Opsani Blog

DevOps industry articles, continuous deployment tips, lessons learned and more. Read up on the latest about Skopos Continuous Deployment System here.

Getting back ‘depends_on’ in docker-compose

Traditional enterprise apps are architected in a way that don't always comply with the 'perfect' microservices architectures we expect to see with Dockerized apps. For example, Docker expects services to be stateless and self-configuring whereas...

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Docker Compose Generator

I saw a few posts to Docker Community Slack asking for help with creating a compose v3 formatted file. Since Skopos already reads v2, 2.1 and 3, and can convert those to v3, our team put in a quick feature to help you auto-generate your compose file from...

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Skopos is now Docker Certified

We are excited to announce that Opsani is now a Docker Store Certified Publisher and Skopos Continuous Deployment is Docker Certified and available on Docker Store! Our inclusion into the Docker Certification Program indicates Skopos has been tested and...

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Discover and Visualize Your App Architecture

App architecture shouldn’t be something written on a whiteboard or powerpoint and forgotten about afterward; it’s a living, breathing thing that oftentimes is needed to be shared with other teams. With containers, microservices and continuous delivery, an...

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We’re Now Opsani!

That’s right, we’re changing our name. If you’re reading this, I know you’re wondering what it means. Opsani derives from the Slavic root for "description" which speaks to our vision of declarative systems for modern management. When we started Datagrid a...

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New Features in Skopos 0.14.16 & 0.14.18

With more feedback comes more releases. This month many new users have put Skopos through its paces and helped identify new use cases we need to solve for. Here are some highlights for you: Skopos 0.14.16 was released on May 11, 2017. This minor update adds support...

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New Features in Skopos 0.14

Earlier this month we released Skopos 0.14 adding some key features requested by our community. From autopilot for models and environments to GitHub integration and Amazon ECS support, Skopos 0.14 drives transparency for infrastructure-as-code while adding confidence...

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Ops in the Era of DevOps

Spend a little bit of time reading about DevOps and you’ll no doubt discover the term NoOps. That’s right, the idea that eventually we’ll have “no Ops” seems to be attractive to some Dev folks. At the same time though it’s easy to find posts from DevOps managers...

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Deployment scripts aren’t sufficient

Stefana Muller had a good post recently titled 5 challenges to continuous deployment in which she discusses the use of scripts for deployment. Most of the folks I’ve talked with recently are using deployment scripts and many do have issues with them so I thought it’d...

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Join us at DockerCon

We'll be exhibiting at DockerCon 2017 in Austin April 17th to 20th and we're hoping to see you all there. Stop by and discuss DevOps, containers, cloud native development, serverless and all the latest trends, plus we'll be demonstrating our Skopos continuous...

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Auto-Pilot for Deployments

For most companies, deploying containerized applications seems simple at first. Once you build the containers, you’re just a quick script away from a live app. But as the number of services increases and the instances start replicating, the once simple 10 line script...

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Announcing VCTR-Pro extension for Plesk

It's been just over four months since we announced our VCTR extension for Plesk back in May, yet more than 1300 subscribers have already signed up. The support from the team at Plesk has been wonderful and the users have proven to be a very professional and adept...

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VCTR passess usage milestone

It’s only been a few months since we introduced VCTR, our free server configuration scanning and vulnerability reporting service, but in July VCTR surpassed 500 active users. There are multiple configuration scanners already on the market but the combination of ease...

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We scanned Docker repository images and found . . .

We run Datagrid services on Docker. Not only are containers efficient but we find them easier to use for implementing immutable infrastructure as well. And, like many Docker users, we often start with the standard images in the Docker Hub repository. It’s very...

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Start to Release in Three Weeks

A couple weeks ago at WHDusa we introduced a our reliability and vulnerability extension for Plesk based on our VCTR service. We were excited to work with Plesk because of their expertise and large loyal customer base. However, we only got the go ahead to build the...

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200 Plesk users in 2 weeks

We released our VCTR reliability and vulnerability scanning extension for Plesk just a couple weeks ago and we’ve already had well over 200 users activate the extension. The community engagement has also provided useful input for improvements. Based on field feedback...

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Try VCTR in minutes

When we tell folks beta users get VCTR running and receive useful data in 30 to 60 minutes, many are skeptical. So we’ve rolled out a page where you can try our VCTR DevOps server vulnerability service in just a few minutes without creating an account, or even...

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New release operating

Like our users, we're pushing toward continuous delivery. We have a ways to go still, but today we updated our beta service today to release 1.0. The biggest difference is the addition of support for reporting and tracking configurations and vulnerabilities in Docker...

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VCTR adds support for Ubuntu

Having worked with data center operators for some time, supporting Ubuntu has consistently been important to success. Happily, Version 0.7 of the VCTR beta, running now, adds support for Ubuntu both in telemetry gathering and in the SaaS service...

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How can VCTR be free

As we progress bringing up beta users on VCTR I’ve been asked a few times how VCTR can be free. Interestingly, it might be more telling about today’s internet economy that most people don’t bother to ask. There are two parts to the answer. VCTR is about building...

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Time to value

When we started working on VCTR, we knew we didn’t want to build a typical heavyweight system that required months of integration and training. We wanted to model our user experience on consumer products. Our goal was to be able to install the system and provide...

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VCTR beta participation doubles

We're still early the beta program for VCTR and like most startups we're working hard to find participants. This week, however, we reached a new milestone. The number of servers in our beta has doubled from last month, mostly due to additional servers added by...

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