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Getting Terraform Provisioning Parameters from the Packet.net API

Provisioning on Packet.net is super easy using Terraform. One of the tricks you will need to know up front is that for Terraform and for many other provisioning tools, you need to provide a minimum set of parameters to launch. As a minimum, you need to provide these following parameters as shown in the Terraform docs for the Packet provisioner: …

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Setting up a Slack WebHook to Post Notifications to a Team Channel

If ChatOps is something you’ve been hearing a lot about, there is is a reason. Slack is fast becoming the de facto standard in what we are calling ChatOps. Before we go full out into making chatbots and such, the first cool use-case I explored is enabling notifications for different systems. In order to do any notifications to Slack, you …

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Loose coupling – Winning strategy for hardware, software and processes

With all of the SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) and SDN (Software Defined Networking) coming into the fore these days, it is good to take a look at exactly why it is getting serious focus, and what particular qualities make it a winning strategy. I’ve mentioned the term loosely coupled systems among my peers for quite a while, and it has …