Automation / Scripting

  • Reduces risk through repeatable processes and automated courses of action.
  • Leveraging sophisticated monitors and sensors / continuous monitoring.
  • Configuration Validation - ensures that new equipment has all the proper settings, applications, and drivers as existing equipment through automation and scripting.
  • Operating system scripting languages:
    • Linux Shells: Bash, Ksh
    • Windows: PowerShell

Master Image

  • AKA 'Gold' Image.
  • Creating a model OS verified as 'clean'.
  • Used for system restores.
  • Needs to be secured.

Managing Cloud Risk

  • Nonpersistence - Temporary system images. Snapshot of a known, good state.
  • Elasticity / Scalability - Adjusting resources as needed.
  • High Availability (HA) - The measures, such as redundancy, failover, and mirroring, used to keep services and systems operational.
  • Redundancy - Replicating systems usually at multiple sites. Associated with failover.
  • Distributive Allocation / Load Balancing - Distributing burden across multiple systems.

Fault Tolerance

  • The ability of a system to sustain operations in the event of a component failure.
  • Two key components: spare parts and electrical power.
  • Power Protection:
    • Surge Protection
    • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
    • Backup Power / Generators

RAID Storage

  • Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks
  • Focuses on availability of data.
  • RAID Types
    • 0 - Disk Striping
    • 1 - Disk Mirroring
    • 3 - Disk Striping with a Parity Disk
    • 5 - Disk Striping with Parity
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