The benefits of cloud-computing (specifically IaaS) can be quickly outweighed by the time and effort that it takes to manage the quickly scalable hosts your company may be putting into service. Puppet, an open-source configuration management software package, allows for a more efficient and logical way to help you deploy and manage your new cloud resources. Mark will explain his experiences with utilizing Puppet, MCollective, The Foreman, and other software which can make a system administrator's life a whole lot easier in the cloud. Specific focus will be given to utilizing Puppet within Amazon Web Services as it pertains to Linux EC2 instances and related services. Even if you aren't involved in cloud-computing, come see what your company could be doing within your existing non-cloud infrastructure to help make provisioning and management of servers more streamlined and easy to handle.
Mark Stanislav holds his Bachelor's in Networking and IT Administration and is currently pursuing his Master's in Network Security -- both from Eastern Michigan University. Mark works for a Linux-centric managed services provider near Detroit during the day and teaches Linux courses at EMU by night. His passions are information security, systems administration, cloud computing orchestration, and web programming. In his spare time, Mark runs the information security news aggregation web site uncompiled.com.
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