Infrastructure as Code

Configuration Management CampIn February, Infrastructure as Code takes center stage in Europe. On February 3rd and 4th in Gent Belgium there is a Configuration Management Camp. As expected the leading providers of infrastructure as code solutions will be there. There is a lot of innovation in this space and these solutions fit in nicely with Serena Release Manager. Those of you who follow the DevOps tools space might be wondering where Serena’s tools fit in with these solutions.

I recently watched a webcast by the Serena team in the UK. In the webcast Kevin shows how to use Chef Solo with Serena Release Manager v5 along with Serena’s automation module to configure a server and deploy an application to the server.

I have written previously about how I see these tools fitting into the Serena stack. In the run up to Configuration Management Camp EU I’d like to spend some time putting together a simple example of how to use one of the other configuration management solutions with Serena Release Manager v5 and blog about the experience. I’m considering:

  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • CFEngine
  • Puppet
  • SaltStack

If you have a preference for which of these you would like to see me use with Serena Release Manager email me at jthorpe (at) serena (dot) com and I’ll choose whichever has the most votes. By the end of the example you will have a clear understanding of why these tools compliment Serena Release Manager and are not a replacement for Application Release Automation.


Jonathan Thorpe is Product Marketing Manager for all things DevOps and Continuous Delivery at Serena Software. Previously Jonathan worked as a Systems Analyst at Electric Cloud, specializing in DevOps-related solutions. Jonathan holds a degree in Computing Systems from Nottingham Trent University.



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