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Clouductivity - DevOps Interview Questions

DevOps Interview Questions

I work at a staffing agency. Day in and day out, I get to hear our recruiters prep candidates as best as they can for their upcoming interviews – as any good recruiter should. However, there’s only so much a recruiter can do. A lot of the prep work falls on you, the candidate. However,…
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Clouductivity - 5 DevOps Tools We Love

5 DevOps Tools We Love

Getting into DevOps is like any other career, in the sense that it is a life-altering decision – and, with this career path specifically, can be especially daunting. The world of DevOps is constantly evolving, and so are the tools that come with it. This article is meant to be a high-level piece on DevOps…
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Clouductivity - PostgreSQL Monitoring with Datadog

PostgreSQL Monitoring with Datadog

If you’ve managed PostgreSQL databases in the past, you know how important it is to have proper monitoring in place for them. One bad query at the right volume or time of day can cascade into a plethora of issues. Such a query could cause crippling CPU utilization on your database server or result in…
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Clouductivity - Tips for Getting AWS Solutions Architect Professional Certified

Tips for Getting AWS Solutions Architect Professional Certified

Not too long ago, I was searching for information on the AWS Solutions Architect Professional certification exam. I was trying to find out how I might best prepare myself for the exam. Of course, there were plenty of paid courses out there and some of the content through Pluralsight was useful, but I quickly realized…
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Clouductivity - Scaling Postgres in AWS and Google Cloud

Scaling Postgres in AWS and Google Cloud

So you’ve launched a new application in production, and your applications are performing snappily as you might expect. The cloud is infinitely scalable, right? A few months or a year down the road, you start noticing seemingly random slowdowns for Postgres queries that normally execute quickly. CPU and memory utilization look fine, so you start…
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Clouductivity - DevOps Hiring - What You Need To Know

Hiring DevOps Engineers: What You Need To Know

It’s Not Easy Doing Everything There’s an oft-circulated image in the technology sector – a company looking for a Swift programmer with 8 years of experience, while the language had only been out for 3. It’s a sad, sad testament to the corporate spectrum of talent: insane requirements that simply, and legitimately, cannot be met. DevOps…
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Running an ECS Task on Each Cluster Machine

Run a Task on Each ECS Cluster Node If you’re using Amazon ECS with tools such as Datadog or local log shippers, you’ve likely encountered the problem of needing to run an instance of a given container on each ECS cluster machine. Personally, I’ve needed to run a Datadog (DD-Agent) ECS task on each of…
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AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store

Implementing AWS Parameter Store

AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store In today’s technology, application security is receiving much more attention than ever before. With the multitude of data breaches and hacks occurring across the internet, it’s evident that securing our application credentials in an encrypted fashion is a must. In this article, I’d like to talk about the Systems Manager…
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AWS CloudWatch - Monitoring your Application

Monitoring Your Applications in AWS

Building out a sufficient monitoring suite is critical to measuring the performance and availability of your services. The best time to start thinking about monitoring your applications is before it goes to production. There are a plethora of different tools at your disposal in the AWS ecosystem to configure application monitoring and alerting. Where to…
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Jenkins CI CD Pipeline Job AWS Ansible Credentials

Accessing Secure Credentials in a Jenkins Pipeline

Accessing Credentials Stored in Jenkins Securely in a Pipeline Job For several months now, I’ve stopped creating Freestyle Jenkins jobs in favor of using Jenkins Pipeline to manage all of my CI/CD processes, for a number of reasons. One of the first things that I needed to figure out was how to securely access the…
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