Configuration and DevOps Definitions

  • A

    Ansible

    Ansible is IT automation software that makes it simpler to deploy IT applications and environments and automate routine activities such as network configuration, cloud deployments, and creation of development environments.

  • Ansible playbook

    An Ansible playbook is an organized unit of scripts that defines work for a server configuration managed by the automation tool Ansible.

  • C

    ChatOps

    ChatOps is the use of chat clients, chatbots and real-time communication tools to facilitate how software development and operation tasks are communicated and executed.

  • composable infrastructure

    In a composable infrastructure, a software application calls the physical compute, storage and network resources services it requires and assembles an infrastructure to support the application on-demand.

  • configuration management (CM)

    Configuration management is a governance and systems engineering process that ensures the proper accounting of an enterprise's configuration items and of the interrelationship between them in an operational environment.

  • continuous deployment

    Continuous deployment is a process that shortens the time between software testing and release by automatically pushing out software updates that pass the automated testing phase.

  • F

    FirewallD

    FirewallD, also known as Dynamic Firewall, replaces Fedora's old firewall tool, iptables, and allows for easier configuration and interface.

  • friendly name

    A friendly name is the title given to an application file, certificate or other IT asset so that a person easily understands and remembers it.

  • H

    HashiCorp Atlas

    HashiCorp Atlas is a suite of open source, modular DevOps (development/operations) infrastructure products. Atlas products can be implemented separately, together, or alongside other technologies.

  • I

    immutable infrastructure

    In an immutable infrastructure, components are replaced rather than changed which means that an application or service is effectively redeployed each time a change occurs.

  • IT systems management

    Systems management is the administration of the information technology systems in an enterprise data center. An effective systems management plan facilitates the delivery of IT as a service (ITaaS) and allows the organization's employees to respond to changing business requirements in an agile manner.

  • M

    MIPS (million instructions per second)

    The number of MIPS (million instructions per second) is a general measure of computing performance and, by implication, the amount of work a larger computer can do.

  • P

    Puppet (Puppet Labs)

    Puppet is an open source systems management tool for centralizing and automating configuration management. Administrators can encode the configuration of a service as a policy, which Puppet then monitors and enforces.

  • S

    SaltStack

    SaltStack, also known as Salt, is a computer infrastructure and application management software package that automates the packaging and provisioning of code into an organization's operational IT environment.

  • Y

    YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language)

    YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language) is a data-oriented language structure used as the input format for diverse software applications.

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