Command-and-control tools, part 2


#1

I see that C&C tools were discussed a little while ago on the list (
http://lists.opscode.com/sympa/arc/chef/2011-01/msg00084.html), but I didn’t
see a lot of specific tools mentioned. What is the current wisdom regarding
C&C, especially in an EC2 environment? I’m looking for something that can
close the feedback loop between provisioning/bootstrapping (knife/fog,
CloudFormation), configuration (Chef), and monitoring (Nagios/Cloudkick).
Slide #29 of
http://www.slideshare.net/jesserobbins/using-chef-for-automated-infrastructure-in-the-cloud)
illustrates what I’m looking to do.

I came across
http://www.opscode.com/blog/2009/06/26/adam-jacob-ezra-zygmuntowicz-demo-chef-nanite-at-velocity-2009/,
and nanite looks promising, but I haven’t seen much about it since then. The
previous mailing list discussion that I linked mentioned RunDeck, and I see
that Chef already integrates well with it, but I’m not sure if it has the
callbacks/API to allow it to automate the provisioning and configuration
tasks.

Thank you in advance for any information; it is appreciated.


#2

I came across
http://www.opscode.com/blog/2009/06/26/adam-jacob-ezra-zygmuntowicz-demo-chef-nanite-at-velocity-2009/,
and nanite looks promising, but I haven’t seen much about it since then. The
previous mailing list discussion that I linked mentioned RunDeck, and I see
that Chef already integrates well with it, but I’m not sure if it has the
callbacks/API to allow it to automate the provisioning and configuration
tasks.
Thank you in advance for any information; it is appreciated.

At Scalarium.com we use Nanite as the transport channel to control the
client’s instances. We have many Nanite agents that respond to
different instance events and propagate it through the cluster.
You can then specify what Chef recipes should be run at what event.

Jonathan


Jonathan Weiss
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