Metafor Software

Summer is flying by and team Metafor has not been idle. We had a great time reconnecting with friends and customers at PuppetConf last week and we were super excited to announce a new integration for Puppet and Puppet Enterprise configuration management solution.

The power of automation shines when you combine Puppet and Metafor. Metafor enhances Puppet, making it easy to verify the actual state of servers, keep dev, QA, and production environments in sync, and keep cluster environments uniform.  And best of all Metafor monitors drift across your entire infrastructure, not just what is on the Puppet manifest.

For example, a company using Puppet and Metafor could easily detect drift across hundreds of servers in multiple environments and automatically trigger corrective action when differences are found. If you are a Puppet user, you should definitely give our new integration a try.

Read on for the latest and greatest going-ons in the land of DevOps and anomaly detection. Happy reading


DevOps and Cloud, committing in a tree….

Here’s an exploration of why Agile Initiatives fail and why DevOps initiatives should worry: Good antipatterns to look out for!

The ‘what is Devops’ confusion continues. It’s a job title, it’s a role, it’s a movement, it’s the culture … Whatever it is, just don’t make it another silo!

Here’s a post counter to the argument that Devops as a role is always a bad thing. What do you think?

An interesting analysis of survey results looking at time spent on various activities within teams that self describe as taking a Devops approach and those that don't.

We really enjoyed our time at PuppetConf. Don’t fret if you missed it, here are all the slides.

Captain, we detected an anomaly in that thermobaric cloud…

SecOps were some of the first to embrace anomaly detection, and for good reason. Intrusions can cause all kinds of havoc. This blog explores the importance of package integrity checks, and points out a particularly nasty Apache binary backdoor in case you are unconvinced.

All of the excellent Monitorama slides and videos are now available. Most of the anomaly detection discussion is around staring at graphs and finding them the old fashioned way – and complaining about how this is a terrible way to find anomalies. “Monitoring sucks” complaints aside, lots of great info in here!

Testing non-production environments with real traffic is tremendously helpful in spotting anomalies before you release them into production. Gor is a new tool that collects and then can replay traffic in real-time against multiple environments, it’s pretty cool!