Modern Infrastructure

Wherein I drink the Microsoft Kool Aid and change my entire web infrastructure.

Since I last wrote on this blog the infrastructure hosting my web services has changed several times. The current configuration is a bunch of docker services running on a Digital Ocean Droplet, with a bunch of Ansible stuff keeping it all together and running.

The same Ansible layout runs my infrastructure at home, which is a three node Docker Swarm cluster running on a series of Intel NUCs.

Recently, with the purchase of a Visual Studio subscription (which I acquired mainly for the development licences it gave me for my home lab), I received a monthly credit for Azure, Microsoft’s cloud service. I decided to utilise this for hosting my web services.

Rather than set up a Linux virtual machine I’ve decided to run something a bit more modern. With my trip to Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Florida this week, I’ve well and truly drunk the Microsoft kool-aid. The most interesting release I learned about this week was Azure DevOps, which is the rebadging of Visual Studio Team Studio.

This will be a series of posts detailing my migration to a modern infrastructure for my web services. Current plans include:

  • Azure DevOps continuously deploying an an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template as Infrastructure as Code, deploying
  • An Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) cluster, hosting
  • A series of docker containers:
  • Built utilising Azure DevOps
  • Stored in an Azure Image Repository
  • Deployed to AKS with a Helm chart

Wish me luck!

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