Throughout the last year, we have been using and developing tools that allow us to have an IaaS where our data center is configured by Puppet and our virtualization and authentication needs are catered by Openstack. RedHat's foreman is our lifecycle management tool which we configured to support both bare metal and Openstack virtual machines. We use git to manage environments and hostgroup configurations and we will tell you how we deal with its security implications, how to store Hieradata secrets. Switching from a homebrew toolchain to open source tools like Facter, Foreman, Openstack has turned out into many contributions to these teams. Nearly everyone at CERN has started to wear the devops hat which brings new challenges in terms of development workflows and scalability.
Daniel Lobato Garcia
Software Engineer, CERN
Daniel Lobato is a developer who has worked in very different environmentst, from data centers and mainframes to startups. Nowadays he has dived into the Agile Infrastructure team at CERN where the design and implementation of the new computing infrastructure is done. As for Puppet, he currently helps RedHat to develop Foreman, a lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual machines. One of his goals at CERN is to knot this tool to all the relevant parts of the infrastructure, which includes Puppet for configuration management, OpenStack for virtualization and authentication, Puppetdb and others. He is sure the source of all computer problems is between the chair and the keyboard.
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