Phoning Home: How Risk Focus created a distributed network of autonomous sites with SaltStack

Phoning Home: How Risk Focus created a distributed network of autonomous sites with SaltStack

Risk Focus

Salt is a powerful orchestrator and configuration ecosystem that can be used to drive self-healing at the data center level. On behalf of a client, Risk Focus used this capability to model control of a large, distributed network of independent edge sites that have unreliable connections to a central location. For this client, the edge locations are commercial ships and remote sites that may be out of touch for hours, days, or occasionally weeks. An added complexity is that the processing capacity of the edge site may be small. Self-healing is a must for these systems, so we’ve used a finite-state representation of the data center and hosted apps to achieve high levels of testability, reliability, and extensibility. Learn how to: Build an autonomous communications grid for ships, mine sites, and other distant locations Combine salt with TICK to produce a robust self-healing system Use Finite state models in Salt to create very testable, reliable systems.

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