Protecting your cloud networks with WireGuard VPN and Ansible

6 minute read Published: Author: Colan Schwartz

Why use a VPN? Within cloud computing, there are various types of sites and services not meant for public consumption (e.g. analytics software, databases, log servers, etc.). For security reasons, it’s best to keep these accesssible only via the private network, which is behind the firewall. To provide access to these resources, a virtual private network (VPN) should be used, with network access granted only to trusted individuals within the organization.

Does your Drupal hosting company lack native Composer support?

2 minute read Published: Author: Colan Schwartz

Best practices for building Web sites in the Drupal framework (for major versions 8 and above) dictate that codebases should be built with the Composer package manager for PHP. That is, the code repository for any sites relying on it should not contain any upstream code; it should only contain a makefile with instructions for assembing it. However, there are some prominent Drupal hosting companies that don’t support Composer natively. That is, after receiving updates to Composer-controlled Git repositories, they don’t automatically rebuild the codebase, which should result in changes to the deployed code.

DrupalCamp Ottawa 2019: Automate All the Things

1 minute read Published: Author: Christopher Gervais

On Friday, October 18th, I presented at DrupalCamp Ottawa 2019. That’s the annual gathering of the Drupal community in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Session information: Ever heard of infrastructure-as-code? The idea is basically to use tools like Ansible or Terraform to manage the composition and operation of your cloud systems. This allows infrastructure to be treated just like any other software system. The code can be committed into Git which allows auditability, and reproducibility.