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A Study of Configuration Management Systems: Solutions for Deployment and Configurationof Software in a Cloud Environment
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The amount of servers needed in the world isconstantly increasing along with the end usersconstantly increasing demand for large scale networksolutions and IT- services. With virtualisation and cloudcomputing it has become much easier to create anddeploy large numbers of virtual servers, but the serversstill need configuration. This is precisely whatconfiguration management systems (CMS) can helpwith. Cloud providers often want to include built insupport for these systems to simplify for theircustomers. The purpose of the study was to comparethe different CMS available and to recommend theones that deserve to be supported by a cloud provider.A general study, based on parameters defined in thereport, was made on twenty different CMS. The five topsolutions were Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, Salt andAnsible, where Salt and Ansible are more lightweightsolutions and Puppet, Chef and CFEngine are moreadvanced. They were included in a comparison studybased on opinions and reviews from the Internet. Therecommendation for a hypothetical cloud provider is toinclude support for several CMS if possible. If not, it isrecommended to support one of the lightweight ones,preferably Salt, and one of the more advanced,preferably Puppet. If it is only possible to include one,it is recommended to support Puppet, since it providesthe most comprehensive solution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TVE, 14 013
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228139OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228139DiVA: diva2:732615
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Ericsson, Kista
Subject / course
Computer Systems Sciences
Educational program
Master Programme in Engineering Physics
Available from: 2014-07-04 Created: 2014-07-04 Last updated: 2014-07-04Bibliographically approved

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