11 Nov 2015

WP Cloud Stack - Fully Managed Enterprise Scale Wordpress

The Wordpress content management and blogging platform delivers content for over 20% of the worlds websites and there are an incalculable selection of 'default' Wordpress friendly hosting providers to choose from. However, for the more demanding enterprise client looking at enhanced levels of support, performance and uptime SLAs options become increasingly reliant on self built and self maintained solutions. At Cirronix Consulting we realised this and created the WP Cloud Stack service to cater for more advanced needs.

12 Jul 2015

AWS Elastic File System - First Boot

We've been eager to get our hands on AWS EFS and as the preview dropped in this week we got our chance (albiet via a virtual trip to Oregon). But firstly, what is it?
AWS EFS is 'standalone' petabyte scale cloud storage offering multi-source connectivity via NFSv4, with 'E' standing for elastic in the true sense. EFS removes the restrictions of single instance EBS vol mounts to provide multi-instance access, and if like us you've struggled with the nuances of s3fs-fuse mounts then EFS will be a breath of fresh air as it supports standard file and directory operations.

21 Jun 2015

The missing deployment hook for AWS OpsWorks

We've been using and recommending AWS OpsWorks for many years (from way back before it was even known as OpsWorks) and use it as our 'Go-To' configuration management system for the majority of AWS hosted client projects. It integrates superbly with Chef and brings together the core of AWS, cloud and DevOps into a single service, however it's not without nuances and the lack of dynamic deployment hooks from the code pipeline has bugged us for sometime.

3 Jan 2015

Fedora 21 - Linux Server comes of age with Cockpit management and built in support for Docker

Fedora 21 final was released in December 2014 and marks a defined stage of evolution for what has previously been termed Red Hat's 'bleeding edge', firming up its offering as a solid and viable contender with a three way split for Desktop, Server and Cloud. Of particular interest within the Server version is a new management WUI called Cockpit, in itself a potential game changer but with the addition of built in Docker support even more so. Let's take a look.