Operations

Building and maintaining our server setup with AWS.

Product

We strive to build a flexible, stable and secure server setup, where we have the right tools to quickly find problems.

Because of this we build tools to automate tasks for both operations- and web-developers. We see it as an important goal to let developers do common tasks and solve most problems themselves.

Tasks

AWS Maintenance

Our main task is to make sure our AWS environment is running, and optimized for performance. Tasks vary, but include implementing new systems, optimizing our systems, and monitoring and fixing problems in our setup. In order for us to facilitate automation, we use puppet, which streamlines server configuration.

Building systems for automation

We want to automate as much as possible. Some of the systems we have built to facilitate this are:

  • Akira - Continuous Integration and deployment tool for our developers.
  • Exeter - Gives our developers the ability to run commands, create cronjobs and manage queues.
  • Autoscale - We use AWS Autoscaling for our servers, with some additions to make sure new servers are properly configured

Most of our custom-built systems are developed in Ruby and Bash

Building client setups

We sometimes have clients who want us to configure servers that conform to their cases, in their own environments. This includes Windows server, RedHat, Oracle Linux and more.
In these cases, we work closely with the client’s IT team, to get our implementations running smoothly in their own datacenters.

IDE

The IDE’s we use mostly are:

  • PHPStorm
  • RubyMine

Other tools

  • VIM
  • Atom
  • Terminator (Terminal for ubuntu desktop)
  • AWS CloudWatch
  • LogStash/Kibana
  • Postman - For testing APIs
  • GITLab

Stack

Most used systems in our stack

  • AWS
  • Linux (Ubuntu server)
  • Apache2
  • NGinx
  • Let’s Encrypt
  • Docker
  • GITLab - Self-hosted git GUI interface
  • OwnCloud - Self-hosted fileserver
  • PHP 5.4 / PHP 5.5 / PHP 7.0
  • MySQL 5.7
  • Vagrant / Virtualbox
  • Ruby
  • MongoDB
  • ElasticSearch
  • Open source

Open source

NCUpdater

A simple ruby gem to make it easy to update ruby systems.
https://github.com/nodes-cloud/ncupdater

Infrastructure drawing

Infrastructure

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