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We recently decided to switch things up a bit and introduce “Last Month in FAUN”, as opposed to “Last Week in FAUN.” The idea is to bring you the most read, best articles, blogs, and tutorials + other important news from the community.

We hope you enjoyed reading the previous editions and we welcome you to this new one!

🎙️ Before starting this issue, we’re glad to share with you our latest FaunCast episode!

Securing Kubernetes: The Paranoid Guide.

In this episode, we examined the differences between securing a traditional environment and a container-based environment.

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Next, we discussed industry standards and emerging thought patterns around security. …

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Hey there! How have you been? We know it has been a while. We were working on how to make FAUN community and its publication better for you and so we decided to make a few changes. One of the major changes is that we publish this monthly instead of weekly like we used to. We missed you and we hope that you did too and that you had a swell time reading through last month’s curation.

As usual, we bring the top news and stories published on FAUN — articles, tutorials, tips, that were most read and interacted with.

How should I call you?

Some weeks ago, I started a discussion on FAUN’s Slack channel. …

A narrative podcast from FAUN featuring DevOps & Cloud Native stories and leaders.

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Our goal in FAUN is to inform developers and DevOps enthusiasts about the latest trends and insights in the DevOps and the Cloud Native space.

Our new podcast, The DevOps FaunCast, is one step towards achieving this goal 🚀.

It was already played more than 12,270 times.

Each episode of The DevOps FaunCast will treat you to an in-depth story about a topic related to DevOps, SRE, distributed and cloud computing, and Kubernetes 🎙️

You can listen to some episodes below:

The first crisis in software engineering, the roots of Agile, and the short story of DevOps

From Abacus to Containers — A Brief History of Computing

The Missing Introduction to Containerization and the Origins of Kubernetes

The Ubiquity of Kubernetes

The Four Golden Signals, SLO, SLI, and Kubernetes

Diving Deep Into Serverless Architectures (1/2)

Each episode of The DevOps FaunCast will treat you to an in-depth story about a topic related to DevOps, SRE, distributed and cloud computing, and Kubernetes…

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “Last Week in FAUN.” As usual, we bring you the best-read stories of last week — stories that were most interacted with and read.

Welcome to this week’s edition of the best-read stories on FAUN.

Manage multiple Terraform environments

By CloudSkiff

There’s a common need to manage Terraform. It’s one thing to get started, but how do you handle managing several teams, environments, etc? This article discusses how to manage several Terraform environments. Add it to your must-read if you’ve been looking for this piece of information. Find full article here

https://medium.com/faun/manage-multiple-terraform-environments-c696f84a3687

12 Critical Linux Log Files to Monitor

By Alper Ünal

Here’s an interesting and educative 7 minutes read by Alper on the 12 critical Linux log files to monitor. He reviews the Linux log files that server administrators should monitor and why it is important for these files to be monitored. He also shared tools that can be used to do this. Full article…

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This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with MetricFire

Introduction

A Key Management Service (KMS) is used to create and manage cryptographic keys and control their usage across various platforms and applications. If you are an AWS user, you must have heard of or used its managed Key Management Service called AWS KMS. This service allows users to manage keys across AWS services and hosted applications in a secure way.

AWS KMS maintains keys in Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) and uses a concept called envelope encryption where encrypted data is stored locally in the AWS service or application along with the key. …

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This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with MetricFire

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Installation and configuration
  3. Preconfigured Grafana dashboards for Kubernetes
  4. The metrics that are available as a result of the Helm install
  5. Important metrics to watch in production

Introduction

Behind the trends of cloud-native architectures and microservices lies a technical complexity, a paradigm shift, and a rugged learning curve. This complexity manifests itself in the design, deployment, and security, as well as everything that concerns the monitoring and observability of applications running in distributed systems like Kubernetes. Fortunately, there are tools to help developers overcome these obstacles. …

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It’s a new week of working on those ideas, goals, reading FAUN, learning new tricks and tips, and improving our skills. It’s also a new edition of Last week in FAUN. Last week, we asked for some feedback on what you would like added to or featured in the weekly series; so keep those feedbacks coming in.

As usual, this week we bring yet other top stories of last week — stories that were most interacted with and read.

Welcome to this week’s edition of the best-read stories on FAUN.

End To-End PowerApps with Custom REST API

By Emmanuel Agbo

Topping today’s list is a tutorial by Emmanuel on PowerApps and APIs. He takes us through the process of creating our first PowerApps to connecting to our custom API. This is an interesting and hands-on tutorial. If you have been looking for how to get started on this, then read this article. It also covers all you need to make this happen…

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This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with MetricFire

Avoiding vendor lock-in

It’s easy to get pulled into paying more and more at a major monitoring company, despite not getting the functionality that you’re looking for. Leaving your monitoring provider can be difficult because it means replacing expensive software or hardware, re-educating your team, and transferring huge amounts of data to a new system — data which may or may not be well suited to the new system. Despite these issues, there are many reasons that motivate users to move to open source.

Major monitoring services are often not flexible with customizations, custom written plugins, or on-premises setups. Many products have steep learning curves which makes educating employees time-consuming. As well, costs can be astronomical as a result of itemized and hidden costs. …

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It’s another edition of Last week in FAUN. So, we want some honest feedback and we would need your help. We would like to know what you would like added to this weekly series. What do you think needs to be included or featured to make this even more interesting for us? Get in touch on Twitter, Instagram or by email (community AT faun DOT dev)

It is yet another week to bring you the top 10 stories of last week; and as usual, we hope you find them as informative and educative as we and most of our readers did. How was the last edition? Did you enjoy the compilations? Share something new you learned from last week’s compilation. What did you practice?

Welcome to this week’s edition of the best-read stories on FAUN.

The State of AIOps — What do Companies Need to Adopt AIOps?

By Aymen El Amri

What do you know!! We’re on the top of this week’s list, I guess we’re bringing the trophy home! This is an interesting piece originally published on The Chief I/O, and in it, we give reasons, backed with facts and numbers why companies need to adopt AIOps. As a company, if you’re yet to adopt AIOps or have been thinking about it for some time but not sure how or why you should go ahead, then enjoy this read. Gain more insight into AIOps and why your company should adopt it.

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This blog post was written as part of a collaboration with MetricFire

  1. Introduction
  2. Server Monitoring for the enterprise
  3. In-house server monitoring — pros and cons
  4. Alternatives to in-house server monitoring (AWS, MetricFire, Grafana Labs, New Relic)
  5. Conclusion

Introduction

In the modern IT environment, it is critical to proactively monitor your servers and related infrastructure. Today, there is a wide array of monitoring solutions, and each of them has its pros and cons — some are platform-specific, some are better suited to on-premise servers and others work best on cloud platforms. Some are easier to start deploying than others, offering a wider range of integrations with data sources than alternatives, or they feature slicker UI’s that are easier to understand than others. …

About

Aymen El Amri

Aymen El Amri is the founder and CEO of www.eralabs.io and www.faun.dev community. He is a tech author, cloud-native architect, entrepreneur and startup advisor

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