older Rails apps without needing to worry about deployment or devops on our own application. And it is this combination that makes EngineYard and Rails As A Service a match made in heaven.

Did you know? T2 instances on Engine Yard

This is the second in a series of short blog posts, intended to let you in on a little bit of knowledge about the Engine Yard platform that you might not have known. Engine Yard has a number of features and functions that many of our clients don’t know about, many of which can provide vast benefit.

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Did you know? HIPAA on Engine Yard

This is the first in a series of blog posts, intended to shed some light on features of the Engine Yard Platform. Engine Yard has a number of features and functions that many of our clients don’t know about, many of which can provide vast benefits.

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