Workshops / November 10th

Travis Holton

Travis Holton Senior Cloud Release Engineer at Catalyst Cloud

Travis is a Senior Cloud Release at Catalyst Cloud with a focus on opensource technologies. Currently manages devops infrastructure for multiple project teams and conducts training in both Ansible and Docker at Catalyst.

Workshop: Managing Cloud Deployments with Ansible.

Deploying applications in load balanced environments can be quite a challenge, especially when "zero downtime" is a requirement. Updates require repeatedly draining traffic from part of a cluster, upgrading software and bringing hosts back online. The goal, of course, is to do all of this in such a way that the user does not notice anything.

The complexity involved in this process makes doing all of this manually extremely error prone and therefore highly impractical. Automation tools like Ansible make this process easier by taking care of all the tedious, error-prone stuff for us.

This workshop will provide a "hands-on" experience in using Ansible to manage a load balanced web application. We will see how to use modules for provisioning hosts and installing software dependencies. We will explore how to use inventories, groups, delegation and handlers to configure and orchestrate all the components of a running application. We will then look at strategies for upgrading applications and demonstrate how to perform rolling upgrades with zero downtime.


Linux or Mac laptop (can run a terminal and use SSH) Basic knowledge of Ansible and main concepts (playbooks, tasks, templates, variables, inventories) Comfortable editing YAML files

Register your interest