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How can we be sure of the continuous configuration management proper operation? How to expose factual topic-related reports to dev, sec, managers, customers...?

We believe that, in order to deliver the full business and collaboration value of continuous configuration management, the solution needs to go further than simply applying policies - it must ensure configuration reliability; prove historized application and status; share it to other teams; notify of any drift with a relevant context.

This talk will present why and how we should be concerned about transmitting factual measures on infrastructure management to all parties involved. We will also guide you through the journey to include a full-fledged reporting feature in a configuration management solution.

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Fosdem - Configurations do you prove yours?

  1. 1. Configuration: Do you prove yours? Infra Management Room @abrianceau in/abrianceau alexandre@rudder.io
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  3. 3. Configuration management is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product [...] throughout its life. Configuration_management “ 3
  4. 4. How devops can help to understand? 4 Culture AutomationShare Measurement
  5. 5. Why we need Observability in Configuration Management? 5 Causality AgencyPerspective trust and prove configuration states provide insights relevant to different needs help teams find the best levers for their job A B
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  7. 7. Let's remember: What does configuration management do? 7 configuration target state feedbackconfiguration
  8. 8. Let's remember: What does configuration management do? 8 configuration target state feedbackconfiguration feedbackconfiguration feedbackconfiguration
  9. 9. Observability is a measure of how well internal states of a system can be inferred from knowledge of its external outputs. Observability “ 9
  10. 10. Monitoring VS Observability: having a factual & deep insight monitoring observability 10
  11. 11. 11 PARAM RULE ● Id DIRECTIVE ● Id ● (Components) GROUP ● Id RUDDER config (global) ● Policy Mode ● Schedule ● ... NODE ● Properties ● Policy Mode ● Schedule ● ... Environmental context Historisation Historisation Compliance historised Event logs Change request
  12. 12. 12 PARAM RULE ● Id DIRECTIVE ● Id ● (Components) GROUP ● Id RUDDER config (global) ● Policy Mode ● Schedule ● ... NODE ● Properties ● Policy Mode ● Schedule ● ... Environmental context ● Id : . . . ● Generated : . . . Files Node configuration Historisation Historisation Expected reports (node id, config id, timestamp) Run reports Historisation Compliance historised Send expected reportsMetadata ● Integrity ● Signature Config ● For Rule R, Directive D1, Component C Event logs Change request
  13. 13. 13 PARAM RULE ● Id DIRECTIVE ● Id ● (Components) GROUP ● Id RUDDER config (global) ● Policy Mode ● Schedule ● ... NODE ● Properties ● Policy Mode ● Schedule ● ... Environmental context ● Id : . . . ● Generated : . . . Files Node configuration Historisation Historisation RUN ● Reports ● Reports ● ... ● ... METADATA ● node id ● config id ● run timestamp RUN ● Reports ● Reports ● ... ● ... METADATA ● node id ● config id ● run timestamp ● Signature Get config Send configuration reports Expected reports (node id, config id, timestamp) Run reports Historisation Compliance historised Send expected reportsMetadata ● Integrity ● Signature Config ● For Rule R, Directive D1, Component C Event logs Change request
  14. 14. Impactful events category 14 Definition ExecutionCreation of the target state of the configuration of the configuration rules node’s groups configurations parameters global per nodes environmental context properties policy mode... tracing the configuration generation process OS specificity template variables... predict configuration state anticipation of any change used to compare with the execution execution feedback fine grained comparison with the expectation prevent any alteration
  15. 15. Are you sure that I didn’t forget something ? ● And on the node itself ? ● Observability should be agnostic ○ Protocol normalization ● Beyond 1st level of external output usage ○ Data mining ○ Process mining and AI 15 Business oriented Technique oriented External events and targeted configuration state Expected configuration Execution feedbacks
  16. 16. Configuration: Do you prove yours? Infra Management Room @abrianceau in/abrianceau alexandre@rudder.io

How can we be sure of the continuous configuration management proper operation? How to expose factual topic-related reports to dev, sec, managers, customers...? We believe that, in order to deliver the full business and collaboration value of continuous configuration management, the solution needs to go further than simply applying policies - it must ensure configuration reliability; prove historized application and status; share it to other teams; notify of any drift with a relevant context. This talk will present why and how we should be concerned about transmitting factual measures on infrastructure management to all parties involved. We will also guide you through the journey to include a full-fledged reporting feature in a configuration management solution.

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