At Flux7, we use a Security by Design framework. By building security in from the outset, we are able to code in security controls, and ensure best practices for handling personally identifiable information and PCI requirements are used. With compliance being an outcome of good security, Flux7 focuses on architecting secure systems from the ground Every 100 milliseconds of downtime cost Amazon one percent in sales and Google found that an extra .5 seconds in search page generation time dropped site traffic by 20 percent. Clearly, downtime and poor performance has a direct impact to retailers. For Rent-a-Center, Flux7 implemented best practices to help insure their systems from within against risk factors that would attribute to poor performance online. Introducing DevOps automation — including auto scaling of its containerized SAP Hybris application — Rent-A-Center increased the scalability and availability of its eCommerce site, meeting a 42% increase in traffic over Black Friday without missing a beat.
Establish High-Velocity DevOps ToolChains
To support DevOps CI/CD efforts and increase velocity of application and services delivery, an integrated toolchain customized to the unique needs of the team is required. Mapping the myriad of possible tool combinations and coming to consensus can be difficult, particularly without first-hand experience with individual DevOps tools. The result can be over-engineering with overlapping tool functionality or a toolchain that fails to run smoothly and contains functional gaps.
Although we’ve implemented hundreds of DevOps projects, few toolchains are identical. Just as DevOps itself differs from business to business or team to team, so do the toolchains that produce real value, increasing efficiencies, removing constraints and automating activity. While many DevOps technologies are commonly deployed, it’s also important to use tools teams are familiar with, address a particular unique need, or provide unique monitoring and security capabilities. As AWS consulting partners, we rely on Amazon for the bulk of Infrastructure as Code technology, building in cloud agnostic components where it makes sense.
How We Build DevOps Toolchains
Our process, delivered in five one-hour decision-making sessions with key stakeholders from the business, development, ops, and security, can help drive alignment on objectives, decisions and workflow.
We’ll help you determine needs for training and skills development, and provide solutions to address gaps right from the start. Through these meetings we help you evaluate and decide on the right tools, providing perspective from experience and vendor relationships.
Then, we’ll help you build and deploy the toolchain, providing coaching, knowledge transfer and hands-on learning opportunities along the way.
Our toolchains are constantly evolving to incorporate the latest DevOps technologies. Here are some of the solutions we are commonly deploying. Toolchains are created as part of our DevOps Consulting solutions.
The Flux7 Enterprise DevOps Framework (EDF) is a helpful methodology for toolchain selection.
Using the EDF as a guide for planning and implementation, operators can build a platform for change that incorporates advanced cloud technologies alongside services, landing zones, pipelines, inspectors and injectors.
Flux7’s Landing Zone Services provide Enterprise customers with a fast, secure foundation for first steps on AWS, where it is crucial to avoid common and potentially costly mistakes that can lead to security, scalability and other critical issues. Our Landing Zone solutions include essential services and production accounts, for organizations who are ready to run a POC. We offer different levels of landing zones, depending on the business needs. Read more about our Landing Zone Services here.
Jenkins is an open source automation server. With Jenkins, organizations can accelerate the software development process by automating it. Jenkins manages and controls software delivery processes throughout the entire lifecycle, including build, document, test, package, stage, deployment, static code analysis and much more.
AWS CodeDeploy is a deployment service that automates application deployments to Amazon EC2 instances, on-premises instances, or serverless Lambda functions.
AWS CodePipeline is a continuous integration and continuous delivery service for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates. CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.
AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers. CodeBuild scales continuously and processes multiple builds concurrently, so your builds are not left waiting in a queue.
Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs.
Artifactory helps you speed up development by fitting in seamlessly with how your team works and providing them with a powerful API for automating processes.
AWS Config Rules
AWS Config allows you to codify your compliance with custom rules in AWS Lambda that define your internal best practices and guidelines for resource configurations. Using Config, you can automate assessment of your resource configurations and resource changes to ensure continuous compliance and self-governance across your AWS infrastructure. Flux7 is an AWS Service Delivery Partner for AWS Config.
AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. With CloudTrail, you can log, continuously monitor, and retain account activity related to actions across your AWS infrastructure. Flux7 is an AWS Service Delivery Partner for AWS CloudTrail.
Amazon EC2 Systems Manager
AWS Systems Manager gives you visibility and control of your infrastructure on AWS. Systems Manager provides a unified user interface so you can view operational data from multiple AWS services and allows you to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources. Flux7 is an AWS Service Delivery Partner for Amazon EC2 Systems Manager.
AWS X-Ray helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, such as those built using a microservices architecture. With X-Ray, you can understand how your application and its underlying services are performing to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors.
Amazon Inspector is an automated security assessment service that helps improve the security and compliance of applications deployed on AWS. Amazon Inspector automatically assesses applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices.
SonarQube provides the capability to not only show the health of an application but also to highlight issues newly introduced. With a Quality Gate in place, you can fix the leak and therefore improve code quality systematically.
Build, run and secure your AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform or Hybrid applications with Sumo Logic, a cloud-native, machine data analytics service for log management and time series metrics.
Aggregate, analyze and get answers from your machine data. Trigger custom actions and workflows to automate the collection and indexing of machine data critical to your organization’s operations and performance.
Amazon EC2 Parameter Store
AWS EC2 Systems Manager provides a centralized store to manage your configuration data, whether plain-text data such as database strings or secrets such as passwords. This allows you to separate your secrets and configuration data from your code. Flux7 is an AWS Service Delivery Partner for AWS EC2 Systems manager, which contains Parameter Store.
HashiCorp Vault secures, stores, and tightly controls access to tokens, passwords, certificates, API keys, and other secrets in modern computing. Vault handles leasing, key revocation, key rolling, and auditing. Flux7 is HashiCorp partner with special services regarding Vault.
Vault is a feature of ansible that allows keeping sensitive data such as passwords or keys in encrypted files, rather than as plain text in your playbooks or roles. These vault files can then be distributed or placed in source control. Flux7 is a RedHat Ansible Partner.
Chef Data Bags
Data bags store global variables as JSON data. Data bags are indexed for searching and can be loaded by a cookbook or accessed during a search.