Cloud Automation

Brandorr Group is a consultancy that offers migration services, system development, remote administration, automation, deployment and scalability of web-applications on AWS (Amazon Web Services) infrastructure. As an Advanced AWS Consulting partner, Brandorr Group offers the following services.

  • Automated management of infrastructure, using open source tools such as Puppet, Foreman, Capistrano and a great number of custom tools.
  • Ensuring applications have the resources to scale and handle unexpected growth.
  • Setup and management of business tools such as ticket management systems, issue trackers, source code management and wikis.
  • Personalized 24/7 monitoring of your applications and systems, alerting you to problems, and enabling our experienced professionals to quickly respond to emergencies.
  • Database administration, ensuring availability and performance, even under an increasing load.

As a result, our customers are able to quickly and cost-effectively scale their IT infrastructure!
If you need any assistance in planning or supporting your infrastructure, please contact us now.

Wherever sensible, Brandorr Group is committed to using and improving open-source tools. This lowers software licensing costs and gives back to the greater computing community.

Recent blog posts

The Foreman story

We realized we needed an External Node Classifier (ENC) for our Puppet environments in 2011, after it became clear that iClassify would no longer be a viable solution for the future. (The author of iClassify, Adam Jacob, had moved on to write Chef.) After evaluating our options, we narrowed it down to Puppet Dashboard, and Foreman. It turned out at the time, Puppet Dashboard wasn't really an ENC, and was largely just a reports processor and dashboard, for monitoring the status of Puppet runs.

Foreman CLI is now a gem

I wrote a CLI for Foreman, that I creatively named foremancli. [1]
It's now available as a gem, for easy installation.

Creating a secure Debian or Ubuntu Apt repo

Creating a personal apt repo is a great idea for managing custom packages while still utilizing apt's management and dependency abilities. (We are not going to cover all the specifics of why one would want to create a custom apt repo, that should be self-explanatory.) Creating a secure apt repo accessible via apt is relatively straight forward, three items need to be setup: the repo dir, httpd, and GPG to sign the packages.