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.

Installing the OpenStack CLI on Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan), 20.04 (Focal) or later

2 minute read Published: Author: Colan Schwartz

When working with OpenStack as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud-computing platform, it’s rather convenient to be able to interface with it via its command-line interface (CLI). While the service is typically installed on the Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) operating system (OS), which has releases every two years, running the CLI from other OSes, such as interim Ubuntu releases, is often necessary. However, it is currently not possible to install the command-line client with supported Debian packages on Ubuntu 19.

Drupal North 2019: Drupal SaaS: Building software as a service on Drupal

1 minute read Published: Author: Colan Schwartz

On Friday, June 14th, I presented this session at Drupal North 2019. That’s the annual gathering of the Drupal community in Ontario and Quebec, in Canada. As I realized I hadn’t yet posted this information yet, I’m doing so now. Session information: Are you (considering) building a SaaS product on Drupal or running a Drupal hosting company? Have you done it already? Come share your experiences and learn from others.

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.

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