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Comparing OpenTofu and Terraform

[Last updated 2024-01-26] Terraform and OpenTofu are both IaC tools that share a common ancestry. OpenTofu was created when HashiCorp shifted the licensing of Terraform from …

Ned Bellavance 2 min read
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Terraform Taint Is Bad, And Here's Why

The terraform taint command marks an existing resource in state data for replacement. On it’s surface, this seems like a useful feature. However, it’s actually a …

Ned Bellavance 8 min read
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Kubernetes Monitoring Tutorial – Prometheus, Grafana, and Robusta

Are you working in the Kubernetes space and looking for a way to tie together your monitoring tools like Prometheus and Grafana? I took Robusta for a spin and here’s what I …

Ned Bellavance 9 min read
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Terraform Cloud - Managing Your Workspaces with Projects

Guess what?! That thing I’ve been complaining about for the last 2 years is finally here! Terraform Cloud Projects! Before we get into exactly what they are, here’s a …

Ned Bellavance 8 min read
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Using Optional Arguments in Terraform Input Variables

Well hot damn! Terraform 1.3 has introduced an incredibly popular feature for the Terraform community: optional arguments. This is a feature that has been requested for a long …

Ned Bellavance 4 min read
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Nonsensitive function fails in Terraform

When I was trying to work with a module in Terraform, I came across an interesting issue. The module in question created an Azure AD service principal and optionally a secret for …

Ned Bellavance 3 min read
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AWS re:Invent 2022 - is AWS OK?

As I mentioned in this episode of Chaos Lever, re:Invent 2022 happened. And it was fine? Fine, yes. This is the 11th re:Invent and while it’s not the largest ever, attendance has …

Ned Bellavance 10 min read
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Supercloud is neither super nor a cloud, discuss.

Supercloud - It’s a thing now, so I guess we have to address it. Crap. I mean yay? In the not too long ago, Chris and I discussed the Supercloud briefly on Chaos Lever as part of a …

Ned Bellavance 13 min read
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My HashiConf Global 2022 Experience

This post was sponsored by HashiCorp, see the bottom for more details Before we get into the announcements and the event, I want to pause for a moment and just acknowledge how …

Ned Bellavance 6 min read
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NetApp and the Cloud Conundrum

There are few technology changes that have been as disruptive as the public cloud. All aspects of the tech industry have been impacted in some way, but the hardware industry in …

Ned Bellavance 6 min read
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Solo.io stole the show at Cloud Field Day 6

I attended Cloud Field Day 6 this September and my favorite presentation hands-down was from Solo.io. There were other strong contenders, but Idit and Christian stole the show with …

Ned Bellavance 5 min read
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Cloud Field Day - First Impressions on Hammerspace

I am currently attending Cloud Field Day 6 in Silicon Valley. We are in the thick of it, just about to start the third day of presentations. Before I wander into the maelstrom of …

Ned Bellavance 4 min read
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2023 Year in Review

If I’m being honest, 2023 was a mixed bag. There were several factors that lead to a serious drop in revenue (-30%!) for Ned in the Cloud versus 2022. However, I connected …

Ned Bellavance 19 min read
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New Site, Who Dis?

If you’re reading this, then I must have done something correct. That’s right dear reader, I’ve migrated my website off of Wordpress and onto Netlify using Hugo. …

Ned Bellavance 4 min read
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Planning for 2023

For 2022, I didn’t go into the new year with a solid plan for what I wanted to accomplish, and more importantly what I wasn’t going to do. As a result, I ended up …

Ned Bellavance 9 min read
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2022 Year in Review

As 2022 winds to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the year. There were some triumphs, some failures, and a fair bit of frustration as I continue to try and figure out …

Ned Bellavance 17 min read
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My HashiConf Global 2022 Experience

This post was sponsored by HashiCorp, see the bottom for more details Before we get into the announcements and the event, I want to pause for a moment and just acknowledge how …

Ned Bellavance 6 min read
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What I'm Excited About At HashiConf Global 2022

This post was sponsored by HashiCorp, see the bottom for more details As I prepare for HashiConf Global in a couple weeks, I thought I would share the things that I am most excited …

Ned Bellavance 6 min read
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Hybrid Cloud is On Target for 2019

If you were going to build a brand new application today, your approach would probably be fundamentally different than five or ten years ago. And I do mean fundamentally, as in the …

Ned Bellavance 7 min read
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Is AWS going to destroy your business?

There was a recent article on CNBC talking about how AWS is creating new solutions that could potentially put existing companies out of business. That prompted a tweet from Matthew …

Ned Bellavance 6 min read
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AWS Outposts and Azure Stack

This week was AWS re:Invent, and I watched the keynote live-on Wednesday. The three. hour. keynote. During which Andy Jassy announced new features at a pace that is frankly …

Ned Bellavance 7 min read
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What happens after public cloud?

AWS and Azure have won the public cloud race. Some might think that it’s too early to call it. But some might also be wrong. The fact is, AWS is the 10k lbs. gorilla in the …

Ned Bellavance 11 min read
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I HATE MICROSOFT - except I don't

Recently at two separate client meetings, I heard two people say that they hate Microsoft. As you may have guessed, both people were happily using some type of Apple device, and …

Ned Bellavance 6 min read
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Innovate or Die? Three Ways to Cloud Enablement

Last week I participated in Cloud Field Day 3. If you’re not familiar with Cloud Field Day, then I would highly recommend checking out the post from my fellow delegate Nick …

Ned Bellavance 5 min read
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