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Tristan Morgan
Tristan Morgan
Oct 22, 2017

The Secret to Automated Authentication

Scenarios

An environment without Secret Management

I arrived on site at the client and things could’ve been a lot better. There were password protected zip files containing more passwords, sticky notes stuck to monitors and desktop applications with names that sounded like saying “psychotic” with a lisp. When an application needed a password to connect to another service it would be promptly written to a config file and checked into version control. Rotating a password meant RDPing into a machine with an administrator account and typing in the new password, trying to remember which server was updated first. Databases were configured with admin accounts and the passwords were left untouched with numbers like '123' slapped on the end. They need a credential/secret management service and starting on a new cloud provider was a good time to create some good habits going forward.

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Josie Gioffre Dean
Josie Gioffre Dean
Oct 10, 2017

StringOps: Visualising & Validating Dependency Maps

The Problem

Vibrato was recently engaged by a large retailer to work with their IT teams to migrate their on-premises workloads to a cloud environment. We faced a few challenges along the way...

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Molly Rowe
Molly Rowe
Sep 27, 2017

Chef's most Awesome Officer at Vibrato

Nathen Harvey, Chief Awesome Officer at Chef, wrote the book about professional hugging and has had numerous interesting and funny forays into internet advertising for his ideas. If you don't believe me, you need only watch his promotion of HugOps. So when Vibrato found out that he would be in Australia, we snapped up the opportunity to have him come and have a chat with our employees, clients and partners.

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Molly Rowe
Molly Rowe
Sep 25, 2017

ARN Award Winners

Two weeks ago, Vibrato's CEO Pete Gatt published an article saying that Vibrato were finalists for an ARN award. The following Thursday night Pete proudly took the stage to accept an award for Customer Wins in the Start-Up category.

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James Martelletti
James Martelletti
Sep 20, 2017

HashiConf 2017

This week of September marks the third instalment of HashiConf, in Austin TX. The bustling little city where it's a sure bet you'll find hot weather, great music and some of the finest BBQ. As the community descends upon this location you'll hear great conversation around the latest principals and practices of software delivery, automation and operations.

We've all been looking forward to finding out what HashiCorp sees as the future of software. Vibrato has always been a proponent of HashiCorp technologies as they forge some of the best performing tools in the DevOps space. I'm going to recap some of the exciting technologies on the horizon that are being discussed at HashiConf and that Vibrato also sees as the future of software delivery.

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James Bannan
James Bannan
Sep 6, 2017

Vibrato and RLB: world-class architecture with Azure and Kubernetes

Vibrato has been very pleased to partner with Rider Levett Bucknall Australia (RLB), market leaders in costs and project management for flagship building projects like the Sydney Opera House and the 2012 London Olympics.

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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Aug 10, 2017

Vibrato ARN Finalists

 

Vibrato is yet again excited to have been nominated for industry awards! This time, it's the new "Start-up" category for the ARN ICT industry awards and Vibrato has been selected as a finalist within the "Start-Up Customer Win" category. Vibrato is dedicated delivering amazing programs of work for our clients and we look forward to an amazing awards night, September 14 in Sydney.

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James Bannan
James Bannan
Jul 26, 2017

Azure Functions: The Glue for Open Source Services

Microsoft's commitment to open source software makes Azure a great platform for running these types of solutions. But having provisioned multiple open source services, what's the best way to integrate them?what you may not know is that Azure Functions provides the 

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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Jul 24, 2017

Vibrato welcomes our first Microsoft Azure MVP!

Vibrato is thrilled to announce that James Bannan, Microsoft Azure MVP, has joined the team as a Principal Consultant!

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James Bannan
James Bannan
Jul 19, 2017

DevOps on Azure: Visual Studio to Kubernetes

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) gives you a powerful, centralised platform on which to collaborate, build and deploy applications quickly and easily. Many organisations already use it to build their . NET-based applications, but did you know that VSTS offers strong integration with open source products, and that you can run a VSTS agent on a Linux platform as well as Windows?

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James Bannan
James Bannan
Jul 18, 2017

Open Source Shipping with Microsoft Azure

Service-driven architecture and micro services are changing the way we build and deliver applications in the cloud.  Although it seems that we are all going to have to care about "traditional" servers for a while yet, most businesses are nevertheless looking at the opportunities on offer through cloud-native services and applications.

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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Jun 9, 2017

The Data Gold Rush has Started!



Gold was first discovered in Australia in Ballarat in late August 1851 on the rise above Canadian Creek at the base of "Poverty Point", which was later renamed to "Golden Point". Reports in the local paper, the Geelong Advertiser, instigated the first rush to the Ballarat Diggings. New mining techniques never before seen such as the "canary" sniffer and sifting tools found their way to the front line in Canadian Creek, and the accessibility of the new technology inspired ordinary people to dig in their own back yards, hoping to make their fortunes.
 
Fast forward 170 years and history is repeating itself, only this time the "gold" in your own back yard is the data and systems which organisations have been running and maintaining for years. The big data and analytic drive we're seeing today in the IT industry is allowing organisations to uncover and realise the hidden value of their existing data assets.
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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Jun 7, 2017

ChefConf - Cooking with Automated Gas

I'm back from ChefConf! What a truly amazing experience and many thanks to our good friends at Chef for having your favourite partner Vibrato at the conference! For those of you who don't know what ChefConf is all about... it's not about cooking (although I was asked by my AirBnB which spices I like to cook with) but rather it's all about whipping up The Awesome with everything that's new and powerful from Chef.

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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Apr 19, 2017

Vibrato Sponsors Doxa Cadet


I'm very excited to announce that last night, I had the ability to give back finally after some 14 years alumni and have Vibrato sponsor our very own cadet! James and I would like to congratulate Connor Sutton on becoming Vibrato's very first Doxa Cadet and wish him well on starting his Advanced Diploma in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering at Swinburne University. Connor is not only an amazing guy with a bubbly and enthusiastic personality, but he's also one of the most switched on technical people we've come across at such a young age. If you get a chance, please reach out to Connor to congratulate him or swing past our offices from time to time as I'm sure we're gonna get him buried in some cool robotics and automation soon!


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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Apr 4, 2017

Warrior Nathan

Twas the day before summit (AWS Summit) ... I think I've started a post like this before.
 
It's that AWS Summit time again in Sydney!!. If you're not familiar with the AWS Summit, whether you are just starting to look at cloud or you're looking to catch up with the experts in the field to further your adoption of cloud, this is the place to do it. It's an action packed couple of days and there's plenty to see. In particular for Vibrato, this year marks a very special occasion as I personally hand over the "Cloud Warrior" title to our AWS legend, Nathan Dines, and retreat to the "Alumni Pete?" status.
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Nathan Dines
Nathan Dines
Mar 1, 2017

Leverage Enterprise Identity Management when Adopting Cloud


Access control is key to building a secure cloud offering. In the rapidly developing world of cloud computing, user and group creation can quickly get out of hand and become unmanageable. Locking down standards and patterns early in your cloud journey will help you avoid this pitfall down the road.

Over the years at Vibrato, we’ve worked with a plethora of clients ranging from aspiring startups to multi-continental enterprises, which has positioned us really well to design patterns around identity and access management on cloud environments in line with all stages of business maturity. While complexity levels will differ, the most important aspects of approaches to identity management are definability, scalability and consistency. This post is targeted towards AWS with ADFS as a SAML provider specifically, but these principles apply across all cloud providers.


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Alvin Oh
Alvin Oh
Aug 9, 2016

Automating IBM Websphere

Inline with Vibrato's mission to automate everything, Alvin Oh explores how to use CHEF to automate IBM Websphere (WAS v8.5) in a Microsoft Windows environment.

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Peter Gatt
Peter Gatt
Aug 9, 2016

Hashicorp's First Conference: Hashiconf

Since the debut of Vagrant in January 2010, Hashicorp has now stepped it up to a total of 8 open source products, and 1 commercial offering. I’m proud to say that I was at the first Hashiconf ever, hosted in Portland, Oregon. Three hundred engineers descended on this big culture, small town location, and enjoyed 2 days of presentations and discussion on Packer, Vagrant, Terraform, Consul, Vault, Serf and Atlas.

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