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Scaling Cloud Infrastructure Despite Brain Drain And Ad Hoc Processes

By Matt Juszczak, Founder, Bitlancer

Your lean technology startup is gaining serious traction! Sales and marketing are steadily growing the user base. Meanwhile the operations team, armed with an assortment of scripts and ad hoc processes held together by library paste and true grit, is challenged to scale the cloud-based IT infrastructure to handle the increasing load. So you hire a software engineer with lots of cloud experience to build out a stable configuration management environment.

For a few months all is well, until that engineer abruptly splits. Now operations is left holding a bag of stale donuts. It turns out that nobody else on the team really knows how to use the configuration management tool. They only know how to spin up new virtual servers like they’d been shown. With each person already doing the work of many, nobody has the bandwidth to first learn the tool and then manage the various configurations left lying around.

You know what happens next, right? As development makes changes to the software, operations has to manually install the new virtual code and tweak the configurations manually every time they create a new server. Equally problematic, virtual server instances proliferate unchecked, leading to thousands of dollars in unexpected charges from the cloud service provider. This leads to a slash-and-burn server destruction scramble that accidentally takes down the production platform and disgruntles many of those new users. Heavy sighs emanate from the CTO’s office. What’s to be done?

This is where Bitlancer Strings rides in to save the day. Strings is truly easy to use and provides whatever level of visibility into the virtual infrastructure you desire. With a little support, most teams can migrate their cloud configuration management onto Strings quickly—some in as little as a week.

The benefits of adopting Strings in this scenario include:

  • Heaps of scarce developer time saved by the efficiency and ease of use of the Strings platform.
  • Near-instantaneous time-to-value and predictable, affordable monthly costs. No more surprise charges from the CSP.
  • Best of all, scalability concerns can be alleviated! Peace (whatever that means for a startup) is restored.

If your team is hampered by this kind of technical debt, Strings can help. Strings gives you everything you need to deploy, configure and manage your virtual servers, deploy applications, handle user authentication and SSH keys, and more.

Standards-based Strings works seamlessly with Rackspace services, as Bitlancer customers can attest. Strings also integrates with Rackspace Cloud Monitoring and the Rackspace Cloud Files backup service. Plus it can manage Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers with ease—all of which helps you get even more value from your Rackspace relationship.

To find out more about how Bitlancer Strings can quickly and cost-effectively turn your virtual configuration management pain into gain, visit us in the Rackspace Marketplace today.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Matt Juszczak, founder of Bitlancer, a Rackspace Marketplace partner. Bitlancer Strings is a cloud automation Platform-as-a-Service that radically simplifies the management of virtual servers and other cloud infrastructure, enabling startups and SMBs to preserve time, money and sanity in the cloud.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Matt Juszczak.

Matt Juszczak is Founder of Bitlancer. Bitlancer helps businesses move to and grow in cloud environments. We offer multiple, common-sense software, support and consulting services.


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