IBM Cloud Private – Alerting with Prometheus

With the new versions of IBM Cloud Private (ICP) a new version of Prometheus has also been implemented.
For ICP this would be Prometheus version 2.0.0 to be precise.

Amongst other changes and improvements, this brings with it a new format for configuring the Alertmanager rules.
After some digging around and a lot of trial and error I got a working configuration up and running that I thought I’d share with you.

Remark: the configuration files can be downloaded from GitHub here


Using Inspec to Validate Infrastructure

Nice article about using InSpec to Validate Infrastructure in a Continuous Deployment process
So, here we were, at one of the bigger financial corporations in New Zealand, working on an elaborate infrastructure built on Docker containers. It had configurations, SSL certificates, DNS entries and all the other condiments required to spice up a tasty infrastructure curry.

Five Harsh Truths About DevOps

A very interesting article written by my colleague Bas Pluim

DevOps can provide tremendous productivity improvements, but it’s not a panacea. As much as we’d want it to be the solution for all of our software development problems, here are five truths you should consider.


Finding the best leather case for the iPhone X

Nice article, I have been looking around a lot to find the right one…

The iPhone X is a great smartphone with one, fairly large flaw: it’s delicate. Not only is its dual-sided glass design delicate, but it’s also fairly slippery. On top of that, the iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone to repair. At Apple, a screen replacement runs $279, while any other fix, including repairing the back of the phone, commands a heart-stopping $549. Purchasing AppleCare […]