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CF Industries on their move to S/4HANA Cloud – “We’re not cloud-first; we’re business-first”
"Debates on the virtues of cloud ERP will be settled by customers. CF Industries VP and CIO Tom Grooms gave a straight shooting view of the dangers of code customization - and how he's planning for growth with S/4HANA Cloud."
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6 hours ago by jonerp
18F: Digital service delivery | Shared infrastructure as code
If you follow DevOps trends, you have likely heard of infrastructure as code. Tangibly, infrastructure as code means having things like your network configuration, server attributes, access control, etc. in a machine-readable format. This code then:

Serves as the source of truth for what the infrastructure should look like
Can be used to recreate the infrastructure from scratch
Is under version control
Is modified by pull requests
DNS is a major piece of shared infrastructure at the Technology Transformation Services (TTS, which 18F is part of), which made it a prime candidate for infrastructure as code. Of the many benefits, doing DNS changes through pull requests rather than tickets brought turnaround time down from multiple days to under ten minutes.
dns  development  code  infrastructure 
11 hours ago by Aetles
Terraform by HashiCorp
Terraform enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and improve infrastructure. It is an open source tool that codifies APIs into declarative configuration files that can be shared amongst team members, treated as code, edited, reviewed, and versioned.
devops  infrastructure  cloud  sysadmin  aws  deployment  servers  automation  terraform  configuration 
19 hours ago by dholland
Beyond Interactive: Notebook Innovation at Netflix – Netflix TechBlog – Medium
At Netflix, we're reimagining what a Jupyter notebook can be, who can use it, and what they can do with it. And we're investing big to make this vision reality.
data-science  infrastructure  netflix  awesome 
yesterday by hschilling
The Italy bridge collapse and the end of infrastructure • The Atlantic
Ian Bogost:
<p>There’s an old chestnut about infrastructure that goes, Infrastructure is everything you don’t notice—until it fails. It’s a definition that works for any kind of infrastructure, too: big or small, visible or invisible, bridges and garage doors, electric grids and Wi-Fi routers. Infrastructure is everything you take for granted. And you only notice that you take it for granted when it breaks…

…age and decay aren’t the only causes of infrastructural collapse. A portion of Interstate 85 in Atlanta collapsed in 2017 after a fire lit underneath it by a homeless man raged into an inferno. And earlier this year, a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami collapsed, killing six people. The bridge was brand new, making its collapse a failure of engineering, not of maintenance.

It’s not just bridges and roads breaking. Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that Facebook is a kind of social infrastructure, but it feels broken now, too. This week, at the Defcon computer-security conference, hackers demonstrated how to gain back-door access to voting machines used in 18 states. There’s evidence that Russia has hacked the U.S. power grid, along with nuclear and commercial infrastructure, too. The prevalence of badly secured internet-connected data, from emails to DNA samples to credit reports, has made all information vulnerable. Last year, 143 million Americans’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, were lifted from the credit agency Equifax’s servers.  

When these incidents become so frequent and so pervasive—or even just when they feel like they do—the meaning of infrastructure changes. As I wrote in the wake of the Equifax breach, “With over half of the entire U.S. adult population potentially exposed, what’s left to do but shrug and sigh?” Once they become perceived as generally untrustworthy, bridges and voting systems and utilities and the rest don’t recede into the background so easily anymore. If infrastructure always fails, you always notice it. Will this bridge I’m driving over hold? Will this vote I’m casting be counted? Will this personal data remain private?

No longer is infrastructure something invisible, something you can take for granted. Instead, it’s something that might work, or might not. Not plainly calamitous—most bridges don’t fall—but something precarious. Something that might not be trustworthy, that might wind up biting you for having put faith in it.</p>

As he says: when you stop trusting it, do you stop using it?
maintenance  infrastructure  internet  socialwarming 
yesterday by charlesarthur

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